You won’t see me posting too many basketball cards. 1) because I really care little for the sport 2) because O-Pee-Chee never really ventured into making the cards north of the border. There are 2 Topps/O-Pee-Chee Parallels from 97-98 and 98-99 that are on my want list but I haven’t seen too many come available in trades.
So when a chance to get a vintage basketball in a trade came up I thought, hey why not.
So in all his glory here it is..
It’s a 1969-70 Topps Basketball.
Pretty cool right? And completely different.
I like it 🙂
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!
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%
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.
Well, I just jumped ahead about 27 more cards on the ultimate collection quest of all O-Pee-Chee branded cards. These are from the short rebirth of the brand by Upper Deck in 2008 and came as an insert in the 2008 Series 1. They are modeled on the 1969 O-Pee-Chee release and feature a good array of players (with a few classics included).
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…..
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!