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1923-24 V145-1 Frank Clancy #3 SGC 88 NM/MT 8 - Highest Graded Example Known to Date! ...

2011 August Chicago Signature Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction #7037

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 4, 2011
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Location: Muvico
9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

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1923-24 V145-1 Frank Clancy #3 SGC 88 NM/MT 8 - Highest Graded Example Known to Date! The king of "Kings," our presented representation of this rare cardboard dedicated to Hall of Fame defenseman finds no equals nor superiors in either the SGC or PSA population reports. It's a fitting tribute to Frank "King" Clancy, who ruled the ice for sixteen seasons, claiming Stanley Cup titles in 1923, 1927 and 1931 before transitioning to the roles of coach, referee and team executive after hanging up his skates.

Clancy was one of the top players of his era, but not the most intimidating sight at 5"7" and 155 pounds. Not letting his size deter him, Clancy paired great speed with a pugnacious spirit. Brian McFarlane, a top Canadian sportscaster, once said that "King Clancy started a thousand fights and never won one." A top-scoring defensemen with 136 career goals, Clancy ranks first on the all-time list of top scoring defenseman. His final appearance on the ice was the Howie Morenz Memorial Game in 1937.

This rookie representation of the all-time great Ottawa Senator is a recent addition to the SGC population report, and by far the highest graded example of this key hockey card. The best contenders of quality are a trio resting at the "excellent" level some five numerical grades lower. The finest submission to PSA is a lone EX-MT+ 6.5. The presented specimen is basically like-new. The viewer will marvel at the complete absence of creases, wrinkles or surface marring, defying all laws of probability. The slightest hint of fuzziness at the top left outer corner tip seems to be the only element denying this stunning beauty an even higher assessment. Nothing provides visible credence to the fact that this card is an octogenarian and not a freshly-printed gem. For the hockey collector, this is the premier example of a pivotal entry in the full library of hockey trading card promotions.

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