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    1993-94 Wayne Gretzky Game Worn Los Angeles Kings Gloves - Gifted to Brother-In-Law with Perfect Photo Match.
    They ran out of superlatives to describe Wayne Gretzky. Despite being considered slight in stature, The Great One learned the game in his backyard under the watchful eye of his father, Walter. Soon enough he signed with the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey League. Edmonton then became the lucky suitor which signed Gretzky and the rest was history. At the time Gretzky retired he held sixty-one NHL records. While hockey has always been celebrated north of the border, its popularity in the western half of the U.S. was lukewarm at best.

    All of this changed August 9, 1988 when Gretzky was dealt to the the Los Angeles Kings. An entire country wept while another one celebrated. A city which covets stars above all else, Los Angeles finally recognized the Kings and going to a hockey game became the "in" thing. The Kings rise to the top included a playoff win over Edmonton in the opening round of 1989 Stanley Cup playoffs. Gretzky continued to shine and reached the summit in 1994 when he unseated Gordie Howe atop the goal list.

    These Easton model GX9500 gloves were used by Gretzky the year he became the NHL's all-time leading goal scorer. Following their use, Gretzky gifted them to his brother-in-law Gary Jones. A letter from Jones (signed September 30, 1997) will attend as will a letter from The Spirit of the Game. Rich Ellis' analysis reveals: "These are the best pair of game used Los Angeles Kings Wayne Gretzky gloves I have seen with the best provenance." A photo of Gretzky wearing these exact gloves is included.

    Worthy of special mention is a scuff on the "99" on the right glove which perfectly matches the provided photograph (Getty Images 72454046). The photo was captured during the Kings' December 17, 1993 encounter with the Buffalo Sabres. Another Getty Images photo (628733048) shows the same exact mark on Gretzky's right glove. The black-and-white gloves show excellent use. No surface chipping is visible on the inner half but both gloves show appreciable on-ice use. "99" is referenced on the hand region while the model number has degraded a bit. Kings equipment staffer Peter Millar wrote "93/94" on the inside for identification.

    The term "finest" is thrown around our hobby with unmerited regularity, but we challenge our bidders to find a pair which can match these stellar pieces of hockey history. Letter of provenance from Gary Jones. Worksheet from Spirit of the Game. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    August, 2017
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