Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Winter 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/8/2017
Featuring the fabled Montreal Canadiens, we have a desirable group of team photos and pictures, highlighted by a rare image from 1942-43 featuring Maurice Richard as a rookie. A great group of photos and pictures that range from 1942 until 1973 and total 17, with examples for 1944-45, 1948-49, 1950-51, 1952-53 (2), 1954, 1955-56 (2), 1956-57, 1957-58, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1963-64, 1964-65 (2 different) and 1972-73. All in the 8” x 10” range give or take, a number of all-time Canadiens legends are present including Durnan, Blake, Lach, Plante, Harvey, Beliveau and many others. The 1942-43 photo with Richard pictures the team in a dressing room celebration, with Maurice kneeling down in the bottom right. We should note that Richard only dressed for 16 games during his rookie season, making all early images of the icon with the Habs in his first season nearly impossible to locate.
The complete breakdown for the offered photos/pictures are as follows. The 1942-43 Richard rookie photo is 8” x 10” and it exhibits light wear, with a slight surface bend to the right border. “1942-43” is handwritten along the bottom of the reverse. The 1944-45 photo is on card stock, and it remains in gorgeous condition, with just a few light corner touches. The majority of the remaining examples exhibit just expected handling wear, with a few exceptions. One 1964-65 photo has a bent corner and an edge tear, while the 1960-61 and 1963-64 team pictures exhibit tape residue along the top borders. The 1957-58 example has a pair of vertical creases from being folded, while the 1948-49 and 1954 examples show creasing, along with an edge tear (1954) and pinholes (1948-49). Lastly, one of the 1952-53 photos has “Proof Print – Check Spelling etc” handwritten along the bottom front. We should also point out that most of the examples hailing from the 1950s sport advertising for Molson.
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