Fifteen ’53-54 Parkies

Every so often, I’d find a 1953-54 Parkhurst card at a show for $5 or $10 and buy it. Then one day, I realized that I had 17 cards from the set–enough that I figured that I’d start pursuing this set as one I’d like to complete.

Nothing will trump the 1951-52 Parkhurst set in the mind of collectors for its significance as being the first, ahem, “modern” set and it’s plethora of rookie cards (Howe? Richard? Never heard of ’em).

But I feel that the 1953-54 set is when Parkhurst really started to hit their stride. The cards are bigger and the backs are more informative. The smaller Parkies feel more like toss-ins from a bag of tobacco (I know, they were gum cards), whereas these feel like hockey cards.

Last month, I purchased 15 more cards from the 1953-54 Parkhurst set, bringing me up to 34 out of 100 cards. Enjoy the scans:

18 – Dick Gamble

20 – Eddie “Sipder” Mazur

21 – Paul Meger

29 – Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion

54 – Jack Evans

59 – Claude “Chuck” Rayner

72 – Lidio “Lee” Fogolin

75 – August “Gus” Bodnar

78 – Al Dewsbury

83 – George Gee

86 – Samuel “Sugar Jim” Henry

87 – Hal Laycoe

89 – Real Chevrefils

90 – Edward “Sandy” Sandford

91 – Fleming Mackell

Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

3 thoughts on “Fifteen ’53-54 Parkies”

  1. Nice haul!

    Even though I am partial to the 51 set, this set is beautiful. I only have two, Benny Woit and Cal Gardner which I have picked up recently!

    Good luck with the rest of the set, I look forward to seeing them come in!

  2. It's a cool set and despite 'semi' action shots in 1952-53 (which are probably photographer's proofs), I think this is the first set with hockey game-action photography, which is pretty cool. The Sawchuk is really nice in this set, if you can find one.

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