What happens when the No. 1 overall draft pick takes the ice and scores a record four goals in his first game?
Dollar signs — and that might as well be Auston Matthews’ name right now. While the Toronto Maple Leafs center didn’t touch the overall single-game record of seven from back in 1920, he did set a new record for a debut.
So far he has fewer than 10 cards and most are from the recent Upper Deck World Cup of Hockey promotional packs — a standard card and four printing plates. The rest are redemptions and they are hot — the 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP card above sold for $700.01.
He also has redemptions in Upper Deck Portfolio and even the Tim Hortons promotional packs. There’s plenty of interest there — with or without ink.
The 19-year-old from Scottsdale, Ariz., hasn’t just impressed collectors.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock told The Associated Press. “He’s a good player. You see that second goal he scored, not many guys do that.”
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