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12-14-2005, 12:53 PM
Wayne Gretzky's First NHL Jersey Offered for Auction - Historical Oilers and NHL Memorabilia on Sale to Serious Bidders - Auction ends December 15th, 2005

SAINT-CONSTANT, Dec. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Classic Collectibles is proud toannounce that the very first jersey ever worn by Wayne Gretzky while he playedfor the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL during the 1979-80 season, is now beingoffered for auction. The jersey was obtained by longtime Oilers employee, Rick"The Stick" Elaschuk who is also releasing another 152 items of his personalcollection. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the Rick "The Stick"collection will be donated to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. Thecurrent bid on the Gretzky jersey is of $78,000 US and is expected to reachhundreds of thousands of dollars. Furthermore, numerous souvenirs andhistorical hockey memorabilia from the archives of the Edmonton Oilers arealso being offered in this auction. Aside from the very first Gretzky jersey, the auction also showcases suchitems as Mark Messier's last Oilers jersey from 1990-91 (current bid$7000 US), different milestone pucks that marked the prestigious career ofWayne Gretzky, Jacques Plante's 1974-75 Edmonton Oilers game worn goalie mask -his last mask (current bid $4000 US) as well as Jacques Plante's 1974-75Edmonton Oilers game worn jersey (current bid $3600 US). The auction is now available online and will end December 15th, 2005. Itfeatures almost 700 lots and many of these items can be considered theprerequisite to any hockey collection and the pinnacle piece of the ultimatecollection. Items never before offered for sale that are autographed by, andin may cases even worn by, the Edmonton Oilers elite who exploded into the NHLin 1979 as an expansion team that earned swift respect as they made theStanley Cup playoffs in their first season and were the only team to win aStanley Cup within five years of joining the league. Here is your chance toown sport-hallowed memorabilia from Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri,Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey and other great athletes that have inspired us,stirred our souls and ignited our passions. Classic Collectibles was established in 1995 and is now considered theNorth American leader in historical hockey memorabilia auctions. We havesuccessfully auctioned the private collections of numerous hockey legends andOldtimers, namely those of Jean Beliveau, Bobby Hull, Frank Mahovlich, JohnnyBucyk, Maurice and Henri Richard, Howie Morenz, Guy Lafleur, Yvan Cournoyerand many more. We also currently hold the record for top prices obtained for agame worn jersey (1973 Bobby Orr - $135,000 US), for a Stanley Cup ring (1961Bobby Hull - $85,000 US), for a game used hockey stick (1971 Jean Beliveau -$17,500 US) and for a Stanley Cup trophy (1957 Jean Beliveau - $42,000 US). www.classicauctions.net (http://www.classicauctions.net) the right choice for passionate hockey collectorsFor further information: Marc Juteau & Claude Juteau, Classic Collectibles, (450) 638-7058, FAX : (450) 638-2643, info@classicauctions.net