Miracle on Ice goalie Jim Craig wants to sell his Olympic gold medal for $1.5 million as part of a lot of 19 items from the Lake Placid 1980 Winter Games for $5.7 million total.
“For the past 35 years, these items have been at the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Boston Sports Museum, the New York Sports Museum, and I think we’ve done a good job showing them because this moment was so big that I truly believe everyone was a part of it,” Craig said, according to ESPN.com. “But after the 35th anniversary [in February], and after our teammate Bobby Suter died [Sept. 9], I thought it was important to be responsible with these pieces to grow and protect the legacy for my family.”
The lot also includes Craig’s jersey from the 4-3 upset win over the Soviet Union ($1 million), the flag he famously wore after the final win over Finland ($1 million), the jersey from the Finland game ($500,000) and his goalie mask ($250,000).
Craig would become at least the third player from the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to sell his gold medal.
Mark Pavelich‘s medal was auctioned for $262,900 in May 2014. Mark Wells‘ medal was auctioned for $310,700 in November 2010, after he sold it privately for about a reported $40,000.
Miracle on Ice captain Mike Eruzione sold his stick from the U.S.-Soviet Union game in 1980 and his jersey from the final game against Finland to a 9-year-old boy named Seven in 2013, but not his gold medal.