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Collecting Denis Brodeur, goalie-turned-photographer

Posted on 28th September 2013 by hockeymedia in The Want List,Tribute | Tags:

NHLWhether you know it or not, you probably have a Denis Brodeur item or two in your hockey collection. No, not Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur, but his just as famous father Denis Brodeur who won Olympic bronze in the 1950s.

Yes, Denis Brodeur was a goalie, just like his son, but the elder Brodeur earned his fame in photography, capturing the Montréal sports scene including the great Canadiens team of the 1970s. His most famous photograph was the 1972 Summit Series moment that Paul Henderson scored the series winner.

That photograph was taken 41 years ago in Moscow, Russia in the eighth and final game of the series. Only two days ago, the famous photographer passed away at age 82 at home in Montréal.

Denis Brodeur won an Olympic bronze medal in ice hockey at the 1956 Olympics. He played senior hockey in the old Québec league, notably for Rivière-du-Loup where he married his wife Mireille. There are even a few old picture cards from Denis’ hockey days, sold in the Bas du Fleuve series of 1951-52 and 1952-53.

Brodeur shot a tonne of hockey, primarily the Montréal Canadiens for whom he was the official photographer. He also shot other sport teams in the Montréal area like the Manic (soccer football), the Expos (baseball) and the Alouettes (gridiron football).

Three years ago, Brodeur’s 1972 “The Goal” negative collection (17) sold in Classic Auctions’ November 2010 Historical Hockey Memorabilia auction. The lot, which included the actual Nikon camera plus copyright on the 17 photos, garnered a winning bid of $49,279.

Many of Brodeur’s photos have been featured in newspapers, in books, and on hockey cards. You probably have more than a few of those images in your collection, whether you know it or not. You may even have Denis Brodeur’s most recent hockey card, a special addition to the 2004-05 Upper Deck hockey series (featuring Denis as a goalie from the 1950s).

Denis Brodeur was born Mar. 10, 1930 in Montréal. He passed away on Sep. 26, 2013.

Morenz Stanley Cup puck included in Classic auction

Posted on 14th September 2013 by hockeymedia in Auctions,The Want List | Tags:

NHLThe upcoming Classic Fall 2013 auction will feature a Howie Morenz 1931 Stanley Cup game-used goal puck. The vintage puck was used in the Montréal Canadiens’ fourth Stanley Cup victory.

The Canadiens won the 1931 Stanley Cup three games to two, clinching the trophy on Apr. 14 with a 2-0 victory over the Blackhawks. Morenz scored the second goal of the game, his first of the 1931 final.

Barely still legible on the Spalding black puck, it was written “Stanley Cup Series 1930-31″ at the top and “The Great Howie Morenz ?? the puck into the net for the second ?? of the fifth Stanley Cup game” on the bottom.

Few pucks this old have sold at auction in the past 10 years. A puck from the 1950-51 season – 20 years younger – drew a winning bid of $17,909 in a February 2005 Classic auction (Jean Béliveau’s first NHL goal puck).

Morenz, the Montréal Canadiens’ leading scorer in seven consecutive seasons, won three Stanley Cup championships (1924, 1930 and 1931). In 1931-32, he became the NHL’s all-time leading scorer with his 334rd point (surpassing Cy Denneny on March 17, 1932). In 1945, he was posthumously included in the inaugural class honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Perhaps the most expensive Morenz items to sell at auction in the past dozen years was his 1928 Hart Trophy – it drew a winning bid of $30,580 in a May 2002 Leland’s auction. Morenz’s 1923 rookie contract, meanwhile, drew a winning bid of $22,987 in a February 2009 Classic auction.

Lemieux, Lafleur confirmed for Fall Expo autograph lineup

Posted on 29th August 2013 by hockeymedia in Shows,Signings,The Want List | Tags: , ,

NHLHockey superstars Mario Lemieux and Guy Lafleur are returning to the Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo. The pair are the first two guests confirmed for the Stars of the Game autograph centre at the Fall 2013 show that runs Nov. 8-9-10.

Lemieux was previously a guest at the Fall 2009 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo. This will be his second visit in November 2013. The Hockey Hall of Fame honoured member was a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is considered one of the Big 5 legends of the game – one of the game’s greatest players along with Maurice Richard, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky.

Lafleur has also been a guest at previous editions of the Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, having made his debut in November 1995 and having most recently attended the Spring 2006 edition. This will mark Lafleur’s fifth visit in November 2013. The Hockey Hall of Fame honoured member was an eight-time Stanley Cup winner with the Montréal Canadiens.

ABOUT THE SPORTCARD & MEMORABILIA EXPO
Next year’s Fall 2013 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo runs Nov. 8-10 at the Toronto International Centre in Mississauga, ON (just a few kilometres away from the Toronto Pearson International Airport). The show is billed as North America’s largest hockey collector’s show. For more information on the show, please visit sportcardexpo.com.

Saturday Night Rivalry: Larry Robinson v Tiger Williams

Posted on 29th June 2013 by hockeymedia in 2012-13,SATURDAY NIGHT | Tags: ,

NHLCANADIENS v MAPLE LEAFS • THE GREAT HOCKEY RIVALRY • WEEK 40 • Every Saturday throughout the 2012-13 hockey season, we will highlight two vintage stars from hockey’s greatest on-ice rivalry: the Montréal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Saturday series will run 40 weeks from the start of October through to the end of June. The series will highlight stars from the 15 Montréal-Toronto playoff series: 1918, 1925, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1951, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1978 and 1979. For each vintage duo, we will feature five cool items listed in the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide. Be sure to pick up your copy of the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide at magazine stores (in Canada) or popular hockey collector stores.

1979 PLAYOFFS: CANADIENS SWEEP MAPLE LEAFS IN PLAYOFF QUARTER-FINAL

For the second year in a row, the Montréal Canadiens sweep the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL playoffs. This time, the 1979 Canadiens knock off the Maple Leafs with back-to-back overtime wins. The Canadiens go on to eliminate the Boston Bruins in the semi-final and then the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup final. It marks the Canadiens’ fourth-straight Stanley Cup win.

MONTRÉAL CANADIENS: LARRY ROBINSON

Larry Robinson was a six-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montréal Canadiens, winning his first title in 1973 and his last title in 1986. In between, he enjoyed a string of four-straight Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff’s most valuable player in 1977-78. He was a two-time Norris Trophy winner (best defenceman), a three-time NHL First Team All-Star, and two-time NHL Second Team All-Star. He played in 17 seasons for the Canadiens and then three seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, earning the Kings’ Most Inspirational Player award in his second-last NHL campaign. After his retirement, he became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995. As a head coach, he led the Devils to a Stanley Cup title in 2000.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: TIGER WILLIAMS

Dave “Tiger” Williams is remembered as one of the fiercest players in NHL history. The tough forward spent the first five seasons of his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, leading the NHL in penalty minutes in 1976-77 and 1978-79. In his first full season with the Vancouver Canucks in 1980-81, he again led the NHL in penalty minutes and also won the Canucks’ Most Exciting Player award (he scored a career-high 35 goals and 62 points). After a season with the Detroit Red Wings, he then played for the Los Angeles Kings and finally Hartford Whalers. In 1986-87, he led the NHL in penalty minutes for the fourth time in his career. He retired as the NHL’s all-time leader in penalty minutes.

THE RIVALRY: INDEX v INDEX

There are 974 items on the Larry Robinson Collector’s Index, the most recent of which was included in the 2012-13 In The Game Forever Rivals series. The Robinson rookie card was included in the 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee series.

There are, meanwhile, 348 items on the Tiger Williams Collector’s Index, including new cards in 2012-13 In The Game Forever Rivals. The Williams rookie card was included in the 1976-77 O-Pee-Chee series.

Saturday Night Rivalry: Jacques Lemaire v Darryl Sittler

Posted on 22nd June 2013 by hockeymedia in 2012-13,SATURDAY NIGHT | Tags: ,

NHLCANADIENS v MAPLE LEAFS • THE GREAT HOCKEY RIVALRY • WEEK 39 • Every Saturday throughout the 2012-13 hockey season, we will highlight two vintage stars from hockey’s greatest on-ice rivalry: the Montréal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Saturday series will run 40 weeks from the start of October through to the end of June. The series will highlight stars from the 15 Montréal-Toronto playoff series: 1918, 1925, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1951, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1978 and 1979. For each vintage duo, we will feature five cool items listed in the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide. Be sure to pick up your copy of the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide at magazine stores (in Canada) or popular hockey collector stores.

1979 PLAYOFFS: CANADIENS SWEEP MAPLE LEAFS IN PLAYOFF QUARTER-FINAL

For the second year in a row, the Montréal Canadiens sweep the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL playoffs. This time, the 1979 Canadiens knock off the Maple Leafs with back-to-back overtime wins. The Canadiens go on to eliminate the Boston Bruins in the semi-final and then the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup final. It marks the Canadiens’ fourth-straight Stanley Cup win.

MONTRÉAL CANADIENS: JACQUES LEMAIRE

Jacques Lemaire was an eight-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montréal Canadiens. He won back-to-back titles in 1968 and 1969 before winning two more in 1971 and 1973; he then won four-straight Cups from 1976 to 1979. In 12 NHL seasons, he scored 20 or more goals every year, including a career-high 44 goals in 1972-73. He finished fifth in the Art Ross Trophy scoring race that year with 95 points, his first of three 90-point seasons. After his playing career, he became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984. He later won the Stanley Cup as part of the Canadiens’ managerial staff in 1986 and 1993; he then won another title as head coach of the New Jersey Devils in 1995.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: DARRYL SITTLER

Darryl Sittler was a popular captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, wearing the captain’s “C” from 1975-76 to 1980-81. A one-time NHL Second Team All-Star, he won the Maple Leafs’ Molson Cup award four times. In 1977-78, he finished third in the Art Ross Trophy scoring race with a career-high 117 points. In 11-and-a-half seasons with the Maple Leafs, he enjoyed four 40-goal seasons and two 100-point seasons. He then played two-and-a-half seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and one with the Detroit Red Wings. After his playing career, he became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.

THE RIVALRY: INDEX v INDEX

There are only 165 items on the Jacques Lemaire Collector’s Index, the most recent of which was included in the 2012-13 In The Game Forever Rivals series. The Lemaire rookie card was included in the 1967-68 O-Pee-Chee series.

There are, on the other hand, 919 items on the Darryl Sittler Collector’s Index, including new cards in 2012-13 In The Game Forever Rivals. The Sittler rookie card was included in the 1970-71 O-Pee-Chee series.

Tough grades: 1955-56 Parkies #78 Forum

Posted on 20th June 2013 by hockeymedia in 2012-13,TOUGH GRADES | Tags: ,

NHL1955-56 PARKIES #78 FORUM40 CARDS IN 40 WEEKS • WEEK 39 • Every Thursday throughout the 2012-13 hockey season, we look at a so-called “tough grade” hockey card from the 1950s and 1960s. For those vintage collectors, be sure to pick up your copy of the Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide at your favourite hockey collector store. You can also purchase your copy online via theWantList.ca.

The Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide is an all-in-one hockey collector’s price guide that features everything and anything from hockey cards, stickers and bobbles to autographs, game-used jerseys and sticks.

Presented by The Want List, the Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide serves as the ultimate source for pre-1990 checklists and pricing information. Complete checklists for all standard hockey collector sets as well as many regional and team-issued sets are included in this edition. Also included are auction results for game-used memorabilia such as jerseys, masks, skates and sticks.

Click here to see sample clippings from the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac.

1955-56 PARKIES #78

NHLThe 1955-56 Parkies hockey set (also known as 1955-56 Parkhurst) featured 79 cards. Printed in Canada, each five-cent pack included four picture cards and a stick of gum. Cards were printed by Parkhurst Products Limited of Toronto, Canada. Collectors could store their collection in the Parkies NHL Hockey Album.

Read more / view checklist: 1956-56 Parkies

As of Sep. 1, 2012, only 71 copies of the 1955-56 Parkies #78 card (Montréal Forum) had been submitted to Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). Of the 71 cards submitted, only three copies were graded “8″ or better (just 4.23%). In 2011-12, five new copies had been submitted, none of which were graded “8″ or better.

Overall, the 1955-56 Parkies hockey set average was 56.6 copies submitted per card, but with an average of 9.6 copies graded “8″ or better (approximately 17%).

Saturday Night Rivalry: Guy Lafleur v Lanny McDonald

Posted on 15th June 2013 by hockeymedia in 2012-13,SATURDAY NIGHT | Tags: ,

NHLCANADIENS v MAPLE LEAFS • THE GREAT HOCKEY RIVALRY • WEEK 38 • Every Saturday throughout the 2012-13 hockey season, we will highlight two vintage stars from hockey’s greatest on-ice rivalry: the Montréal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Saturday series will run 40 weeks from the start of October through to the end of June. The series will highlight stars from the 15 Montréal-Toronto playoff series: 1918, 1925, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1951, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1978 and 1979. For each vintage duo, we will feature five cool items listed in the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide. Be sure to pick up your copy of the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide at magazine stores (in Canada) or popular hockey collector stores.

1979 PLAYOFFS: CANADIENS SWEEP MAPLE LEAFS IN PLAYOFF QUARTER-FINAL

For the second year in a row, the Montréal Canadiens sweep the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL playoffs. This time, the 1979 Canadiens knock off the Maple Leafs with back-to-back overtime wins. The Canadiens go on to eliminate the Boston Bruins in the semi-final and then the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup final. It marks the Canadiens’ fourth-straight Stanley Cup win.

MONTRÉAL CANADIENS: GUY LAFLEUR

Guy Lafleur was a five-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montréal Canadiens, winning his first title in 1973 before winning four-consecutive titles from 1976 to 1979. In a six-year period, he was the most dominant force in the league, reaching the 50-goal plateau every season from 1974-75 to 1979-80. He was an NHL First Team All-Star in all six of those seasons. He also won the Pearson Award as the most outstanding player in 1976, 1977 and 1978. After retiring in 1984, he became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988. He then rejoined the NHL ranks to play for the New York Rangers (one season) and Québec Nordiques (two seasons).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: LANNY McDONALD

Lanny McDonald was a Stanley Cup champion with the Calgary Flames, winning the title in his final NHL campaign in 1988-89. His NHL career, however, started with the Toronto Maple Leafs, with whom he was an NHL Second Team All-Star in 1976-77. In six-and-a-half seasons with the Maple Leafs, he enjoyed three 40-goal seasons. After a brief stint with the Colorado Rockies, he then joined the Calgary Flames with whom he was an NHL Second Team All-Star in 1982-83, scoring a career-high 66 goals. He was also the team’s Molson Cup award winner. He helped the Flames win back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies (best NHL record) before winning the Cup in the summer of 1989. Three years later, he became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

THE RIVALRY: INDEX v INDEX

There are 1,696 items on the Guy Lafleur Collector’s Index, including new cards in 2012-13 In The Game Forever Rivals. The Lafleur rookie card was included in the 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee series.

There are 1,047 items on the Lanny McDonald Collector’s Index, including new cards in 2012-13 In The Game Forever Rivals. The McDonald rookie cards were included in the 1974-75 O-Pee-Chee and 1974-75 Topps series.

Stanley Cup winners: 1953 Montréal Canadiens

Posted on 9th June 2013 by hockeymedia in 2012-13,STANLEY CUP | Tags:

NHLSTANLEY CUP WINNERS • WEEK 37 • Every Sunday during the 2012-13 hockey season, we will highlight a past Stanley Cup championship team, working our way back in time from 1989 to 1950. The series will highlight the two teams from the championship final, the winning team’s road to the Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, plus a few other stars from the championship campaign. When it comes to the Stanley Cup winners, we will highlight some autograph values as published in the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide.
BUY THE BOOK: Be sure to pick up your copy of the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide at popular hockey collector stores or online via theWantList.ca.

1956 STANLEY CUP: CANADIENS WIN FIRST PLAYOFF TITLE IN SEVEN YEARS

NHLThe Montréal Canadiens won the 1953 Stanley Cup by defeating the Boston Bruins in a five-game final series. Goalie Gerry McNeil posted two shutouts in the final, including a 1-0 overtime win in the series finale at the Montréal Forum. Elmer Lach scored the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

ROAD TO THE 1953 STANLEY CUP: CANADIENS IN THE PLAYOFFS

The Canadiens won eight of 12 games en route to their Stanley Cup victory in 1953. After finishing second in the regular-season standings, the Canadiens beat the Chicago Blackhawks in a seven-game semi-final series and then beat the Bruins in a five-game final series.

PLAYOFF HERO: BERNIE GEOFFRION

Montréal Canadiens’ forward Bernie Geoffrion scored six goals and 10 points in the 1953 NHL playoffs. He was at his best in the seven-game series with the Blackhawks, scoring nine points in the opening round. As listed in the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide, a Geoffrion 8″x10″ signed photo costs approximately $75 (Geoffrion has been deceased since 2006).

STARS OF THE 1953 MONTRÉAL CANADIENS

Along with Geoffrion, eight other players from the 1953 Montréal Canadiens have since become honoured members of the Hockey Hall of Fame: Émile Bouchard, Doug Harvey, Tom Johnson, Elmer Lach, Dickie Moore, Bert Olmstead, Jacques Plante, and Maurice Richard. The cost to purchase signed photos of those eight stars is $40 for Bouchard (deceased in 2012), $400 for Harvey (deceased in 1989), $50 for Johnson, $35 for Lach, $35 for Moore, $65 for Olmstead, $400 for Plante (deceased since 1986), and $250 for Richard (deceased in 2000).

Saturday Night Rivalry: Ken Dryden v Mike Palmateer

Posted on 8th June 2013 by hockeymedia in 2012-13,SATURDAY NIGHT | Tags: ,

NHLCANADIENS v MAPLE LEAFS • THE GREAT HOCKEY RIVALRY • WEEK 37 • Every Saturday throughout the 2012-13 hockey season, we will highlight two vintage stars from hockey’s greatest on-ice rivalry: the Montréal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Saturday series will run 40 weeks from the start of October through to the end of June. The series will highlight stars from the 15 Montréal-Toronto playoff series: 1918, 1925, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1951, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1978 and 1979. For each vintage duo, we will feature five cool items listed in the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide. Be sure to pick up your copy of the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide at magazine stores (in Canada) or popular hockey collector stores.

1978 PLAYOFFS: MIGHTY HABS SWEEP LEAFS IN PLAYOFF SEMI-FINAL

In 1978, the Montréal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs meet in the NHL playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The regular-season champion Canadiens eliminate the Maple Leafs in four-straight games in the playoff semi-final, advancing to meet the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final. The Canadiens then defeat the Bruins in a six-game series to win their third-straight Stanley Cup.

MONTRÉAL CANADIENS: BOB GAINEY

Bob Gainey was a five-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montréal Canadiens, winning four-straight titles from 1976 to 1979 before winning a fifth title in 1986. He was the first winner of the Selke Trophy as the best defensive player in the NHL, in fact winning the award in the first four years it was presented. In 1979, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs. From 1981-82 to 1988-89, he served as the Canadiens’ captain. After his playing career, he became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: BORJE SALMING

Borje Salming was a standout with the Toronto Maple Leafs for 16 seasons. Recognized as the first European-trained player to have an impact in the NHL, he was named an NHL First Team All-Star once and an NHL Second Team All-Star five times. He won the Maple Leafs’ Molson Cup four times. He was a runner-up in voting for the Norris Trophy (best defenceman) in 1976-77. After a celebrated career in Toronto, he played one season with the Detroit Red Wings before rounding out his career with AIK in Sweden. In 1996, he became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

THE RIVALRY: INDEX v INDEX

There are only 195 items on the Ken Dryden Collector’s Index, the most recent of which were included in the 2011-12 Ultimate Memorabilia series. The Dryden rookie card was included in the 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee and 1971-72 Topps series.

There are, meanwhile, only 102 items on the Mike Palmateer Collector’s Index, including a new card in the 2012-13 In The Game Forever Rivals series. The Palmateer rookie card was included in the 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee and 1977-78 Topps series.

Lafleur to sign Saturday at Frozen Pond in Toronto

Posted on 6th June 2013 by hockeymedia in Signings,The Want List | Tags: ,

Hockey Hall of Fame honoured member Guy Lafleur will sign autographs this Saturday Jun. 8, 2013 at the Frozen Pond hockey memorabilia store. The two-hour session (noon until 2pm) will take place at 10 Buttermill Ave. in Concord, ON, just north of Toronto. For more information, collectors are asked to call 905-760-8404.

The autograph price is $39 for flat items or $59 for bulky items. Mail order pricing is available at frozenpond.com. Lafleur last signed at Frozen Pond on Dec. 3, 2011.

Lafleur was a six-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montréal Canadiens in the 1970s. The “Démon Blond” enjoyed six-straight 50-goal seasons with the Canadiens from 1974-75 to 1979-80. He was a three-time Pearson Award winner as the most outstanding player in the National Hockey League.

Lafleur is one of four Hockey Hall of Fame legends signing at Frozen Pond in June and July. The Lafleur signing is followed by Ted Lindsay on Jun. 15, Raymond Bourque on Jun. 19, and Bob Pulford on July 13.

Since 1993, Frozen Pond has established itself as the number one source for quality autograph hockey collectibles.