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    One of the most famous masks in NHL history--photo matched!

    Mid-1970's Rogie Vachon Game Worn Los Angeles Kings "Smiley" Goalie Mask. Elite game used hockey collectors and aspiring axe murderers will fight it out on Platinum Night for a relic that is sure to terrify any NHL veteran who skated against the Kings in the mid-seventies, and any civilian who grew up watching Friday the 13th movies. Protective gear has improved by leaps and bounds in the past four decades, so this immediately recognizable goalie mask serves as an essential marker in the fossil record that tracks that evolution.

    A handwritten notation inside the puck-battered fiberglass reads, "1975-76," and while we cannot identify the author of that handwriting, we have no reason to doubt its message. The mask has been definitively matched to a period photograph through its array of scuffs and scrapes, but sadly that image is undated. Resolution Photomatching expresses in its detailed letter that, "the mask was likely worn in a significant number of games, and may have been worn across multiple seasons." We have independently found another match, which we will provide with the lot, the team-issued player photo of Vachon for the 1975-76 season.

    The 1975-76 season found the Hall of Fame net minder at the height of his powers, sandwiched between seasons that saw him finish in the top three for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the League MVP. He'd save 1,314 shots, allowing just 160 goals in over 3,000 minutes of play.

    The exciting relic makes its hobby debut within this auction, consigned by the grandson of a close buddy of Vachon's, a semi-professional hockey player who lived in the Hall of Fame goalie's Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood. Signed Vachon photo on cover of "GOAL" magazine is included. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph).





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    Auction Dates
    February, 2019
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 13
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