Top Valued Hockey Card By Year For The 1970's
The 1970’s were the last of an era for the hockey card world when collectors still bought their cards one pack at a time for the love of the game and not as an investment. This was a time before mass production and multiple companies. This was a time when you still got a stick of gum in your hockey card pack!
Because of this, cards from this decade are in far shorter supply today than cards from the 1980’s and especially the 1990’s. Therefore, the values of cards from the 1970’s are much higher. All values are based on the latest Beckett Hockey Guide.
What follows is a list of the top valued cards of each O-Pee-Chee series from 1970-71 to 1979-80. Although at times, checklists have a greater value than player cards, these have been omitted from this list.
Although the 1970-71 series featured rookie cards of Gilbert Perreault, Bobby Clarke and Darryl Sittler, all valued at around $100, it was the great Bobby Orr that stole the show. Bobby’s number 3 card is valued at $200.
The 1971-72 series features the rookie cards of Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne, valued at $200 and $150. However, it’s Lafleur’s teammate with the Montreal Canadiens that takes the prize. Ken Dryden’s rookie card number 45 is valued at $300.
With no outstanding rookies in the 1972-73 series, Bobby Orr once again takes over as the most valued card. Bobby’s number 129 card is valued at $80.
Another Montreal Canadiens rookie card is the best investment of the 1973-74 series. Larry Robinson enters the NHL with card number 237, valued at $80.
1974-75 marked a very weak O-Pee-Chee series. Two cards from this series are tied for the most valuable at $60. The sad thing is, they are both coaches. Don Cherry, coach of the Boston Bruins and Scotty Bowman of the Montreal Canadiens had cards in the 1974-75 series that are considered rookie cards.
Bobby Orr was back to lead the way in the 1975-76 series. What most would consider the most lacklustre series of the decade had one of the lowest numbers of high valued cards. Bobby Orr’s number 100 card is valued at $30. The closest competitors are Ken Dryden at $20 and, believe it or not, a Harold Snepsts rookie card valued the same as Dryden.
1976-77 finally brought some superstar rookie blood again. Bryan Trottier’s rookie card number 115 is currently valued at $60. Bobby Orr wasn’t far behind at $50.
Old faithful was back again in 1977-78. Bobby Orr’s number 251 card took the cake at just $25. Coming close was Trottier’s second year card at $20.
Another New York Islander took over in 1978-79. Mike Bossy’s number 115 rookie card can fetch up to $100 on today’s hockey card market. In his last appearance on a hockey card, Bobby Orr goes out valued at $40.
1979-80 brings an end to a decade but the start to a new era. Wayne Gretzky has a picture on cardboard for the first time and the number 18 card is now valued at $800. Subject to fraud and widespread reprints, it is difficult to find an authentic version of these cards.