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    1966 Gordie Howe Signed Stanley Cup Finals Game Worn Detroit Red Wings Gloves with Photo Documentation.

    During the 1950's and 1960's, there was no star in the NHL galaxy that blazed as brightly as Gordie Howe. Tough, talented and insanely durable, Howe ranked among the league's top ten scorers for an unbelievable twenty-one consecutive seasons. His incredible ability to put the puck in the net and his tough-as-nails persona helped to redefine what it meant to be an NHL forward for generations to come. It is also why a "Gordie Howe hat trick" refers a goal, assist and fight occurring in the same game. Howe was named the NHL's MVP six times and led his Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup titles.

    In a miraculous stroke of good fortune, a seven-year-old boy, who was in attendance with his father at the Detroit Olympia for the deciding game of the 1966 Stanley Cup Finals, was handed the very gloves on offer here by hockey icon Gordie Howe after the game. In his letter of provenance, the consignor writes:

    "I felt a thump on my chest. I looked up and there was Gordie Howe handing me his gloves. I wasn't sure what to do so he said 'Take 'em', which of course I did...After explaining [to his father] what just happened, likely due to disbelief, he had me take him to the exact spot where Gordie gave me the gloves. We waited for about a half hour before the Red Wings dressing door opened and out walked Gordie Howe. He walked straight over to where my dad I were standing. Upon approaching, my dad asked Gordie if he gave me his gloves, to which Gordie replied, 'If this is your kid, yes, I did!' My dad then asked Gordie if he could take a picture of him signing the gloves with me...Gordie then told my dad, 'Put the gloves in your pocket and get the hell outta here, because if Lefty [Detroit equipment manager] sees them, he would want them back.' We left the Olympia right after that!"

    This pair of battled scarred, brown and black leather gloves have "WinnWell 626 Made in Canada" stamped on the wrist sleeves with "Kurv-Pam 626 For Better Stick Grip" and "Iron-Clad" stamped on the thumbs, all in black. The left glove displays Howe's "IX" in vintage black marker and his signature in vintage green ballpoint, light but clearly legible on the wrist. The right glove has "IX" and "9" in vintage black marker.

    Indicative of Howe's fierce style of play during one of the league's most physical eras, the gloves exhibit a season's worth of heavy wear with numerous scuffs, abrasions, board burns, holes, and other marks from Howe's clenched grip on his sticks. The leather ties are still intact although broken in parts. Letter of provenance from the consignor. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    November, 2016
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