Do You Believe in Collecting Miracles?

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Like so many others, I watched the tape-delayed broadcast of the 1980 Olympic Games’ Miracle on Ice, the U.S. men’s hockey team’s unthinkable medal-round upset win over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Like so many others, I was elated with the results. Ever since, I’ve been a collector of this moment – and I’m far from the only one.

I have the 1995 Signatures Rookies Miracle on Ice set and that’s a great place to start. You can get a base set for a fair price, but the autographs – headlined by the one of late, great coach Herb Brooks – are the real keys to this set. The Brooks autograph is currently valued at $50, as are the two cards of Mike Eruzione. Jack O’Callahan’s autos are listed at $30 apiece, Jim Craig’s at $25; the vast majority of the autographs can be had for between $12 and $15.

The 2004-05 SP Legendary Signatures boxes that guarantee one Miracle Men autograph per box will cost you about $189 each. But the autographs are plentiful on the secondary market and can be picked up for affordable prices. The autograph I had to get was the Mark Pavelich. Why?

Well after the 1980 Olympics he was basically a man who disappeared and wasn’t seen much at all over the years. He did make an appearance with his teammates at the 2002 NHL All-Star game in Los Angeles and to this day I wonder how Upper Deck got his autograph? He lives in a cabin in a remote area. There can’t be many out there.

Grandstand Sports is offering autographed 1980 replica jerseys signed by 20 members of the history-making team, including Brooks. The collectible is limited to just 180 pieces and is available for about $1,200.

Also, to help push the 2004 release of the inspirational movie “Miracle,” Disney marketing folks had a few players from the team sign some movie posters that were given away to promote the film.

Wonder whether this afternoon’s highly anticipated Team USA vs. Team Canada gold medal game will help create a whole series of new collectibles.

— Russ Cohen


  1. Posted Sunday February 28th, 2010 at 10:55 AM | Permalink

    I used to have a few of the more common Miracle Signature Series when I was younger. I should have held onto them.

  2. Solomon
    Posted Monday March 1st, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink

    yes I do

  3. Anonymous
    Posted Monday July 26th, 2010 at 03:16 AM | Permalink

    i’ve been working on the legendary signature set since the it came out. I cannot find the Jim Craig SP /73, Dave Christian, or Buzz Schneider to save my life. I also need the Herb Brooks 95 Signature Rookies Miracle on Ice autographs If anyone can tell me the whereabouts of these cards I would appreciate it. I always have paypal ready.

  4. JamesBuffi
    Posted Friday November 18th, 2011 at 02:15 PM | Permalink

    Update to anyone reading this. I still am in search of the Dave Christian and Jim Craig Sp /73 from the legendary signature set. Anyone with either of these cards, please get in touch with me via my email. Thanks!

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