Stan Mikita is one of the most underrated and important early hockey stars in the history of the game. A pioneer in that he was a foreigner (not Candien or American) and had to deal with obstacles from his upbringing and language barriers. He was also dominant on the ice using a curved blade that he developed which is now the standard for all hockey players as well as developing the first mass produced helmet. His 1960 Topps hockey card is one of the crown jewels of all cards from the era and this is the photograph that was used to make the card. A high grade example, issued by the Blackhawks and stamped on the back, this is the only example of this photograph we have ever seen in any form, making it one of the finest hockey photographs we have ever sold in eight years! This will grade a a"Type 1" from PSA, guaranteed, and is an investment quality rarity! As a side note, it was also re-used to make his 1961 Topps second year card and his 1962 third year card as well.
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 9.5/10