July 29, 2015
Miracle On Ice Goalie Selling 1980 Olympic Memorabilia
Jim Craig, the unlikely goaltending hero for Team USA at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, is selling 19 items from his personal collection. He is hoping to raise $5.7 million.
The jersey he wore against the Soviets, the American flag he famous draped around himself and the Olympic gold medal are each appraised at $1 million by Lelands.com, the auction house selling Craig's items.
Craig is selling the items for the long term benefit of his family.
"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 told 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."
Craig only briefly played in the NHL following the Olympic victory. His primary source of income over the years has been from working the motivational speeches tour.
Craig wants to find one buyer for all of the items.