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Georges Vezina

1911 C55

This card, which measures approximately 1½” by 2½”, is the only recognized rookie card of the man whose name is synonymous with goal-tending excellence. Georges Vezina is to hockey goalies what Cy Young is to baseball pitchers when it comes to personal achievement. At the end of each season, the best goalie in the league is presented with the award that bears Vezina's name. From the beginning, it was clear that Vezina was something special. In his rookie campaign of 1910, Vezina led the league in goals-against average and repeated the feat the very next year. He also led the Montreal Canadiens to their first two Stanley Cups in 1916 and 1924. During training camp for the 1925 season, Vezina fell ill and was diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis. Vezina passed away in 1926 but, prior to that season, the NHL created the Georges Vezina Trophy to recognize the game's best goalie and honor the man who set the standard at the position. Fittingly, the first recipient of the award was Vezina's replacement, George Hainsworth. Vezina finished his career with a goals-against average of 3.49, a figure that is even more impressive when you consider that goalies were not allowed to go down to their knees to gain control of the puck at that time. Vezina was part of the inaugural Hockey Hall of Fame class of 1945.

Joseph-Georges-Gonzague Vezina (January 21, 1887 - March 27, 1926) was the first true superstar goaltender professional hockey ever saw in the National Hockey Association and National Hockey League. Georges was the only goaltender to play for the Montreal Canadiens from 1910-1925 both in the NHA for seven seasons and NHL for nine. Known for his subdued demeanor, Vezina was referred to as cool as a “Chicoutimi Cucumber”, named for his hometown. In 1918, Vezina became the first goaltender in NHL history to record a shutout and the first goaltender to register an assist. Georges amazing career was highlighted by his stellar play in net, leading the NHA in goals against average four times and the NHL three times. He led the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Finals one five occasions backstopping a squad that won the first two titles in franchise history (1919, 1924). He also contributed to 1924-25 Habs numbers before being forced into retirement due to tuberculosis in 1925. Georges Vezina finished his career with 27 wins, 65 losses and one tie in the NHA as well as 103 NHL wins, 81 losses and 5 ties. He is widely considered one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history and was honored in 1926, following his death from TB in March, when the owners of the Canadiens donated the Vezina Trophy to the NHL for presentation to each year’s top NHL goaltender. Ironically, the first recipient of the award was George Hainsworth, Vezina’s final and only replacement in his 16-year career. Georges Vezina was and inaugural inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945.

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
2 NM 7

Prices By Grade

1911 C55 38 GEORGES VEZINA

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9
NM - MT 8 $75,000.00 1
NM 7 $34,370.00 $20,000.00 9 1
EX - MT 6 $7,926.00 $9,500.00 15 11
EX 5 $6,400.00 $7,250.00 28 28
VG - EX 4 $6,900.00 $6,900.00 $5,250.00 40 65
VG 3 $3,279.86 $2,500.00 25 111
GOOD 2 $2,811.00 $2,855.50 $1,250.00 28 150
FR 1.5 5 181
PR 1 $571.00 $650.00 14 186
Auth $875.00 7 202

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
10/10/2020 $4,450 2.5 224174299762 eBay pwcc_vault Best Offer 46747306
09/28/2020 $2,811 2 143742773148 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 25897688
07/06/2020 $2,900 2 392254190379 eBay a.j.vezina Best Offer 16806114
06/06/2020 $6,900 4 222899874125 eBay a.j.vezina Best Offer 06035223
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12/09/2019 $3,840 4 2698 Robert Edward Auctions 2019 Fall Auction 12025462
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09/23/2019 $2,250 2.5 401883553312 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 27446232
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03/25/2019 $2,251 2 401730125481 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 15788517
01/27/2019 $4,263 3 352571488417 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 29065475
01/27/2019 $2,650 2.5 143094248143 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 40833366
08/17/2018 $3,112 3 450 Lelands 2018 Invitational Auction 29065475
05/24/2018 $571 1 (MK) 401537918849 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 26000335
04/26/2018 $6,400 5 142760249332 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 90503826
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02/27/2018 $2,100 3 428 Classic Auctions Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction February 2018 Auction 28424658
02/20/2018 $2,061 2 142686319021 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 28456118
12/08/2017 $3,361 3 737 Mile High Card Company December 2017 Auction 20319257
11/29/2017 $875 Auth 152806934761 eBay iconsportscards Best Offer 27336692
11/11/2017 $34,370 7 49 Goldin Auctions 2017 October Legends Closing November 11 Auction 01435913
10/30/2017 $6,000 5 2356 Robert Edward Auctions 2017 Fall Auction 16983575
08/27/2017 $4,100 3 142479111210 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 27450667
08/15/2017 $1,800 2.5 263132924682 eBay gfgcom Auction 27446232
08/06/2017 $4,200 4.5 102 Goldin Auctions Summer Premium Live and Catalog Auction Auction 22420015
07/28/2017 $2,250 2 263106857648 eBay the*cup Buy It Now 15788517
06/10/2017 $3,421 3.5 668 SCP Auctions Spring Premier Auction 2017 Auction 27276564
05/22/2017 $1,691 2.5 112405111551 eBay beardentoys Auction 27261609
02/26/2017 $4,006 4 401277360616 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 09065578
11/20/2016 $2,037 2 351902275438 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 15588243
10/27/2016 $2,115 2.5 351881141242 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 14343188
05/14/2016 $7,768 6 81342 Heritage Auctions 2016 May 12 - 14 Sports Collectibles Catalog Au... May 14, 2016 Auction 03743466
11/03/2015 $2,244 2 539 Classic Auctions Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction November 2015 Auction 24586149
11/05/2013 $4,189 4 837 Classic Auctions Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Fall 2013 Auction 12025462
10/25/2012 $3,292 4 1509 Mile High Card Company October 2012 Auction Auction 90561766
01/27/2012 $5,484 5 314 Mile High Card Company January 2012 Auction 02030904
11/01/2011 $3,808 4.5 1075 Classic Auctions Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Fall 2011 Auction 18971046
06/21/2011 $3,808 4.5 883 Classic Auctions Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Spring 2011 Auction 18971046
03/29/2011 $2,600 4 384 Classic Auctions Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction March 2011 Auction 11473419
11/16/2010 $5,576 5 496 Classic Auctions Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction November 2010 Auction 17307572
01/01/2010 $5,288 5 1554 Robert Edward Auctions 2010 Auction Auction 90503826
06/10/2008 $2,148 3 562 Classic Auctions Hockey Memorabilia Auction - Spring 2008 Auction 15259530
11/30/2005 $762 2 532 Lelands December 2005 Auction 12375593
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