Ed Belfour's 2002 Olympic gold medal, Toronto Maple Leafs mask and Team Canada mask (via ClassicAuctions.net)
If you’ve ever wanted to own a 2002 Olympic gold medal, now is your chance. Ed Belfour is auctioning off his Salt Lake City Olympic medal as part of a 66-piece collection, and bids are already exceeding $20,000.
Ed Belfour had one of the most successful careers of any goaltender in NHL history.
During his 17-year career, he won the Calder Trophy, two Vezina Trophies, three William M. Jennings Trophies, the Stanley Cup, and an Olympic gold medal. When he finally hung up his skates in 2007, Belfour retired with the fourth-most games played of any goaltender, third-most wins and in a tie for the ninth-most shutouts. In 2011, he became a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
All this is to say Belfour has collected a ton of interesting merchandise and memorabilia over his travels, much of which is now up for auction. That’s right: you can own a 2002 Olympic gold medal. All you need is about $21,500.
ClassicAuctions.net has a 66-piece collection of Belfour’s available for bidding, and there’s a treasure-trove of incredible memorabilia up for grabs if you can find the coin.
On the low end, there’s everything from game-used sticks — here’s one from Game 4 of the 1999 first-round series against the Edmonton Oilers — to signed numbers, photos, lithographs, figures and mini-masks. But, just as you’d figure, as the price goes up, the pieces in the auction get more and more interesting.
Unsurprisingly, the top draw in the auction is the gold medal from the Salt Lake City Olympics, which comes in its original presentation box.
“With an 85mm diameter and 10mm thickness, the medal comes in its original elegant display box,” the description reads. “Solid wood construction with a rich dark finish, the display case features the Olympic rings on front in gold, with a personalized certificate mounted on the left side of the interior, and the medal on the right side, housed in a removable velvet mount.”
Bids started at $7,500 when the auction opened, but that has already shot up to more than $21,000. That’s over a span of nine bids. It’s not going to be a cheap piece of hockey history to own, but it’s definitely a valuable one.
As of this writing, there’s no single item that has a bid worth even half as much as the gold medal, but the next-highest valued item is the mask that Belfour wore for two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. The photo-matched mask made its debut during Belfour’s Vezina-winning 1992-93 season and was worn throughout the 1993-94 campaign. It contains chips and marks from being game-worn, and it’s going for more than $10,000.
Other masks of Belfour’s up for auction include his 1997-98 Dallas Stars mask, with bids exceeding more than $4,500, his 1999-2000 mask, which was worn in the Stanley Cup finals and is going for north of $4,000, and masks from his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and Team Canada, all of which have bids of more than $3,500 as of this writing.
There’s also an assortment of game-worn jerseys and equipment from his time with the Blackhawks, Stars, Maple Leafs and Panthers, as well as some more equipment from his turns with Team Canada. Amazingly, you can even own his San Jose Sharks gear from his 13-game run in California.
On the hardware side of things, though, there are a few more interesting pieces to look at — namely, Belfour’s awards. Included in the auction is his 1991-92 Clarence Campbell Bowl, 1992-93 Vezina, 1994-95 William M. Jennings, 1997-98 Presidents’ Trophy, 1999-2000 Clarence Campbell Bowl, and, you guessed it, his 1998-99 Stanley Cup replica. Even the cheapest replica would still run you a pretty penny, though. The Stars’ Campbell Bowl from 2000 is the “cheapest” of the items at nearly $1,000.
So, Belfour fans, round up a few friends and set up a timeshare plan because if you can scrounge up the coin, you can strap up in full ‘Eddie the Eagle’ gear next time you hit the ice. Your best bet might be a full Maple Leafs set, which will cost somewhere in the neighbourhood of $5,000.