The Sabres would be one of three teams to only use two goalies during the entire season. The Sabres had a good reason. They finished 3rd in the league for fewest goals against and both goalies finished in the top five for best GAA. In the previous season, 79-80, the pair combined to win the Vezina Trophy. At that time the Vezina trophy was given out to eligible goalies, 25+ games played, on the team with the lowest goals against. Both Sabres goalies would get a card in the 81-82 set.
Rk Player Pos Age GP W L T/O GA GAA SO MIN 1 Don Edwards G 25 45 23 10 12 133 2.96 3 2700 2 Bob Sauve G 25 35 16 10 9 111 3.17 2 2100 Team Total 80 39 20 21 244 3.05 5 4800
|1981-82 OPC #21 Don Edwards|
Don Edwards would have nine OPC cards and he beat the odds. Only four cards had him without his helmet. Even his rookie card has him in full gear and a semi-action shot... I guess. The reboot is a clear winner here.
|1981-82 OPC #23 Bob Sauve|
Other than the picture, there is an obvious difference. In the 81-82 OPC set, Sauve is given the Red Wings treatment, while in mine, he is still a Sabre. Sauve started the season as a Buffalo Sabre. He was traded to the Detroit Red Wings on December 2nd, 1981 for a conditional draft pick. His Topps card has him as a Sabre, but since OPC is released later in the season, they made Sauve a Red Wings card. So what did the Sabres get as the conditional draft pick? Bob Sauve.... huh?
I give the reboot the win. I am not a fan of cards where the uniforms don't match the card. Also, I give my card a +1 for featuring a Buffalo Sabre in a white uniform.
The 81-82 set was the first opportunity for the Calgary Flames to get into the cards. They had moved from Atlanta before the 80-81 season had started. In response to the move, OPC made some tremendously ugly cards, paining over the Atlanta Flames logo on the jerseys and mainly using head shots. On a side note, the Flames had another one of the oddest team sets. The 1983-84 OPC set has all the Flames wearing Molson sponsored practice jerseys.
The Flames entered the season with three goalies. They kept Pat Riggin and Reggie Lemelin , who both had thier rookie cards in the 1981-82 set, but traded away the last remaining original Atlanta Flame to another Canadian team. He'll make an appearance later in the set.
Rk Player Pos Age GP W L T/O GA GAA SO MIN 1 Pat Riggin G 21 42 21 16 4 154 3.83 0 2411 2 Reggie Lemelin G 26 29 14 6 7 88 3.24 2 1629 3 Dan Bouchard G 30 14 4 5 3 51 4.03 0 760 Team Total 80 39 27 14 293 3.66 2 4800
|1981-82 OPC #37 Pat Riggin (RC)|
1981-82 is Pat Riggin's rookie card and only card as a Flame. His 25 games played in 79-80 wasn't enough to crack the 80-81 set. In two season with the Calgary Flames, Riggin would play Riggin would be traded to Washington after the 81-82 season and would get the airbrush treatment by OPC. He would win a William Jennings trophy with the Capitals in 1984. I think my rebbot edition might be the inferior card. True, it is an action shot, but it's a low resolution. The original card, while not an action shot, is one of the few that has the goalie in full equipment. I am giving the original OPC version a narrow win in this match up.
|1981-82 OPC #44 Reggie Lemelin (RC)|
Continuing the theme of goalies who won a trophy by being on the team with the lowest goals against that season, I present a reboot of Reggie Lemelin's rookie card. Lemelin's teams made the Stanley Cup finals three times; losing each time. Lemelin would win his William Jennings in 1990 as a Boston Bruin. His creasemate from that season will have his rookie card rebooted in a later post.
The reboot is back on a winning side. Clear win on this one. Lemelin is in action and in a home white uniform. That is how it should be done. Compare that to Lemelin doing a warm-up skate looking at... what is he looking at? Did they even have the kiss cam back in 1981?