Eric “The Great” Lindros was the “must-have” card for every kid who grew up in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Only the Ken Griffey Jr. 1989 Upper Deck Rookie Card is burned into my memory more than the Eric Lindros Future Super Star rookie card.
Eric Lindros (2/28/73) was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques with the 1st pick in the 1991 NHL Draft. Lindros made an immediate impact in his first year putting the biscuit in the back of the net 41 times to go along with 34 assists for a mind-blowing 75 points.
WAS being the keyword as he never really seemed to be the same player after Scott Stevens DESTROYED his soul with this crushing hit below.
Now we’re not going to say Lindros did not have a good career… but great? We don’t think so and we can only wonder what could have been without the injuries and that soul-stealing hit. Regardless of the hit, his rookie cards are still popular with collectors and a good buy for investment purposes.
Best Eric Lindros Rookie Cards
Let’s take a look at his top rookie cards for investment purposes!
1990 Eric Lindros Rookie Card Score Future Superstar #440
This is the go-to card for Lindros investors and is burnt into thousands of kids’ brains who came to age in the 90s’.
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The card show Lindros skating with the biscuit deciding to pass or make a charge towards the net.
Lindros averaged more than a point per game as a rookie and he was only 19 years old at the time!… yep this kid was bound for greatness.
Card Info: Numbered #440 the back of the card reads “Eric, 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, is a phenom in the truest sense of the word. As a 16-year-old he burst onto the scene in 1989-90, playing on Canada’s Gold Medal team at the World Junio Champions…”
Our Take: If we only had the option of buying one Lindros rookie card this would be our bird.
1991 Eric Lindros Upper Deck Rookie Card #9
Upper Deck burst onto the scene as a major player in the card game in the late 80s’ and attacked the hockey card companies as well!
For whatever reason Upper Deck missed the opportunity to create a Lindros Young Gun card and decided to print just a standard Lindros rookie card (shown above).
Even though they missed the chance to make Lindros a Young Guns card we still like this card for investing purposes.
Card Info: Numbered #9 the back of the card reads “The presence of Lindros on Team Canada’s roster marks the first time that a player without NHL experience has suited up for the home side at a Canada Cup
Our Take: Not as solid as an investment as the Lindros Future Superstar RC but nonetheless a good card to add to your investment portfolio and should gain value at a moderate rate over the years (buy only PSA 10 grades).
1990 Eric Lindros Score Traded Rookie Card #88T
We forgot about this card until we began researching the article and honestly the 1990 Lindros Score Traded maybe be 1A to the Lindros Score Future Superstar rookie card.
This is a very underrated Lindros rookie card and we love it as a sneaky good investment.
The card shows Lindros in Team Canada knittings, charging up ice, looking for the puck.
Card Info: Numbered #88T the back of the card reads “Eric seems to collect medals and championships like some people collect spare change. For the second consecutive year, he led Canada to the gold medal in the World Championship…”
Our Take: As we mentioned this card is really undervalued (in our opinion) and should show moderate to good gains over the upcoming years.
Eric Lindros Baseball Card
The 1990 Score Traded Eric Lindros baseball card is numbered #100 and shows Eric taking batting practice with the Toronto Blue Jays (Vlad Jr. Rookie Cards are a Must Own!).
A pretty cool card to be honest that we wouldn’t mind having in PSA 10 grade at the right price.
The Eric Lindros baseball card value is difficult to determine due to lack of sales at high grades but for PSA 10 grade, we would pay between $12 to $15.
Eric Lindros Rookie Card Value
Just as Lindros was arriving on the scene hockey cards were at their peak of popularity and in some years even outsold baseball cards in the early 90s’.
Lindros rookie cards should see mostly moderate but in some cases good gains over the next 20 years.
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Also here is a list of the most valuable Eric Lindros rookie cards in order starting with the most valuable to the least.
- 1990 Score Future Superstar RC #440
- 1990 Score Traded Rookie Card #88T
- 1991 Upper Deck RC #(
Eric Lindros Rookie Card Checklist
- 1989 7th Inning Sketch OHL #188
- 1990 7th Inning Sketch OHL #1
- 1990 Score Canadian #B1 Eric Lindros/Junior B Team
- 1990 Score Future Superstars RC #440
- 1990 Score Traded #88T
- 1990 Score Canadian Oshawa with Eric Lindros #330
- 1990 Score Young Superstars # 40
- 1990 7th Inning Sketch CHL Memorial Cup #96
- 1990 Upper Deck rookie Canada’s Captains Eric Lindros / Kris Draper #473
- 1991 Score Canadian Rookie Flyers #329
- 1991 Upper Deck #9
- 1991 Score Hot Cards #1
- 1992 Topps NH Gold Card Rookie #529
Other Key Cards
If you’re looking for non-rookie Eric Lindros hockey cards you may want to consider the following…
We feel these are his best cards that aren’t considered “rookie cards”…
- 1996 Upper Deck Game Jersey Eric Lindros PATCH #GJ8
- 2003 SP Authentic Sign of the Times #EL
- 2010 Eric Lindros Upper Deck The Cup Limited Logos Patch Auto /50 #LL-EL
- 2012 Limited Monikers Auto Emerald #MEL
- 1997 Eric Lindros TOTALLY CERTIFIED PLATINUM GOLD #31 (super valuable and rare at high grades)
- 1995 Pro Mag Eric Lindros Text Proof #47 (super rare)
Eric Lindros Rookie Card: Buyers Guide and Investment Outlook
Investment Rating: Buy (4.1 out of 5)
Ownership Disclosure: None
Best Eric Lindros Rookie Card: 1990 Eric Lindros Score SuperStar RC
Eric Lindros was a great player in the first half of his career but the second half… not so much.
Many speculate it was the Scott Stevens hit that changed who he was as a player and we tend to agree.
If not for injuries Lindros may have been one of the best players of all-time instead of just a good player.[irp posts=”16190″ name=”Dominik Hasek Rookie Card – Values, Top Cards, and Investment Outlook”]
As we stated previously Eric Lindros rookie cards however remain popular with collectors and should only grow in popularity as kids that came to age in the 90s’ reenter the hobby.
We have no problem picking up a few of his rookie cards for your sports card investment portfolio… we actually bought his Superstar card a few months ago and are now keeping an eye out for that Score Traded in a PSA 10 grade.