Remembering the Miracle on Ice through cards

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Miracle on Ice will go down as one of the greatest sporting events in U.S. history. Today marks the anniversary of the game where Team USA beat the USSR in the medal rounds of the 1980 Olympics.

Plenty of attention has been bestowed on the event recently with two high profile auctions for items from the 1980 Winter Olympics. Mike Eruzione’s collection is up or bid with Heritage Auctions and Mark Pavelich’s jersey up with Classic Auctions.

The history of this event has lived on in cards showing moments of celebration or reliving one man’s role in the game. Most recently, Leaf included a multi-autograph card (as a redemption in packs) of 2012 Legends of Sports, featuring many members from the men’s ice hockey team.

Here are some more cards touting the Miracle on Ice (after the jump):

1995 Signature Rookies Miracle on Ice
Fifty cards were made this set featuring 20 players, two coaches and bunch of action photos. Each six-card pack had an autograph. The autographs were numbered to 2,000 copies each. The most popular autos out of this set were of Herb Brooks and Eruzione.

2011 American Pie #137 Miracle on Ice
American Pie was a celebration of American history through the decades. And when Topps got to the 1980s, there was no way this game would be left off the checklist.

1980-81 Topps
This was a standard issue set from Topps with 264 cards. But Team USA members had a special designation on their cards with a logo. All these cards were also Rookie Cards for Ken Morrow, Jim Craig, Mark Johnson, Steve Christoff, Mike Ramsey, Dave Christian and Rob McClanahan.

2011-12 In The Game’s Canada vs. The World #GM04
Jim Craig was featured on this insert for one of his great moment. Craig was the goalie for the Miracle on Ice game.

1983-84 Topps M&M Olympic Heroes #13
Mike Eruzione appeared in this 44-card set along with other well-known athletes such as Cassius Clay, George Foreman, Jerry West, Joe Frazier, Bill Bradley, Jim Thorpe and Jesse Owens.

2004-05 UD Legendary Signatures Miracle Men
This 18-card set highlighted the 1980 U.S. men’s hockey team. The autographs were inserted at a rate of one in five packs.

1991 Impel U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
This 90-card set honored members of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, but many cards showcased those on the 1980 men’s hockey team such as Herb Brooks as coach and Ken Morrow, and cards dedicated the Miracle on Ice game.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Hockey. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook.


  1. bill
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Great post, Susan. I was 9 when it happened and it made me the giant hockey fan that I am today.

  2. Kevin
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Mike Ramsey married my 5th grade teacher

  3. steve emerick
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    I remember watching the tape delays as a 18 year old

  4. joe r
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    still to this day if i hear “do you believe in miracles” i get a chill up my spine. greatest sports moment in U.S. history!!!!!!!!

  5. Bob Oljey
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    There is a member on this site who I have traded with and also is a fellow USAF veteran who was the stick boy for the Miracle Men team. Although he has shared some of his memories with me I wish he would tell his story to the Beckett community. He seems to have disappeared during the last year and a half. I hope he reads this and responds via email.

  6. steve
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    question for Susan Lulgjuraj. I noticed there a several sets of the miracle on ice cards(by signature rookies). can you give me any feedback on the variations and value. Below are the set variations that seem to exist but not sure order they were produce or how to rank which have more value etc…

    I am a big hockey fan loved that olympics….was hoping for Oshie shootout was start of something big to ignite value of 1980 collection

    Authentic Signature Edition – total of 2000 sets
    Gold Metal Set -total of 9999 sets
    Commerative Edition- Limited Edition total of 1980 sets
    Promo Edition – total of 7500 sets
    Singature Rookie??- total of 24,000 sets

  7. Peter Halferty
    Posted December 11, 2016 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Hello. I have a Signature Rookis 1995 Commeratuve set of Mircale on ice uncut sheet. Do you guys have any idea of value or where I can get info.

    Thanking in advance.

    I am



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