Scott Johnston was going to frame Eddie Shore's jersey and put it on his basement wall before he learned how valuable it was.
Now the Boston Bruins No. 2 sweater once worn by the four-time National Hockey League MVP, one of the nastiest players of all time, is going up for auction with hopes it can fetch up to $100,000.
"Once I found out the value of it, I couldn't keep it," Johnston said this week from his Toronto-area home. "We've had it all these years. I had no idea what it was worth."
The jersey belonged to Johnston's grandfather, Byron Johnston, who played for the Boston Bruin Cubs in the defunct Can-Am Hockey League in the 1930s.
In those days, the NHL club passed its used jerseys on for the minor league team to wear. Byron Johnston got the shirt Shore had worn until 1931. Heritage Auctions is taking online pre-bids for the jersey until Friday night, with live bidding set for Saturday.