Ice Hockey Collectibles And Memorabilia

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Ice Hockey Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the sport of Ice Hockey.

Brief History

Ice Hockey is a fast-paced group game played during the winter season. It is thought to have originated from Ireland although some say it is a derivative of a game played in the countryside by ancient Europeans.

The earliest known reference to the word hockey was in the year 1363, when England’s King Edward III had it included on the list of sports outlawed in his kingdom. The present day hockey, however, is believed to be introduced by the Micmac Indians of Nova Scotia during the 19th century. Historical evidence points to the British Army and European immigrants as the ones responsible for the evolution of the sport in Canada.

Present-day ice hockey is usually contested on an ice rink by two sets of five players and a goal tender on skates. The five players skate back and forth the rink aiming to score by pushing the hockey ball into the rival’s goal with a stick. The opponent’s goal keeper stops the hockey ball from entering to prevent a score.

England’s Eton College is known to have written the rules that govern field hockey in the 1860s. This became the basis of today’s ice hockey. The rules for competitive hockey, however, were developed in 1875 and amended through the years. Ice hockey was officially included and played in the 1908 London Olympics.

Guide for Collectors

Ice hockey collectibles and memorabilia include hockey cards. There are those printed before World War II including the 1910-1911 hockey cards issued by Imperial Tobacco Canada for the National Hockey League in Montreal. World Wide Gum Ice Kings Company in Canada followed in 1933 for one year. O-Pee-Chee Company, Ltd. - a Canadian confectionery company – joined the fray at the same time. After the War, Parkhurst Products - a Canadian manufacturer of sports cards - produced ice hockey cards until 1964 and Topps Company, Inc. in 1954.

Promotional plastic coins issued by Shirriff’s Ltd. in 1960-1969 are considered classic hockey collectibles. These plastic coins bear the pictures of the players of various teams of the NHL during that period. Also considered premier collectibles are the 1970-1971 hockey cards issued by Dad’s Cookie Company which featured the faces of ice hockey players.

Signed, game-used jerseys from ice hockey greats are popular among collectors, as well as autographed sticks. Pucks bearing the player’s signature, especially those used in scoring a goal from 1972-1973 and duly registered and validated by the National Hockey League, are a class by themselves.

The 1930s-1950s Official NHL Media Guides form a part of ice hockey memorabilia, as well as the 1934-1967 promotional photos by St. Lawrence Starch Company, producer of BeeHive Golden Corn Syrup.

Canadian-based Classic Auctions, founded in 1995, is a powerhouse when it comes to hockey memorabilia: vintage jerseys and other NHL goods.

Notable Auction Sales

A 1966-67 Bobby Orr Game Worn Rookie Jersey was sold by Heritage Auctions on April 23, 2010. This jersey worn by the Ontario Canada-native during his debut season was sold for $168,000.

Heritage Auctions offered a 1974-1975 Bobby Orr jersey on October 18, 2008. The jersey, which Bobby Orr wore during his last season with the Bruins, was sold for $115,000.

A 1939 Eddie Shore Game Worn Babe Siebert Memorial Jersey was offered by Heritage Auctions on October 18, 2008. The sweater worn by Shore on the third NHL all-star game in October 1939 was sold for $57,500.

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