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    With letter from Rangers equipment manager

    1999 Wayne Gretzky Last Career Game Used & Signed Stick. It's one of the great, sad truths of life that all things must come to an end, a fact that not even athletic immortality cannot change. And certainly the man who wielded this stick on April 18, 1999 has assured that his name will be spoken as long as the sport he dominated for more than two decades is played. Not since Babe Ruth had a single athlete claimed such an unbroken consensus as the greatest practitioner of his sport, so when the time came for the Great One to skate off into the sunset, he made sure he had one last gift for the most important people in his life.

    Former New York Rangers equipment manager Mike Folga recounts the story well in his included handwritten and signed letter of provenance:

    "The last game stick was one of about 40 sticks made and used during Wayne's last game. I personally made each stick with the stamped "99" on the hosel of blade. Each player, coach and trainer, equipment manager received a stick from Wayne. The player's number were on their sticks and the names of the trainers, eqpt. mgr. and coaches written on the shaft of each stick."

    The Hespeler CS Pro stick is exactly as described, with "Gretzky" stamped on a shaft topped by Gretzky's favored "Jack the Gripper" sleeve. "Gretzky" is stamped again at the hosel, beside the aforementioned "99" and the legend's bold sharpie autograph, notated "4/18/99." Silver sharpie on lower shaft reads, "Folga," designating this stick for the Rangers equipment manager. Blade tape remains.

    The collecting hobby has always treasured historic firsts and lasts, and this farewell gamer from one of the greatest figures in the history of team sports stands tall in that elite brotherhood. Letter of provenance from New York Rangers equipment manager Mike Folga. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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