1997 Wayne Gretzky vs. Mario Lemieux Final Match Signed Game Used Stick
It was the final face-off at Madison Square Garden between two of hockey’s greatest when Wayne Gretzky and the New York Rangers hosted Mario Lemieux's Pittsburgh Penguins in 1997. Emotional for all, the evening was made a little lighter by a Gretzky goal and a Rangers victory. Offered is a stick used by Gretzky in that historic game and signed by both "The Great One" and his superstar rival Lemieux. The custom-made "Gretzky" model Easton Silvertip stick is stamped "Gretzky" on the lower portion of the shaft and shows nice game use to both the shaft and blade. Coding on the knob reads “Pitt, NHL 948” with the game’s date. Tape was removed from the blade to accommodate the blue Sharpie "10" inscription and signatures: "To Matt/Your Friend/Wayne Gretzky/99/1997/Mario Lemieux." The stick was obtained by the Rangers' Assistant Equipment Manager at the time, whose LOA is included and reads, in part: "I can attest that the Wayne Gretzky autographed stick you have purchased is game used and authentic. This stick is from Mario Lemieux's last game in Madison Square Garden." A gorgeous Gretzky "gamer" with excellent provenance and a matching pair of spectacular signatures from a historic evening!
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