Allan Loewens was no different than a lot of young Canadian kids in the 1950s. He played hockey…a lot. And when he wasn’t playing, he was collecting hockey cards.
In the early 1950s, he was avidly collecting a set of Parkhurst cards. Before Topps entered the hockey card arena, Parkies were what youngsters pined for. One winter, he chased down every card in the set–except a certain rookie card that proved elusive until he found a youngster he hadn’t seen around town.
His cards were stored in boxes and eventually forgotten about until one day about 30 years ago.
Loewens lives in Whitehorse, a far northern outpost that’s getting ready to join the rest of the country in celebration of Hockey Day in Canada this Saturday and that set is going to be one of the star attraction–along with some former NHL standouts.