By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
The NHL released the finalists for the Hart Trophy on Friday.
Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin and New York Islanders John Tavares were named to the list.
Crosby and Ovechkin have both won the award. But this is the first time Tavares has been named a finalist.
Tavares finished 15th in the league with 47 points (28 goals, 19 assists). It wasn’t so much the numbers that got him there, but his importance to the Islanders this season.
The Hart Trophy is given to the “player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
That is undoubtedly Tavares for the Islanders.
Tavares’ first cards appear in 2005-06 In The Game Heroes and Prospects. He has several cards in that set, including autograph cards that book between $60 and $250.
His official Rookie Cards, however, don’t appear until the 2009-10 season. He has one of the most coveted cards from that season.
Should Tavares win the Hart Trophy, his cards could see a spike in value. He’s been on the top players since he has been in the league and a player collectors enjoy getting.
List of John Tavares Rookie Cards (view full OPG here):
2009-10 The Cup #180 JSY AU RC/99
2009-10 Upper Deck Ice #184 John Tavares RC
2009-10 Ultimate Collection #139 John Tavares AU RC/99
2009-10 UD Black #73 John Tavares AU RC
2009-10 SP Authentic #201 John Tavares AU RC
2009-10 SP Game Used #200 John Tavares RC/99
2009-10 SPx #180 John Tavares JSY AU RC/499
2009-10 OPC Premier #61 John Tavares JSY AU RC
2009-10 Be A Player #201 John Tavares RC
2009-10 Upper Deck #201 John Tavares YG RC
2009-10 Black Diamond #222 John Tavares RC
2009-10 Upper Deck Trilogy #170 John Tavares RC
2009-10 Artifacts #212 John Tavares RC
2009-10 Upper Deck MVP #377 John Tavares RC
2009-10 Upper Deck Champ’s #144 John Tavares RC
2009-10 Ultra #251 John Tavares RC
2009-10 Collector’s Choice #273 John Tavares RC
2009-10 Upper Deck Victory #318 John Tavares RC
2009-10 Upper Deck Ovation #70 John Tavares RC
2009-10 O-Pee-Chee #800 John Tavares RC