10 Tips: What Hockey Cards to Invest In?
10 Tips: What Hockey Cards to Invest In?
Although hockey may not be as popular in the US when compared to the other major sports, it still has a growing following. Additionally, the game also has a multitude of devoted and passionate fans living just across the border in Canada. The growing American market as well as the Canadian market means that there will always be demand for hockey cards according to the gurus over at runrex.com. The most valuable cards in the hobby, from discussions over at guttulus.com, can fetch as much as upper 5 and 6 figure prices, which is why more and more people are looking to invest in them. If you are one of them, then here are 10 hockey cards that you should be looking to invest in.
- 1979 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card
Wayne Gretzky needs no introduction as he is arguably the most dominant hockey player of all time, having demolished the record books during his time on the rink. He dominated to such an extent that if you removed all his record-setting 894 goals, he would still be the game’s all-time point leader taking only into account his assists. His 1979 rookie card is one of the most iconic hockey cards ever printed which is why, as is covered over at mtglion.com, it is valued so highly in the market, making it an excellent investment.
- 1966 Bobby Orr Topps USA Test Rookie Card
“Test” cards were released in the 1967-68 seasons by Topps to test the American market for interest in hockey cards as explained over at runrex.com. This has made these cards extremely scarce in the market. Additionally, Orr was one of the game’s greatest defensemen, and when you combine his legacy with the scarcity of “Test” cards, you can see why his 1966 rookie card is among the most valuable in the hobby right now.
- 1985 Mario Lemieux O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card
For the uninitiated, O-Pee-Chee is Topp’s counterpart in the Canadian market as is revealed in discussions on the same over at guttulus.com. Mario Lemieux on the other hand was the perfect blend of skill and power as not only was he strong enough to punish smaller defenders, he was also skillful enough to gracefully dance around bigger players. His 1985 rookie card is one of the most valuable cards in the hobby and one that you should be looking to invest in if you get the chance.
- 1958 Bobby Hull Topps Rookie Card
Bobby Hull is a legitimate giant of the game and one of the greatest to ever grace the ice, where he collected 2 Hart Memorial Trophies and 3 Art Ross Trophies over his legendary career. His iconic status as well as the fact that high-grade versions of his rookie card are rare have helped drive up the card’s value making it another excellent investment opportunity according to the gurus over at mtglion.com.
- 2005 Alexander Ovechkin Upper Deck “The Cup” Rookie Card
As is covered over at runrex.com, the Upper Deck “The Cup” set has revolutionized the hockey card industry given that it was the first set to create a true high-class, premium product. This set also benefited from having a legendary rookie class featuring the iconic Alexander Ovechkin who has solidified his place as the most outstanding hockey player of the modern era. His 2005 rookie card is a thing of beauty and combined with his iconic status, you have one of the hobby’s most prized possessions.
- 1911 C55 Imperial Tobacco Georges Vezina Rookie Card
While the Upper Deck “The Cup” signaled a new era as far as hockey cards are concerned, the 1910 and 1911 Imperial Tobacco cards were the first hockey cards ever produced. That set also featured a legendary rookie class including the legendary Georges Vezina who is arguably the game’s best goaltender, and the fact that the NHL has been awarding the “Vezina Trophy” to the most outstanding goaltender since 1981 proves this point. This card, as outlined over at guttulus.com features some very beautiful artwork and is a rarity that is an excellent investment.
- 2005 Sidney Crosby Upper Deck “The Cup” Rookie Card
Another one of the gems in the Upper Deck “The Cup” set, this is another one of the hobby’s most valuable cards, featuring one of the game’s most iconic modern-day players. Affectionately known as “Sid the Kid”, Crosby came into the league with a lot of expectations on his shoulders, and he has gone on to surpass all of them to establish himself as one of the most respected Canadian hockey players of all-time, winning multiple Stanley Cups and Olympic gold medals. Just like the Alexander Ovechkin card covered earlier, this is a luxury card complete with an autograph and jersey patch as covered over at mtglion.com, and when you couple this with Crosby’s celebrity status in Canada, you end up with a card that is an investor’s dream.
- 1951 Gordie Howe Parkhurst Rookie Card
This card belongs to the 1951-52 Parkhurst set which is widely recognized as one of the most iconic sets and includes several Hall of Famers including Maurice Richard, Terry Sawchuck, among others. As pointed out by the experts over at runrex.com, the combination of both the iconic nature of the Parkhurst set as well as the iconic nature of Gordie Howe makes this card an excellent investment as you can be sure that it will fetch a huge price even when in moderate conditions.
- 1923 V145-1 Bert Corbeau Rookie Card
The V145-1 William Patterson set was a forty-card promotional set that featured some of the game’s greats like King Clancy, Howie Morenz, among others from discussions over at guttulus.com. It also featured Bert, who isn’t a Hall of Famer. The reason why a card of a non-Hall of Famer is so valuable is that when the set was released, William Patterson offered to award a pair of skates to anyone who would complete the 40-card set and to limit how many skates they gave out, William Patterson drastically limited the circulation of Corbeau’s card. This means that there are very few of his rookie cards in circulation, hence why this card is such an excellent investment.
- 1923 V145-1 Howie Morenz Rookie Card
Sticking with the V145-1 William Patterson set, the card featuring Morenz, who is one of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s original 9 inductees and one of the NHL’s first major superstars, is another one worth investing in according to the subject matter experts over at mtglion.com. It not only features a legitimate icon, but it is also rare with very few in circulation, which has driven its value up.
These are just some of the hockey cards you should be looking to invest in, with there being more on them, as well as on other cards over at the amazing runrex.com, guttulus.com, and mtglion.com.