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|Collectibles war rages
Everyone wants hockey memorabilia, which is leaving museums in the lurch
The hockey memoribilia market has never been more hot, but that could mean musuems are in for a chill. The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, its U.S. counterpart in Eveleth, Minn., and the International Hockey Hall of Fame in Kingston, Ont., are finding themselves in competition for many artifacts with donors, private collectors, EBay and auction houses for many cherished artifacts. The Hall in Toronto, the largest of the three and home of the Stanely Cup, has begun fostering relationships with the once adversarial private collectors in order not to lose track of sticks, sweaters, pucks, masks and the like.
One source familiar with the Toronto memoribilia market and the Hall's recovery efforts, fears the recent packaging of the lucrative Jean Beliveau collection for auction on Feb. 22 will be the green light for other stars and even lesser-known players to look at pulling select items from the Hall. Among the 195 items of Beliveau's, worth up to $400,000 US on-line as appraised by Quebec-based Classic Collectibles, are 17 that the Montreal Canadiens great withdrew from the Hall.
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