Miracles are apparently worth a lot of money.
The jersey worn by Mike Eruzione, the captain of the 1980 U.S. hockey team that shocked the Russians 33 years ago in the famous “Miracle On Ice” game, sold for $657,250 on Saturday night. The stick Eruzione used in the game was purchased for $262,900 in an auction conducted by Heritage Auctions in New York City.
Other items Eruzione sold through the auction company included his jersey worn in the gold medal win against Finland ($286,800), the warmup suit he wore during the gold medal ceremony ($26,290), Eruzione-used Team USA gloves ($53,775) and used pants ($26,680).
“There was definitely a lot of interest,” said Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions for Heritage. “The ‘Miracle on Ice’ is clearly one of those moments where you remember where you were. It transcends sports and has become part of pop culture.”
The auction house estimate for the jersey of at least $1 million wasn’t realized, but Eruzione’s stick was only projected to go for around $50,000.
Heritage, which has 18 other Eruzione items that it will sell on Sunday, also sold a game-used goalie stick from U.S. goalie Jim Craig signed by the “Miracle on Ice” team for $32,265.
Other sales of note included vintage New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox items:
• A $1,150 Yankees signing-bonus check endorsed by a 17-year-old Mickey Mantle sold for $286,800.
• Two checks related to the Yankees’ purchase of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox sold for $95,600.
• A 1927-28 Lou Gehrig game-worn Yankees jersey sold for $717,000 while a Gehrig-worn cap from 1930s sold for $191,200.
• Curt Schilling’s famous bloody sock from Game 2 of the 2004 World Series sold for $92,612.