Back on February 22nd, during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the United States national ice hockey team made up of amateur, collegiate players and captained by Michael Eruzione, made history by defeating the heavy-favorite Soviet Union who had won nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament since 1954, in the famous medal-round men’s ice hockey game ‘Miracle on Ice’. And since the 4-3 ‘Miracle on Ice’ victory over the Soviets which is considered to be the greatest American sports moment of the 20th Century and a moment that transcended all geo-political boundaries, the equipment the then American captain Eruzione used had been sitting in a bag in his attic. Now, Michael Eruzione in an effort to help out his family and a charity organization auctioned his personal gear from those games. At the auction administered by Heritage Auctions in New York on Feb. 23, the day after the 33rd anniversary of the historic game, the historic jersey that Michael Eruzione wore when he scored the game-winning goal against the Soviet Union gold sold for $657,250, along with the stick for $262,900 he used and other notable sports memorabilia.
Notably, the one piece of ‘Miracle on Ice’ memorabilia that Michael Eruzione declined to put on auction was his gold medal, which he said will never be sold as long as he’s alive.
However, the final $657,250 sale price of the road style jersey graded A7 by MEARS, isn’t surprising, as it’s been reported that back in December the pre-sale estimate on the jersey was over $1 million.
Even Eruzione’s warm-up suit fetched as much as $26,290 while his red pants got sold for $28,680 at the auction attended by the legendary captain himself.