In an online sale that ends on February 26, Classic Auctions sells as Lot 290 an Oilers' jersey numbered 99, with on the right shoulder the 1904-1979 crest for the 75th year of the Edmonton city incorporation.
This white jersey was used regularly, and perhaps even systematically in home games, by Gretzky from October to December 1979. At the beginning of that period, he scored his first assist in NHL and then his first goal. The photo-matchings of the period are convincing, especially with a tear in the stripe on an elbow.
I discussed last year a blue jersey signed by Gretzky, unsold in another auction house, which was consistent with a photo from the preparatory phase of the same season. It was not demonstrated as NHL game worn.
Classic Auctions is an auction house operating in Canada and United States. It is specialized in ice hockey. Its photo-matching expertise is based on an archive of 500,000 photos. The jersey number 19 worn by Paul Henderson in 1972 when he scored the decisive goal of Team Canada against the Soviets was sold for US $ 1.27M including premium by Classic Auctions in June 2010.
SOLD for $ 220K including premium