Classic Auctions has a ton of great hockey-related stuff up for bidding at the moment. Let’s take a little look, a little see, shall we?
• Here’s something you don’t often see: CNOB — country name on back. Totally digging that block-shadowed font, too, especially on the “4.” (For this and all other auction listings in today’s entry, click on the larger image to get a close-up.)
• Here’s a real treasure: a wrapper from a loaf of Rocket Richard bread. C’est magnifique!
• Speaking of the Habs, you’ve gotta love this Canadiens jacket, especially all the striped trim. Also, note that the vendor was Moose Sporting Goods. Only in Canada, kids.
• Still more Habs goodies: a completely over-the-top Canadiens flannel shirt. Seems more suitable to be worn as pajamas, frankly, but still very cool.
• Very odd “W” on this otherwise spectacular Red Wings cardigan.
• Here’s something you rarely see: a WHA red-striped zebra jersey.
• Another WHA rarity: a Michigan Stags gamer. There’s something endearingly sweet and simple about that crest.
• One more seldom-seen WHA item: a 1976 All-Star jersey.
• I’ve never seen a jersey quite like this Salt Lake Golden Eagles design. In addition to the unusual hemline trim, look at how the vertical striping integrated throughout the entire uniform. Did any other teams ever go with this style?
• Anything involving the Kansas City Scouts looks cool, including this equipment bag.
• Start with a Hudson Bay blanket coat, add the best hockey team name ever, toss in an absolutely killer sleeve patch, and you have this fantastic Trail Smoke Eaters jacket.
• Speaking of killer patches, dig this wonderful Canucks cardigan.
• I’ll be honest with you: Bobbleheads tend to bore me (well, except for the ones Robert Marshall makes). But I gladly make room on the shelf for these beauties.
My thanks to auction-aware Mike Hersh for steering me toward most of these.
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
Good mix of baseball, football, and hockey items this time around. Basketball? Maybe next time!
• Great basketball jersey submission from Geoffrey Waterman.
• Let’s talk some hockey, eh, with this old Maple Leafs LP. Still sealed!
• A Babe Ruth/Santa Claus bank? Sure, why not.
• Babe and Santa aren’t your thing? Then maybe this Otto Graham bank will do the trick.
• Here’s a tremendous arcade-style mechanical baseball toy from 1928. What, no Barry Bonds version?
• Boost for the Reds! I think that means “cheer” for them. Or something.
• And we close out this installment with a great find by reader Rob McGill: a Twins tryout jersey with a unique uniform number.
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