In a previous blog post I talked about the holy grail of sports cards, a 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card, which sold for a record breaking $2.35 million. The holy grail of hockey cards is considered to be the 1911-12 Georges Vezina hockey rookie card which sold for a record breaking $100K. You can read the article at:
While this post may be a little off topic when it comes to hockey, I chose to post it because I just read an interesting article about Michael Vick that mentions Honus Wagner and a tabacco company that sold baseball cards with him on them. It also reminded me of my childhood NHL role model.
The article is called The Death of the Sports Role Model. This article says that, "at the dawn of professional athletics in America, professional athletes considered being a role model part of their job description. In 1909, Pittsburgh Pirate shortstop Honus Wagner ordered a tobacco company to stop selling baseball cards bearing his likeness because he did not want to promote tobacco products to children."
The full article can be found at: http://blogcritics.org/ar...ves/2007/08/24/210734.php
Does the Michael Vick case merit considering sports role models as a dead concept? It sad too see one bad apple ruin the bunch especially when many great sports role models do exist. My favorites growing up were Steve Yzerman, and Wayne Gretzky. Today many youths have players like Sidney Crosby.