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    1997-98 Wayne Gretzky Game Worn New York Rangers Jersey. Extraordinary gamer from The Great One can be definitively pegged to the five or six game span during which Gretzky assumed assistant captain duties to replace injured defenseman Jeff Beukeboom. The jersey was obtained by former Edmonton cameraman Wayne Mock, whose close connections with various trainers over his twenty-year career would occasionally yield treasures such as this. Mock received the jersey from Rangers trainer Mike Folga after Beukeboom's return ended its usefulness.

    It was during this 1997 season that The Hockey News assembled a committee of fifty hockey experts from the ranks of NHL veterans and the sporting press to compile a list of the fifty greatest players in NHL history. Gretzky, of course, earned the top spot.

    This home white mesh sweater from his next-to-last season in the NHL exhibits the light but definite use one would expect from an abridged term of duty. "Rangers" descends across the chest in stair-stepping blue and red tackle twill, with the important assistant captain's "A" affixed below the left shoulder. Gretzky's immortal number "99" is applied to each sleeve and to verso, where it appears below a gently arcing "Gretzky" properly sewn directly to the jersey body without a plate. An embroidered "Gretzky" swatch appears at interior collar below a "Starter" manufacturer's label and a washing instructions tag remains in place at interior side seam. The interior fight strap is clipped. A flawless silver sharpie signature on verso completes the ensemble.

    Wayne Gretzky has always been famously protective of his game worn gear, severely limiting its availability to the many thousands of collectors angling for a memento of hockey's greatest career. This vast chasm between supply and demand should forecast intense competition for this fine example, as well as a rosy outlook for investors searching for a the closest thing possible to a "can't lose" proposition. As long as there is hockey, the name Gretzky will endure. LOA from Perry Nelson. LOA from Heritage Auctions. LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph).

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    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
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