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1972 WHA Miami Screaming Eagles Prototype Jersey
Lot #29

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1972 WHA Miami Screaming Eagles Prototype Jersey
Lot #29

This stunning white dureen jersey by Rawlings was produced for the WHA’s Miami Screaming Eagles, the team that would eventually become known as the Philadelphia Blazers. The story of the Blazers franchise begins in Miami of all places. Granted franchise life in November 1971, the Miami Screaming Eagles would never actually play a WHA game. Despite this, the Screaming Eagles would make major WHA news by luring goalie Bernie Parent away from the NHL. Parent was the first star player to defect to the rival league. The team’s next NHL target was Boston Bruins fan favorite Derek Sanderson, who was more than intrigued by the Miami offer. A deal wasn’t yet completed when, in April of 1972, Miami withdrew from the league due to the lack of a suitable arena among other financial reasons. In June, just a couple of months later, the Philadelphia Blazers were formed replacing the Miami franchise and thus assuming Bernie Parent’s contract.

This vintage dureen is tagged in the hem by Rawlings and is a size 44. The Miami Screaming Eagles striking red white and gold tackle twill logo is sewn to the chest. Of particular historical interest is the prior logo removed from beneath that is reminiscent of the original Minnesota Fighting Saints “S” design and lettering, talk about WHA history! Shown above is a picture of Bernie Parent holding up a Miami Screaming Eagles jersey after signing his lucrative WHA contract with Miami. Also shown above is a media release that accompanied an artists rendering of the official Miami Screaming Eagles uniform. The release speaks of the bright red and white uniform with gold accents, which is highlighted by the team’s flaming red crest showing an eagle in full flight carrying a hockey stick! While the striping pattern changed at some point during the process, the Screaming Eagles team crest looks to have remained identical throughout. This true piece of WHA hockey history is the only example we've ever handled and may in fact be the only one to exist in our hobby. This vibrant red, white and gold rarity is ready to take its place on your WHA Wall of Fame.