Loyalty is a dying art these days. I’ve been loyal to the O-Pee-Chee brand since I started collecting. I remember visiting with my cousins who lived near the border and they would sometimes have Topps cards mixed into their piles and I’d pull them all out before any trading was done.

It took me a few years to realize that O-Pee-Chee had the license to Topps products in Canada and the cards where very similar (with the exception that O-Pee-Chee came out later in the season so there would be some cards updated or noted “now with..”)

O-Pee-Chee flew solo in the 90’s for a couple years and had unique product (Premier for one), before being relegated to being a Topps Insert/Parallel only and then disappearing altogether for a few seasons.

Happily (for me) Upper Deck took over the licensing of the name. In Hockey that meant stand alone products bearing the famous O-Pee-Chee logo to collect and gave me a reason to pick up newer issues. On the baseball side, it’s been mostly forgotten and unloved in the past 23 years. Nothing from 1994-2008 (that I have been made aware of) carried the magic words O-Pee-Chee.

Until 2008 when this neat 50 card insert was included. In 2009 their was a full run, but these were the first new ones to carry on the lineage.

Thanks to Brian at Highly Subjective And Completely Arbitrary I know have my first new O-Pee-Chee cards to come out since 1994.

My goal of collecting one of every O-Pee-Chee card is now 1 card closer.

 

My first cigarette card. And it’s not hockey or baseball. It’s Football (soccer).

1933 Ogden’s Cigarettes AFC Nicknames.

A 50 card set giving a history of the nicknames of the top teams of the time.

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This is now my oldest, and smallest card I own. It’s also definitely top 2 or 3 for coolest.

Not my favourite team (that would be Tottenham Hotspur), but it is a team I have seen play live at their home stadium Selhurst Park, which is one of the smaller and older stadiums left in the English Premier League.

Here’s what it says on the back.

” Crystal Palace at first played in that wonderful natural ampitheatre in the picturesque grounds at Sydenham where the Cup final used to be decided and under the shadow of “the big glass house”. It was in this setting that they were given the nickname of “the Glaziers.” They subsequently moved to a ground at Selhurst Park a few miles away, but there has been no change of name. Admitted to the Second Division of the League in season 1921-22 they lost their place at the end of 1925 and have since competed in the Third Division, finishing as runners-up in 1929 and 1931. The “Glaziers” have some fine performances to their credit in the Cup competition.”

Here’s a checklist for the rest of the set..

1.  Arsenal
2.  Aston Villa
3.  Barnsley
4.  Birmingham
5.  Blackburn Rovers
6.  Bolton Wanderers
7.  Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic
8.  Brentford
9.  Bristol City
10.  Bristol Rovers
11.  Bury
12.  Chelsea
13.  Clapton Orient
14.  Crystal Palace
15.  Darlington
16.  Derby County
17.  Everton
18.  Exeter City
19.  Fulham
20.  Grimsby Town
21.  Hull City
22.  Leicester City
23.  Lincoln City
24.  Liverpool
25.  Luton Town
26.  Manchester City
27.  Millwall
28.  New Brighton
29.  Newcastle United
30.  Northampton Town
31.  Norwich City
32.  Nottingham Forest
33.  Notts County
34.  Oldham Athletic
35.  Plymouth Argyle
36.  Portsmouth
37.  Preston North End
38.  Reading
39.  Sheffield United
40.  Sheffield Wednesday
41.  Southampton
42.  Stockport County
43.  Stoke City
44.  Swansea Town
45.  Swindon Town
46.  Sunderland
47.  Tottenham Hotspur
48.  West Bromwich Albion
49.  West Ham United
50.  Wolverhampton Wanderers

AFC Nicknames – errors/varieties

22.  Leicester City – founded 1844 (on the back)
22.  Leicester City – founded 1884 (on the back)

A whole box of 1992-93 Fleer Ultra.

When stacked it looks like this….

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img_2044Each one of those piles is 100 cards. So in total almost 2000 cards. I took out the 100 or so I needed for my “Not Actively Collecting” Collection. There was almost a complete series 1. Some one had left multiples (anywhere between 5 and 35) of each card up to #250 with the exception of Patrick Roy who was no where to be found.

I refuse to buy any missing cards on my NAC collection and hope to get them organically at some point in another lot.

It’s a pity though. The 92-93 Fleer Ultra set is actually quite nice. Clear good photos. I like the back (although I hate one year stats lines). If these had been produced in a normal year in a normal quantity I could see them holding some value. Unfortunately they came out during the junk wax era. Nice try Ultra.

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Box 2 in the pile of mysteries was a slight improvement over the first box. It was however all Baseball, and unless there was some oddballs I wanted or some O-Pee-Chee the best I could hope for is some more trade fodder.

It started out with a massive pile of 1991 Upper Deck. Over 1600 cards going straight into the dead pile (minus a couple of Chipper Jones RC’s)

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If there is someone out there collecting 1991 Upper Deck and still missing a card I’d love to send you a few 🙂

I’m not a super baseball collector so I’m not sure what is collectible or hot, but these were the interesting ones that made the cut to the Trade pile.

Some Panini, Topps Attax and Leaf Babe Ruth…

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And about 20 Topps Heritage.

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If you want to see a copy of the complete trade list I have in excel form, just ask. 🙂

2017 has started and with I my first miscellaneous mystery box(es) pick up.

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All that wonderful goodness hidden in those boxes. Basically I bought it because it had a few hundred OPC Hockey cards I was interested in. Everything else was just extra stuff that I can go to to add to my “Not Actively Collecting”, “Traders” or “Dead” lists.

I think most people have a “Not Actively Collecting” section. These are cards that you wouldn’t necessarily purchase, you’re not really trying to complete the set but you keep adding to it it by osmosis. I keep a list of these card sets, but I don’t pursue them. If i add a few as collateral to a purchase then I’m happy.

So what was in this pile of loveliness? Well I’m going to take my time and do one box/binder at a time so I don’t race through. This will keep me (haha) from spending more and buying more until this pile is processed.

This weekend past was box 1

A box of true junk was made up almost exclusively of Upper Deck 1991-92 . Now these are definitely on my NAC list. There were a total of 1866 cards. I’m missing about 10 for the set, so I thought my odds were good to get them. However, the entire lot was cards from 500-600. Including multiple copies (and I mean multiple!!) of each card in that range. Here pictured are 16 Peter Douris cards. Who needs that many Peter Douris? I mean his mom doesn’t need that many Peter Douris cards. This was only some of them. All told there were 56!!

So cards added to my collection 0, cards added to NAC 0, cards added to traders 0, cards added to dead pile 1866.

 

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*The answer to the question in the title? Douris retired in 2002, in 11 NHL seasons he scored 54 goals and 67 assists for 121 points in 321 games, picking up 80 penalty minutes. Now, as a retired player, he is head coach of Vojens IK. (Thanks Wikipedia)

 

Generally I like variations. I don’t stress about there being too many of them, and I don’t beat myself up trying to get all of them. As a set builder I go for the main version first.

Most of the time the variation is in the border colour, or some special theme (bubble gum, playoff beards, different jerseys etc).

Here are the variations on the 2014-15 OPC Platinum Matt Duchene.

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So the versions are upper body looking left and bit more upper body looking left.

Why bother as a variation??