Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
US
Pocketmags Digital Magazines

THE UNLIKELIEST SHOP OWNER

Selling hockey cards helped pave his path to the NHL. Now, Georges Laraque has found a second life in the hobby.

In the early 1990s, Georges Laraque would sometimes offer his friends at school a deal they couldn’t refuse: a pile of the shiny, new Upper Deck hockey cards so many collectors coveted in exchange for their old cardboard that could be riddled with dinged corners, creases and wax stains.

Other times, the future NHL tough guy would make one-for-one trades, like when he swapped his 1990-91 Upper Deck Wayne Gretzky Art Ross Trophy winner card for a 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee RC ofThe Great One.

Laraque’s trading partners at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal thought he was crazy to part with the premium cards.

“Nobody wanted the old cards.They wanted the Upper Deck, the new cards that looked great,” said Laraque, who became a partner in Ultime Sports Collection, a card store outside Montreal in Laval, Quebec, earlier this year.

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Beckett Hockey - July 2019
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - July 2019
$7.99
Or 799 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 3.33 per issue
SAVE
67%
$39.99
Or 3999 points
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only $ 4.16 per issue
SAVE
58%
$24.99
Or 2499 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 5.99 per issue
SAVE
40%
$5.99
Or 599 points

View Issues

About Beckett Hockey

Beckett Hockey July 2019, The Toughest LCS Owner of the World, Kappo Kakko : He's the No. 1 ! And More....