An extremely rare piece of Saskatchewan Roughriders memorabilia is now in the hands of a happy Saskatoon collector — an unused Grey Cup ticket from 1966.
That was the year, as all Rider fans know, that the Regina-based football club won its first CFL championship after eight failed tries.
The Roughriders defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders Nov. 26, 1966 at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, B.C.
George Reed, who still lives in Regina, was the MVP with 31 rushes for 133 yards and one rushing touchdown.
For a long time, avid collector Brent Goodwin of Clavet, Sask., thought a mint-condition, unused 1966 ticket might not exist.
He checked with like-minded collectors who told him the same.
"None of them — and these guys spend an immense amount of time searching for stuff like that — none of them had ever seen one before," he said.
Recently, however, a fan in Regina told him he had one. It checked out and Goodwin bought it for $300.
He then resold it for between $2,000 and $3,000.
"I got an email from a very prominent businessman in Saskatoon and he was determined that he wanted that ticket yesterday," Goodwin said. "And he made me an offer that was just unbelievable."
Goodwin said he wants to use that money towards finding a Grey Cup ring from last year's winning team.