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Jim Craig a.k.a ‘Miracle On Ice’ is in hopes of selling all of his 1980 Olympic Memorabilia for an asking price of $5.7 million.

Craig is widely known for his performance during the Lake Placid Winter Games, being the ignition for their gold medal victory. As they were versing the heavily favored Soviet Union, ‘Miracle on Ice’ came to the rescue, stopping 36 out of 39 shots leading them to a 4-3 victory, which made some jaws drop. The US went on to win the gold medal, defeating Finland 4-2 in the final game.

After his performance in the olympics, Craig went on to play in the National Hockey League with various teams as their starting goalkeeper, including the Atlanta Flames, Boston Bruins, and the Minnesota North Stars.

Craig is now  employed as a motivational speaker, spokesperson, marketing and sales strategist. He is president of Gold Medal Strategies, a Boston-area based promotions and marketing firm that also manages and represents Jim and his appearance business.

Over the past 25 years, Jim has provided strategic direction for employees and associates from more than 300 organizations.

Craig has decided to sell all his equipment in a one 19-spot lot with all items included. The goalkeeper is using Lelands.com for his sales.

Craig is selling the following items:

  • His game-used jersey from the famous 4-3 game against the Soviet Union
  • His Olympic gold medal
  • The famous American flag he draped over his shoulders after the United States defeated Finland in that final game.
  • The collection on Lelands also includes Craig’s used goalie mask, skates and stick from the Games 35 years ago in Lake Placid, New York during the Lake Placid Winter Games.
  • Outfit Craig wore at the 1980 Olympics opening ceremony
  • His 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award
  • His Olympic ring
  • A gold-medal-winner watch
  • 1980 Olympics winter coat that he wore
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Craig’s famous American flag (Courtesy to Lelands.com)

“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 stated to ESPN.com. “But after the 35th anniversary [this past February], and after our teammate Bobby Suter died, I thought it was important to be responsible with these pieces to grow and protect the legacy for my family.”

“And my wife certainly doesn’t want to see pictures of Jim Craig all over the house,” Craig joked to ESPN.

The rest of his collection with his images can be found on Lelands.com, click here to view!

Many professionals have been selling their gear. Is it for a few extra bucks? Or a way to show their respect?Whats your take?

Hagop Margossian

Founder of Spark Sports

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