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

Included in the most generous box of cards from West Coast Rob (hope you like the new nickname) Were some 1986 O-Pee-Chee Tattoos.

I was 14 in 1986 and I sort of remember these at school. But by that age I would have been too old to actually stick them on myself. I don’t think they would h ave done much to dispel my already burgeoning nerd appeal.

They came in long sheets that are too big for my scanner, but I’m sure you can get the idea.

Wet them, stick them on your arm press, peel. Pretty simple.

This ones won’t be stuck (although if I ever got doubles I might try them just for fun!)

Happy almost Canada Day!!!

I’ve mentioned before that I like the Box Bottoms that started appearing in the mid 80’s. It was one of the first ways I noticed a variation or insert for a set when I was growing up. Over the past 30 years I’ve accumulated a large amount of these and they always posed a logistical struggle with storage and display. The main question:

“To Cut, Or Not To Cut”

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The storage of a full uncut box,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of storage issues,
And to cut them (or at least the sides).

Until now I was on the uncut side of the fence, but that has changed. I’m now a cutter.

Panel from 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey

I’ll be keeping the panels together, but removing the sides and tops of the boxes. They do have a little dotted red line to cut along, which to me means they are meant to be cut. So shall it be.

Anyone else grappling with this dilemma?

 

In the last few years O-Pee-Chee has gone insert and parallel heavy with their sets. The base is 600 cards, but with updates and everything else it is well over 3000 cards if you wanted to collect one of everything (which I do as my unrealistic dream to complete an O-Pee-Chee Master Set continues)

One of the cooler inserts in the last couple of years has been Playing Cards. Although they will never see a hand of poker I’d still like to complete the deck.

Here’s the King Of Spades – Jonathan Toews.