If you happened to toss your hockey card collection from the 60's, don't read this. It happened to me, but my mom didn't toss them, my dad gave them to the neighbor, said I was too old to be collectiong hockey cards.
As the NHL prepares to drop pucks for the first time in more than a year, hockey collectors are certain to drop their jaws when they discover that Mom's annual spring-cleaning binges likely cost them the equivalent of three season tickets against the glass. According to a recent study by Beckett Media, the acknowledged authority on the trading card hobby for more than 20 years, the value of the hockey cards found in a typical shoebox in the mid-'60s would equal about $15,065 today. "If you take a typical hockey-crazy kid who grew up in Canada back in the mid-60s as an example, we figured he'd have kept roughly 500 cards, or roughly three seasons' worth, in a shoebox," says Beckett Hockey editor Al Muir. "That assumption is based on the size of a youth shoebox and the varying dimensions of the cards from that era. "We estimate that the average shoebox in the winter of 1967 had a 65/35 mix of common cards and stars. That latter group would have included names like Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and Jean Beliveau, along with the Rookie Cards of Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Yvan Cournoyer and Paul Henderson. "With those parameters in mind, that collection would have fetched about $33.75 back then. Today, in good condition, it would go for about $15,065. So next time you're scrimping to save for vacation or a new car, you can call your Mom and remind her what a great idea it was to ensure your room remained tidy by throwing away all your cards." Earlier this year, a similar study conducted by Beckett Media showed that a shoebox full of baseball cards from the 1950s would have been worth approximately $6,500.