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    Gifted to Rangers teammate Mike Maneluk!

    1999 Wayne Gretzky Final 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 can 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 told the story well of Gretzky's plan to use dozens of sticks in his final contest in order to present them as gifts to those closest to him:

    "The last game stick was one of about forty 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."

    This one was gifted to Gretzky's rookie teammate Mike Maneluk, who was lucky enough to be claimed on waivers by the Rangers just six weeks before Gretzky's farewell. The Hespeler CS Pro stick is exactly as described in Maneluk's signed letter of provenance, 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."

    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. Notarized letter of provenance from Mike Maneluk. LOA from leading Gretzky memorabilia expert Shawn Chaulk. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $15,000 - up.

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