Friday, June 4, 2010

Basement find pulls vintage Morenz and Joliat cards!


It’s one of those typical stories of finding a lost treasure in an attic. This one came to my attention thanks to a small writeup, by Len Corben, in the North Shore Outlook.

A North Vancouver resident recently uncovered a box of hockey cards, from the 1930’s, in his/her basement. Though not in mint condition (there was evidence of them once being glued and trimmed), the unnamed person brought them to the Greater Vancouver Sports Memorabilia show to get some input.

One of the show exhibitors, renowned sports memorabilia auction house Classic Auctions had a chance to look at them. The cards were part of the 1933-34 O-Pee-Chee Hockey and World Wide Gum (WWG) Ice Kings sets.

Two notable cards from the WWG set (also known as V357 in the collector world) include the great Howie Morenz and Aurel Joliat. Another Joliat card graces the O-Pee-Chee (V304) cards.

Individually, the cards of the two Habs greats have book values of anywhere from $500 to $2000 dollars each in ExMt condition. Given the condition of the cards in the descriptions, they are probably valued at 15 to 40 percent of that. But at auction all that can change.

The group of 46 cards is now part of Classic’s Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction, which is highlighted by Paul Henderson’s game-winning jersey from the 1972 Summit Series. The lot of cards is currently selling at $400 and bidding ends on June 22.

Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be posting more links to Habs-related lots of interest at this auction.

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