A game-used, all-pucked-up dark purple-and-gold mask that Rogie Vachon wore some 40 years ago is one of nearly 50 items that the former Kings’ All-Star goalie has up for auction from his personal garage sale.
In an online scramble at Classic Auctions (linked here), the Vachon mask (linked here) has already received 12 bids and, from a $2,500 starting point, has climbed past $7,100, far and away the most popular item.
The 47 lots so far have generated more than $37,000 in bidding. What else can be had:
== A 1972 Kings yellow jersey (signed) (11 bidders have pushed it past $1,000).
== His Los Angeles Kings Hall of Fame trophy, given to him in 1997 (only one bidder so far, at $200).
== His 1968 Stanley Cup champions rings that he won with Montreal (opening bid: $2,500, currently up past $4,400).
== His 1968 Venzina Trophy plaque (no bids yet at $1,000)
== The Czechoslovakian national team sweater of 1976 Canada Cup rival Vladimir Dzurilla which Vachon, the tournament’s all-star goalie, obtained in an on-ice jersey exchange between the two finalists after Darryl Sittler’s title-clinching overtime goal. (Started at $500, now up to $2,100).
== His 1973 All Star ring with a purple stone (he gave up four goals in the East’s 5-4 win in the first All-Star Game ever at Madison Square Garden) (up to $550) and a game-worn jersey (up to $733).
== His ’75 All Star jersey (No. 1) from the game played in Montreal (a 7-1 win) (up past $600).
== His ’78 All Star jersey (No. 1) from the game played in Buffalo (up past $660).
== A bunch of other signed jerseys, trophys, blocker pads and glove and other memorabilia from his playing days (including a No. 30 Kings jersey the team gave him to wear during Luc Robitaille’s No. 20 jersey retirement ceremony in 2007).
Thrown in there are at least six Wayne Gretzky game-used and signed sticks, some Jari Kurri sticks and a couple of Grant Fuhr jerseys, and Vachon can finally get rid of all those memories, plus make a little scratch on the side (there’s no indication any of the proceeds are going to charity).
Bidding on all the Vachon items go through Nov. 16.