It's great to see some rare hockey items hitting the auction block recently. All the super rare items have been trading hands privatly. Classic sold the V-145 set with the Corbeau, Mastro had the lot of Carlings. Now comes, in my opinion, the most exciting set to hit an auction in a long, long time.
I honestly didn't know that a graded set of these cards existed. Maybe no one else did either.
When I first read Jim's post, I wasn't sure what set was so rare that it would impress him that much, but as soon as I saw the picture I understood!
I don't have any estimate as to how much this will sell for. Obviously it should go well over $100K, but I can't say beyond that!
Having a set like this really helps the stock of Classic Auctions! Normally I would expect to see this on Mastro.
Your price of $250,000.00 is probably bang on! I was thinking that as well. I put $150,000.00 as a low end estimate but when I first saw the set I thought $250K. I would not be surprised at all if it got $250K.
The set is probably the most impossible set to put together in hockey. I actually hope this set goes higher than $250K. The hockey hobby needs some precidents to be set.
This message has been edited by shiftintermedia on Jan 26, 2009 9:21 AM
If memory serves me correctly and its been a long time, I believe this set was obtained raw about 25 years ago by a then very prominent dealer from a salesperson or relative of Sweet Cap. It was then sold to the consignor who is now liquidating one of the finest collections in existance. If this was a baseball set of equal importance and rarity is would go for close to 1M. The final price will obviously be determined by how many serious bidders go after it. There are only a handful of collectors/dealers who play in this end of the playing field. At least one has a wallet that stretches from B.C. to Newfoundland so if he wants it he will get it. I think Jim`s estimate is not out of reach. Should be interesting.
"If memory serves me correctly and its been a long time, I believe this set was obtained raw about 25 years ago by a then very prominent dealer from a salesperson or relative of Sweet Cap. It was then sold to the consignor who is now liquidating one of the finest collections in existance."
I don't think this is that set. This is probably the set of Sweet Caps that Shigley's grandson sold privately to a Canadian collector a few years ago.
it's very nice, but not the best one.... there is a least one out there that I know of that is in better condition than this one.....
with this set, you never know when another one will hit the market....... and this is the reason why it will command a high price....... the owners of these sets are the true collectors.... it must have been a very tough decision for him to sell these beautiful postcards.....
i collect c55 cards but this set is the best looking baseball or hockey set i have ever seen. the vezina in this set puts my mint 9 c55 vezina to shame. who ever wins it i hope they are a true conisueer of hockey cards and can appreciate it and enjoy it. signed fessgreg ps. i hope my spelling was not too way off
paul's first guess was almost right on the money.
that set ended at $140,607.00 with the buyers premuim thats over $150 gees.
with the canadian dollar being week thats over $200 gees with exchange rate/buyers premuim and those yukee Taxes in canadian dollars.
i think its great to see a hockey set do so well though in the hobby as baseball always gets the attention of most collectors.