When I decided to make my collecting goal a complete run of O-Pee-Chee for every sport and non sport issued I knew I would be crazy to think I’d ever complete it in my lifetime. One of the reasons would be the vintage inserts are hard to find, and when I do see them it could be pricey to get them.

But I got one. My first 1969 O-Pee-Chee Deckle Edge Insert.

It’s Luis Tiant!

Deckle

Now I have to be honest and say I knew nothing about him before getting this card. I was surprised to see he was a pretty decent pitcher. The card pose above does not scream pitcher at all.

With this card I now have 4626 of 20554 O-Pee-Chee Baseball cards. That’s a pretty solid 22.51%

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Just before the market exploded in Canada for hockey cards there was O-Pee-Chee and oddballs. In 1988 Esso gas stations put out a nifty set of “stickers” that were supposed to go into an album. The fronts were a combination of Hall Of Famers and current players all in full colour action shots. As many were of classic original 6’ers every team is not represented and you get multiple Leafs, Habs, Wings etc.

The backs were just the checklist and have a rough texture from the glue that was supposed to be wet and then stuck in the album.

The cards really stand out in hand and they are slightly smaller than regular size. My favourite has to be the Dryden. Check out that mask!

Early September has come and the Baseball season is winding down. To be honest I’d have to say Baseball is probably my 3rd or 4th favourite sport. Soccer #1, Hockey #2 then Baseball or whatever other sport is on TV.

With collecting cards Baseball is a firm #2 behind Hockey. I have a handful of soccer cards but they were just not plentiful when growing up. The new ones don’t interest me very much so I havent pursued them.

With the baseball cards it’s got to be O-Pee-Chee.

With the lovely “now with…” and the French backs. I didn’t even know of Topps for the first few years of collecting. But I did learn some French.

Here are 9 more cards toward my goal of complete O-Pee-Chee domination.

I’ve recently gotten started making trades through tradingcarddb.com and am so far loving the results. As I slowly grind away on my all time O-Pee-Chee lists I get to know off with a great guy named Gary.

I was able to send him some old Monty Gum wrestling cards that don’t fit my collection anymore and he was able to send me some amazing vintage CFL O-Pee-Chee from the year I was born. 1972. 45 year old cardboard is always nice 🙂

Very simple designs. All posed photos. The uniforms are not fancy. Just nice cool cards.

Ok, it’s sometime in late 1973 or early 1974. You’re (likely) a young boy growing up in Canada. Maybe on the Prairies, maybe in Toronto, maybe in a small town in Quebec.

You’ve saved up your pennies to buy a pack of hockey cards. An inside the pack you get…..

CARDBOARD RINGS?

I mean the California Golden Seals one is kinda cool, but I’ve asked all my now adult hockey collecting friends and have yet to find anyone admit they ever punched one out and wore it.

What’s funny is that these were relaunched in 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee as well, and I still don’t think anyone will ever actually wear one. Maybe if I get a duplicate of the modern ones I’ll have to try it just for fun!

Thanks again Westcoast Rob!

 

One of the coolest trade packages I ever got included this amazing 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee WHA Poster. Once again I have to thank West Coast Rob!

Everything about just scream 70’s cool to me. The great pose in some 3rd rate arena hallway. The far away stare in his eyes. The haircut. The huge hockey gloves, The absence of massive shoulder pads. The taped up wooden stick. The neck tied jersey. The great WHA Sharks logo.

WHA Poster Front

This poster would have come out just after the LA Sharks first season in the WHA.

They were typical of the blink-and-you-will-miss-them teams of the WHA.

From wikipedia

“The Los Angeles Sharks  played in the World Hockey Association from 1972 to 1974. Their primary home arena was the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena but they sometimes played at the Long Beach Sports Arena when the Sports Arena had other contractual obligations. After the 1973–74 season, the franchise moved to Detroit to become the Michigan Stags and again mid-season to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Blades.

The franchise was originally meant to be called the Los Angeles Aces, but took the “Sharks” name after the proposed San Francisco Sharks franchise (not to be confused with the current NHL San Jose Sharks) was transferred to Quebec and became the Nordiques before the WHA began play. They kept the original colors from the name Aces; red and black being the colors of the suits in a deck of cards.”

One of my favourite quirks about this poster is the gum stain on the back. You gotta love it!

WHA Poster Back