November 04, 2010
Puck Treasures looks to find those hidden hockey treasures from the past and present, and gives them their proper remembrance. Seen an interesting piece of hockey apparel? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There comes a point in every hockey fan's life at which the following question must be answered: How much would I pay for Yvan Cournoyer's fake teeth?
Classic Auctions is holding a Historical Hockey Memorabilia auction this month; among the Puck Treasures are the Hockey Hall of Famer and former Montreal Canadiens captain's partial dental plate:
With inherent value in its white gold framework alone, this one-of-a-kind piece of hockey memorabilia features 10 false teeth, including four pearly whites across the front of the partial denture, no doubt replacements for teeth knocked out by flying pucks, wayward sticks and careless elbows.
Minimum bid? $275. Current high bid as of this writing: $250. Keep in mind Teeder Kennedy's fake teeth started with a minimum bid of $150 and ended at $1,515.
These chompers are one of five ridiculously awesome hockey keepsakes we found in the auction, which has over 1,100 pieces. There is an Edmonton Oilers jersey in this lot that has to be seen to be believed.
And here ... we ... go.
The Aladdin lunchbox with yellow top and Orr sticker on the black bottom half has its original Bobby Orr thermos, while a depiction of the Bruins' legend graces the front of the other. All three pieces show handling and wear and are joined by a 1972 Bobby Orr 300-piece jigsaw puzzle in its original canister. Pieces have kept their appearance and will be fun to put together, but we're not sure whether or not they're all there.
Man, the NHL needs more lunch boxes like this. It's a lost art form.
Former Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings goalie Rogie Vachon has a large amount of items up for auction, from championship rings to old jerseys to old trophies ... including this 1967-68 Stanley Cup trophy:
This wondrous souvenir representing Rogie Vachon's first Stanley Cup victory includes the names of the champions engraved on the trophy's barrel. Among them is that of Toe Blake, who retired after this season with a coaching-record of 8 Stanley Cup titles. The trophy has gathered a nice golden patina over the years but does show areas of tarnish and loss of finish, especially on the backside. From the personal collection of Rogatien Vachon, complete with his signed letter of authenticity.
The minimum on the this one is $2,952.
This is a fun one: The door to the visitor's bench at the Montreal Forum. From the Auction:
This solid wood and metal gateway to the visiting team's bench remains in the same condition in which it appeared during the Canadiens' final game at the Montreal Forum, a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on March 11, 1996. The golden arches of McDonald's distinctive corporate logo outlined in black adorns part of a red advertising boards banner on the front of the door. The door's solid metal handle and latch remain intact along with the huge metal hinges on the left side of the back of the door, which is all painted blue.
Pretty cool. Hopefully an old Adams Division player drops the dough (current bid: $500) for this so he can slam it in frustration one last time.
And finally ...
This is a limited edition Glenn Anderson career tribute jersey, of which there any only 300 in circulation. Sports artist Janet Deane created it, showed it to Anderson at his Hall of Fame induction and he commissioned more to be made. From the auction, with a minimum bid of $220:
Using Anderson's #9 Oilers jersey as a base, the artwork screened onto this "hockey card on a jersey" features highlights of Glenn's HOF hockey career, including his six Stanley Cup rings on the front of the upper left sleeve. Glenn has added his retired #9 to his blue marker signature on a JAC Hockey patch sewn on the bottom right front tail. The limited edition number "236/300" is written in fine blue marker on the right side of the patch. An "Anderson 9" patch, featuring the notation "Once an Oiler, Always An Oiler" and the team logo, is sewn on the left breast. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.
A lot of good that letter will do when you're legally blind from starting at this thing.