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1964 to 1967 Beehive Photos Group 3 Near-Complete Master Set (203/228)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,014.50
Presented is a near-complete master set containing 203 of the 228 different cards in the 1964 to 1967 Beehive Photos Group 3 series. Beehives were issued by the St. Lawrence Starch Company over a period of more than three decades with the Group 3 cards serving as the final installment. Each card measures 5.5 x 8 inches and features a black-and-white photo inside of a dark, woodgrain border. They are extremely condition sensitive due to their size, thin paper stock, and dark borders. The majority of the photos are posed action shots but some players appear in portrait form. The Beehives set is inclusive of every team in the league and as such is entirely comprehensive, depicting numerous stars and Hall of Famers, including Gordie Howe, Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull, and Jacques Plante. As is often the case with these large, multiyear sets, a number of variations exist and new additions and deletions are constantly made. Of the twenty-five cards missing for completion, ten subjects are unconfirmed according to the current price-guide checklist, which means that this collection may in fact be closer to completion than advertised. This is the first collection of Beehives we have ever offered and is one of the most complete collections from Group 3 that we aware of in existence. Condition is 90% Ex to Nr/Mt with 10% lesser due to faint wrinkles, album remnants, or light pencil notations on the blank reverses. Missing M. Hall, B. Hull/home reverse negative, B. Hull/home portrait, Maki, Melnyk (unconfirmed), Pilote/home, St. Laurent (unconfirmed), Bathgate/partial, Delvecchio/away, Faulkner, Joyal/reverse negative, McCord (unconfirmed), M. Pronovost (unconfirmed), Harper/posed, Larose/reverse negative, Duff (unconfirmed), Harvey (unconfirmed), Johns (unconfirmed), Mikol (unconfirmed), Sullivan (unconfirmed), Arbour (unconfirmed), Bower/number, Horton/number, McKenney/small, and M. Pronovost/without blade. The Beehive Photos series is an interesting and comprehensive set with few parallels in all of card collecting. This is an outstanding collection with numerous highlights of these hockey collectibles. Total: 203 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,014.50
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