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    1989 Wayne Gretzky Stick Game Used Stick from Record-Setting 1,851st Point Game - HOFer and 700 Goal Scorer. Though he wasn't wearing an Oilers uniform, it seemed rather fitting that Edmonton's Northlands Coliseum should be the venue for what was arguably the most significant moment of The Great One's career. For a full decade, the young legend had heaped glory upon the hockey-crazed town--four Stanley Cups and personal trophies too numerous to count. The announcement that he would be traded came just two hours after he lifted his fourth Stanley Cup for the Oilers, a transaction that was arguably the most controversial since Babe Ruth was dealt to the New York Yankees in 1920.

    In Gretzky's first season with the Los Angeles Kings, he took to his old home ice on October 15, 1989 trailing his boyhood hero Gordie Howe by just a single point. He'd pull even with an assist and then, trailing by a goal with less than a minute to play, Gretzky backhanded a loose puck into the net to tie the game and claim sole possession of the record.

    A three-minute standing ovation was followed by a fifteen-minute ceremony by the Kings, NHL and the Oilers, whose team president Peter Pocklington--the most hated man in Canada--avoided out of fear for his safety. The game would then resume for overtime, with Gretzky rather predictably netting the game-winner.

    Gretzky would use thirteen sticks this historic evening. The first, recording his early assist, pulled Gretzky even with Howe. That stick is on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, as is stick number four. The second, the record-breaking stick used to score the game-saving last-minute goal, remains in the Gretzky family.

    This is stick number three, the one used immediately after Gretzky secured sole ownership of the greatest record in the sport.

    The stick entered the collecting hobby in a 1991 raffle to benefit The Kidney Foundation of Canada, and supplied provenance documentation includes a letter from that organization and photographs of the raffle winner posing alongside Gretzky's father Walter with the stick.

    It is the classic Gretzky Titan TPM2020 model, complete with the essential Jack the Gripper at the knob and solid game wear. Both Gretzky and Howe have autographed the lower shaft in 9/10 black sharpie, the latter adding an "Oct 15/89" notation. Brass plaque affixed to blade reads, "This stick in number 3/13 used by Wayne Gretzky on the night he became hockey's all-time leading scorer, October 15, 1989."

    Gretzky would play another decade, expanding his outrageous career total to 2,857 points before hanging up his skates, one of the most untouchable records in the professional sports. This lot represents one of the most important milestones on that long journey of excellence. Documentation as reported in text. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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