Hockey cards have been issued as premiums for a variety of products: tobacco, candy, chewing gum, cereals, potato chips, soda, and even restaurants and oddball foods. Some are extremely rare, highly sought after, and valuable. Others not so much.
The value of vintage hockey cards is determined by several factors. A player's rookie or first year card is usually his most valuable. Cards from scarcer sets or from issues with limited availability may also carry increased premiums.
So what are some of the best hockey cards of all time?
• 1910 C56 Imperial Tobacco Art Ross
• 1911 C55 Imperial Tobacco Georges Vezina
• 1933 Ice Kings #33 Howie Morenz
• 1951 Parkhurst #4 Maurice Richard
• 1951 Parkhurst #61 Terry Sawchuk
• 1951 Parkhurst #66 Gordie Howe
• 1958 Topps #66 Bobby Hull
• 1966 Topps #35 Bobby Orr
• 1979 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky
• 1985 O-Pee-Chee #9 Mario Lemieux
• 1986 O-Pee-Chee #53 Patrick Roy
• 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic #181 Sidney Crosby
If you've got any of these, you might have a really special collection.
What about the best hockey card sets?
These early issues contain players who are synonymous with hockey. In a day when the sticks were made only of wood and the goalies didn't wear masks or helmets, these legends played for the love of the game. Patrick, Ross, Vezina, Shore, Morenz, Bailey, Johnson, Clapper and Taylor are just a few of the names that graced these early cardboard gems.
• 1910 C56 Imperial Tobacco
• 1911 C55 Imperial Tobacco
• 1951 Parkhurst
• 1954 Topps (first ever hockey issue from Topps)
• 1966 Topps USA Test Set
• 1979 O-Pee-Chee
• 1985 O-Pee-Chee
Along with standard cards, hockey collectors also love autographed cards, original wire photos, signed photographs, game-worn jerseys, game-used equipment, ticket stubs and important programs. Specific player, team, or event items are highly sought after.
Modern Hockey Cards
As for modern cards, hockey fans love scarcer and higher value issues of players like Steve Yzerman, Patrick Roy, Denis Potvin, Martin Brodeur, Alex Ovechkin, Mark Messier, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Dominik Hasek, Mike Bossy, Brett Hull, Ray Bourque and Jaromir Jagr.
While our focus is on vintage cards, we do have interest in buying select modern cards.
• Figure out what you have
• Determine the condition of your collection
• Scan or photograph a representative sample (and any stars)
• Organize your files digitally
• Research ways to sell
• Reach out to a reputable national dealer
• Ship your cards safely and securely
Ready to sell your hockey cards? Just want a free appraisal? You're in the right place. Get our free hockey card evaluation process started.
How Does The Selling Process Work Here at Just Collect?
• Send us a list of what's in your collection. You can use our appraisal form.
• Let us know what year(s) the cards are from, and how many you have.
• Highlight any complete sets and point out any star players
• Send us a few scans or photos of the best cards in your collection
• We'll schedule an appointment to value your collection (either by mail or in person).
• We'll make you an offer within 48 hours.
Why Choose Just Collect?
• We are the nation's top buyer of vintage hockey cards.
• We pay higher prices than any other dealers or auction houses.
• We'll provide a free market-value appraisal of your collection, piece by piece.
• We'll make you a cash offer on the spot.
• We'll pay for shipping.
Check out some hockey card collections we've bought in the past:
Contact Our New Jersey Office Today
Contact Just Collect today to schedule a free appraisal. Our experts can help you:
• Find out exactly what you have
• Determine how much it's worth
• Make you a cash offer within 48 hours.
Our main office is located Somerset, NJ, about five minutes from the Rutgers Campus in New Brunswick.
Selling a huge or high-value collection?
Is your hockey or other sport card collection too large to bring to us, or too valuable to send through the mail? We can travel to you.
You can reach us at 732-828-2261 Monday-Friday, from 8AM - 6PM. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.