05-11 Card of the Day: Tim Horton

The defenseman went from Toronto to the Rangers to Pittsburgh to Buffalo

Mike Schopp
May 11, 2020 - 1:04 pm
Card of the Day - Tim Horton

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1970-71 TOPPS HOCKEY No. 59


Tim Horton was a Buffalo Sabre. Tim Horton was a Toronto Maple Leaf. Tim Horton founded a donut store that became worth billions.

Horton ... was a New York Ranger?

He was -- a Pittsburgh Penguin, for that matter. The Leafs traded Horton to New York -- as it says on the back of this very hockey card -- on March 3, 1970.

Horton's legacy is that of a tough, strong stalwart defenseman. Interesting to note that he went 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds. Brian Campbell was bigger than Horton.

I like this 1970-71 Topps set very much. You get a sense of the design from this Horton card; the background color varies from team-to-team. It's a very collectible 132-card set that features all of the game's stars: Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Jean Beliveau, Horton and more. The last card of the set is the checklist. The second-to-last card is the Gilbert Perreault rookie. Sabres players wear their, dare-I-say-it, beautiful light blue road uniforms in these pictures, with the Perreault picture being a close-up. No action shots in this set.

(Gil) Perreault and Brad Park are the top rookies in the Topps set. There was also an O-Pee-Chee hockey set that year that runs double in size. The OPC versions tend to be more expensive. Bobby Clarke and Darryl Sittler have their rookie cards in the OPC set that year, but they did not make the Topps cut.

This Topps Horton Rangers card is worth a few dollars.

1970-71 Topps No. 59 Tim Horton card
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