10 Crazy Prices Paid for Sports Memorabilia
Mike Eruzione's "Miracle On Ice" uniform from the 1980 Winter Olympics
Selling price: $657,000
Trying to explain the Miracle On Ice to post-Cold War kids is basically like speaking an alien language.
You spend a lot of time explaining that the Soviets sent the equivalent of professional hockey players to the Olympics while the United States sent college kids. If the kid is somewhat sports-savvy, you get the inevitable questions about why everybody sends pros to the Olympics now. Then you have to explain that no, beating the Soviet Union didn't give the U.S. the gold medal -- they still had to play Finland in the final game of the round-robin medal round. Then you have to explain why they had a round-robin format.If you're lucky, that kid is enough of a hockey fan to give you a pass or is at least old enough to remember the 1980 Team USA lighting the Olympic torch in Salt Lake City back in 2002 or that Kurt Russell movie from 2004. If not, just go back to YouTube and watch Eruzione's game-winning goal, listen to Al Michaels' Do You Believe In Miracles call again and remember that those fading memories and the continued loss of context is the reason that a hockey uniform sold for a price almost five times greater than the average price of an existing home in this country.
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