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1912-13 C57 Hockey Cards

1912-13 C57 Hockey Cards

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1912-13 C57 Hockey marked the end of the tobacco period for hockey card collectors. Other than the lack of color, this pre-war Imperial Tobacco set does not stray too far from the C55 and C56 editions.

The second era of tobacco cards wound down in the United States by 1912 as the companies in the American Tobacco Company were split by government regulations. When this happened, the market focused more on coupon-based premiums. In Canada, however, government regulations weren't an issue. But the competition was, so cards disappeared from packs shortly afterward. 1912-13 C57 Hockey was the final major set of that era and exhibited the migration away from cards as a tobacco-pushing tool.

1912-13 Imperial Tobacco C57 Hockey Set Details

1912-13 C57 Hockey fronts feature a black-and-white player photo surrounded by a white border. The player's name and team appear in the border area below his picture.

Backs are similar to C56 cards, having a "Hockey Series" design with two crossed sticks and a puck. The card number appears below that, and then the player's name and team. A short biography follows.

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Like all the C-series hockey sets of the era, 1912-13 C57 Hockey has no advertising on the card itself. It's obvious that these cards were produced by the same makers as the C56 set due to the similarly-designed backs, so it's generally assumed that Imperial Tobacco issued them. There are 50 cards in the set, which is considered the toughest of the three main C-series sets to complete.

George Vezina appears on the key C57 card. Collectors also covet the pre-war cards of Art Ross, Cyclone Taylor and Newsy LaLonde.

Key 1912-13 C57 Hockey Cards:


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1912-13 C57 Hockey Checklist

Base Set Checklist

50 cards.
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1 Georges Vezina - Montreal Canadiens
2 Harry "Punch" Broadbent - Ottawa Senators RC
3 Clint Benedict - Ottawa Senators RC
4 A. Atchinson - Ottawa New Edinboros RC
5 Tommy Dunderdale - Victoria Aristocrats
6 Art Bernier - Montreal Wanderers
7 G. Dellaire - Montreal Canadiens
8 George Poulin - Victoria Aristocrats
9 E. Payan - Montreal Canadiens
10 Steve Vair - Barrie Colts
11 Bobby Rowe - Victoria Aristocrats
12 Don Smith - Montreal Canadiens
13 Bert Lindsay - Victoria Aristocrats
14 Skene Ronan - Ottawa Senators
15 Sprague Cleghorn - Montreal Wanderers
16 Joe Hall - Quebec Bulldogs
17 J. MacDonald - Victoria Aristocrats
18 Paddy Moran - Quebec Bulldogs
19 Harry Hyland - Montreal Wanderers
20 Art Ross - Montreal Wanderers
21 Pud Glass - Montreal Wanderers
22 Walter Smaill - Victoria Aristocrats
23 Gordon Roberts - Montreal Wanderers
24 Jas Gardiner - New Westminster Royals
25 Ernie Johnson - New Westminster Royals
26 Ernie Russell - Montreal Wanderers
27 Percy Lesueur - Ottawa Senators
28 Bruce Ridpath - Toronto Blueshirts
29 Jack Darragh - Ottawa Senators
30 Hamby Shore - Ottawa Senators
31 Fred Lake - Ottawa Senators
32 Alex Currie - Ottawa Senators
33 Albert Kerr - Vancouver Millionaires
34 Eddie Gerard - Ottawa New Edinboros RC
35 C. Kendall - Vancouver Millionaires RC
36 Jack Fournier - Ottawa Senators RC
37 Goldie Prodgers - Victoria Aristocrats RC
38 Jack Marks - Quebec Bulldogs RC
39 G. Broughton - Montreal Wanderers
40 A. Boyce - Montreal Wanderers RC
41 Lester Patrick - Victoria Aristocrats
42 Joe Dennison - Ottawa Senators RC
43 Fred "Cyclone" Taylor - Vancouver Millionaires
44 Newsy Lalonde - Montreal Canadiens
45 Didier Pitre - Quebec Bulldogs
46 Jack Laviolette - Montreal Canadiens
47 Ed Oatman - Victoria Aristocrats
48 Joe Malone - Quebec Bulldogs
49 Marty Walsh - Vancouver Millionaires
50 Odie Cleghorn - Montreal Wanderers


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