Alex Ovechkin’s game-worn jersey from January 16th, 2006 against the Phoenix Coyotes went on the auction blocks this past month. The jersey is the one Ovechkin donned when he scored his iconic goal, which is still considered by most to be Ovechkin’s finest tally.
The auction concluded Saturday evening with a winning bid of $111,930. There were 32 bids overall. The auction, which was originally scheduled to end Saturday, May 16, was extended five times, four times due to late bidding frenzies, and once it was paused for some unknown reason. (Auction page here).
The jersey previously belonged to a Canadian collector, who told Scott Allen of the Washington Post earlier this month that he paid “just a bit more” than $33,000 for it at an auction in 2018.
No word yet on who the high bidder was.
Golden Auctions Item Description:
This Reebok size 58 white air-knit jersey has the Capitals’ mid 2000’s logo sewn on the front. A diagonal striping pattern of blue, gold and black adorns the bottom, with the same pattern on the sleeve ends. Ovechkin’s number “8” is sewn on the back and the sleeves in black, white and gold tackle twill. “OVECHKIN” is sewn on in black, white and gold tackle twill on a matching white air-knit nameplate that is sewn on above the number on the back. The shoulders have the Capitals’ secondary logo patch and the Reebok patch is sewn on above Ovechkin’s name. The NHL logo patch is sewn on the bottom back right tail and this jersey is equipped with a white nylon fight strap that is sewn on the inside back.
The inside of the jersey has the Capitals’ team patch sewn on from “Cutting Edge Sports” of Woburn, MA that has printed “Has created and manufactured the numbering and lettering for the Washington Capitals Set #2 2005-2006 Equipment Manager Doug Shearer”. The jersey displays moderate game use with some team repairs and stains. This jersey comes with a LOA from The MeiGray Group, who have photo matched this jersey to the March 4th, 2006 game against the Atlanta Thrashers at Phillips Arena and have also provided an additional LOA addendum that states this jersey was worn during the game in which he scored his famous goal against the Coyotes. MeiGray photo matched this jersey to the Associated Press (AP Images) number “328143790817”.
Auction site is here.
The auction of Ovechkin’s jersey was part of a larger sports auction held over the past three weeks. In addition to Ovi’s jersey, there were two other items up for bid:
- 2005/06 Upper Deck “The Cup” Game Used Patch Signed Cards BGS MINT 9 and BGS GEM MINT 9.5 Complete Set (81) – Featuring Crosby and Ovechkin Rookie Cards.
- 2003-2008 Upper Deck Hockey Signed/Unsigned BGS GEM MINT 9.5 Collection (5 Different) – Including Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby
By Jon Sorensen
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