Top 10 Most Valuable Hockey Cards
Hockey Card History
Hockey cards have been around for over a hundred years. From the earliest tobacco cards through the classic 1950s issues to cards of today's superstars like Sidney Crobsy or Alexander Ovechkin, the cardboard depiction of the stars of the National Hockey League continue to delight fans of all ages.
Who can stake the claim as most expensive? Howe? Hull? Orr? Gretzky? This is a tight-knit field with room for several cards to move up the list in the coming years. For now, these are the top 10 most valuable hockey cards:
10. Bobby Orr: 1966 Topps USA Test PSA 7 ($10,600)
Arguably the greatest player of all time, Bobby Orr is a true hockey legend. The 1966 Topps USA Test set was a very limited issue similar to the regular issue, but with back in English only as opposed to the bilingual information found on the standard issues. It is rare to find in any condition and this excellent example of the Bruins legend commanded a very strong price.
9. Jacques Plante: 1955 Quaker Oats SGC 84 ($12,000)
The great goalie Jake the Snake makes a splash onto the list with his 1955 Quaker Oats card. Made by Parkhurst and distributed in Quaker Oats, the cards boast a similar design to the regular Parkhurst issue, but have different color ink on back. This card boasts a great action shot of Plante without the famous mask he was responsible for launching into everyday use. Condition is an issue as these cards were distributed inside containers of Quaker Oats and were easily damaged in transport.
8. Guy LaFleur: 1971 O-Pee-Chee PSA 10 ($12,300)
Fresh off his monumental 130 goal season in the Quebec Junior League, LaFleur made his rookie card debut on the great 1971 OPC set. An absolute perfect grade rookie fetched more than $12,000 to a serious collector. The Blonde Devil had about as many misadventures off the ice as great plays on the ice, but remains a fan favorite. The Hall of Fame came calling for Guy in 1988.
7. Bobby Hull: 1958 Topps PSA 8 ($13,000)
The Golden Jet makes his NHL debut appearance as a Chicago Black hawks rookie on this 1958 Topps hockey card. Another Hall of Fame great and another legitimate contender for greatest hockey player of all time and definitely the greatest left winger the game has ever known.
6. Georges Vezina: 1911 Imperial Tobacco PSA 7 ($13,200)
Pioneering goalie, Vezina has the honor of being on the oldest card to make the list among the word's most expensive hockey cards. The future Hall of Famer is depicted as a young star on this Canadian issue tobacco card.
5. Gordie Howe: 1954 Topps SGC 96 ($13,200)
The second card on the list from the 1954 Topps issue and the second appearance on the list for the legend Howe. Although his rookie card was from years earlier on the Parkhurst set, this mainstream issue has more appeal and the condition for this particular sale is incredibly close to perfection.
4. Mario Lemieux: 1985 O-Pee-Chee BVG 10 ($14,500)
Mario Lemieux accomplished as much as anyone in the history of the game during his long and illustrious career. A scoring machine, the powerful Lemieux could and did score in every imaginable way: shorthanded, penalty, empty net. The Hall of Fame was all too eager to enshrine Lemieux once he was retired only to find Mario back on the ice. He joined Howe and Lafleur as the only three players to take the ice again after being enshrined.
3. Gordie Howe: 1951 Parkhurst PSA 9 ($17,980)
The rookie card of Gordie Howe would be sought after from any set, but the Parkhurst issue is especially tough. Smaller than today's cards, the Parkhurst hockey set was issued on thin paper stock and once cut is said to have been mixed up inside a cement mixer for generating randomness for collation. Needless to say, few mint examples survived. Any high grade Parkhurst cards are valuable, but this one of the ageless Mr. Hockey is particularly valuable.
2. Bobby Orr: 1966 Topps PSA 9 ($47,600)
Just as Orr makes a solid case for greatest hockey player of all time, so does his 1966 Topps card make a play for most valuable. Remaining well within striking distance of the #1 spot, this high grade example keep the quest for Most Valuable Hockey card a two man race. Both the 1966 Test Issue and Regular Issue make the top 10 list, but with a substantial price difference.
1. Wayne Gretzky: 1979 O-Pee-Chee BVG 9.5 ($50,000)
The Great One. Regarded by many as simply the greatest hockey player of all time, there are not enough superlatives to describe the legend. Wayne's 1979 OPC debut features a youthful Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers. The man who once had a shared interest in the Most Valuable Baseball Card of all time, makes his own statement with the most sought after hockey card.