Sunday, June 6, 2010

Paul Henderson's 72 hockey summit jersey is up for auction have an all new and always fascinating auction running now through June 22nd, 2010: The actual jersey Paul Henderson wore in game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series.

Described as "the most significant artifact in the history of the game of hockey," this is of course the jersey Henderson scored arguably the most goal in the game's glorious history - the goal that won the 1972 Summit Series with just 34 seconds left.

Bidding for the jersey has just started, opening at $10,000. It is currently at $211,202. Henderson apparently gifted the jersey to Team Canada trainer Joe Sgro. He sold it to one collector, who in turned sold it to another who is now offering it up for auction. No price history is publicly available on the jersey. The previous highest game worn jersey sale of $191,000 for a Bobby Orr rookie jersey.

The Department of Canadian Heritage may have an interest in acquiring Paul Henderson's jersey. Funds are available to assist with the purchase of important cultural property threatened with export or to purchase cultural property that has been lost to Canada. This wing of the Canadian government has spent large sums of money to acquire items, often war related, for Canadian museums.

Michael Badad of the Globe and Mail says department store giant Canadian Tire is about to make a big opening bid for Paul Henderson's 1972 Summit Series jersey.

Henderson wants to see the jersey returned to Canada, and not in a private collection. He wants it accessible for all hockey fans to enjoy. If their bid is successful, the jersey will go on tour in every corner of the country, visiting each of the 480 Canadian Tire stores in the country, giving the Canadian public a chance to see the jersey. Then Canadian Tire would lend the jersey to sports and hockey museums including the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame for the benefit of all Canadian

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