The National Hockey League has a brand new record when it comes to the highest price ever paid for a jersey. This past week, Wayne Gretzky’s final Edmonton Oilers sweater sold in an auction for a record $1.452 million – including buyers’ premium.
The Grey Flannel Auctions event listed the sweater as the jersey worn during Game 4 of the 1988 Stanley Cup Final between the Edmonton Oilers and the host Boston Bruins. Edmonton proved victorious by way of a 6-3 score and swept the Bruins, winning its fourth Stanley Cup in five years.
Gretzky was presented with the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason MVP, his second time winning the trophy. He is one of just five players to have earned two playoff MVP awards within the NHL.
At the time, it wasn’t expected to have been ‘The Great One’s final game in an Oilers sweater, but he was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings less than half a year later, in time for the start of the 1988-89 season in what turned out to be an historic deal between the Oilers and Kings.
Gretzky’s uniform was sold ‘as is’, with multiple puck, stick, and celebratory marks left on the jersey, thus actually upping its value.
Gretzky’s gloves were also auctioned off by Grey Flannel Auctions the same day, to which a buyer spent $204.162 on the hand coverings.
The previous record high on the sale of a hockey jersey was $1.275 million back in 2010, when Paul Henderson’s Canadian 1972 Summit Series series jersey was auctioned off to Toronto-based real estate magnate Mitchell Goldhar.
Gretzky’s jersey purchaser will be marked down as an ‘anonymous buyer’ upon his wishes.