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Jim Craig’s Olympic gold medal, Miracle on Ice jersey fail to sell at auction

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Miracle on Ice goaltender Jim Craig‘s gold medal and jerseys from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics failed to sell in an auction that ended Friday night, but his goalie mask went for $137,849.16.

Craig was attempting to sell his Olympic memorabilia for a second time, after he tried and failed to unload a bundle, 19 items that included the gold medal and jerseys, for $5.7 million.

This time, Craig split up the items, but the gold medal, jerseys and the flag he wore after the final win over Finland did not reach minimum reserve prices.

The mask sold, as did his goalie stick for $60,653.65 and his skates for $17,569.20.

At least two of Craig’s 1980 Olympic teammates have sold their gold medals.

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.

Dave Christian put his medal up for auction in February, but it reportedly did not sell.

Jim Craig: Minor changes, but no hesitation, in second ‘Miracle’ sale

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It has been 300 days since Jim Craig first announced he would sell a bundle of his “Miracle on Ice” memorabilia, including his gold medal, for $5.7 million.

They didn’t sell last year. So he took most of the items in the original bundle and is splitting them up in an auction that runs though June 17.

On Tuesday, Craig said he had no thoughts about keeping the most precious items in the 10 months in between sales.

“We wanted to sell an entire collection to a person that would have the financial means to be able to display it, hopefully that everybody would be able to come and enjoy it like they have the last 35 years,” Craig said. “It’s a lot better than being tucked in a closet.”

There are a few items from the original bundle that Craig decided not to auction this time around — a 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsmen of the Year trophy, two watches that he gave to his kids and an Olympic ring.

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Jim Craig breaks up Miracle on Ice items for auction

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Jim Craig didn’t sell his “Miracle on Ice” lot of 19 items for $5.7 million, as he planned to do last year, so he broke up the items in a new auction that runs from Tuesday through June 17.

The Olympic gold medal, which Craig wanted to sell for $1.5 million as part of the $5.7 million sale last year, had an opening bid of $100,000.

The lot information is available here.

“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 in 2015, according to ESPN.com. “But after the 35th anniversary [in February 2015], and after our teammate Bobby Suter died [Sept. 9, 2014], 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, the flag he famously wore after the final win over Finland, the jersey from the Finland game and his goalie mask.

Craig would become at least the third player from the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to sell his gold medal.

“I would never get rid of the gold medal if I had one child, but I have two,” Craig said on The Dan Patrick Show last year. “So how do you split that? Then, having seen so much death in my family through cancer, and wills and everything else, that’s a lot of responsibility to leave on other people. So I think the gold medal was really, really tough. … The mask, that was me. That was my personality. That was what protected me. It had the shamrocks on it. The jersey, that’s like hanging up in the locker room when you walk in with all the guys. You finally made this team that did something epic. The pads were of an era that was so different. And the flag represented who and what we are as Americans. It gave me a chance to show my love for my father.”

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.

Dave Christian put his medal up for auction in February, but it reportedly did not sell.

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The flag Craig wore after the Finland game.
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Craig’s jersey from the Finland game.
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Craig’s jersey from the Finland game.
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Craig’s mask from the 1980 Olympics.
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Craig’s gold medal.
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Craig’s jersey from the Miracle on Ice game.
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Craig’s jersey from the Miracle on Ice game.