After my last (rather adolescent) post, it's time to return with something a little more serious today. Really, really old cards have pretty much become my collecting obsession in recent months, and today I've got another nice one from the 1930s:
Clarence was team captain for 11 years, and brought a Stanley Cup to the city of Toronto during that time. At the tail end of his career he spent one season with the New York Americans, and then dabbled in refereeing for a couple of years. By 1940 he was back with the Leafs for what would be a 10-year coaching stint. The team captured 5 Stanley Cups during that decade, and Clarence established himself as one of the top coaches in the history of the franchise. He'd be a part of yet another Stanly Cup for the city of Toronto while serving as assistant GM before departing the franchise (awkwardly, to say the least) in the late '50s.
Bun Cook and George Patterson cards I've shown previously from this legendary set. Because of that nasty top right corner this card received a grade of "Good - 2", which is perfectly fine with me since it's the only reason I was able to afford it.
There's another flaw that I actually love, and if you've got a sharp eye you may have already spotted it. Look very closely along the top edge of the above scan and you'll see two stripes that are much lighter in color than the rest of the cardboard. Follow those lighter streaks and you can see they proceed downward and towards the edge of the card. If your eyesight is really good, you'll see similar streaks on the bottom corners. I believe this was caused by some collector keeping this card in an old album, something like this:
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