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    The "Iron Horse" of Hockey on The Ultimate Card!

    1911 C55 Georges Vezina #38 SGC 96 Mint 9 - The Finest Example Known In the Hobby! The greatness of Joseph Georges Gonzague Vézina is obvious when one considers he was among the 12-member inaugural class inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945. He was a man of slight build but he never let his thin frame keep him from becoming the man who many describe as the greatest goaltender to ever play the game. His career saw him start in the National Hockey Association (NHA) and eventually to the National Hockey League (NHL) over the span of 16 years. During his career he helped his team make it into five Stanley Cup finals including two Stanley Cup titles in 1916 and 1924. Vézina was the only man to play his position for the Montreal Canadians for 15 of those years and can be called the "Iron Horse" of hockey. He was loved by fans and respected by teammates who saw him as the heart and soul of the team. After 327 consecutive regular season games and almost 40 playoff appearances he became ill during the first game of the 1925-26 season and left after only one period. Like Gehrig, it was doubtful anyone there imagined he would never play again. Vézina died of tuberculosis on March 27, 1926, a young man yet to celebrate his 40th birthday.

    So highly thought of by his team, the Canadians paid him his full salary that year even though he played only one period that entire season. In 1926, the Montreal team donated the Vezina Trophy to the NHL to be awarded to the goaltender who allowed the fewest goals. The first man to win this honor was Vézina's successor, George Hainsworth.

    Graded SGC 96 Mint 9. This is the only example known in Mint condition. An assessment made by the traditionally more conservative eyes of SGC judges. A remarkable memento that ranks as the best of the best much like the man featuring on its flawless surfaces. Sharp corners, bright white borders and glorious color are awaiting the most passionate hockey card collector looking for the finest for their collection. An absolutely beautiful example to deservedly serve as the crowning achievement within any vintage hockey collection.


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