The 1961-62 Parkhurst set consists of 51 hockey cards from players from the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. The most valuable cards in the collection belong to Gordie Howe of Red Wings and Dave Keon of Maple Leafs. The hockey cards for the number one goalkeepers from each of the three teams are among the most valuable of the set.
Jacques Plante – Montreal Canadiens
Card number 49 from the 1961-62 Parkhurst team belongs to Jacques Plante, goalkeeper for the Montreal Canadiens. The card has a book value of $ 175 and is the fourth most valuable card in the set. Like all hockey cards, the 1961-62 collection celebrates the achievements of the previous year. Plante led the Canadiens, coached by Toe Blake, to a first overall result in the six-team National Hockey League during the 1960-61 regular season.
Jacques appeared in just 40 of Montreal’s 70 regular season games, scoring 2.80 goals against average and recording two shutouts. Plante also played eight games in the EPHL with the Montreal Royals. Plante’s backup was Charlie Hodge, who played in 30 games for the Habs.
Plante played in the NHL from 1952-53 to 1972-73. Along with the Canadiens, he also played for the New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins. Jacques was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978.
Terry Sawchuk – Detroit Red Wings
Card number 31 on the Parkhurst set from 1961-62 belongs to Detroit goalkeeper Terry Sawchuk. The hockey card comes with a slightly lower book value than Jacques Plante’s at $ 125. 1960-61 was not a stellar year for Sawchuk. Playing in just 38 games, he posted a 3.23 GAA and recorded two shutouts. Backing Terry was Hank Bassen, who played 34 games, the most in a single season during his sporadic NHL career.
Sid Abel’s coach Red Wings ranked fourth in the six-team league during the regular season, barely qualifying for the postseason. However, Detroit reached the Stanley Cup final before falling in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Terry Sawchuk played in the National Hockey League from 1949-50 to 1969-70. In addition to the Red Wings, Terry also played for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, and New York Rangers. He was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971.
Johnny Bower – Toronto Maple Leafs
Despite winning the Vezina Trophy in 1960-61, Bower’s 1961-62 Parkhurst card number 3 has a book value of only $ 60. In 1960-61, Johnny played 58 of Toronto’s 70 games, recording a 2.50 GAA and recording two shutouts. Because the Maple Leafs allowed the fewest goals of the six teams, Bower received the first of two Vezina Trophies of his career. Backing Bower were Cesare Maniago and Gerry McNamara, each playing fewer than ten games.
Johnny Bower played in the NHL from 1953-54 to 1969-70 with the New York Rangers and Toronto. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976.