It was one of the greatest sports moments in history – the height of the Cold War, the upstart American amateurs against the veteran Soviets. In the end, the defining moment was U.S. goalie Jim Craig wrapped in an American flag as the U.S. hockey team celebrated ‘The Miracle on Ice’ – one of the most unlikely upsets the world has ever seen.
Craig, now 58, is putting his collection of Olympic memorabilia on the auction block – 19 items total – for $5.7 million. Highlights include the game jersey Craig wore during the famous 4-3 game against the Soviet Union in Lake Placid, his Olympic gold medal and the famous American flag he draped around his neck after the win. Other items include his game-used hockey stick, mask, skates and Craig’s 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsmen of the Year Trophy.
Much of the memorabilia has been on display in various museums, but Craig felt the time was right to sell the entire trove. He wants the buyer to be able to keep the collection together.
Now’s the time to get yourself some amazing American sports history.
The auction is open – first come, first serve – at lelands.com.