Heritage to sell the Andy Leff hockey memorabilia collection
The Andy Leff Collection of hockey memorabilia is set to cross the block with Heritage Auctions.
The Philadelphia native's boyhood love of the game inspired him to create one of the world's greatest hockey collections. Now the treasures from the collection will be up for grabs in a series of sales staring this week in Dallas.
“While everyone in my entire family collects something, I chose to make hockey my thing,” said Leff. “Hockey was the only sport I watched and followed growing up...So when I got older and had some money saved away, I started to see that you could actually buy this stuff that the players used and I got hooked there too.”
Inspired by his father's collection of baseball memorabilia, Leff began to build his own collection, at first focusing on hockey sticks from Hall of Fame players. It quickly expanded in scope, and Leff found himself assembling one of the most important hockey collections the world had ever seen.
"I started picking up some trophies, awards, rings, then jerseys, then special milestone pucks, equipment and pictures," said Leff. "It's nice to have a niche in collecting, as many people do, but I wanted to put together an all-around collection that showcased the entire history of the sport, not just a subset of it.
"To me, putting together something that encompassed everything about the sport was really unique and allows you to display your items in many different ways to show off the rich history of the game."
Major highlights of the vast collection include a rare 1967-69 game worn Detroit Red Wings Jersey from legend Gordie Howe (est. $50,000+); the 1952-53 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Bowl presented to Maurice Richard ($20,000+); the pads worn by Colorado Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy during his 500th career victory in 2001 ($10,000+); and the 1973 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship ring presented to Hall of Famer Yvan Cournoyer ($10,000+).
The first part of Leff's collection goes up for sale this week, as part of the Heritage Sports Collectibles Catalogue Auction on November 5-7.
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