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THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF HOW WAYNE GRETZKY CAME TO AUTOGRAPH A BABY SHOE.. TWICE

MAY 7, 2021  (10H23)      MIKE ARMENTI
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Widely known as the best to ever play the game, Wayne Gretzky has autographed all kinds of hockey memorabilia over the course of his career and long after, but there's a piece of non-hockey memorabilia that "The Great One" inked his name on that stands out as one of the most bizarre.. and he has now autographed it twice.

Back in 1986, a baby boy named David Di Salvo was with his mother, when they ran into Gretzky. She wanted to request an autograph, but had nothing hockey-related on her to sign, so what did she do? She took David's baby shoe off and Gretzky happily signed it.

As things tend to do with age, the signature had begun to fade over time, and after 30 years, the autograph was almost unrecognizable. Fearing that the signature would soon be gone entirely, David sprung into action, attempting to reach Gretzky to have him re-autograph the baby shoe, but to no avail.

Finally, after years of trying to link up with #99, a Facebook post from Di Salvo was stumbled upon by sports memorabilia giant Upper Deck, who took on the task of getting the shoe back into Gretzky's hands. Eventually, Wayne re-signed the shoe, adding a "1/1" to establish its rarity and, after authenticating the piece for him, Upper Deck sent the baby shoe back to Di Salvo, who was obviously over the moon.

"I can't thank everyone enough that helped get this done. This shoe will remain in my Family forever. If I thought it was priceless before, it has now become even more priceless if that's possible," said the overjoyed hockey fan.

A simply incredible story. Definitely some shades of the famous Will Farrell movie "Step Brothers", where he shows off a samurai sword autographed by American Idol's Randy Jackson. Pure gold.

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