While observers of the sports scene generally think of hockey as the "fourth sport," it is no secret among auction houses that hockey fans are great collectors, and this rang true for Sportsworld Auction last week when its catalog and online auction saw hockey items leading the way in bidding.
Owner Phil Castinetti continues to have a great pipeline to hockey memorabilia, as well as earning a reputation as the go-to retailer for all things Boston. "This was a major undertaking for us," he said, "and the hockey fans really delivered.
The top price for an item in the auction was $22,412, paid by a collector for a 1969-70 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup ring from the personal collection of Don Awrey. A second Awrey ring, from 1971-72, went for $13,915. (All prices include the buyer's premium).
A Vic Hadfield New York Rangers white jersey, bearing the "C" for captain, went for $12,332.
A 1972 Team Canada jersey worn by Wayne Cashman in the classic Summit Series went for $11,500.
The much watched baseball from the final inning of the 1918 World Series, held all these years by the family of third baseman Fred Thomas, went to a Wisconsin collector for $12,650. The ball laws autographed by team members including Babe Ruth, but then resigned by someone in the Thomas home after the signatures had faded.