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1996-97 Mike Gartner Phoenix Coyotes Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - Photo Match Team Letter
Lot #75

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1996-97 Mike Gartner Phoenix Coyotes Game Worn Jersey - Inaugural Season - Photo Match Team Letter
Lot #75

This road black air-knit gamer by Starter was worn by Mike Gartner during the 1996-97 NHL season. The Washington Capitals selected Gartner with the 4th overall selection in the 1979 NHL Entry draft. After a year with the WHA’s Cincinnati Stingers, Mike made his NHL debut with the Capitals in 1979-80. Gartner spent the first 10 years of his NHL career with the Capitals and is considered among the greatest Capitals to ever wear the team colors. During his 19-year NHL career, Gartner racked up incredible numbers while representing the Caps, North Stars, Rangers, Maple Leafs and Coyotes. His Hall of Fame numbers are simply staggering with in excess of 700 career goals and 1300 career points to his credit. He is one of a handful of players ever to eclipse 700 career goals, standing among the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, Brett Hull and Jaromir Jagr. Mike was consistently good over a very long period of time, which is rather uncommon in the modern era of this grueling sport. He amassed 15 different 30-goal seasons with 8 of them being 40 or better including one 50-goal campaign. He proudly represented his team in 7 different NHL All Star contests. Gartner also represented Team Canada in the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cups, two classic series. He was a true credit to the sport and is a most deserving member of Hockey’s Hall of Fame.

The body and sleeves on this gamer have been custom shortened for Gartner by the Coyotes. The game wear on this 2nd set size 54 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer, un-repaired burn holes, rust on the fight strap snaps and fine inner pilling. Shown above are a couple of beautiful photo matches of Gartner wearing this exact jersey during both the 1996-97 regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sewn to the inside hem is the official Phoenix Coyotes game worn jersey and set tagging. Gartner struck for the last 30-goal season of his career while wearing this jersey as he tallied 32 goals and 31 assists for 63 points while wearing this jersey during road games. A terrific well-worn heavily customized and photo matched Hall of Fame offering hailing from the Phoenix Coyotes inaugural season! This jersey will be accompanied by a Coyotes team letter.