Johnny ‘Black Cat’ Gagnon played for the Montreal Canadiens, (and also the NY Americans and Boston Bruins) from 1930 to 1940. He wasn’t a big star (120 goals, 141 assists in 451 games) but enjoyed success playing alongside Howie Morenz and Aurele Joliat.
Just a few days ago, Classic Auctions in Montreal, which is the foremost hockey auction house on the planet, sold Gagnon’s Montreal sweater #14 for $28,551. I really wanted this sweater, and I thought I had a chance. But then it went past fifty bucks so I had to bow out.
Here’a few other Habs items that sold in the auction. It must be nice to be a collector who happens to be a rich bastard. Must be lawyers snapping these things up.
Here’s what I mean:
Carol Vadnais’ 1993 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship ring – $23,102.
Jean Beliveau’s 1969 Montreal Canadiens game-worn sweater – $22,013.
Beliveau’s 1972-73 Stanley Cup ring – $32,211.
Henri Richard’s ’73-74 jersey – $13,500
Original 1978-79 Stanley Cup banner which hung from the Forum – $6000.
Player’s sweater worn during the 1937 Howie Morenz Memorial game – $7,150
Guy Lafleur’s 1981-82 game-worn sweater – $11,000
None of Dennis Kane’s Byer’s Bulldozers Orillia Midget team items were available, but I’m sure they’re worth quite a bit.
Classic Auctions is unbelievable. Two or three times a year they hold these amazing auctions that always include things like letters from Lord Stanley, important sticks that belonged to Morenz and the Rocket, for example, and just about anything else you can think of that is worth more than what you and I can afford. Classic is the Sotheby’s or Christies of the hockey world. I wouldn’t mind getting a job there.