Huggins and Scott’s latest auction is now open for business and among the pre-war cards is a hockey gem.
A 1911-12 C55 Georges Vezina tobacco card graded an impressive SGC 92 is one of the highlights of the auction. The card is among the best known in existence with only one graded higher. PSA has no equivalents graded higher than this one.
The C55 Vezina is one of the most well-known and heavily desired hockey cards in the pre-war era. Vezina is considered one of the greatest goaltenders of all time and was one of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s original nine inductees. He is also, of course, the namesake for the Vezina Trophy, given to the top goaltender in the league each season.
Where the card lands will be interesting to watch. A PSA 7 sold last year in a Goldin Auctions lot for nearly $35,000. Only one higher PSA graded card (a PSA 8) exists and their site does not record any auction result for that card.
The 1911-12 C55 set is an iconic one to be sure. It is one of the earliest hockey sets and followed up the 1910-11 C56 release produced a year earlier. Cards have bold, brightly-colored depictions of players with the backs featuring a unique, marquee-like design of sorts.
SGC cards often (but not always) sell for a tick less than PSA cards so it will be interesting to see how this card does in comparison to the PSA 7 that sold last year.
Bidding for the card is already healthy. The auction just opened on April 27 and three days in, is up to $16,250. It is worth pointing out there is a reserve on the card, which has not yet been met.
Bidding in the auction closes on May 10 – you can see the lot here.