January 05, 2011
Shoebox Memories: Eddie Shore
This is card #19 the 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Gums sports card set. It is also known as Eddie Shore's rookie card. In mint condition the card can fetch upwards of $800!
Eddie Shore was arguably the greatest hockey player prior to World War II. Montrealers might argue in favor of Howie Morenz, and Cyclone Taylor would get a lot of support out west.
The great Lester Patrick definitely believed Shore was the best in his day. Upon being hired to manager the New York Rangers, Lester Patrick was asked by Rangers boss Colonel John Hammond who was the best player in hockey. Patrick replied Shore, and then was shocked by Hammond's next set of orders.
"Get him in a trade. Offer Myles Lane for him. Lane is a Harvard man and should big in Boston."
Patrick must have been blown away at the order. But he followed through obediently. Patrick sent a message on the wire telegraph, offering Lane for Shore, with some sources suggesting the Rangers offered $5,000 as well.
Art Ross must have had a hearty laugh upon receiving the message. He (some say it was actually Bruins owner Charles Adams) wired back, simply and cheekily, "Get A Life Preserver - You Are Myles Away From Shore."
Even the great Lester Patrick must have had a small chuckle to himself upon reading that one.
You can read more about Eddie Shore here. But also read up on the interesting life of Myles Lane here.
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It cannot be his rookie card if it is 1933. 1933 was the year of his controversial role in ending Ace Bailey's career.
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