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Miracle on Ice gold medal set to hit auction block by Chris Olds
October 19, 2010, 4:44 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

If you believe in miracles, then you know what this item is potentially worth.

The first Olympic gold medal to ever hit the auction block awarded to a member of the 1980 United States “Miracle on Ice”  hockey team will be up for sale beginning next month through Heritage Auctions.

The medal, which originally belonged to center Mark Wells, is expected to fetch six figures. Wells sold the medal earlier this year to a private collector who has opted to sell through the Dallas-based auction house during an auction on Nov. 5.

“The U.S. hockey victory over the seemingly invincible Russians is one of the great moments in American sports history,”  said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles. “And this original medal crafted by Tiffany is sports history you can hold in your hands.”

The medal included a letter from Wells. In it, he wrote: “I hope you cherish this medal as much as I have.  I personally cannot think of another piece of memorabilia that has had such a profound effect on the sports world than this precious keepsake.”

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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