- Darren Rovell, ESPN.com Sports Business reporter
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The "miracle" puck from the 1980 Olympic hockey game is up for sale.
That's because Mark Friedland, who owns the game-winning puck that U.S. captain Mike Eruzione slapped in to give the United States a 4-3 lead over the Soviet Union, is ready to part ways with the 24-year-old collectible.
Friedland, who claims to have one of the world's largest hockey memorabilia collections, said the asking price is $95,000. He bought the puck in a MastroNet auction last year for $13,200.
After Eruzione scored the goal with 10 minutes left in the game, Friedland said, the puck was kept in play and sailed into the crowd on a face-off. The original owner kept it until the auction last year.
When Friedland won the auction, he received all the documentation proving that this was indeed the very puck used to pull off one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The buyer will receive affidavits from the fan and the three people sitting around him, tickets to the seat the fan was sitting in, the game program, the hat he was wearing on his head and video of the goal and the puck subsequently going into the stands.
"I don't want to part with it, but if there were a time, it would be now," said Friedland, referring to the media frenzy surrounding the historic event thanks to the movie, "Miracle," which debuted on Friday.
Friedland decided not to auction the puck because he thinks his price is a fair one and doesn't want to have to pay commission fees to an auction house. He says he would use the money to fund some of his other recent purchases, including Maurice "Rocket" Richard's 1950 All-Star uniform.
Players from the 1980 team have been making a nice buck from the resurgence of talk over their gold medal performance, which they sealed when they beat Finland two days after shocking the Russian team. Not only are many of them doing autograph signings, but some of the stars are in demand on the speaking circuit. Goalie Jim Craig has been booked by a handful of companies to give motivational speeches at approximately $10,000 apiece, according to officials at Octagon, which has been handling his appearances.
Darren Rovell, who covers sports business for ESPN.com, can be reached at Darren.firstname.lastname@example.org
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