Chicago Blackhawks Signed Hockey Stick, ca. 1975
My uncle worked for Arthur Wirtz, who owned the team in the '60s and '70s.
And it was gifted?
Yes, it was Stan Mikita's hockey stick. It has his name and then his number on the other side, and it was the '74-'75 Blackhawks.
Okay, now they weren't very good that year.
But the Chicago Blackhawks these days are a very popular team. One of their prominent players is Hall-of-Famer Stan Mikita, and here you have a Stan Mikita game-used and signed hockey stick, and Stan Mikita, as you know, invented the curvature on the heads of the hockey sticks. The story goes that he and fellow Hall-of-Famer Robbie Hall were practicing, his stick broke, he was very upset. Hit a shot and couldn't believe the velocity...
Exactly, we have the '74-'75 hockey team, the Blackhawks, all of their signatures on the stick. Most prominently, we see Stan Mikita's signature, at center. At auction, I would estimate the stick to go for about $2,000 to $3,000.
No! $2,000? Ha! I absolutely never... that's mind-blowing.
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