Pelle Lindbergh, what a waste.
The Flyers were coming off a Stanley Cup Final season. It looked like they had finally solved their goaltending situation that had always been their downfall. But in November 1986, Lindbergh died at age 26 in a single-car accident five months after winning the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender.
This was the first athlete I knew to die while I was aware of who they were at the time and were still in their prime. O-Pee-Chee did add the banner to their release that year to mark the incident. The corresponding Topps card was issued earlier and does not carry the banner.
1985-86 O-Pee-Chee 259/264 for 98.11%
Pelle had a ton of promise. Remember the Miracle On Ice when the USA won the gold at Lake Placid? They didn’t win every game on the way, they actually tied Pelle and Sweden 2-2.
Pelle wanted to play in the NHL and got his shot with the Flyers. Here’s his rookie card.
1983-84 O-Pee-Chee COMPLETE (as mentioned a couple posts back, so this one goes in my NHL Rookie collection)
Other than the 2 cards, there is also a sticker in both of these years from both O-Pee-Chee and Topps (but interestingly nothing from either in 1984-85). There is also an O-Pee-Chee/Topps Insert All Star Sticker in the 1985-86 Set. Along with a Flyers Postcard, that’s it for Pelle issues that came out before he passed away.
Along with the 2 Pelle cards I also added a couple other flyers.
Mark Recchi, a star in his own right. This is the first card I have from this Parallel.
2003-04 O-Pee-Chee Base – Blue Parallel 1/340 for .19%
And a serial numbered goody of Tony Amonte. This is actually a parallel from the Topps Set of the O-Pee-Chee set (if that makes sense).
2002-03 Topps – O-Pee-Chee Blue Line 1/340 for .29%
Thanks again to Rich from TCDB for the trade. You can find him here if you want to make your own trade.