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1911-1912 C55 Imperial Tobacco Hockey Complete Set SGC Graded (45)
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $10,440.00
Extremely rare and extraordinarily high-grade complete forty-five-card set of 1911-1912 C55 Imperial Tobacco hockey cards, entirely graded by SGC. Unlike baseball's most significant vintage sets, such as T206 and 1933 Goudey, which are widely known throughout the collecting world, hockey's great rarities and earliest issues are relatively unknown, except by veteran hockey card collectors. The first hockey sets were all Canadian issues and are among hockey collecting's premier items. The colorful C55 set, highlighted by Hall of Famers Georges Vezina (namesake to the Vezina Trophy) and Art Ross, is the most sought-after of the three early "C" hockey sets, because of the issue's rarity, design, and the inclusion of key rookie cards. All forty-five cards (with the exception of #9, rejected due to a slight trim) have been graded and encapsulated by SGC. The SGC grades are as follows: NM 84: #16. EX/NM 80 (5): #4 Malone, 12, 32, 37, and 40. EX+ 70 (4): #3, 21, 22, and 36 Gardiner. EX 60 (15): #6, 7, 14, 15, 23, 24 Cleghorn RC, 25, 30, 31 Arthur Ross, 34, 35, 38 Georges Vezina, 39, 42 Lalonde, and 43. VG/EX 50 (11): #8, 10, 11, 13, 20 Taylor, 26, 27 Smaill (hand on top of stick), 28, 29, 41, and 45 Laviolette (last card in set). VG 40 (7): #1 Moran, 2, 5, 17, 19, 33, and 44. GOOD 30: #18. This is the first C55 set we have ever offered. A very attractive and rarely offered complete set of one of the most important of all early hockey sets, with all forty-five cards (with one exception) graded and encapsulated by SGC. Includes particularly strong examples of key Hall of Famers Georges Vezina and Art Ross. Total 45 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $10,440.00
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