A 1948 Detroit Red Wings Resurrection
On July 17th 2016 I went to a yard sale held in an old building. The renters are trying to clean it up to use as a thrift store. But it was a mess, think American Pickers, climbing over and around tight places.
Way in the back I saw an old newspaper. I picked it up, 1948 Detroit News sports section. The front page was a story with pictures of the Hockey playoffs, and it had the Red Wings on it. But under the picture...my heart was beating so fast...I asked the store keep how much she wanted...$3. I bought it.
Once home I placed it carefully on the table and started researching, I knew noting of hockey. But those 4 autographs under the picture had me intrigued.
It turned out to be,
Gordie Howe (just died)
I called SGC
We spoke at great length, I explained what I had found. It turned out that these 4 were called the Production Line, but more important, "Red" Kelly appears to have never signed with the other 3. There are a lot of items with the other 3 signing, but not Red. That fact, it being on the sports page with their picture and Howe's death has placed this as a one of a kind item.
The man I spoke with at SGC had to call his overseer and he would call me back. The cost to get it authenticated would normally be $150.00.
About 30 minutes later SGC called back, they lowered their normal fee to $35. If the autographs turn out to be real this find will make a nice addition to SGC's feather cap and database.
Right away they started to encourage me to allow it to go to auction. I am waiting.
The paper goes out via FedEx today, being sent to SGC.
SGC has kept in close contact via phone and text.
I should hear back next week.
If it checks out it would be difficult to estimate its value.
It is known the autographs were obtained possible in the 60's or 70's, but it changes nothing of value.
I will post updates.