1963-64 Parkhurst #29 – Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion

1963-64 Parkhurst #29 - Bernard (Boom Boom) GeoffrionWay back in March, I bought a bunch of 1963-64 Parkhurst cards.I posted some of them back then, but not all, as I got busy with school and then the site redesign. But now I have time to do regular updates again.

I now have a full deck of these, as Boom Boom Geoffrion is my 52nd card in my more-than-halfway complete set.

1963-64 Parkhurst #29 - Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion (back)

Unfortunately, I’ve picked up most of the “cheapies” from this set, so now all that remains are the stars and superstars.

Parkhurst Percent Counter: 52%

1963-64 Parkhurst #65 – Johnny Bower

 I have been woefully behind in updating this blog lately, but as the school semester winds down I am finally getting a bit more free time. When I went to that card show last month, I bought quite a few 1963-64 Parkhurst hockey cards–and I finally have time to scan them. Here is card number 65, Johnny Bower. This is the 49th card in my set.

Both sides of the card are clean, but it is just a bit off-center. But I’ll take off-centering over creasing any day.

Parkhurst Percent Counter: 49% Complete

1963-64 Parkhurst #52 – Norm Ullman

The second 1963-64 Parkie I bought at last weekend’s show was card number 52, Norm Ullman. This card is in near-perfect shape with sharp corners and perfect gloss. It is a bit off centered, but lack of centering is just part of the charm (as 1967ers would say).

As usual, the back of the card is the usual brown color (were these even printed on light stock?). This one has no stains or flaws I could find, other than the centering. I paid a few dollars under “high book” value for this one, but I think in the end I got a really great specimen for my set.

Parkhurst Percent Counter: 48% Complete

1963-64 Parkhurst #30 – King Clancy

Since mid-2008 I have been passive-aggressively building the 1963-64 Parkhurst Hockey set. Sometimes I “passively” bid on a few cards on eBay, while other times I will “aggressively” seek them out at card shows. This weekend was the latter. I went to a card show  and had some great luck finding Parkhurst cards I wanted for a decent price.

Here we have Hall of Fame player and coach King Clancy. He played in the NHL from 1921 to 1937, and later was a coach or assistant coach for 15 seasons.

Oh so close to halfway completing this set.

Parkhurst Percent Counter: 47% Complete

1963-64 Parkhurst #42 – Alex Faulkner

This was the last 1963-64 Parkhurst hockey card I bought at The National, and by far the most expensive to date. I have never heard of Alex Faulkner, and had no idea why this card–his rookie card–was selling for upwards of $100. That didn’t make sense to me. He’s not the most famous Red Wing, and certainly not the most famous Red Wing to wear number 19.

This is a good example of why it is important to do your research and know exactly what you are looking for. Thanks to Wikipedia and a friendly dealer from Detroit, I found out that Faulkner was the first person from Newfoundland to play in the National Hockey League. And despite only playing 2 seasons and 101 games in the NHL, he still has “rock star” status and this card–his only card–sells for a premium.

The Beckett high value of this card is $120. I picked this one up for $42. I think I did OK here.

Oh, and this brings me one (somewhat bigger) step closer to finishing my set. I now have 46 of the 99 cards. When I go to the Sun-Times card show in November, I’ll try to pick up 4 more to make it to 50.

Parkhurst Percent Counter: 46% Complete

1963-64 Parkhurst #59 – Bill Gadsby

School has started again. I am now teaching at three different places (one university, one college and one technical school). All this teaching has given me a bit of extra cash, so I went and bought myself a Bobby Orr rookie card a new computer. Of course, setting it up, getting all my files copied and programs installed, etc. etc. has left me with less time to blog.

And I still got things to talk about, like Bill Gadsby here. I bought this 1963-64 Parkhurst card at The National last month.

I bought this card after I met with Gadsby to get his autograph on several other cards and photos; otherwise, I would have seriously contemplated getting this card signed. Yes, it might seem like a waste to “ruin” a nice vintage card like this. But I could picture how a blue Sharpie autograph would really compliment the American flag.

Question: If you had this old card ahead of time, and were meeting with the player, would you get it signed?

Parkhurst Percent Counter: 45% Complete

1963-64 Parkhurst #47 – Robert Dillabough

Time for a quick blog update before I teach class this morning. Here is another card that brings me one step closer to completing the Set of My Dreams.

I’m not quite sure why Robert (Bob) Dillabough was included in the 1963-64 Parkhurst Hockey set. He only played 1 playoff game for the Red Wings in ’62-63. The year this card came out, Dillabough only played 1 game for the Wings, again in the playoffs. So, he was not a regular on the team. Dillabough would go on to be an original member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1967-68, and an original member of the WHA’s Cleveland Crusaders in 1972-73.

Parkhurst Percent Counter: 44% Complete