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Early 1980's UCKA Sergei Makarov + Alexander Skvortsov 1980 Super Series
Lot #42

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Early 1980's UCKA Sergei Makarov + Alexander Skvortsov 1980 Super Series
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Early 1980's UCKA Sergei Makarov + Alexander Skvortsov 1980 Super Series
Lot #42

This jersey totes impeccable provenance and is being offered to the hobby for the first time ever. Our consignor, a former member of a European National team, has been its one and only owner since acquiring this gamer during a trip to Moscow more than 2 decades ago for an international competition. The Bilyaletdinov CCCP gamer, which is also being offered in this auction, was also acquired at that time by the same consignor.    

Straight from the Cold War era comes this white mesh gamer by Sandow which was worn by Sergei Makarov circa the early 1980’s. This gamer was first worn during the 1980 Super Series by Alexander Skvortsov. The 1979-80 hockey season saw an old rivalry renewed, as the Moscow Central Red Army traveled to North America to take on 5 different NHL teams. After vaulting out to a 2 games to 0 lead, the Central Red Army next suffered defeats against the Montreal Canadiens, in another New Year’s Eve classic, and then the Buffalo Sabres. The deciding game 5 was won by a score of 6-4 by the Soviets as they defeated the Quebec Nordiques to take the 1980 Super Series 3 games to 2.

Makarov was in his 2nd season with the Red Army while the 1980 Super Series took place. At the time he was a youngster wearing the player number 15, as Skvortsov held the number 24. Not long after the Super Series victory, Makarov would assume the player number 24, which he wore for the remainder of his illustrious career.

Makarov’s talent was unmistakable, and from the outset this youngster represented the Soviet Union in all of their most important international competitions. His first important international roles were to take place during the 1977 and 1978 World Junior Championships as the Soviets took Gold in both competitions. The following year, at the age of 20, Makarov made the Central Red Army team, joining the likes of Tretiak, Kharlamov and the rest of the legendary Russian players. That season the Russian National Team traveled to North America to square off in a 3-game series with the NHL All Stars in the 1979 Challenge Cup. The Russians won 2 games to 1 and Makarov gave the world a glimpse of what was to come, scoring a goal and 2 assists. Back at home, the 1979-80 regular season saw Makarov dominate the Soviet Union scoresheets as he scored 29 goals and 68 points in 44 games. Then, during the infamous 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, Makarov scored 5 goals and 11 points in 7 games as the Russians lost to Team USA in the “Do You Believe In Miracles” game. Sergei would continue to shine in Russia as well, dominating with 42 goals and 79 points in a 44 game regular season in 1980-81. The 1981-82 regular season saw Sergei net 32 and tally 75 points in 46 games. Makarov would next play a key role in the 1981 Canada Cup as the Russians defeated Team Canada, once again flexing their worldly muscles.

All told, Makarov partook in 11 World Championships, the 1981, 1984 and 1987 Canada Cups, the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympics, 4 tours of the NHL, the 1979 Challenge Cup and Rendezvous '87. He teamed with Igor Larionov and Vladimir Krutov, forming the deadly “KLM” line, which, to this day, is considered one of the greatest in the history of the sport. In 1989-90, at the age of 31, Sergei joined the NHL’s Calgary Flames and won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year with an 86 point season. Sergei would play in the NHL for 7 seasons which spanned into his upper 30’s, all the while showcasing his still appreciable skill set.    

Sergei was a 3-time USSR Player of the Year in 1980, 1985 and 1989. Makarov was a USSR First Team All Star for 8 consecutive seasons spanning 1981-1988. He won the Ivestia Trophy as the USSR’s leading scorer an astounding 9 times between 1980 and 1989. His statistics leave an unmistakable stamp marking Sergei as one of the most dominant Russian hockey players of all time. 

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this important gamer is a swatch of mesh material which houses an alternate Captain’s “A”. Sewn to the back is a red nameplate with the name Makarov, which sits above a screened on name on back which reads Skvortsov. The game use is tremendous, consisting of numerous stick marks and board burns, plenty of board paint transfer, inner pilling, un-repaired holes and a team-sewn repair. This historic sweater may in fact be Makarov’s first ever jersey wearing the player number 24. This is without question one of the finest Russian gamers to ever enter the marketplace and is as deserving as is Sergei to a permanent display in the Hockey Hall of Fame.