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    Exceedingly rare garment from era of 1935 Stanley Cup Championship!

    Mid-1930's Russ Blinco Game Worn Montreal Maroons Jersey. It's been nearly eight decades since the Maroons skated off the ice for the last time, Depression-era financial woes leaving the hallowed hockey grounds of Montreal to the sole ownership of the Canadiens. In the team's short existence (1924-38), the Maroons would twice capture Lord Stanley's fabled Cup, becoming in 1935 the last non-Original Six team to do so until the 1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers.

    Only four Maroons jerseys are known to survive to present day, and this particular example derives from the wardrobe of one of the team's top stars, owner of the second Calder Memorial Trophy ever awarded, the NHL's Rookie of the Year. Blinco is also noteworthy as a participant in the Howie Morenz Memorial Game, one of the most important exhibitions in the history of the sport. Blinco would represent the Maroons for five seasons before finishing out his professional career with the 1938-39 Chicago Black Hawks.

    The striped aesthetics of the offered relic are instantly evocative of the pre-war game, the sweater fittingly crafted from maroon wool with white detailing, including a double-stitched felt logo "M" on the chest and Blinco's number "14" on reverse. Solid game wear is evident, with several team repairs evident. The strong scent of mothballs explains the remarkably fine state of preservation, as most contemporary NHL sweaters have been damaged by hungry insects.

    As is quite common for NHL jerseys of the period, the garment lacks any manufacturer's tagging. This is one of two Blinco representations acquired from his widow by a Montreal collector. Heritage auctioned the other example eight years ago, when it commanded a sale price of $35,850. LOA from Joe Tomon. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2016
    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 6
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