15 Most Valuable Hockey Cards of All-Time

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IAugust 19, 2011

15 Most Valuable Hockey Cards of All-Time

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    Although the sports trading card market isn't as profitable as it once was, there are still many vintage hockey cards that hold a high value.

    Whether it's a vintage Bobby Orr card from the 1960s, a Wayne Gretzky card from the 1980s, or a Sidney Crosby one from this past decade, having a rookie card of a star player is quite valuable.

    Let's look at the 10 most valuable hockey cards of all-time, based on monetary value and popularity.

    Photos not credited are from my own personal collection.

15) Patrick Roy: 1986-87 Topps

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    This 1986-87 Topps rookie card of Patrick Roy is valued at over $300 with a high grade.

14) Terry Sawchuk: 1951-52 Parkhurst

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    Terry Sawchuk is one of the greatest goalies ever, and a Detroit Red Wings legend.

    A highly graded card of his 1951-52 Parkhurst rookie is worth over $1,500.

13) Alexander Ovechkin: 2003-04 SP Authentic

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    This auto rookie card from SP Authentic is one of Alexander Ovechkin's most sought after cards, and with a high grade can be bought for over $2,000.

12) Sidney Crosby: 2005 SP Authentic

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    This auto/patch rookie of current Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is worth at least $5,000 with a high grade.

11) Bobby Orr: 1966 Topps USA

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    Bobby Orr is the greatest hockey player ever, and his 1966 Topps rookie card is a limited edition card and is worth about $10,000 graded.

10) Guy LaFleur: 1971 O-Pee-Chee

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    Hockey Hall of Famer and Canadiens legend Guy LaFleur's first ever rookie card came in 1971, and was worth over $12,000 with a perfect or near perfect grade.

    Image taken from HubPages.

9) Jacques Plante: 1955 Quaker Oats

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    This card of Montreal Canadiens legend Jacques Plante is worth about $12,000. Finding one is difficult because they were distributed in cereal boxes and were easily ruined.

    Image taken from HubPages.

8) Georges Vezina: 1911 Imperial Tobacco

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    Georges Vezina is the man the Vezina Trophy is named after, which is the award annually given to the NHL's most outstanding goaltender.

    Like baseball cards at the time, hockey cards in the 1910s were distributed as tobacco cards, and Vezina's from 1911 values at about $13,000.

    Image taken from HubPages.

7) Bobby Hull: 1958 Topps

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    Bobby Hull's rookie card in 1958 for the Chicago Blackhawks is his most expensive card, and with a high grade values about $13,000.

    Image taken from HubPages.

6) Gordie Howe: 1954 Topps

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    Although his rookie card came a few years earlier, Gordie Howe's 1954 Topps card values at about $13,000 with a high grade.

    Image taken from HubPages.

5) Mario Lemieux: 1985 Topps

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    Mario Lemieux is one of the greatest players of all-time, and his 1985 Topps rookie card is worth over $14,000 at a high grade.

4) Maurice Richard: 1990-91 OPC Premier

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    Maurice Richard led the Montreal Canadiens to multiple Stanley Cup titles and his 1951 Parkhurst rookie card is worth over $15,000 if highly graded.

    Image taken from PSA.

3) Gordie Howe: 1951 Parkhurst

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    This Gordie Howe rookie card from 1951 is smaller than most cards and is incredibly difficult to find, and find in a good condition.

    Locating one in decent shape can be worth around $15,000.

    Image taken from HubPages.

2) Bobby Orr: 1966 Topps

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    As often is the case, some rookie cards are worth more than other sets for some reason, and in Bobby Orr's case, his 1966 Topps rookie is the most valuable.

    At a high grade, this card is worth over $40,000.

    Image taken from HubPages.

1) Wayne Gretzky: 1979 O-Pee-Chee

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    Wayne Gretzky is arguably the best hockey player ever, and his 1979 O-Pee-Chee rookie card has normally been the highest valued hockey card out there. One with a high grade can fetch about $50,000.