1950-1959 Hockey Cards

After a down decade in the 1940s, hockey cards saw a resurgence during the 1950s. Parkhurst and Topps both released full-color products during this period. The early 1950s cards from Parkhurst, particularly 1951-52 Parkhurst, feature some of the most valuable and popular hockey cards in existence.

The top overall rookie options from the 1950s include Gordie Howe and Maurice “Rocket” Richard. Both rookie cards are found in 1951-52 Parkhurst. Other top rookies from the decade include Doug Harvey, Tim Horton, Dickie Moore, Jean Beliveau, Johnny Bower, Jacques Plante, Frank Mahovlich, and Bobby Hull.

1950s Hockey Cards Set Information, Product Reviews, Price Comparisons, Hot Auctions, and More. Featuring hockey cards from 1950-51, 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59, and 1959-60.

1951-52 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1951-52 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

Ushering in the modern hockey card era, 1951-52 Parkhurst Hockey is one of the hobby’s all-time great sets. The first set in several years, the checklist is nearly all rookies, including Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard.

1952-53 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1952-53 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1952-53 Parkhurst Hockey marked the company’s second attempt at making cards for the sport. Key cards include the Tim Horton rookie and non-rookies of superstars Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard.

1953-54 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1953-54 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1953-54 Parkhurst Hockey has a strong rookie roster that includes Jean Beliveau, Gump Worsley and Andy Bathgate. Some of the cards look like those from the previous set, but card backs and a larger size make them easily distinguished.

1954-55 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1954-55 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

With competition from Topps for the first time, 1954-55 Parkhurst Hockey features lots of colorful action images and a 100-card checklist. The key rookie in the set is legendary goaltender, Johnny Bower.

1954-55 Topps Hockey Cards

1954-55 Topps Hockey Cards

1954-55 Topps Hockey is the company’s first-ever set for the sport. Featuring players from the NHL’s four American teams, Gordie Howe and Terry Sawchuk are the most popular cards.

1955-56 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1955-56 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1955-56 Parkhurst Hockey is the sport’s only set of the year. Highlighting players from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, Jacques Plante is the key rookie card.

1957-58 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1957-58 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

Focusing exclusively on the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, 1957-58 Parkhurst Hockey includes rookie cards of Frank Mahovlich and Henri Richard.

1957-58 Topps Hockey Cards

1957-58 Topps Hockey Cards

1957-58 Topps Hockey is the company’s second set for the sport. They returned after a couple of years off, making several adjustments. Key rookies include Glenn Hall, Johnny Bucyk and Norm Ullman.

1958-59 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1958-59 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1958-59 Parkhurst Hockey has just 50 cards, all of which are limited to only the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Ralph Backstrom is the most significant rookie card.

1958-59 Topps Hockey Cards

1958-59 Topps Hockey Cards

Led by the Bobby Hull rookie card, 1958-59 Topps Hockey is one the company’s most memorable sets. The 66-card checklist also includes rookies of Eddie Shack and Ken Wharram.

1959-60 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1959-60 Parkhurst Hockey Cards

1959-60 Parkhurst Hockey marked the third consecutive year where the set had 50 cards of the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Punch Imlach and Carl Brewer are considered the set’s best rookie cards.

1959-60 Topps Hockey Cards

1959-60 Topps Hockey Cards

1959-60 Topps Hockey highlights just the teams from the United States. Although there are no major rookies, the 66-card set does have Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and other stars.