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1974 Team Canada Pennant and Poster w/Gordie, Mark and Marty Howe

Lot Number 1527

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The sequel to the Canada/USSR Summit Series saw a complete roster of WHA players for Team Canada in lieu of the NHL squad from '72. All three Howes suited up as 46-year-old Gordie racked up 3 goals and 4 assists in the 8-game series (split between Canadian cities and Moscow). Offered is a 30" pennant (EX-MT) with the bilingual text, "TEAM CANADA L'EQUIPE / 74 / TEAM CANADA," along with a 14-3/4 x 23" Sport O'Keefe illustrated poster (EX-MT with a few staple marks along the top edge) featuring the Howes, Hull, Cheevers, Mahovlich, Henderson, Stapleton and others.

 

“Mr. Hockey” Collection Intro
 
There has never been—and never will be—another Gordie Howe. And not just in hockey but in all of professional sports. He’s a true-blue original who combined the raw talent and Golden Boy mystique of Mickey Mantle, with the guts and grit of Johnny Unitas, with the dazzling versatility of Oscar Robertson, with the age-defying longevity of George Foreman. He was John Wayne on the ice.
 
Idol of Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, both of whom declared him the best ever, Mr. Hockey was a Red Wing star before either of them were even born…and he was still skating in the pros when Bobby retired and the Great One debuted. What’s more, “Old Elbows” never lost his famed fierceness and tenacity. Here was a legend who spawned the term “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” (goal, assist and fight) and whose injuries included over 300 stitches; a fractured skull; and broken ribs, wrist and toes. All in all, Howe suited up 2,421 times during 32 pro seasons in 5 different decades, capturing 6 MVP awards and 4 Stanley Cup championships. But of all his myriad achievements, Mr. Hockey has always said that the single greatest thrill of his unparalleled career was playing alongside sons Mark and Marty for 5 seasons in the WHA. And that should tell you everything you need to know about the man himself: For all his ferocity in the rink, Gordie Howe is a devoted family man, a humble hero, a class act, a kind and generous soul with a heart of gold.
 
Over the past half-century, one Detroit-born die-hard fan has followed Howe’s life and times as closely as anyone and has amassed arguably the premier Howe collection in terms of depth and breadth. It is no exaggeration—indeed, it’s practically an understatement—to say that our consignor has endeavored to collect every last souvenir under the sun featuring Gordie’s name or image. Cards, magazines, programs, scorecards, tickets, buttons, posters, banners, pennants, advertising, endorsed items, limited-edition prints, calendars, photos, artworks, sculptures, game-used equipment, board games, autographs, retirement mementos—this and more is being presented over several H&S auctions. And so, following up on our August auction highlights of Howe’s ultra-rare 1952 Royal Desserts card and his 1960s Red Wings game-used stick, we now offer the second installment of the vast, special “Mr. Hockey” Collection.



 
 
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