Jim Craig's game-worn jerseys from the 1980 Olympics. (via Lelands)
Jim Craig, the goaltender of the ‘Miracle on Ice’ American team, is putting 19 items from the 1980 Olympics up for auction, including his gold medal, game-worn jerseys, stick, skates and pads. The entire lot is priced at $5.7 million, with the gold medal carrying the heftiest price tag at $1.5 million.
If you’ve ever wanted to have your own Olympic gold medal, you can now purchase the very one given to ‘Miracle on Ice’ goaltender Jim Craig for a cool $1.5 million. Don’t worry, though, you’ve got until Aug. 1 to round up the cash.
With the help of sports auction house Lelands, Craig, 58, has placed a lot of 19 items up for sale that include famed items like his gold medal, game-worn jerseys and the American flag which he famously draped across his shoulders after winning the gold medal. The prices for the memorabilia – it’s not an auction, it’s a sale – range from the $1.5 million price tag on the Olympic medal to $5,000 for clothing items, such as his Team USA pre-Olympic jacket. Other items for sale include Craig’s game-used mask, stick, pads and skates from the Lake Placid, New York tournament. In total, the 19-item lot is worth an eye-popping $5.7 million. The sale opens up on Aug. 1 and will close on Nov. 1.
Craig spoke with ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell about the auction and said he hopes that one person will buy the entire collection and put it on display for fans of the game, and the ‘Miracle,’ to see. "For the past 35 years, these items have been at the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Boston sports museum, the New York sports museum, and I think we've done a good job showing them because this moment was so big that I truly believe everyone was a part of it,"
Craig told Rovell. "But after the 35th anniversary [this past February], and after our teammate Bobby Suter died, I thought it was important to be responsible with these pieces to grow and protect the legacy for my family." Craig told Rovell he feels the memorabilia will still get purchased even at its high price because of how important the 1980 team’s performance has become. “We were just a bunch of humble guys,”
Craig said. “And the American people embraced us and our team because we were the truth."
As Rovell points out, Craig won’t be the first member of the 1980 American Olympic squad to sell items from his collection. Mark Wells and Mark Pavelich have sold their gold medals, while Mike Eruzione sold his jersey and stick from the gold-medal game for a combined total of nearly $1 million. Over the past decade, a number of legendary items from international hockey history have gone up for sale, including Paul Henderson’s jersey from the 1972 Summit Series. That jersey sold in June 2010 for roughly $1.27 million CAD, which was just slightly more than $1 million USD. If, or when, Craig’s gold medal sells, it will be the most expensive sale of an Olympic gold medal on record, according to Rovell. Previously, famed American track and field athlete Jesse Owens’ 1936 gold medal sold for $1.46 million.