Classic Auctions is different than the other auction houses whose wares I’ve recently covered. They’re based in Delson, Quebec, so most of what they offer is either hockey- or Canada-related. They’ve had some absolutely spectacular items up for bid lately. Here’s a sampling (in each case, click on the thumbnails for much larger photos):
• This 1930s hockey jersey features something I’d never seen before: a curved northwestern stripe!
• There’s something extremely endearing about the simplicity of this fish crest. Oddly, the team was called the Fishermen, so shouldn’t the fish be hooked on a line, or hauled up in a net, or something along those lines?
• If only program covers still looked something like this. Or like this, this, this, or this. (As an aside, this program cover isn’t particularly remarkable, but I love the milk ad at the middle of the center-spread.)
• It’s not often that you see old minor league all-star sweaters — very nice.
• Here’s a much more spectacular minor league all-star design. I love everything about this jersey — the stripes, the stars, the off-center crest, the cuffs, the felt numerals in the odd font. Magnifique!
• Totally digging this 1960s NHL calendar artwork.
• These sports-themed beer ads are soooo up my alley, especially the football one.
• I’d never seen anything like these adjustable cardboard rings. Were these common in Canada?
• Getting tired of all the hockey material? Then dig this amazing Hamilton Tiger-Cats jersey.
• Oooh, how sweet is this old New York Americans jacket? Looks like it would be too big for me, but I’d happily gain weight and have arm-lengthening surgery for a chance to wear that baby out in public.
• I’ve seen throwback reproductions of the old Quebec Aces design, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen an authentic vintage example.
• Something really nice about the simplicity of this pennant.
• This Canadiens jacket and this Bruins cardigan are both a little generic-feeling for my tastes, but I love how the swash under each team name script has “N.H.L.” — like, just in case you weren’t sure.
• I would’ve bought a lot more hockey cards as a kid if they’d come in this wrapper.
• Be sure to click on the thumbnail so you can see how the bear’s tongue is shaped like a hockey stick.
• Totally loving these NHL All-Star posters of Gordie Howe and Bob Pulford.
• Turns out the 1970 Des Moines Oak Leafs had an unbeatable uni combo: a spectacular jersey crest and CNOB!
• Attention skedders: this one’s for you.
(Special thanks to Paul Wiederecht, who first tipped me wise to Classic Auctions.)
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