Hockey's 'Parkies' are thing of past -- and proud of it 'What-if' NHL cards back for third season

MEMORABILIA

November 05, 1995|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF

In the land of Parkhurst, which Brian Price created two years ago, the NHL still has six teams and a lot of its players have crewcuts.

Price's Parkhurst Hockey Cards are back for a third season of old-fashioned fun. Price, who collected "Parkies" as a child, purchased controlling interest in the venerable name and has been creating "what-if" sets.

The original Parkhurst cards were produced from 1951-52 to 1963-64, except for the 1956-57 season. Price's first Parkies were the "Missing Link" set, that of 1956-57. Last season, Parkhurst forged ahead with a "Tall Boy" set for 1964-65.

This year, Parkhurst returns to 1966-67, Bobby Orr's rookie season. The 150-card set, again produced by Upper Deck, naturally has an Orr rookie card. There is also a five-card Orr insert set, and 500 of these cards will be signed by Orr. Gordie Howe is featured in a second five-card insert set.

K? In another bow to hockey cards past, hockey coins are back.

There's one per pack, 120 in all, featuring the players in the card set. Coins appeared between 1960-61 and 1968-69.

Look for Joe Smith

Press Pass is moving from auto racing into basketball with a 36-card draft pick set. Top pick Joe Smith of Maryland is featured in a four-card insert set. Phone cards of the draft picks are also randomly inserted.

Action Packed

Only 105 NFL players made the cut for Action Packed's Rookies & Stars set. Among the inserts are a parallel set printed on gold foil and the 24K Gold Team.

Oops

Highland Mint discovered errors in the statistics on its Bobby Orr silver medallion after 1,500 of the 5,000 medallions were distributed. Collectors can exchange the error coins for corrected ones with the dealer from whom they purchased them.

Clearly Maxx

Maxx introduced ClearChrome cards as a subset in 1994's season-ending Medallion series. They have their own series this year, the 214-card Crown Chrome set, which features the same art as Premier Plus Chromium. There are 750 randomly inserted Silver Select cards of the car Dale Earnhardt drove in the 25th anniversary of the Winston Select.

Stadium Club basketball

Fifteen draft picks are featured in Stadium Club Basketball Series I, a 180-card set with four insert sets. Look for them next week.

Centennial Olympic cards

Collect-A-Card Corp. is celebrating the centennial Olympic Games with a card set that traces the history of the Summer and Winter Games. The first series of the Centennial Olympic Games Collection has 120 cards.

Coming events

Friday-next Sunday, card show, Pikesville Armory (expected signers include Pete Rose, Bob Gibson and Bobby Hull), Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., next Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Next Sunday, Nov. 12, Vince Bagli will autograph copies of his book "Sundays at 2:00 with the Baltimore Colts," 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; exhibit of Colts memorabilia, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St.

Card of the week

Topps Football Series II has 220 cards, including a five-card Steve Young tribute. There are 22 Finest insert cards. Among the 30 players from expansion teams is Woodlawn graduate Carlton Bailey (shown) of the Carolina Panthers.

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