As members of the “Miracle on Ice” USA Hockey team reunite in Lake Placid, N.Y. this weekend, one memento from their head coach during the 1980 Olympic Games sold on auction for big money Saturday night.
Sports memorabilia auction house Heritage Auctions put up a number of Herb Brooks-related items from the late U.S. head coach’s hockey career. From Olympic warmup jackets to NCAA championship rings to Team USA laundry bags to his personal passport, there was seemingly something for every kind of collector.
The biggest item to sell was a ten karat yellow gold ring presented to Brooks commemorate the team’s gold medal in Lake Placid.
The total damage? $113,525.
The ring features five diamonds, Brooks’ name, along with the final scores of the Americans’ games against the Soviets and Finland. The interior band features the results of the team's games leading up to the "Miracle."
"Between me and my sister and my mom, having to store this stuff and track it down and babysit it was kind of a pain, quite frankly," Brooks' son, Dan, told the AP this week. "We decided this might be a good time to see if anyone has an interest in the stuff to just simplify our lives."
All money raised from the auctions will go toward college funds for Brooks' grandchildren as well as the Herb Brooks Foundation.
The Brooks collection adds to the list of “Miracle” memorabilia that has sold for big money on auction over the last few years. Mark Pavelich’s gold medal and the jerseys of Mike Eruzione and Ken Morrow from the game against the Soviet Union are just a few of those items that have been sold. And seeing the final bid prices of these items, they certainly won't be the last.
UPDATE: A family friend has contacted Puck Daddy to say that Brooks' brother, David, was the one who purchased the ring and is ecstatic to keep the item in the family.
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