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I suppose you've heard by now Jim Craig is selling all his 1980 Olympic [sign in to see URL], sticks, mask, flag, skates, gold medal etc. Is he in financial trouble? Thought he might hold onto it longer, or pass it down, or donate some to the HOF. Could fetch 5 million bucks! Your thoughts?...
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It doesn't necessarily mean financial trouble. The value of the stuff will peak and decline at some point. His timing is probably good. It is easier to divide cash up than anything else. Craig probably wants to set his family up for generations. Makes sense to me.

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The prices seem insane, but as a Canadian the 'Miracle on Ice' means very little to me. Not to diss the great accomplishment of Team USA but the Summit Series was the thing when it comes to international hockey imo.

Craig's sweaters are priced as high as Paul Henderson's. Interesting to see how they go... O{* O{* O{*

The mask is in the stratosphere O{* O{* O{*

Check this link out. Looks like a steal at $2M now....

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What would everybody rather have? Craig's gold medal or the Hendrix guitar that played the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock !!!!!





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And another great mask comes out of the HHOF probably forever. That's all I see here.

Hopefully all these masks will be grouped and sent on traveling exhibitions so that the public can see them up close again.
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Interesting... Prices out to lunch..

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Contrary to popular belief, most sports stars don't sell memorabilia because of financial problems, but sell because they are either downsizing or trying to finance their retirement. Many times, sports stars didn't make the big bucks like people think they did during their playing days. I don't begrudge a fellow (or lady) selling their memorabilia, especially if it was what they actually used.

I think back to a fellow who was a middle relief pitcher in the majors. He got a World Series ring, but I would wager 99/100 people would NOT know who he was by name. He walks around in anonymity. None the less, he sold his ring probably at the best time he could have and made a tidy sum (not like what Jim Craig is asking). Why did he sell it? Because he knew it was time to sell.

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I can understand selling the stuff except for the medal. That's the reason you go to the Olympics. It's your's, something you earned.
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@neums30- I get that, but so many people look at that as a way to make a buck; after all- we don't know the motivations for what makes one sell an Olympic medal or Stanley/Superbowl/World Series/NBA Championship ring, either. After all- it's yours: do what you wish with it.

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I read somewhere that Craig had two children. Obviously the gold medal is the most valuable and personal Olympic-related item he has - but he only has one and it can't be divided. However the cash it generates can be split between his kids and their respective families when he passes on. It makes sense. Apparently he is a charitable guy as well, so maybe he feels good about giving some of the money to charity. Stuff like that might mean more to him than retaining the medal. He still has the memories. The achievement itself probably means more than the mementoes (?)...mementos (?)...[sign in to see URL]. It probably is the best time for him to auction it off.

I read somewhere that Mickey Cochrane (hall of fame baseball catcher of the '20's & '30's) said something to the effect that the hall of fame was wonderful but it didn't pay anything and he still needed to eat after he stopped playing baseball. I don't think Craig is eating dogfood or anything but I think I understand why he is parting with the stuff.

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Atter looking over the lot, some items I could see wanting, but others border on silly. Mr. Craig must have had people advising him on what other artifacts to keep (other than the obvious). I found it strange that his chest and arm protectors and catch glove are MIA, along with the socks.

I definitely would have never thought to keep what clothes I wore for my medal presentation. Alas- I have never won an Olumpic medal, either. I tend to toss or donate too much, even though my basement looks like it would make the cut on the TV show "Hoarders" at the moment.

Remember that the prices are probably set by the auction house and may not necessarily fetch what is estimated.
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I don't think its an auction. There's an estimate of what each item is worth and then the price. I think it says the items are for sale at that price, first come first serve.
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