Cardboard Assets: 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee Guy Lafleur Rookie Card
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Cardboard Assets: 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee Guy Lafleur Rookie Card

Guy Lafleur was NHL hockey in the 1970\\\'s between when Bobby Orr\\\'s knees gave out and Wayne Gretzky came into the league. Lafleur\\\'s O-Pee-Chee rookie card is proving to be a very valuable cardboard commodity.

Guy Lafleur first appeared on a hockey card in the 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee series. Number 148, however, was not in the Topps series that season. Typically, the Topps and O-Pee-Chee sets were mirrors of each other but there were exceptions, Lafleur’s rookie card being one of them. The card is considered an uncorrected error card (UER). His last name on both the front and back of the card is misspelled La Fleur. O-Pee-Chee made this similar mistake with other French-Canadian players in that series.

The Guy Lafleur rookie card is valued at a low of $75 and a high of $200 according to Beckett Hockey. Interestingly, the card sold for considerably more on recent eBay auctions. One card went for $260 and another blew that away, selling for $460. Other cards sold in the $100 range. As a rule on eBay, cards sell for less than the Beckett value. This was not the case for the 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee #148.

Lafleur was a first overall draft pick of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens in 1971. Guy played from 1971-72 until 1990-91 with Montreal, the New York Rangers and the Quebec Nordiques. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.

As a junior with the Quebec Ramparts of the QMJHL, Lafleur played two seasons and put up incredible goal totals of 103 in his first season and 130 in his second. The 130 goal performance is second in the league behind Mario Lemieux’s 133 in 1983-84. However, Lafleur played just 62 games compared to Lemieux’s 70. His 103 goal production in his first season with the Ramparts is still the fifth best single season total in the QMJHL and that was done in just 56 games.

Lafleur was a member of five Stanley Cup winning teams in Montreal. During four consecutive Cup seasons from 1975-76 until 1978-79, Lafleur won several awards in the NHL. Guy won the Art Ross Trophy in three consecutive years as the league’s leading scorer. He won two Hart Memorial Trophies as the NHL’s most valuable player. The Lester B. Pearson Trophy was awarded to him three times as the league’s MVP as voted by the members of the NHL Players Association. He also won a Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs MVP and the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s most outstanding athlete. Lafleur is also a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

Lafleur surpassed the fifty goal plateau in six consecutive seasons with one of those seasons being a sixty goal year. He sits 25th overall total points in a career. His career goal total puts him in 23rd overall.

Check out these other players featured in the Cardboard Assets series: Mark Messier, The Howe Family, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Bryan Trottier and Darryl Sittler.

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Very interesting, thanks!

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