EDIT: Alas, it was too good to be true. I confirmed that the real auction winner for the Demko’s Pride Night jersey paid just under $3000 for the jersey. The bid of $272,500 was either a mistake or a bogus bid that the bidder never intended to pay. Still, Demko’s jersey ended up being the highest bid in the auction.
You could buy a nice house for $272,500. Not in Vancouver, of course, but there are plenty of cities where that much money could make you feel very comfortable.
Or, you can purchase a “game worn” jersey.
The Vancouver Canucks wore unique Pride Night jerseys for their warm-up before their game against the Washington Capitals on March 11. After the game, the jerseys worn by each of the players were sold at auction on Vanbase — a total of 22 jerseys, including the scratches of the match, Madison Bowey and Sheldon Rempal.
There are many reasons why these jerseys would fetch a premium price. They are beautifully designed by 20-year-old Swedish artist Mio, transforming the Canucks’ orca logo into a meaningful story of queer travel. They are limited in number, making them highly sought after collectibles. And they were actually worn by Canucks players, giving them a direct connection to the fans.
Most of the jerseys were sold at auction for prices between $1,000 and $2,000. Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson, the teams’ two young stars, brought in $2,400 and $2,425 respectively, while captain Bo Horvat and top scorer JT Miller snagged $2,500 — Horvat’s $2,575 and $2,525 $ for Miller.
But there is Thatcher Demko.
The goaltender’s jersey, after 17 auctions, sold for the modest sum of $272,500.
It’s a stunning number. In fact, if it comes to fruition, it would make it one of the most expensive hockey jerseys ever sold at auction.
The most expensive jersey ever auctioned was a jersey worn by Paul Henderson from the 1972 Summit Series. Henderson scored the series-winning goal in the final game of the series with just 34 seconds left and the jersey that he was wearing when he scored that goal was sold at auction for $1.275 million in 2010.
As far as I know, Demko’s $272,500 Pride Night jersey would be the second highest price ever paid at auction for a hockey jersey. The second most expensive, according to a 2015 articleis a jersey worn by Bobby Orr during his rookie season with the Boston Bruins, which sold for $168,000 in 2010.
Maybe it sold for so much because goalie jerseys are so much bigger than skater jerseys. You have to pay for this extra fabric.
Demko’s jersey isn’t the only one that apparently sold for an incredibly high price. Travis Hamonic’s Pride Night jersey also came in at a shocking $100,000.
Is it extremely strange that Hamonic’s jersey is sold at such a high price, rather than a star like Hughes, Pettersson, Horvat or Miller? Yes it is. But apparently someone really, really likes both Hamonic and Pride.
This could make Hamonic’s jersey the fifth most expensive jersey of all time. That same 2015 article featured another Bobby Orr jersey—one signed by Orr that he wore in his final season for the Bruins—ranked behind Henderson’s jersey and Orr’s rookie jersey. It sold at auction for $115,000 in 2008.
Hamonic’s jersey would rank just behind Orr’s.
Only one question remains: did anyone forget a comma?
It’s entirely possible that the offer for Demko’s jersey is meant to be the much more reasonable amount of $2725.00, with a decimal point separating those last two zeros from the rest of the price. That would still make it the most expensive jersey in the auction, but no more expensive than the rookie jersey worn by Bobby Orr.
Likewise, the offer for the jersey of Hamonic could have been for $1000.00, which makes a lot more sense.
Then again, maybe a few people really had the cash to spend and loved the jersey design.
A portion of the proceeds from the jersey auction went to the You can play the draftwhich may have received a rather large donation due to the astronomical prices offered on jerseys from Demko and Hamonic.