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Rare 1939 NHL All-Stars vs. Canadiens Program - Babe Siebert Memorial Fund Game
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $480
Exceedingly rare program issued for the Babe Siebert Memorial Fund "All-Star" Game, held at the Montreal Forum on October 29, 1939. Seibert, who was one of the top hockey players of his era, not to mention one of the most popular among players and fans alike, died tragically on August 25, 1939, when he drowned while on vacation with his family (he was posthumously elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964). At the time, he had just recently retired and accepted the job as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. Seibert's wife was handicapped and his death caused the family great financial hardship. In an effort to raise money for the family, the NHL arranged for a benefit hockey game to be played at the forum between the Canadiens and a team of NHL "All-Stars." The benefit game for Siebert was the third such benefit hockey game arranged by the NHL, all of which were the forerunners to NHL All-Star Game, which began as an annual event in 1947. As noted on the cover of this program, which pictures Siebert in uniform, all of the proceeds from the game were dedicated to the Seibert family. The fifty-six-page program features numerous tributes to Seibert, both in English and French, as well as the rosters for each team. This is the first example of this program we have ever seen, let alone handled, and it is certainly one of the rarest of all hockey programs from this era. The program (9 x 12 inches) displays moderate handling wear, including a tear (1.5 inches with paper loss) on the front cover and minor foxing. The front cover bears the name of a former owner and the name of Babe Siebert (next to his image), both of which are scripted in black ink. In Very Good condition overall.
Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $480
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