The four most valuable rookie cards in the 1957-58 Topps hockey card pool feature players entering their third year in the National Hockey League. Because it was Topps’ first set from 1954-55 and Parkhurst was also empty of a set in 1956-57, several players were photographed on cardboard for the first time.
The 1957-58 Topps set consists of 66 hockey cards featuring players from the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and New York Rangers. Gordie Howe and Glenn Hall are at the forefront of the most valuable cards in the collection. As with most sports cards, the Topps game of 1957-58 celebrates the achievements of the previous year.
Glenn Hall – Chicago Blackhawks
Card number 20 belongs to Glenn Hall, goalkeeper for the Chicago Blackhawks. Not only is the card the highest value rookie card at $ 400, it is one of the most valuable of the set. Hall played two games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1954-55 before playing in the 1970s for the Red Wings in 1955-56 and 1956-57. In 1956-57, he registered 2.23 goals against the average and recorded four shutouts.
1957-58 was Glenn’s first year with Chicago and is shown on the card as a member of the Blackhawks. Hall went on to play in the NHL until the end of the 1970-71 season. Along with the Red Wings and the Blackhawks, Glenn also played for the St. Louis Blues. Glenn Hall was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.
Johnny Bucyk – Boston Bruins
Card number 10 is Johnny Bucyk’s rookie card and has a book value of $ 250. Like Glenn Hall, Bucyk played for the Detroit Red Wings in 1955-56 and 1956-57, with 1957-58 being his first. year with the Boston Bruins. In 1956-57, Johnny scored ten goals and assisted in eleven for 21 points in 66 games.
In that first year with Boston, the Bruins went straight to the Stanley Cup final before falling to the dynastic Montreal Canadiens. Bucyk played in the National Hockey League until the 1977-78 season, all with Boston. John Bucyk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
Norm Ullman – Detroit Red Wings
Card number 46 in the 1957-58 Topps set belongs to Norm Ullman and has a book value of $ 250. Like the two previous players, Ullman played for the Detroit Red Wings in 1955-56 and 1956-57. Unlike the other two, Norm remained with the Red Wings until a trade sent him to the Toronto Maple Leafs midway through the 1967-68 season.
In 1956-57, Ullman scored 16 and assisted on 36 for 52 points in 64 games. He was third in the team’s score behind Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay. His 36 assists tied Norm for eighth in the NHL with Henri Richard of the Montreal Canadiens. His 52 points placed him 10th in the race for the Art Ross Trophy.
Norm played in the National Hockey League until the end of the 1974-75 season, appearing only with Toronto and Detroit. He spent another two years in the WHA with the Edmonton Oilers in 1975-76 and 1976-77. Norm Ullman was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.
Pierre Pilote – Chicago Blackhawks
Pilote’s rookie card number 22 has a book value of $ 100. Pierre played in 20 games for the Blackhawks in 1955-56 and played the entire 70-game schedule in 1956-57. In that 1956-57 season, the defender scored three and assisted on 14 for 17 points in last place for the Blackhawks. His 117 minutes of penalty placed him fourth in the NHL.
Pierre played for Chicago from 1955-56 to 1967-68 before playing a final season in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1968-69. Pilot won three consecutive Norris Trophies from 1962-63 to 1964-65 as the best defense in the NHL. Pierre Pilote was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.