This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/15/2023

Offered is a Bobby Hull Signed Game Issued (possibly game used) Northland Custom Pro Hockey Stick with "Banana Blade." The stick presents with "GUNZO'S SPORTS CENTER" stampings and game tape on the handle and the blade. What's missing is Hull's custom-notched knob that he started utilizing after his 1968 car accident left him with diminished use of his hand. That could indicate that the stick predates the accident, or that another player used one of Hull's sticks. Hull has signed the stick "Best Wishes Bobby Hull." Pre-certified by Beckett Authenticated.

Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita is often credited with experimenting with a bend in his blade to get more lift and velocity on his shot. The story is Mikita was taking shots after practice with another Hall of Fame teammate Bobby Hull when Mikita broke the blade on a stick, leaving it curved. He took a shot with the cracked stick and was intrigued by the results. Mikita and Hull would continue to experiment curving their blades, referring to them as "banana blades."

The Chicago Blackhawks Net Setter Collection

Rockhurst Auctions is proud to present The Chicago Blackhawks Net Setter Collection. All the material presented in this collection emanates from the estate of Dan Grubber. As the story goes, Dan had seats on the ice for Chicago Blackhawks games, near one of the goals, at The Chicago Stadium. At a game in the mid-1960s, one of the Stadium crew asked Dan if he could help them set the net on the goal at that end. Dan agreed, and then amazingly continued to set the nets for the next 50 years. From The Stadium to The United Center, Dan gladly took care of his "job" at every home game during seven different decades.

During his long tenure, his unique access to team personnel prompted him to start collecting game used sticks and autographs from the team, and from a few of the opposing teams, as well. Dan became a part of The Blackhawks family, spending time with coaches, players and team employees outside of games for years and years. He was even honored with being on the ice to assist in raising of one of the Stanley Cup Champions banners at The United Center.

Sadly, Dan passed away in 2022, but he left us with an incredible collection of game used equipment and autographs with unrivaled provenance. From Hull to Makita, and Kane to Toews, Dan saw it all. We hope you enjoy perusing these wonderful relics as much as we have in bringing them to you.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,610
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Number Bids:9
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