Inside an auction house arrived a 52-year-old, 12-foot banner. It was "in good shape, with only a few stains," the auction house claimed.
That slightly stained banner sold on Tuesday for $37,500. It also happened to be the Blackhawks' original 1961 Stanley Cup banner.
Back in the day, the banner hung in the rafters at the old Chicago Stadium before a suburban bar owner bought it in an auction for $15,000 in 1994. Now it belongs to a mystery bidder that claimed the banner for his/her own at the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers of Chicago for the low cost of, well, a starting salary. Today, a replica banner hangs inside the United Center and will soon be joined by the Blackhawks' 2013 Stanley Cup banner.
Speaking of 2013 Stanley Cup banners, just imagine how much that one would go for...