Are you into sport cards….then you have to check the largest North American hockey collector show in Toronto. It will be held on November 12-13-14 (2010) at the Toronto International Convention Centre (across from the Pearson International Airport).
Get autographs of your favorite hockey heroes: Jean Beliveau, Glenn Hall, Ryan Kesler, Ed Belfour, Eric Nesterenko and Marcel Pronovost
The 40th Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo is sure to please all who attend with over 400 dealer tables of rare cards and nonsport items you are sure to find what you desire. Many of the dealers have been scouring the world to bring you the best merchandise they can find. It is a fairly large show with over 100,000 square feet of space.
November 12,13,14 2010 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Toronto International Centre
6900 Airport Rd
Adults per Day $ 12.00
Kids 6-12 $3.00
Weekend Pass $ 25.00
Friday 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Georges Vezina rookie card was produced by the Imperial Tobacco company of Canada. Imperial Tobacco was founded on June 11, 1908 in Montreal Quebec where its headquarters are still located. This company is believed to have produced the first set of vintage pre-war hockey cards in history. The first set of cards is know as the 1910-11 C56, the following year a second set that includes the Vezina rookie card was issued and is known as the 1911-12 C55 hockey card set. There are 45 C55 cards in all and these hockey cards are much smaller compared to the standard size of todays cards, measuring approximately 1.5 by 2.5 inches. The Georges Vezina rookie card is the most sought after and valuable hockey card in this set (which sold at an auction for over $100,000 in April of 2007).
Georgez Vezina was signed by the Montreal Canadiens in 1910 after they noticed his outstanding goaltending skills when he played against them in an exhibition hockey game. By the time the first NHL season took place in 1917-18, Vezina was known as the best goalie in the league. Vezina’s talent, dedication, and accomplishments, and tragic demise are part of his legendary hockey goaltending status.
In 1916 George Vezina was a part of the Montreal Canadiens’ first ever stanley cup championship team. Vezina was also the first goalie to post a shutout in the NHL. Sadly, he passed away from a deadly case of Tuberculosis. Shortly after Vezina’s death a memorial trophy named after him was created by the owners of the Canadiens. The trophy named after Vezina was given to the NHL as an award to be presented to the most outstanding goalie each season. We know this NHL Award as the Vezina Trophy. When the Hockey Hall of Fame originated in 1945, George Vezina was one of the very first dozen players to be inducted.
Finding a mint hockey card from the C55 set is not always easy but even the lower grades of 2 or 3, which are more commonly found, command prices up to hundreds of dollars. The Georges Vezina rookie card would be the crown jewel of any hockey card collector’s collection. In the years to come it will be interesting to see what the mint graded Vezina rookie will sell for if it ever goes to auction again. McFarlane toys have not released a figure of Mr Vezina yet….but we hope they will do it soon. We still have the most recent releases of NHL hockey Series 25 in stock….