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1927 Reg Mackey New York Rangers Contract - Also Signed Twice by Lester Patrick
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $588
Historic and extremely early 1927 New York Rangers contract, dating not only from the club's second season in franchise history, but also from the year of its first Stanley Cup Championship. The two-page contract (on a single folded sheet), dated October 7, 1927, between Reg Mackey and the New York Rangers Professional Hockey Club, Inc., is signed in black fountain pen by both "Reg Mackey" (grading "7," slight bleeding) and manager/coach "Lester Patrick ("10"). On November 1, 1927, Mackey's contract was assigned to the "Boston Arena Professional Hockey Club." That transaction is duly noted on this contract and has resulted in Patrick signing the document a second time (grading "8/9") in affirmation of the deal. This is not only the earliest New York Rangers contract we have ever handled, but the earliest we have ever seen. The New York Rangers were founded in 1926 and in just their second year of play they managed to capture the coveted Stanley Cup under the direction of future Hall of Famer Lester Patrick. A star goalie during his own playing career, Patrick is also credited, along with his brother Frank, of founding the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in 1911. Although his achievements on and off the ice are numerous and well documented, Patrick is perhaps most famous for an incident that took place during the Rangers first Stanley Cup championship in 1928. Following an eye injury to Rangers starting goalie Lorne Chabot in Game 2 of the finals, Patrick, at the age of 44, inserted himself into the lineup and helped the Rangers defeat the Montreal Maroons 2-1 in overtime. (At that time the rules did not allow a team to suit up an extra goalie.) Today, he remains the oldest goalie ever to play in a Stanley Cup Final. Patrick was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947. The contract (8.5 x 14 inches) displays a vertical and three horizontal folds, along the edges of which are a few small tears. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA (a JSA authentication label has been affixed to the base of the document). Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $588
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