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Late 1960's Frank Mahovlich Red Wings Game Worn Jersey
Lot #5

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Late 1960's Frank Mahovlich Red Wings Game Worn Jersey
Lot #5

This home red dureen gamer by Olympic was likely worn by Frank Mahovlich circa the late 1960’s, after arriving in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Big M began his NHL career in 1956-57 with the Maple Leafs. He would skate for the Leafs over the course of 12 different seasons, during which time he would capture 4 Stanley Cups including 3 in a row spanning 1962-64. The last of those Cups came in 1967, which also happens to be the last time the Leafs hoisted Lord Stanley’s ultimate prize. During the following season the Leafs dealt Mahovlich to the Red Wings in a blockbuster trade. Frank would spend parts of 4 seasons in Detroit before a trade sent him to the Canadiens. Mahovlich captured two more Cups in Montreal during his 3½-year stay. Frank spent the final 4 years of his playing career in the WHA, playing two years each in Toronto and Birmingham.

Mahovlich was one of the finest players of his generation as evidenced by his (9) 1st or 2nd Team NHL All Star selections. He was the Calder Trophy winner as Rookie of the Year in 1958. The Big M was a force throughout his entire career as evidenced by his 48 goals in 70 contests during the 1960-61 season in Toronto, his 49 goals in 76 games during the 1968-69 season, his first full year in Detroit and then his career high 96 points on the strength of 43 goals in 1972-73 in Montreal. In 1181 career games, Mahovlich netted 533 goals and 1103 points. He was the 5th player in NHL history to reach the coveted 500-goal plateau and likely would have made it to 600 had he not spent 4 seasons in the WHA where he lit the lamp 89 more times. On the international stage Mahovlich played a key role in the 8-game 1972 Summit Series as well as the 1974 WHA 8-game clash against the Soviet Union.

This spectacular jersey exhibits game use that consists of stick marks, board burns, board paint transfer, washed out bloodstains, heavy inner pilling and 16 team-sewn repairs. Half of those classic Red Wings repairs were stitched when this sweater underwent a number change back in the late 1960’s, while the other half are the result of game use and are scattered about the body and sleeves of this regal sweater. This gamer was changed from number 18 to its present number 27. Jim Watson, a Red Wings defenseman, wore the player number 18 for the last time in 1967-68, the year that Mahovlich arrived in Detroit. Watson, who missed time due to injury in 1967-68, changed his player number from 18, which he last wore in 1967-68, to 21 for the start of the 1968-69 season. Prior to Mahovlich arriving in Detroit, the player number 27 was last worn by a Red Wings player all the way back in 1949-50. The Big M would don his familiar number 27 during his entire tenure in Detroit, which spanned from March 3rd of 1968 until his trade to Montreal on January 13th 1971. These facts speak to the strong possibility that this may well be Mahovlich’s first Red Wings sweater!

Mahovlich would flourish playing alongside Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio after arriving in Detroit. He tabbed 7 goals and 16 points in his 13 games after arriving late during the 1967-68 campaign. The following season saw Mahovlich net a career high 49 goals while helping his legendary linemate Gordie Howe to the first and only 100-point season in his entire NHL career! This amazing sweater is new to the hobby and would make a fine addition to any Hall of Fame collection.