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World’s Best Vintage Hockey Card Collection Heads to Auction

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Classic Auctions will sell what it calls “the most important PSA-graded pre-war hockey card collection ever offered” beginning with its upcoming fall catalog auction.

Legendary hockey collector Simon Bourque of Quebec City, has consigned dozens of important sets, many the finest and rarest known.  Bourque, who goes by the PSA Set Registry ID Simgin, owns the top spot in nearly every pre-war hockey card set from 1910-1940.

graded hockey cardsBourque has been collecting for more than five decades but traveled across Canada for 20 years with a burning passion for digging up the most sought after pre-War hockey cards known in the hobby.  It’s safe to say his mission was an overwhelming success.  Among the highlights:

  • Approximately 95% of the card sets are #1 on the PSA Registry
  • There is more than 400 highest graded cards
  • And more than 600 cards are ”1 of 1”, meaning no other PSA graded cards exist in better or equal quality

Bert Corbeau hockey card PatersonAmong the cards set to be sold is the holy grail of hockey cards, the Bert Corbeau V-145-1.  Like the T206 Wagner, most collectors will consider their set complete without the Corbeau because only a few are known to exist.

Collectors can bid on entire sets and/or individual cards with the cards being sold by whichever bid method generates the most revenue.

The lots below will be part of the upcoming auction.  However, the collection is so large, Classic Auctions will also sell parts of it next year.

  • 1911-12 Imperial Tobacco C55 Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set!
  • 1912-13 Imperial Tobacco C57 Complete 50-Card Set – Current Second Finest and All-Time Second Finest PSA Set!
  • 1923-24 William Patterson V145-1 Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set!
  • 1924-25 Champ’s Cigarettes C144 – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set!
  • 1925 Dominion Chocolate Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set!
  • 1932-33 O’Keefe’s Coasters Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set!
  • 1933-34 Canadian Gum V252 Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set!
  • 1935-36 O-Pee-Chee Series ‘’C’’ Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set
  • 1939-40 O-Pee-Chee Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set
  • 1963-64 Chex Set + Singles – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set
  • 1911 C55 hockey cards1960-61 Toronto Maple Leafs York Peanut Butter Glass Collection of 10
  • 1960-61 Montreal Canadiens York Peanut Butter Glass Collection of 11
  • 1955-57 Montreal Canadiens Unused Dixon Pencil Collection of 20 Plus Original Sleeve
  • 1955-57 Toronto Maple Leafs Unused Dixon Pencil Collection of 18 Plus Original Sleeve
  • 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35 and 1935-36 CCM Team Picture Sets and Near sets
  • 1935-40 Canada Starch Crown Brand Complete 68-Photo Collection
  • 1923-24 Crescent Selkirks Complete 13-Card Set with Chuck Gardiner – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set
  • 1924 Willard Chocolate V122 Complete 4-Card Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set
  • 1924-25 Holland Creameries Complete 9-Card Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set
  • 1949-50 World Wide Gum NHL Ice Stars Wrappers Complete Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set
  • 1936 Triumph Complete 10-Postcard set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set!
  • 1936 Champion Complete 10-Postcard Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set
  • 1927-28 La Patrie Montreal Canadiens Complete Photo Set of 21
  • 1933-35 Diamond Match Silver Complete 60-Matchbook Set
  • 1951 Berk Ross Complete 4-Card Set
  • 1956-57 Hygrade Frankfurt Complete 6-Card Set – Current Finest and All-Time Finest PSA Set

Classic even created a special website devoted to the collection where you can learn more about the history of trading cards and their relationship to traditional investment.

The fall 2013 auction, featuring the first part of this collection, will be online early October and will close on November 5.

Watch the interview with the enthusiastic 61-year-old French-Canadian gentleman below and get a look at the scope and size of his remarkable achievement.

Bourque is selling a few thousand vintage and modern cards, among other items, on eBay where he is a well-known seller. Click here to see the listings.

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