Jim Craig breaks up Miracle on Ice items for auction
Jim Craig didn’t sell his “Miracle on Ice” lot of 19 items for $5.7 million, as he planned to do last year, so he broke up the items in a new auction that runs from Tuesday through June 17.
The Olympic gold medal, which Craig wanted to sell for $1.5 million as part of the $5.7 million sale last year, had an opening bid of $100,000.
“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 said in 2015, according to ESPN.com. “But after the 35th anniversary [in February 2015], and after our teammate Bobby Suter died [Sept. 9, 2014], I thought it was important to be responsible with these pieces to grow and protect the legacy for my family.”
The lot also includes Craig’s jersey from the 4-3 upset win over the Soviet Union, the flag he famously wore after the final win over Finland, the jersey from the Finland game and his goalie mask.
Craig would become at least the third player from the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to sell his gold medal.
“I would never get rid of the gold medal if I had one child, but I have two,” Craig said on The Dan Patrick Show last year. “So how do you split that? Then, having seen so much death in my family through cancer, and wills and everything else, that’s a lot of responsibility to leave on other people. So I think the gold medal was really, really tough. … The mask, that was me. That was my personality. That was what protected me. It had the shamrocks on it. The jersey, that’s like hanging up in the locker room when you walk in with all the guys. You finally made this team that did something epic. The pads were of an era that was so different. And the flag represented who and what we are as Americans. It gave me a chance to show my love for my father.”
Mark Pavelich‘s medal was auctioned for $262,900 in May 2014.
Mark Wells’ medal was auctioned for $310,700 in November 2010, after he sold it privately for about a reported $40,000.
Miracle on Ice captain Mike Eruzione sold his stick from the U.S.-Soviet Union game in 1980 and his jersey from the final game against Finland to a 9-year-old boy named Seven in 2013, but not his gold medal.
Dave Christian put his medal up for auction in February, but it reportedly did not sell.