In 1960-1961, the Montreal Canadiens led the National Team Hockey League to six. The New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins, like a broken record, did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. As for the playoffs, the Canadians made a quick exit and it was the Chicago Blackhawks who won the Stanley Cup championship in six games against the Detroit Red Wings.
Celebrating the 1960-1961 season in the NHL, Topps released his 1961-1962 hockey card pack. The set consists of 66 cards representing players from the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. In addition, it was the first year that a control chart was included. The Topps 1961-1962 checklist contains the highest book value, equal to that of the Bobby Hull hockey card. As for the rookie cards, the set was dominated by Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert, both of the New York Rangers.
Among the most valuable cards in the series are three goalkeepers. One of the goals was New York Rangers, while the other two were Chicago Blackhawks. The Boston goal situation was catastrophic and the only card representing a Bruins goaltender is considered a common card.
Glenn Hall – Chicago Blackhawks
Card number 32 is owned by Glenn Hall and has a book value of $ 60. Hall played 70 regular season games with Chicago in 1960-1961, averaging 2.51 goals and six shutouts. It was his sixth of seven consecutive seasons in his club's 70 games.
Trophy Vezina was refused to Glenn in 1960-1961. The award was presented to Johnny Bower of the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1962-1963, he won the first of his three Vézina trophies. Hall played in the National Hockey League from 1952-1953 to 1970-1971 with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago and St. Louis. Louis Blues. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.
Denis DeJordy – Chicago Blackhawks
The highest rookie card belonging to a goalkeeper in the Topps 1961-1962 set, card number 37 De Denis DeJordy is valued at $ 40. the Blackhawks. He split the 1960-1961 season with the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from EPHL. In 1961-62 he played 69 games with the Bisons.
DeJordy played in the NHL from 1962-1963 to 1973-1974. Denis has appeared with the Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings.
Gump Worsley – New York Rangers
Map number 50 of the Topps 1961-1962 set belongs to Lorne & # 39; Gump & # 39; Worsley of the New York Rangers and is valued at $ 40. In 1960-61, Worsley played 59 games with the Rangers, averaging 3.30 goals against and one shutout.
Gump played in the NHL from 1952-1953 to 1973-1974 with the Rangers, the Montreal Canadiens and the Minnesota North Stars. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980.
What's going on with Boston?
Don Head is the only goalkeeper of the Boston Bruins Topps 1961-1962. He played only 38 games in the NHL with Boston in the 1961-1962 season. As you might expect, the 1961-1962 map is Head's only hockey card.
In 1960-1961, Don Simmons and Bruce Gamble scored for the Bruins. Simmons was in Toronto for the 1962-63 season. Gamble played 52 games for Boston in 1960-61 and 28 for the team in 1961-62, but his rookie card only appeared in 1962-63. After 1961-1962, his next NHL games were not between 1965 and 1966 as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.