Top 10 Gordie Howe Cards of All-Time

Top 10 Gordie Howe Cards of All-Time

When analyzing the history of hockey, few names carry as much significance as Gordie Howe. Known as "Mr. Hockey," Howe is widely considered to be one of the greatest hockey players of all-time, alongside Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr. It was not just his impressive stats or individual and team achievements that made him great. With a career that spanned five decades, he offered both quantity and quality over his time in professional hockey and his longevity was unmatched. All this combined to cement his place among hockey royalty and his cards are some of the most-pursued in vintage hockey.

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The following list documents ten of the best options for Gordie Howe card collectors. While the guide centers more on cards issued during his career, there are plenty of  great Gordie Howe cards issued in modern sets, as well as others from his playing days.

Are there any special Gordie Howe cards in your collection? Feel free to note it in the comments.

Top Gordie Howe Hockey Cards

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1951-52 Parkhurst Gordie Howe RC #66

As far as cards go, this one may appear to be pretty plain. However, this is no average piece of cardboard. Gordie Howe's rookie card is one of the most popular and valuable vintage hockey cards of all-time. The 1951-52 Parkhurst set is very condition sensitive and prices can vary for this rare rookie card. Even poor versions carry strong values and prices rise quickly from there. Also, counterfeits are a problem. Check out our Gordie Howe RC guide to make sure you are getting the real deal.

1952-53 Parkhurst Gordie Howe #88

While it is certainly not a cheap card, this second-year release is a great option for collectors who want an early Gordie Howe card but can't or won't drop a grand or more for a hockey card. Sporting virtually the same image as his rookie, 1952-53 Parkhurst includes a larger image, brighter colors, and a much cleaner design since the stats are not on the front. The card also incorporates a facsimile signature.

1953-54 Parkhurst Gordie Howe #50

What a difference a few years can make. As far as the print quality, 1953-54 Parkhurst looks like a decade worth of improvements have taken place in comparison to the previous two editions. The layout is similar to 1952-53 Parkhurst with a white border and facsimile autograph.

1954-55 Topps Gordie Howe #8

Quality printing and vivid colors combine to make the 1954-55 Topps Gordie Howe card one of the most visually-pleasing of the bunch. The set also has the distinction of being the very first hockey product from Topps.

1957-58 Topps Gordie Howe #42

Several years passed before the second hockey product from Topps was released. The 1957-58 Topps design takes a step back from 1954-55 Topps, more resembling the early Parkhurst design. This Gordie Howe card goes heavy on red and features a white border.

1962-63 Parkhurst Gordie Howe #30,31

1962-63 Parkhurst includes two different Gordie Howe cards in the base set. The first card (#30), on the left below, includes a bright yellow background and large puck. The image of Howe is included on top of the puck and a Red Wings logo and facsimile signature complete the card. The second card (#31) features a horizontal layout and most of the same components as the vertical card. Both cards showcase the number on the card's front.

1964-65 Topps Gordie Howe #89

Tall-boy cards would eventually spread across the hobby, but they made their first appearance in 1964-65 Topps Hockey. Showcasing a close-up profile shot of Gordie Howe, this card is one of the top options from this popular vintage hockey set. While there are multiple short prints in the release, Howe is not among them.

1979-80 OPC / Topps Gordie Howe #175

As the last card issued while Gordie Howe still roamed the rink, this 1979-80 OPC and Topps card holds more historical significance than monetary value. Still playing professional hockey at 51, Howe would turn the hockey torch over to a young 19-year-old who debuted during the same season. Collectors can also find the rookie card for the budding star in question, Wayne Greztky, in this product.

Gordie Howe Autograph Card

The first Gordie Howe autographed cards emerged in the middle of the 1990s and many more have followed since then. A majority of the releases feature limited print runs, and cards with inscriptions and on-card autographs are some of his most popular collectibles.

Gordie Howe Multi-Player Autograph Card

Taking the Gordie Howe autographed card to the next level, the former great has been paired with other Hall of Fame players to make for a very intriguing collectible. Among the many dual and triple autographed cards, fellow greats like Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull and Steve Yzerman are some of the most common pairings.

Top eBay Listings

2013 Quad Jerseys Q-HFD Brendan Shanahan Gordie Howe Pat Verbeek Ron Francis 7a2
$37.20

1976-77 O-Pee-Chee WHA #72 Gordie Howe AS NM-MT (ref 7344)
$24.95

2013-14 ITG Enforcers #140 Gordie Howe Lou Fontinato TOTT
$8.00

13 14 ITG Used Vintage Memorabilia VM-11 Gordie Howe Silver 9
$149.99

Gordie Howe 2004-05 Ultimate Collection Ultimate Signatures Auto Red Wings
$150.00

2002-03 SP Game Used #51 Gordie Howe 999 Detroit Red Wings Hockey Card 0c6
$8.25

2003-04 Upper Deck Victory Freshman Flashback #FF50 Gordie Howe Hockey Card 2o0
$5.99

1968-69 TOPPS COLLECTION OF165 FORMER CARDS,GORDIE HOWE,ANDY BATHGATE,LEO BOIVIN
$14.36

2000-01 Upper Deck Legends Playoff Heroes #PH9 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings 0q4
$7.74

Gordie Howe 2013-14 Panini Select Honored Selections Green Prizm 14 25 *K50
$14.95

1962-63 Shirriff Coins GORDIE HOWE (All-Star) #54 RED WINGS *HALL OF FAMER* !!
$55.75

2003-04 Upper Deck Classic Portraits #113 Gordie Howe ET 1100
$6.40

2003-04 Upper Deck Classic Portraits #137 Gordie Howe PS 650
$9.60

GORDIE HOWE 1971-72 TOPPS #70 BCCG 8
$59.99

1968-69 O-PEE-CHEE - GORDIE HOWE #203 DETROIT RED WINGS AUTOGRAPH CC
$149.99

Mr Hockey AKA Gordie Howe 2008 National Promo Card
$5.95
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  1. Trey I have a Gordie Howe autograph card I pulled out of a pack of card in the early ’90s but I can’t find it anywhere. It looks like a Parkie Reprint but I don’t see it listed anywhere. I did look it up at the time, between 1992-1994 and I put $250 on the back of the card holder I have it in. If you email me I’ll attach the card front and back

    Thanks….Ed

  2. Ed Elcevich » Hi Ed, shoot me an email here: trey@cardboardconnection.com

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