Today's featured jersey is a 1980 United States Olympic Team Mark Pavelich jersey. After 32 years with only Mark Wells' blue and white Miracle on Ice jerseys becoming available to collectors of game worn jerseys, the last year has now seen Ken Morrow auction off his Miracle jersey for $104,328 in 2012 and Eruzione parting with both is blue ($286,800) and white jersey, which sold for $657,250, considerably less than it's $1,000,000 pre-sale estimate.
Now, Pavelich's own white Miracle on Ice jersey is up for auction, becoming only the sixth 1980 US Olympic Team jersey made available, and only the fourth white one from the famous game against the Soviet Union, with the auction ending tonight at 10:00 PM eastern.
As of this writing, the high bid is currently $72,151, which is subject to a an additional buyers premium of 19.5%, which would add another $14,069, pushing the current value of the bid to $86,220.
We're unsure about the timing of auctioning off the Pavelich jersey as the auction began prior to the auction of the Eruzione collection. Perhaps the hope was that the Eruzione jersey would surpass the $1.27 million record for Paul Henderson's 1972 Summit Series Team Canada jersey, creating a buzz for the Pavelich jersey, which would be an attractive alternative for unsuccessful bidders on the Eruzione jersey.
On the other hand, with the final price of the Eruzione jersey failing to meet expectations, it could affect the frenzy that would surround another Miracle on Ice jersey. Still, with Eruzione's jersey having sold for easily over a half a million dollars and the $104,328 with the premium for the Morrow jersey, the top bid for Pavelich's jersey is now within less than $12,000 of the highest actual bid for Morrow's jersey, which should hopefully see it surpass it's silent reserve price, under which it will not be sold.
Following the auction for Pavelich's jersey tonight, the market will now be set for 1980 Olympic jerseys. With the remaining members of the team seeing what their jerseys are worth on the open market, could we now see more of them hit the market in the near future?
UPDATE: The final highest bid for the Pavelich jersey ended up being $116,203, and with the 19.5% buyer's premium added on, the final selling price then rises to $138,863. That exceeds the final price of Ken Morrow's Miracle on Ice jersey, which sold for $104,328, by $34,534.
photo courtesy of Classic Auctions
Finally, the promotional video from Classic Auctions promoting Pavelich's Miracle on Ice jersey auction.