Jim Craig was a central figure in the United States' "Miracle on Ice" hockey win at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The former goalie is now, 36 years later, selling much of his memorabilia from his time with a team that inspired a nation and pulled off one of the greatest sporting upsets of all time. His gold medal is among those items on the block.
Craig was amazing against the Soviets in the first medal-round game, stopping 36 shots. The Big Red Machine poured it on in the opening period but Craig denied scoring chance after scoring chance for 14 saves.
Peter Cappuccilli Jr., a fan at the Finland game, says he gave this flag to Craig after the gold-medal clinching win but later retrieved it during the postgame celebration. Eighteen years later, Cappuccilli returned the flag to Craig. Lelands says it authenticated the flag with a former FBI scientist.
The United States went behind Finland twice in the gold-medal game on February 24, 1980. But Craig denied all 10 shots at him in the third period as the Americans rallied once again, this time for gold.
Craig is actually selling two sticks: One he used in the medal rounds and another he had signed by Coach Herb Brooks and many of his teammates.
Craig played every minute of seven Olympic hockey games. He gave up just 15 goals while wearing these size 11 Bauer Supreme 49 skates.
After the Olympics, Craig, whose parents were Irish, removed the shamrock stickers from his mask, but it's still evident where they were. There is some wear on the mask and plenty of scuff marks.