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1960s-2000s Gordie Howe Posters Hoard (36) with Rarities

Lot Number 1521

Quantity: Bid Starts: 11/02/2015 12:00:00 
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For our consignor—a.k.a. Gordie Howe's #1 fan—it took many decades, many shows, many mail orders and many Internet searches to amass this one-of-a-kind poster collection. A great diversity of events and ad campaigns (for both well-known and obscure products) are represented, along with classic cameos of Gretzky and fellow stars. EX condition overall. Highlights include: 1960s Neilson's Jersey Milk; 1970 Sports Illustrated photo/stats (photographer Tony Triolo); and 1977-78 Hartford Whalers team with all three Howes (on heavier stock paper w/original "New England Hockey Club" mailing tube). More on our website.

Also present are: 1960s Sport Images newspaper supplement; 1960s Lincoln Mercury (2 diff.- one GD); 1967 "Pop Posters" 500th Goal (GD/VG); 1969 Detroit News newspaper supplement; 1975 Hockey Weekly newspaper supplement (Art Brewster artwork); 1970s Whalers "Hockey Quebec" (GD, adhered to backing); ; 1979 Gretzky/Howe Edmonton Super Series; 1982 Gretzky/Howe "Gordie's Place"; 1984 Labatt's Beer "Detroit Red Wings Hall of Fame" (3); 1989 "Salute to Excellence in Sports" (from Calgary charity event); 1989 Busch Beer; 1989 Hartford Whalers Hall of Fame; Late 1980s "Detroit Red Wings Alumni" caricatures; 1990s Nike "Mr. Hockey and the Great One"; 1990 Hall of Fame Game; 1996 Red Wings "70th Anniversary" tickets; 1996 Kellogg's Greats (bilingual); Eurographics "Legends of Hockey Cards 1942-72"; 1997 Stroh's Beer (2); 1997 Detroit Free Press newspaper supplement (on tin!); 2000 "50th All-Star Game"; 2000 "NHL All-Century Team"; 2000s Aeros Commemoration (2); 2001 Coors; General Electric; "And...Howe" Book; 2010 Upper Deck Hat Trick with Orr and Gretzky; "One Last Time" Hull/Howe/Richard.

 

“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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