About this proof
Perhaps no other C55 proof is as distinctive as that of Georges Vezina. From the detail and clarity in Vezina's face, hair, and jersey to the evident variation of the background stippling, this proof almost appears to be a wholly different card from the one that was issued in cigarette packs. It is more refined and better approximates the original photo of Vezina that was also used to create his Sweet Caporal postcard. In addition to the most evident differences, there are faint registration marks near two of the corners and the text on the reverse side has narrower lines.
Did you know?
Georges Vezina was the only goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens from 1910 to 1925 and played in 328 consecutive regular season and 39 playoff games. Nicknamed the “Chicoutimi Cucumber” due to his cool demeanor. In 1918, he became the first goalie to record a shutout in the National Hockey League and later that year, also became the first NHL goalie to record an assist. This two-time Stanley Cup Champion was a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1945.
The record for the most valuable hockey card sold was set in October of 2012, when a mint condition (SGC 96) C55 Georges Vezina broke the $100,000 mark and eventually settled at $115,950. The card that set this record price is pictured below right. It had previously sold for $100,000.