All four of the most valuable rookie cards in the 1957-58 Topps hockey card set feature players that were entering their third year in the National Hockey League. Because it was the first Topps set since 1954-55 and Parkhurst was also void of a set in 1956-57, a number of players were pictured 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 on the front of the most valuable cards in the set. As with most all sports cards, the 1957-58 Topps set celebrates the achievements of the year before.
Glenn Hall – Chicago Blackhawks
The number 20 card belongs to Glenn Hall, goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks. The card is not only the highest valued rookie card at $400, but is one of the most valuable in the set. Hall actually played two games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1954-55 before playing in all 70 for the Red Wings in 1955-56 and 1956-57. In 1956-57, he posted a 2.23 goals against average while recording four shutouts.
1957-58 was Glenn’s first year with Chicago and his 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 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
The number 10 card is the rookie card of Johnny Bucyk 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 on eleven for 21 points over 66 games.
In that first year with Boston, the Bruins went right to the Stanley Cup finals 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
The number 46 card in the 1957-58 Topps set belongs to Norm Ullman and has a book value of $250. Like the previous two 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 over 64 games. He was third in team scoring 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 tenth in the race for the Art Ross Trophy.
Norm played in the National Hockey League until the end of the 1974-75 season, appearing with just 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 number 22 rookie card has a book value of $100. Pierre played in 20 games for the Blackhawks in 1955-56 and played the full 70 game schedule in 1956-57. In that 1956-57 season, the defenseman scored three and assisted on 14 for 17 points on the last place Blackhawks. His 117 penalty minutes placed him fourth in the NHL.
Pierre played with Chicago from 1955-56 to 1967-68 before playing one last season in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1968-69. Pilote won three consecutive Norris Trophies from 1962-63 to 1964-65 as the NHL’s top defenseman. Pierre Pilote was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.