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. Cal Ripken may have been "the Iron Man" but Howe was no slouch. He played professional hockey into his 50's and his career spanned five decades. 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.

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Top Gordie Howe Hockey Cards

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1951-52 Parkhurst Gordie Howe RC #66

As far as cards go, this one is pretty plain. However, this is no average card. 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 read deal.

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1952-53 Parkhurst Gordie Howe #88

While it is certainly not a cheap card, this second-year card 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

1957 58 Topps Gordie Howe 42 207x300 Image

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 are numbered on the front.

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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. There are multiple short prints in this set, but the Howe card is not one of them.

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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 find the rookie card for the young star in question, Wayne Greztky, in this product as well.

1979 80 OPC Gordie Howe 175 213x300 Image

Gordie Howe Autograph Card

The first Gordie Howe autographed cards emerged in the mid-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 the most popular.

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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, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull and Steve Yzerman are some of the most common pairings.

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2007 Trilogy Gordie Howe frozen in time hockey card Red Wings #ed 40 of 799
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1971 O Pee Chee Gordie Howe Retirement Card PSA 8
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2006-07 SPx SPxcitement #X33 Gordie Howe 999 - NM-MT
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2008-09 SPx SPxcitement #X19 Gordie Howe
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2000-01 Upper Deck Legends Enshrined Stars #ES2 Gordie Howe
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1971 1972 OPC O PEE CHEE Gordie Howe Mr. Hockey Retirement Card #262 Nr Mt Mint
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Wayne Gretzky Gordie Howe First NHL Meeting Ticket-Nov.17 1979
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1951 Parkhurst GORDIE HOWE RC #66 HOF PSA 1
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Highland Mint Gordie Howe Bronze Card COA Detroit Red Wings 5000
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