Maybe We Only Live Once, So I Splurged
June 26, 2010 in 1972 Canada-Russia hockey, Dick Irvin, Doug Harvey, Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens Tags: 1948-49 Montreal Canadiens, 1972 Canada-Russia hockey, Bill Durnan, Billy Reay game-used stick, Classic Auctions, Dick Irvin, Doug Harvey, Maurice Richard, Paul Henderson
The billionaire developer who bought the Paul Henderson jersey wasn’t the only one who got what he was after in the recent Classic Collectables Auction.
I bought something too! For $330. (plus the usual extra fees.)
You should know that I’m not a rich man by any stretch. Heck, my wife and I might have to live in a tent when we’re retired, or in Hobo’s spare room near Peterborough. But I was watching the auction carefully, I had my eyes on one thing in particular, and I told myself that if the thing didn’t go crazy, I’d dearly love to get my hands on it.
With my wife’s blessing, I was going to go for it and work a little overtime here and there and not eat for a month so it wouldn’t hurt too much.
I splurged and bought a beauty.
I was the winning bidder of Billy Reay’s game-used stick from the time he played on the 1948-49 Montreal Canadiens, (he was leading point-getter for the Habs that year, ahead of the Rocket, 45 to 38), and it’s signed by most of the team including the very rare and valuable signatures of coach Dick Irvin and goalie Bill Durnan, along with Doug Harvey, Maurice Richard, Reay, Murph Chamberlain, Elmer Lach, Butch Bouchard, Ken Reardon, George Robertson, Ed Dorohoy, Joe Carveth, Howard Riopelle, Ken Mosdell, Bob Fillion, and Jacques Locas.
To me, it’s a Hall of Fame piece and I’m very proud.
And if you think I’m nuts, think again. Two years ago I paid $200 for a ticket stub from game eight of the 1972 Summit Series in Moscow and one similar to mine but not as nice just sold for $4000 in this recent auction. There’s been other times too where I’ve come out far ahead.