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    1924-25 C144 Champs Cigarettes Complete Set (60) - #3 on the SGC Set Registry! In the 1920's the National Hockey League (NHL) was still a young adolescent at the threshold of maturity. During that decade, the young league would double in size and the sport's popularity allowed the league to evolve into a association of thirty teams generating hundreds of millions of dollars annually. In 1924, Hockey was a very different sport and a quite a pivotal year it was. The season lasted a whole thirty games. The league included only six teams based out of Ottawa, Montreal (2 teams), Hamilton, Toronto, and Boston. The Boston Bruins were in their inaugural season and were the first team in the NHL from the U.S.A. A sign that the game wasn't completely different from today is that the champions that season didn't need to win a single game in the finals. The Montreal Canadians were simply declared champions due to a players strike. The "Tobacco Products Corporation of Canada Ltd.," based out of Hamilton Ontario stepped up to promote the growing sport and their "Champ's Cigarettes" brand with this series of tobacco insert cards which included players from only four teams. The line up does include hockey legends Francis "King" Clancy, Aurele Joliat, Howie Morenz and Georges Vezina.

    This series holds a pivotal spot in the history of hockey card collectibles. The cards of players from Boston are the first to depict professional hockey players from America. The back of each card offers a brief biography of the player but the text is in English suggesting circulation in the U.S.A. As hockey was still growing in popularity in the U.S., this circulation could explain why today examples of "C144" cards are in very, very short supply. To assemble a complete set of fifty-nine subjects plus the very rare and desirable "Stanley Cup" card is a difficult challenge. Not only has our consignor met that challenge but has assembled an attractive representation of this scarce entry. The steps necessary in putting together this series is also evident in the fact that we have been able to find no like offering and believe this is the first C144 complete set of 60 cards to be offered at public auction!

    This presentation holds a G.P.A. of 44.83 and currently ranks as the #3 set on the SGC Set Registry. Overall, the set is a middle grade prize with only one card assessed due to multiple creasing. Includes: Graded - SGC 60 EX 5: 8 cards, Andrews, Bouchard, Boucher, S. Cleghorn, Coutu, Green, M. Roach and Spyers; SGC 50 VG/EX 4: 24 cards, Broadbent, Burch, Cain, K. Clancy, O. Cleghorn, Connell, Cooper, Dennehy, Dinsmore, Dye, Forbes, Headley, Herberts, A. Joliat, Lowrey, McKinnon, D. Munro, Redding, Rothchilds, Schnarr, Skinner, Smith, Spring and G. Vezina; SGC 40 VG 3: 18 cards, Adams, Benedict, Berlinquette, Carroll, B. Corbeau, Day, Hitchman, Jackson, Mantha, McCaffrey, Mitchell, H. Morenz, Nighbor, Noble, O'Leary, Prodger, J. Roach and Scott; SGC 30 GD 2: 9 cards, Campbell, Finnigan, Fowler, Green, Holway, Langois, G. Munro, Randall and Stanley Cup; SGC 20 FR 1.5: 1 card, Boucher.

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    August, 2010
    5th Thursday
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