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.
To see a large picture of any card (or stamp, sticker, etc.) in the Gallery, click on the small picture or the title.
|Picture||Set||#||Card Title/Players||Pro Team||Position||College||Honors||Notes||Est. Retail Value (?)||Grades available at nearmintcards.com|
|1956 Parkhurst||1||Art Walker||Edmonton Eskimos||guard||Michigan|
|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||College Hall of Fame 1984, Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1970|
|1956 Parkhurst||5||Jackie Parker||Edmonton Eskimos||quarterback||Mississippi||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1971, College Hall of Fame 1976||PSA 3|
|1956 Parkhurst||6||Bob Dean||Edmonton Eskimos||kicker, tackle||Maryland|
|1956 Parkhurst||7||Don Getty||Edmonton Eskimos||quarterback||Western Ontario|
|1956 Parkhurst||8||Rollie Miles||Edmonton Eskimos||running back, defensive back||St. Augustine||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1980|
|1956 Parkhurst||9||Ted Tully||Edmonton Eskimos||linebacker, guard|
|1956 Parkhurst||10||Frank Morris||Edmonton Eskimos||guard||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1983|
|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|
|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|
|1956 Parkhurst||22||Duke Cook||Calgary Stampeders||center||Trinity|
|1956 Parkhurst||23||Bill Stevenson||Calgary Stampeders||quarterback||Toronto|
|1956 Parkhurst||24||Lynn Bottoms||Calgary Stampeders||halfback||Washington|
|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.|
|1956 Parkhurst||26||Peter Maxwell-Muir||Error card
Maxwell-Muir's last name is mistakenly shortened to "Muir" on the back of this card.
|Pete Maxwell-Muir||Calgary Stampeders||halfback||Western Washington|
|1956 Parkhurst||27||Harvey Wylie||Calgary Stampeders||defensive back||Montana State||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1980|
|1956 Parkhurst||28||Joe Yamauchi||Calgary Stampeders||guard, fullback||Eastern Washington|
|1956 Parkhurst||29||John Alderton||Calgary Stampeders||end||Maryland||Alderton played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1953.|
|1956 Parkhurst||30||Bill McKenna||Calgary Stampeders||end||Brandeis|
|1956 Parkhurst||31||Ed Kotowich||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||guard|
|1956 Parkhurst||32||Herb Gray||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||end||Texas||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1983|
|1956 Parkhurst||33||Cal Jones||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||guard||Iowa||Outland Trophy 1955, College Hall of Fame 1980||Jones was the first African-American to win the Outland Trophy. He also placed tenth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1955. (See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.) Jones died in a plane crash with four members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders: Mel Becket, Mario DeMarco, Ray Syrnyk, and Gordon Sturtridge.|
|1956 Parkhurst||34||Eagle Day||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||quarterback||Mississippi|
|1956 Parkhurst||35||Buddy Leake||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||quarterback, kicker||Oklahoma|
|1956 Parkhurst||36||Bob McNamara||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||halfback||Minnesota||McNamara placed tenth in voting for the 1954 Heisman Trophy. See my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.|
|1956 Parkhurst||37||Bud Grant||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||end, defensive end||Minnesota||Pro Football Hall of Fame 1994, Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1983, Vikings Ring of Honor 1998||Grant and Warren Moon are the only people to have been elected to both the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Grant also played basketball for two seasons with the Minnesota Lakers. The Lakers won the NBA Championship in 1950, at the end of his first season.|
|1956 Parkhurst||38||Gord Rowland||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||halfback|
|1956 Parkhurst||39||Glenn McWhinney||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||halfback||Error card
McWhinney's first name is misspelled "Glen" on the back of this card.
|1956 Parkhurst||40||Lorne Benson||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||fullback|
|1956 Parkhurst||41||Sam Etcheverry||Montreal Alouettes||quarterback||Denver||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1969|
|1956 Parkhurst||42||Joey Pal||Montreal Alouettes||flying wing||Sir George William|
|1956 Parkhurst||43||Tom Hugo||Montreal Alouettes||center, linebacker||Denver|
|1956 Parkhurst||44||Tex Coulter||Montreal Alouettes||tackle, end||Army||Coulter was named Canadian football's Most Outstanding Lineman in 1955.|
|1956 Parkhurst||45||Doug McNichol||Montreal Alouettes||tackle||Western Ontario|
|1956 Parkhurst||46||Tom Moran||Montreal Alouettes||linebacker, end|
|1956 Parkhurst||47||Red O'Quinn||Montreal Alouettes||end||Wake Forest||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1981||O'Quinn played in the NFL in 1950 and 1951, for the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.|
|1956 Parkhurst||48||Hal Patterson||Montreal Alouettes||end||Kansas||Canadian Football Hall of Fame 1971|
|1956 Parkhurst||49||Jacques Belec||Montreal Alouettes||running back||Western Ontario|
|1956 Parkhurst||50||Pat Abbruzzi||Montreal Alouettes||fullback||Rhode Island||Error card
Abbuzzi's last name is misspelled "Abruzzi" on the back of this card. His brother, Lou "Duke" Abbruzzi, played for the NFL's Boston Yanks in 1946.
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