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Lot # 1487 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1923 V145-1 William Patterson PSA-Graded Collection (9) Including Vezina, Morenz, and Four Other Hall of Famers

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,963

Extremely attractive collection of nine different cards from the rare V145-1 William Patterson hockey-card set, highlighted by six Hall of Famers, including Georges Vezina, Howie Morenz, and Aurel Joliat. Issued in 1923, this set is fairly simple in nature, bearing no advertising for the manufacturer, and featuring sepia portraits of forty different players from the National Hockey League set against bright white card stock. This set is considered one of the all-time great sets by hockey collectors in part due to its outstanding player selection (eighteen Hall of Famers are featured in the set, four of which claim this set as their rookie card) as well as its inclusion of one of the greatest rarities in all of card collecting, the Bert Corbeau short-print, of which fewer than ten are known to exist. This collection consists of the following: #5 Harry Helman, 6 Geo. Boucher (HOF), 9 Harry Broadbent (HOF), 14 Aurel Joliat RC (HOF, identified as Auriel on the card), 15 Howie Morenz RC (HOF), 19 Georges Vezina (HOF), 20 Amos Arbour, 22 W. (Red) Stuart, and 26 Reg. Noble (HOF). The nine cards offered in this collection have all been encapsulated by PSA as "Authentic - Trimmed" (submitted by REA). When our consignor purchased these cards in the 1990s, before the popularity of third-party grading, they were described as Near Mint or better. Each card does present at a glance as Near Mint, with four sharp corners, outstanding centering, flawless edges, crisp images, no creases or wrinkles, and clean blank reverses. While these cards will likely never receive a numerical grade from PSA or SGC, they do present an outstanding opportunity to obtain nine different cards (almost one-quarter of a set), with several notable highlights from this rare hockey-card issue, which present at a glance as Near Mint but which will likely be had at a modest fraction of the cost of numerically graded examples with a similarly strong appearance. Total: 9 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,963

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