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Howie Morenz

1923 V145-1 William Patterson Ltd

This is the only recognized rookie card of one of hockey's fastest players and its first true superstar. Howie Morenz, often referred to as “The Babe Ruth of Hockey,” began his career with the Montreal Canadiens as a center in 1923 and won a Stanley Cup his very first season as a professional. He would go on to win two more Stanley Cups with the team in 1930 and 1931. Morenz, a master puck handler and prolific scorer who finished his career with 270 regular season goals, was awarded three Hart Memorial Trophies in his career as the NHL's MVP and twice led the league in scoring. His career-high came during the 1929- 30 season when he scored 40 goals in only 44 games. When Morenz began to lose his trademark speed, he was sent to the Chicago Black Hawks and then the New York Rangers before returning to Montreal for one last run. Unfortunately, his return was cut short due to a severely broken leg suffered during a home game on January 28, 1937. Just a few weeks later, shockingly, Morenz would pass away as a result of blood clots from the injury. Morenz, a member of the inaugural Hockey Hall of Fame class in 1945, was mourned by thousands of fans outside of Montreal's Forum. This card is considered one of the most valuable in the set, only taking a back seat to the Bert Corbeau short print rarity.

Howard William “Howie” Morenz (September 21, 1902 - March 8, 1937) was one of the greatest stick handlers and speediest players of his era with an innate scoring touch as he twice led the Montreal Canadiens to back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships (1924-1925, 1930-1931). Called the “Mitchell Meteor” and the “Stratford Streak” for his extraordinary speed, Morenz joined the Montreal Canadiens after a slightly ruthless coaxing by Canadiens’ owner Leo Dandurand. He was a star with his midgets and junior teams and carried that star power to the Habs scoring 13 goals and 3 assists in 24 games his rookie season. Howie played 14 seasons in the NHL with the Canadiens (1923-1934, 1936-37), the Chicago Blackhawks (1935-36) and the New York Rangers (1935-36). He scored 20 or more goals in seven of his 14 seasons, topping the 40-goal mark once and leading the league once in goals in 1927-28. He also led the league twice in total points that seasons and again three years later. He won his first of three Hart Trophies that season as well, and then won twice more in 1931 and 1932. Howie was named to the NHL All-Star First Team in 1931 and 1932. Morenz thrived during the postseason as well, leading the league four times in games played and twice in goals, assists and playoff points. Howie Morenz finished his career with 271 career goals and 201 assists for a total of 472 points in 550 games. He also scored 13 goals and 9 assists in 39 playoff games. Howie Morenz was an inaugural inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945. In 1950, Howie was voted the outstanding player of the half-century. Howie Morenz died at the age of 34 due to complications following a leg injury suffered in a game.

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 EX-MT 6
1 EX-MT 6
1 EX-MT 6
2 EX+ 5.5
3 EX 5 (7)

Prices By Grade

1923 V145-1 PATERSON 15 HOWIE MORENZ

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $25,000.00
NM - MT 8 $17,500.00
NM 7 $10,000.00
EX - MT 6 $15,307.00 $7,500.00 3
EX 5 $15,000.00 $5,000.00 7 4
VG - EX 4 $16,276.59 $16,276.59 $2,500.00 10 13
VG 3 $5,766.00 $1,500.00 7 23
GOOD 2 $9,600.00 $9,600.00 $900.00 5 32
FR 1.5 1 39
PR 1 $5,826.00 $5,826.00 $500.00 3 40
Auth $2,205.00 4 44

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
08/12/2021 $16,277 4 1043 Mile High Card Company July/August 2021 Auction Auction 49175125
05/27/2021 $9,600 2 402849900259 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 52909675
02/23/2021 $5,826 1 1386 Classic Auctions Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Winter 2021 Auction 14508997
06/26/2020 $5,766 3 143632732255 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 15259489
02/25/2020 $5,000 3 402096415431 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 15259489
12/09/2019 $15,000 5 51744 Heritage Auctions 2019 December 5 - 7 Fall Sports Card Catalog Aucti Auction 18906435
11/05/2019 $2,040 2 (MK) 539 Classic Auctions Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Fall 2019 Auction 43718125
10/27/2019 $4,565 3 143414278641 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 15259489
09/23/2019 $10,300 4.5 143381969165 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 16445735
06/25/2019 $2,205 Auth 352692195469 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 25578590
04/22/2019 $1,301 Auth 143212603523 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 25209268
05/21/2017 $22,000 5 352055134488 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 02086447
09/26/2016 $4,250 2.5 142119788213 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 18551324
06/12/2012 $15,307 6 58 Classic Auctions Historical Hockey Memorabilia Spring 2012 Auction 17919168
06/10/2008 $1,331 3 565 Classic Auctions Hockey Memorabilia Auction - Spring 2008 Auction 15259489
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