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Modano, Salming, Williams join Fall Expo autograph list

Posted on 10th October 2013 by hockeymedia in Shows,Signings,The Want List | Tags: , ,

NHLMike Modano, Börje Salming and Dave “Tiger” Williams have been added to the Fall 2013 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo Stars of the Game autograph lineup. The trio joins a growing list that includes marquee stars Mario Lemieux and Guy Lafleur.

Modano, Salming and Williams will sign autographs on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 (along with super legend Lemieux). Also attending the weekend show are Bobby Hull, Angela James and Geraldine Heaney (all three on Friday night). Lafleur will sign on Sunday, Nov. 10.

The cost of Modano autographs (courtesy Logo Sports) are $50 for regular items or $60 for premium items (as well as $10 for inscriptions and $40 for professional photo opportunities).

The cost of Salming autographs (courtesy A.J. Sports World) are $25 for any items (as well as $25 for professional photo opportunities). The cost of Williams autographs (also courtesy A.J. Sports World) are $20 for any items (as well as $20 for professional photo opportunities).

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.

Johnny Bower to sign autographs at West Toronto Card Show

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

NHLToronto Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower will sign autographs this Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the West Toronto Sports Memorabilia & Card Show. Bower will be signing autographs from 1-3pm.

The West Toronto Sports Memorabilia & Card Show is located at the Toronto Plaza Hotel at 1677 Wilson Avenue (near highways 400 and 401). Show hours are 10am to 4pm. General admission to the show is just $2 (or $5 per family).

Bower is an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. A four-time Stanley Cup winner (1962, 1963, 1964, 1967), he was runner up in voting for the Hart Trophy in 1960-61.

Bower has long been a popular guest on the autograph circuit.

Pulford signing at Frozen Pond north of Toronto

Posted on 11th July 2013 by hockeymedia in Signings,Stores,The Want List | Tags: ,

NHLBob Pulford will sign autographs this Saturday July 13, 2013 at the Frozen Pond hockey memorabilia store in Concord, ON. Pulford will be in store for 90 minutes from 1-2:30pm. For more information on the signing, fans are asked to call 905.760.8404.

The cost for a Pulford autograph is either $25 (for flat items) or $35 (for bulky items). There is no cost for a personalisation or inscription.

Pulford is a Stanley Cup champion, having won four titles in six years with the last Toronto Maple Leafs dynasty of the 1960s (1962-64, 1967). The man once described as “the best player in the league on breakaway attacks” on the back of his hockey card, he became an honoured member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.

Following the Pulford signing in July, Frozen Pond will next feature Raymond Bourque in store on Tuesday August 13 (a rescheduled date as a result of the Bruins’ appearance in the Stanley Cup final).

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.

Stanley Cup winners: 1951 Toronto Maple Leafs

Posted on 23rd June 2013 by hockeymedia in 2012-13,STANLEY CUP | Tags:

NHLSTANLEY CUP WINNERS • WEEK 39 • 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.

1951 STANLEY CUP: MAPLE LEAFS WIN FIFTH TITLE IN SEVEN YEARS

NHLThe Toronto Maple Leafs won the 1951 Stanley Cup over their rival Montréal Canadiens. All five games in the final were decided in overtime, including game five when Bill Barilko scored in a 3-2 win. Earlier overtime winners were scored by Sid Smith, Ted Kennedy and Harry Watson (plus Maurice Richard for the Canadiens in game two).

ROAD TO THE 1951 STANLEY CUP: MAPLE LEAFS IN THE PLAYOFFS

The Maple Leafs won eight of 11 games en route to their Stanley Cup victory in 1951. After finishing second in the regular-season standings, the Maple Leafs eliminated the Boston Bruins in six games (albeit one match ended in a tie in overtime). In the final, the Maple Leafs then beat the Canadiens in five games.

PLAYOFF HERO: TURK BRODA

Toronto Maple Leafs’ goalie Turk Broda posted a 1.10 goals-against average in the 1951 playoffs. In the opening round against the Bruins, he posted two shutouts. In the final against the Canadiens, he won four of five overtime duels. As listed in the 2012 Vintage Collector’s Almanac & Price Guide, a Broda 8″x10″ signed photo costs approximately $500 (Broda has been deceased since 1972).

STARS OF THE 1951 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Along with Broda, four other players from the 1951 Toronto Maple Leafs have since become honoured members of the Hockey Hall of Fame: Max Bentley, Fern Flaman, Ted Kennedy, and Harry Watson. The cost to purchase signed photos of those four stars is $250 for Bentley (deceased in 1984), $35 for Flaman (deceased in 2012), $75 for Kennedy (deceased in 2009), and $75 for Watson (deceased in 2002).

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.

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.

Tough grades: 1966-67 O-Pee-Chee #131 Frank Mahovlich

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

NHL1966-67 O-PEE-CHEE #131 FRANK MAHOVLICH40 CARDS IN 40 WEEKS • WEEK 38 • 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.

1966-67 O-PEE-CHEE #131

NHLThe 1966-67 O-Pee-Chee hockey card set (also known as 1966-67 Topps) was sold in two separate series, with 66 different cards in each series (132 total cards). Picture cards were sold in five-cent packs, with a stick of O-Pee-Chee bubble gum included in every pack. The cards were “made and distributed in Canada by O-Pee-Chee Co. Ltd., London, Ontario / under license with Topps Chewing Gum Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.”

Read more / view checklist: 1966-67 O-Pee-Chee

As of Sep. 1, 2012, only 81 copies of the 1966-67 O-Pee-Chee #131 card (Frank Mahovlich All-Star) had been submitted to Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). Of the 81 cards submitted, only five copies were graded “8″ or better (just 6.17%). In 2011-12, nine new copies had been submitted, of which one was graded “8″ or better.

Overall, the 1966-67 O-Pee-Chee hockey set average was 84.5 copies submitted per card, but with an average of 20 copies graded “8″ or better (approximately 23.64%).

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.

Saturday Night Rivalry: Bob Gainey v Borje Salming

Posted on 1st June 2013 by hockeymedia in 2012-13,SATURDAY NIGHT | Tags: ,

NHLCANADIENS v MAPLE LEAFS • THE GREAT HOCKEY RIVALRY • WEEK 36 • 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 158 items on the Bob Gainey Collector’s Index, the most recent of which were included in the 2010-11 Ultimate Memorabilia series. The Gainey rookie card was included in the 1974-75 O-Pee-Chee series.

There are, on the other hand, 898 items on the Borje Salming Collector’s Index, including a new card in the 2012-13 In The Game Forever Rivals series. The Salming rookie card was included in the 1974-75 O-Pee-Chee and 1974-75 Topps series.