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  • What's your favorite non-rookie card?

    Rookie cards get all the glory in this hobby (and rightly so). Because of this status, a lot of great cards go unnoticed and under appreciated. What's your favorite non rookie card?

    Personally I think the 1953 Parkhurst Maurice Richard is a spectacular looking card.

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    The 1963 Parkhurst Gordie Howe is a sick card. It would have been better if they put a CDN flag behind him though.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by skelly423 View Post
      Rookie cards get all the glory in this hobby (and rightly so). Because of this status, a lot of great cards go unnoticed and under appreciated. What's your favorite non rookie card?

      Personally I think the 1953 Parkhurst Maurice Richard is a spectacular looking card.
      Agreed.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Puck_That View Post
        The 1963 Parkhurst Gordie Howe is a sick card. It would have been better if they put a CDN flag behind him though.
        Absolutely on both counts.

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        • #5
          I love the 1954 and 1955 parkhurst action cards


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          • #6
            Ken Dryden, among others, has said that your hockey experiences when you are 12 probably remain the strongest in your memory. Well, I was only 11 when the 1963-64 Parkhurst set came out, but I have to think that the Gordie Howe card was the most outstanding non-rookie card I ever saw. While not a Red Wings fan, the picture of Howe, a hockey legend, looking both serene and powerful, with the beautiful flag design was enough to win me over. Even then, he was considered an "older" player. What did he have - only 17 more years left in his career? Truly a superstar.

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            • #7
              1968 OPC #2 Bobby Orr. Third year Orr card that is an edge-of-sheet card that is difficult to find in high grade, nice horizontal background graphics and in OPC’s re-entry back into the mainstream card market.

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              • #8
                That 63-64 Howe Parkie is one of my all time favs. Then again, the 52-53 Meeker Parkie is fun as are the 55-56
                Richard
                Parkie (see the fire in his eyes), the 57-58
                Henri Richard
                Parkie and the 57-58
                Horton
                Parkie. For some reason, Topps (except for 54-55) and OPC never quite captured the passion.
                Last edited by HockeynutRick; 03-31-2018, 09:13 AM.

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                • #9
                  ​Mine is either of these Morenz Anonymous cards because of their scarcity and unknown origin



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                  • Anish
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                    Those are amazing

                • #10
                  Some good answers here. I have to agree with the Richard 53 Parkhurst,, Howe 63 Parkhurst and the 50's Parkhurst action shots (especially the 54 pre rookie Plante ones).

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                  • #11
                    Given his short career, Ken Dryden has relatively few hockey cards. This one is my favourite:

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                    • Anish
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                      My favorite card of his

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                    Those are some of the non-RC cards that I like for one reason or another.

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                    • Anish
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                      The 1953 Lumley is beautiful as well. Lots of attractive cards in that set.

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                    And some more of my non-RC favourites:

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                    • #14
                      A handful more of nice ones:

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                      • #15
                        I also like the 53-54 Parkhurst Sawchuk.

                        My favorite players, Bernie Parent and Mike Schmidt, typically had lousy cards. The 1976 would be my favorite for Bernie had there not been someone behind him that made him look as though he was putting Oscar Gamble to shame. Also, all of the photos taken at Landover had that weird blue tint to the ice and seemed to need some type of added colorization in that 76 set. Topps did a crappy job with Schmidt. His best card isn't even his specifically. It is the 1989 Phillies' team leader card that shows him hitting, at worst, a fly ball or, and this is what I'm sticking with, a homerun. His 1988 Score is nice though.

                        Topps/OPC never did a great card for Gretzky as far as I recall, which is a shame. Jeter is another favorite. Of his base, I would take the 2007 without the distraction of Mantle and Bush. Otherwise, they tended to pick a lot of leaping throws. I think the 2001 Heritage is his best portrait.

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                        Anyway, here is my choice:

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                        • Anish
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                          That’s a gorgeous photo.
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