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1970s-1990s Gordie Howe Tournament and Other Rare Golf-Related Howe Items (13)

Lot Number 1529

Quantity: Bid Starts: 11/02/2015 12:00:00 
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Any Gordie guru worth his salt knows that Mr. Hockey was a plus-handicap golfer and that he hosted the long-running Gordie Howe Celebrity Classic Tournament. It's no easy task to track down surviving ephemera from Howe's events at Plum Hollow Golf Course and elsewhere, but here's a big batch in one fell swoop. Includes: Posters - Ranging from 11x17 to 23x27 w/1984 Ford Golf Tournament of Truck Champions; Circa 1980s Howe in golf polo shirt (2 diff.); and 1990 National Hockey Alumni Association "Legends of Hockey" Golf Classic (w/attached entry form and picturing Howe, Schmidt, Park, Hull, Bathgate, Gadsby, Ullman, Henderson, Kelly, Mahovlich and more). MiscellaneousRare 1970s "Gordie Howe Tournament" 10K-gold Jostens tie tack w/chain; 1979 "Western Golf March of Dimes Celebrity Classic" wooden plaque w/circular embossed medallion and peel-off cloth name tag picturing Howe; 1970s-80s "Gordie Howe Tournament" clothing carrier bag; 2000s Wilson ball w/Howe action image on side. "Gordie Howe Tournament" Golf-Bag Tags - 1970 and 1972 pinback buttons w/Howe head-shot at bottom; 1974 w/Howe on reverse; 1970s pewter/metal with hockey/golf action images; 1980 for PGA pro Ray Bolo.

 

“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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