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1981-82 Bobby Hull New York Rangers Game Worn Jersey Bobby Hull Letter
Lot #4

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1981-82 Bobby Hull New York Rangers Game Worn Jersey Bobby Hull Letter
Lot #4

This incredible offering entered our hobby directly from Bobby Hull’s personal collection nearly 20 years ago. Since that day, this New York Rangers game worn jersey has been held in a private collection, unbeknownst to the hobby. A signed letter by Mr. Hull on Bobby Hull letterhead, dated August 2000, will accompany your purchase!

This road blue mesh gamer by Cosby was worn by Bobby Hull during his NHL comeback with the New York Rangers during the 1981-82 NHL season. Bobby Hull was the greatest Left Wing to ever lace up a pair of skates. His career began in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1957-58. He represented the city of Chicago proudly for 15 years and led the team to the 1961 Stanley Cup, the first for Chicago in 23 years leading up to that championship and the only one until the 2010 squad broke the recent 49 year drought. Bobby’s individual accolades were numerous, helped in part by his deadly wrist and slapshots that were clocked at nearly 120 MPH! He became the first player to score more than 50 goals in a season, doing so in 1965-66 and surpassing Rocket Richard and Boom Boom Geoffrian’s 50 goal totals in the process. Hull led the NHL in goals scored 7 times. He was the NHL’s leading scorer and won the Art Ross Trophy 3 times. Bobby was twice awarded the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP. He also captured the Lady Byng and Lester Patrick Trophy during the 1960’s. Hull was 10 times a 1st Team NHL All Star and 2 times a 2nd Team NHL All Star. Hull scored 610 goals and 1170 points in 1063 NHL games. Upon retirement, Hull was 2nd on the NHL’s all-time Goal scoring list, trailing only Gordie Howe. Hull ranked #8 in The Hockey News’ 1998 influential publication that ranked the Top 50 NHLers of All-Time.

In 1972-73 Bobby Hull stunned the hockey world when he left the NHL and received a record one million dollar signing bonus with the WHA’s Winnipeg Jets. This single move was one of the most influential in the history of hockey, as it literally gave credence to a league that seemed doomed to get off the ground. Other star players followed suit and the framework had been laid for the WHA’s 7-year existence. Hull played in all seven WHA seasons, from the age of 33-40! Despite his advanced age, he dominated the league and is unanimously considered the greatest player in WHA history. In 411 WHA games played, Bobby scored 303 goals, and added 335 assists for a total of 638 points. Hull led his Winnipeg Jets to the Avco Cup Championship 3-times and was twice the WHA’s MVP. He was 3-times a 1st Team WHA All Star and 2-times a 2nd Team WHA All Star, while playing in every WHA All Star game!

After the WHA merger into the NHL, Bobby played with the Jets until the Hartford Whalers acquired him on February 27, 1980. Hull teamed briefly with Gordie Howe, scoring 7 points in 9 games before stepping away from the sport due to a number of serious personal issues that included the need to care for his partner after she suffered a major automobile accident that spring.

While away from the game, Hull gave an interview and was asked if he came out of retirement which team he’d want to play for. Bobby responded saying that there was only one: the New York Rangers, for only the Rangers could give him a chance to reunite with his former linemates, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson. When New York Rangers Head Coach Herb Brooks learned of Hull’s comments, he invited Bobby to join the Rangers when training camp opened in September 1981. Hull showed up at his regular playing weight of 194 looking as solid as ever. He competed with the energy of a rookie, full of vigor and showed off his still booming slapper. Soon after, the Rangers and Hull left for the DN-Cup that was played in Sweden and Finland. Bobby played in 4 games while in Europe, scoring 2 points and beating Washington Capitals Goalie Mike Palmateer for his only goal.

Offered here is Hull’s blue New York Rangers game worn jersey from his comeback attempt in September 1981. Sewn into the collar of this gamer are the Cosby, wash and size tagging. The game wear on this size 54 sweater is on the lighter side as would be expected. Sewn to the inner verso is the original stunted loop style fight strap. Shown above are a couple of images of Hull taken while competing at the DN-Cup in Europe. Hull thought so highly of the comeback experience with New York that he took this jersey home with him in 1981 and held it in his personal collection for nearly 20 years. Since acquiring the jersey from Hull’s collection, this gamer has sat unbeknownst to the hobby in private hands. This game worn New York Rangers jersey represents an important and largely unknown piece of New York Rangers history. Accompanying this sweater will be a letter on Bobby Hull letterhead, dated August 2000 that is signed by Mr. Hull himself. A one of a kind game worn rarity that would do any Hall of Fame or New York Rangers collection proud, choice!