Mario Lemieux (10/5/1965) was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 1st overall pick in the 1984 NHL Draft. Super Mario is considered by many to be the second-best player in the NHL and the league’s most prolific goal scorers of all-time.
Let’s take a look at his 1988-89 season stats… 76 games played, 85 goals (no that is not a typo), 98 assists, 199 total points, and a plus-minus rating of +41… the only season better we can think of was by a Mr. Wayne Gretzky.
He played a total of 915 NHL games, had 690 goals, and 1723 total points… amazing… simply amazing.
Top-Rated Investment: Wayne Gretzky Rookie Cards
Mario also was a big homer leading his home country (Canada) to an Olympic gold medal in 2002, a championship at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and a Canada Cup in 1987… rumor had it he played harder to win for his home country than the city of Pittsburgh.
He was truly one of the greats of the game and if it was not for an injury plague career he may have been the greatest player in the game. If you are a hockey fan and don’t have a Mario Lemieux rookie card in your portfolio you need to remedy that quickly.
Best Mario Lemieux Rookie Cards
Here are the top Mario Lemieux rookie cards from an investment standpoint.
1985 Mario Lemieux Topps Rookie Card #9 (buy on eBay)
This is one of our favorite rookie cards in our entire collection and is honestly one of our favorite cards of all-time. Something about the look on Mario really makes this card pop.
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Numbered #9 the back of the Mario Lemieux rookie card reads “Mario converted a Boston mistake into his 1st NHL goal, during his first shift on the ice, 10/11/84. He netted an overtime goal against Winnipeg, 11-14-84. Scored on a penalty shot vs. Quebec 12-29-84“.
His name is placed at the bottom left, position (i.e. C) bottom right, and the classic Penguins Logo is tucked away in the top right corner snug as a bug (or penguin in this case).
1985 Mario Lemieux O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card #9 (buy on eBay)
Pretty much the exact same card as the Mario Lemieux Topps rookie card but the O-Pee-Chee card will cost slightly more and is slightly more epic in nature given it’s an O-Pee-Chee (we love OPC cards).
If you have a Mario Lemieux OPC RC and are looking to sell please email us at email@example.com with photos… thanks and cheers!
Best Mario Lemieux Sticker
Along with the rookie cards mentioned above, O-Pee-Chee released a sticker that pictured Lemieux.
1985 O-Pee-Chee Mario Lemieux Sticker #97
This card has a gold border that surrounds a photo of Lemieux with his stick on his knees.
He’s wearing the black Penguins jersey and his signature number sixty-six is clearly visible on his shoulder.
These can still carry strong value when they receive a PSA 10 but many of their conditions have eroded over the years.
Other Mario Lemieux Hockey Cards Worth Investing In
Let’s take a look at some of the top Mario Lemieux non-RC that are worth an investment.
2018 SP Authentic Mario Lemieux Sign of Times 80s Autograph Auto SSP (buy on eBay)
The Mario Lemieux SP Authentic Sign of Times Auto is a super rare card that only pops up on eBay once in a blue moon.
If you are lucky enough to find this card please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂 or buy it yourself and thank us later.
The card is numbered ST80-ML and reads “You have received a trading card autographed by Mario Lemieux in the presence of The Upper Deck Company or provided, and certified as to its authenticity by Mario Lemieux. Enjoy your autograph card.”
2009 Mario Lemieux Exquisite Collection Flashback #78Q
The only patch/auto Mario Lemieux card we could find and the price point reflects that. The card is numbered #78Q and shows Lemieux at the top of the card with a nifty yellow helmet on.
Mario Lemieux Rookie Card Checklist
1985 Mario Lemieux RC Topps
1958 Mario Lemieux RC O-Pee-Chee
Mario Lemieux Rookie Card Value
The most expensive Lemeiux rookie card is the O-Pee-Chee and by a decent amount at high grades.
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Mario Lemieux Rookie Cards: Buyers Guide and Investment Outlook
Investment Outlook: Strong Buy
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“The Magnificent One” or Le Magnifique (as well as “Super Mario”) led Pittsburgh to consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992… he also has won three as the owner of the team (2009, 2016, and 2017).
Mario Lemieux along with his rookie cards are extremely underrated… how often do you ever see his name mentioned… ANYWHERE… not often when compared to some of the other greats of his generation (i.e. Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull).
Why Super Mario is not more popular is most likely tied to his personality being low key and out of the spotlight. We feel Mario Lemieux rookie cards should see a good run-up in value over the next 10 to 15 years.