|Thursday, December 4
Jerseys from old-timers' game on the block
By Darren Rovell
Wayne Gretzky hasn't played in the NHL for more than four-and-a-half years, but the man who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame the same year he retired, apparently, is still "The Great One."
The price represents the highest bid the MeiGray Group has ever garnered for a game-worn jersey since the company entered into a partnership with the NHL and 22 of its teams last year to be the exclusive game-worn jersey seller of the league. (Eight teams chose not to participate in the exclusive rights deal.) The game was played outside in Edmonton's Commonweath Stadium before a crowd of more than 57,000.
"This is a phenomenal price for a jersey worn during the old-timers' game," said Barry Meisel, president of MeiGray Group, which once sold a game-used Gretzky Edmonton Oilers sweater from the late 1980s for $45,000. Gretzky won four Stanley Cups in five seasons with the Oilers from 1983-1988.
The company sold 41 other jerseys from the Nov. 22 game. Mark Messier's Oilers jersey sold for $9,600. The highest price for a jersey of a former Canadien was the sweater worn by Guy Lafleur, which went for $4,000.
Darren Rovell, who covers sports business for ESPN.com, can be reached at Darren.firstname.lastname@example.org.