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1960's Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings Game Worn Jersey - Proceeds to be donated to Possibilities International
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1960's Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings Game Worn Jersey - Proceeds to be donated to Possibilities International
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This amazing piece of hockey history has a long and very storied past. More than two-decades ago, we first brought this jersey into the hobby and soon after had the pleasure of meeting with Gordie and discussing this historic find with “Mr. Hockey” himself. Since leaving our hands a year or two later, this sweater has quietly passed through the hands of a couple of prominent collectors and dealers, whose letters of authenticity and provenance will be included with your purchase. One letter of provenance very worthy of mention is that of former long time Detroit Red Wings trainer Lefty Wilson, dated September 1994, that states that Gordie wore this jersey during the 1960’s and that Lefty was in fact personally responsible for the repair work found on this sweater!

Adding further appeal to this offering is that 100% of the proceeds will be donated to charity. We are representing the sale of this amazing piece of hockey history on behalf of Possibilities International, a charity whose mission statement is to help fulfill the simple dreams of the hurting, helpless and hopeless by raising up a nation of everyday philanthropists.

This road white dureen gamer by General Athletic and Olympic Sporting Goods was worn by Gordie Howe during the 1960’s. Gordie Howe began his NHL career in 1946 with the Detroit Red Wings, the franchise he would represent for the next 25 seasons. “Mr. Hockey” as he would become to be known, later went on to help save the struggling WHA before returning to the NHL after the fledgling leagues collapse in 1979. Howe spent one final season with the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80. When discussing the greatest players in the history of the sport, Gordie is included at or near the top of every list. In fact, the two players who often give him a run for his money, Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr, each consider Howe as the greatest to ever play the game!

Howe’s incredible career statistics don’t even do him justice, as he played for decades at the highest level in a very low scoring environment. Gordie partook in 1767 NHL games and scored a remarkable 801 goals. He added another 1049 assists for 1850 points. Known as the all-time greatest “power forward” the game has ever known, Gordie put his razor sharp elbows and iron fists to work and accumulated 1685 PIMS in the process. Howe’s mantel is filled with hardware that includes 6 Art Ross Trophies as the NHL’s leading scorer, 6 Hart Memorial Trophies as the NHL’s MVP and 4 Stanley Cups! Gordie was 21 times voted a 1st or 2nd team NHL All Star, wow! Lest we not forget that whilst in his 40’s, Gordie also dominated the WHA and captured a couple of 1st Team WHA All Star selections and a WHA MVP Award!

This example is easily the finest Howe dureen we have ever had the pleasure of handling. Sewn into the collar are the Olympic Sporting Goods and size 48 tagging. The game wear on this 50-year old jersey is solid and consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, stitch pops, inner pilling and some incredible team-sewn repair work! Our count shows that there are more than a dozen team-sewn repairs found scattered across the body and sleeves of this offering. The most notable repair is a large patch job on the belly where the material was removed from the inner hem by Lefty Wilson and used to help sew up the damage! In fact, when discussing this jersey with Gordie he actually remembered the unusual patched repair on the front and commented to us how he was shocked that they ever let him wear the jersey like that! Also worthy of mention is a beautiful black sharpie signature in Gordie’s own hand on the inside of the crest.

Well-worn rock solid examples such as the one being offered here are a rare treat and a very underestimated piece of hockey’s illustrious history. The generosity of this jersey’s prior owner must also be applauded as he donated this incredible Gordie Howe gamer as well as the one-of-a-kind Detroit Red Wings stadium banner, which can be found in a subsequent listing, directly to the charity, “Possibilities International”. A truly wonderful Hall of Fame worthy example, complete with incredible history, provenance and documentation whose proceeds will go to an incredible cause, choice!