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1910-1911 C56 Imperial Tobacco Complete Set (36)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $3,900
Extremely rare complete 36-card set of 1910-1911 C56 Imperial Tobacco hockey cards. Unlike baseball's most significant vintage sets, such as T206 and 1933 Goudey, which are widely known throughout the collecting world, hockey's great rarities and earliest issues are relatively unknown, except by veteran hockey-card collectors. The first hockey sets were all Canadian issues and are among hockey collecting's premier items. This particular set is noted for its incredible player selection, with twenty-two Hall of Famers, including Art Ross, Cyclone Taylor, and Newsy Lalonde. Condition: three Vg-Ex, twelve Vg, four Gd, and seventeen Pr to Fr. We have selected three cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. Keys: #1 Patrick (Pr), 2 Leseur (Fr/Gd), 3 Roberts (Vg), 7 Walsh (Vg), 8 Ross (GOOD+ 35), 9 Campbell (Vg-Ex), 10 Hyland (miscut, otherwise Vg-Ex), 12 Ross (Pr), 14 Dunderdale (Fr), 15 Taylor (Gd), 16 Cattarinigh (Fr), 17 Stuart (Pr/Fr), 20 Russell (Gd), 21 Laviolette (Pr/Fr), 22 Hern (Vg-Ex), 23 Pitre (Vg), 26 Patrick (GOOD+ 35), 28 Moran (Pr), 30 Johnson (Vg-Ex), 33 Marshall (Vg), 35 Marshall (Pr), and 36 Lalonde (VG 40). This is the first C56 set we have ever offered; in fact, we have never auctioned even a sample from this rare set. A very attractive and rarely offered complete set of one of the most important of all early hockey issues. The equivalent SMR value for just the three graded cards (factoring in the two half-grades at the lower whole-grade level and not including the additional thirty-three cards!) is $785. Total: 36 cards.
The items in this lot are part of the deaccessioned property of a prominent northeast museum which has selected Robert Edward Auctions to handle the sale of donated sportscards and memorabilia in an effort to fund purchases more in line with the mission and goals of the museum. SOLD FOR $3,900
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