October 25, 2007
In April 2007
a mint graded 1911-12 C55 Georges Vezina rookie
hockey card sold for a record breaking $100K.
This is the highest amount paid for a hockey
card to date. The Beckett Hockey Collector magazine
reported in the September 2007 issue that a
rare 1910-11 C56 Newsy Lalonde hockey card had
tied the record, selling for $100K as well.
The Newsy Lalonde hockey card was graded a 3
out of 10 by SCG, a sports card grading service.
to Beckett this was “the first publicly
reported C56 Imperial Tobacco #37 Newsy Lalonde”
hockey card. To date only one other copy of
this hockey card has surfaced.
Lalonde was born and raised in Cornwall Ontario
where he worked in a newsprint plant during
his youth giving rise to the nickname “Newsy”.
Edouard “Newsy” Lalonde was the
most famous athlete in Canada during his era
playing both lacrosse and hockey. In fact, the
Hockey Hall of Fame called Lalonde the dominant
player of hockey’s first quarter century.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame
in 1950. During the same year he was named Canada’s
outstanding lacrosse player of the half century.
Newsy Lalonde held the record from 1910-1954
for the most goals scored by a professional
hockey player. In total Newsy Lalonde scored
441 goals, many of which were before the NHL
was even formed. Remarkably 124 of Lalonde’s
goals were scored over 99 NHL games. Maurice
“The Rocket” Richard ultimately
broke Lalonde’s record. At the age of
83 years old on November 21, 1970 Edouard Charles
Lalonde passed away.
Two great Newsy Lalonde resources on the web
that offer a more in depth look at this legendary
Canadian athlete are:
Pelletier's Greatest Hockey Legends and
Lalonde Family Web Site
It will be interesting to see how many more
Newsy Lalonde 1910-11 Imperial Tabacco C56 hockey
cards will surface in the future.
To read more about the Georges
Vezina rookie hockey card that also sold for
$100k click here.
About the author:
Eric Bonnici started collecting hockey cards
during the 2003-2004 season and quickly realized
that things had changed from when he collected
as a kid in the early 1980's. So many brands,
manufactures, insert sets, subsets, etc. had
him confused and overwhelmed. He shares what
he has learned through the hockey card related
content and articles on his web site. To read
more of Eric's hockey card articles or to buy,
sell, or trade hockey cards with him visit www.hockeyheadquarters.com
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