1985-86 Edmonton Oilers - Wayne Gretzky Game-Worn Campbell All Star Jersey - Gerry Cosby CCM Tagging (Hockey Hall of Fame & Museum LOA)
Wayne Gretzky set the standard as hockey players are concerned. Maybe he wasn't the biggest or fastest, but Gretzky could create magic with skates and a hockey stick. The Great One held or was tied with 61 records upon retiring from the game he helped make famous. Like Jackie Robinson, Gretzky's number has been retired by every team in the NHL.
All-Star jerseys are coveted to say the least. Although used for one game, an All-Star nod means a player is considered at the top of his game. During his lengthy career, Gretzky garnered All-Star status on 18 occasions.
This orange jersey was worn by "The Great One," at the February 4, 1986 All-Star game in Hartford.
Authentication comes from the Hockey Hall of Fame from Peter Erikson.Erikson's initials P.J.E. can be found on the inside left elbow. The jersey was initialed to ensure that it could not be substituted after the authentication process. The following details were presented (synthesized) by him in reference to the authentication.
The jersey has the Cosby tag in the collar with the correct size 48 written on it in blue ink. The bottom line of the stitching on the Cosby tag is sewn in white thread, and the top and sides is sewn on in black thread. The tag style is correct.
All the identifiers are correct in size and dye lot color, the stars and material that the jersey is made from is also correct as far as color, size and cut.
The CCM logo on the tail is correct and is properly embroidered directly through the jersey with the right colors.
The Captain's C is sewn on with a straight stitch. This is because the Captain was elected by the players and the C was sewn on at the site of the game with a straight stitch. All the other identifiers are a zig zag stitch. A photo match is also included with a note on how the pattern of stars on the sleeves is identical.
More importantly, is the provenance of this Wayne Gretzky game-worn jersey. It was given to the California company Nusimatics. For several years, they obtained jersey's from Wayne Gretzky via Peter Erikson, from the Hall of Fame. Gretzky would give two jersey's to the Hall of Fame. One, was for the Hall of Fame to keep, the other was for them to sell. The Hall of Fame would sell these Gretzky jersey's directly to Nusimatics. This practice is documented with employees of the company during this era.
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