1956 Parkhurst Football Cards
There are 50 cards in the 1956 Parkhurst Canadian football card set. The cards are printed on photo stock. The fronts of the cards came undeveloped, and the packs included squares of developing paper for revealing the images. The backs of the cards, which did not have to be developed, contain short bios of the players.
The set contains 10 cards for each of 5 teams: the Montreal Alouettes of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU), and the Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU). Four teams from the IRFU and WIFU were omitted: the BC Lions, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ottawa Rough Riders, and Toronto Argonauts. I don't know the reason for the omission; perhaps Parkhurst planned a second series but did not produce it.
In the 1956 Grey Cup, Edmonton, the WIFU champion, defeated Montreal, the IRFU champion, 50-27. Two years later, on January 19, 1958, the two unions formed the Canadian Football League.
|Image||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Grades available at Nearmint Sports Cards|
|1956 Parkhurst||1||Art Walker||Edmonton Eskimos||guard||Michigan||PSA 4|
|1956 Parkhurst||2||Frank Anderson||Edmonton Eskimos||tackle||Oklahoma|
|1956 Parkhurst||3||Normie Kwong||Edmonton Eskimos||fullback||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1969||Kwong served as the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta from 2005 to 2010.||PSA 2|
|1956 Parkhurst||4||John Bright||Edmonton Eskimos||halfback||Drake||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1970, College Hall of Fame 1984||PSA 2 mk|
|1956 Parkhurst||5||Jackie Parker||Edmonton Eskimos||quarterback||Mississippi||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1971, College Hall of Fame 1976||PSA 5, PSA 3|
|1956 Parkhurst||6||Bob Dean||Edmonton Eskimos||kicker, tackle||Maryland|
|1956 Parkhurst||7||Don Getty||Edmonton Eskimos||quarterback||Western Ontario||PSA 2 mk|
|1956 Parkhurst||8||Rollie Miles||Edmonton Eskimos||running back, defensive back||St. Augustine||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1980||PSA 4|
|1956 Parkhurst||9||Ted Tully||Edmonton Eskimos||linebacker, guard||PSA 4|
|1956 Parkhurst||10||Frank Morris||Edmonton Eskimos||guard||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1983||PSA 2|
|1956 Parkhurst||11||Martin Ruby||Saskatchewan Roughriders||tackle||Texas A and M||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1974|
|1956 Parkhurst||12||Mel Becket||Saskatchewan Roughriders||center, tight end||Indiana||Error card
Becket's last name is misspelled "Beckett" on the back of this card. On December 9, 1956, Becket died in a plane crash with four other Canadian football players: Gordon Sturtridge, Mario DeMarco, Ray Syrnyk, and Cal Jones.
|1956 Parkhurst||13||Bill Clarke||Saskatchewan Roughriders||tackle||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1996||PSA 2 mk|
|1956 Parkhurst||14||John Wozniak||Saskatchewan Roughriders||guard||Alabama|
|1956 Parkhurst||15||Larry Isbell||Saskatchewan Roughriders||defensive back, punter||Baylor||Isbell's older brother, Cecil Isbell, is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.|
|1956 Parkhurst||16||Ken Carpenter||Saskatchewan Roughriders||halfback||Oregon State|
|1956 Parkhurst||17||Sully Glasser||Saskatchewan Roughriders||running back|
|1956 Parkhurst||18||Bob Marlow||Saskatchewan Roughriders||halfback||Alabama|
|1956 Parkhurst||19||Paul Anderson||Saskatchewan Roughriders||tackle|
|1956 Parkhurst||20||Gordon Sturtridge||Saskatchewan Roughriders||defensive end||St. Boniface||On December 9, 1956, Sturtridge died in a plane crash with four other Canadian football players: Mel Becket, Mario DeMarco, Ray Syrnyk, and Cal Jones.|
|1956 Parkhurst||21||Alex Macklin||Calgary Stampeders||guard, tackle||Toronto||PSA 2|
|1956 Parkhurst||22||Duke Cook||Calgary Stampeders||center||Trinity|
|1956 Parkhurst||23||Bill Stevenson||Calgary Stampeders||quarterback||Toronto||PSA 2 mk|
|1956 Parkhurst||24||Lynn Bottoms||Calgary Stampeders||halfback||Washington||PSA 3 mk|
|1956 Parkhurst||25||Aramis Dandoy||Calgary Stampeders||halfback||USC||Dandoy still holds the Rose Bowl record for longest punt return. He returned a punt for 86 yards and a touchdown against Ohio State in 1955.|