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During the 1980-81 season O-Pee-Chee tried something new in Canada and issues a set of what are known as Supers

Much larger than the regular issue the 24 “cards” in the Supers set measure a whopping 5″ x 7″¬† (about 4x a regular card) with full color photos.

I suspect that many of these were pinned to walls, taped to lockers etc. It’s unlikely many were used to play traditional hockey card games like “scrambles-for-keepsies”, “knock down” “bounce- back” or “covers”

The backs are pretty sparse. They are numbered and list some basic player information – Name, Team, Position with the obligatory French translation that helped so many of us learn some basic French.

They were made from a thicker cardboard stock (to handle being displayed?) and issued separately from the main set.

They are not particularly hard to find, nor are they overly expensive. I picked up the 2 I got for a couple bucks. This was the first time I’ve seen a stack of them sold individually rather than just a set so I was happy to grab a couple. So now I am a step closer to my goal of at least one card from every OPC set.

For the start of my set I snagged a Gilbert Perreault (as he is my friends favourite I got 2 and am sending one in the mail – hope he gets it before reading this).

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Nice big smile for Gilbert

And a Guy Lafleur (because to be honest he was the next in the pile)

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Guy – looking a bit tired. Still a bunch of good years to go but no more Cups.

Here’s the basic back..

1980-81 OPC Super Back

1980-81 OPC Super Back

And how they stack up size wise against a regular card.

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Guy – meet Guy

Below is the checklist – small list, big cards, packed with stars. 14 of 24 are in the Hall of Fame

1 Brad Park
2 Gilbert Perreault
3 Kent Nilsson
4 Tony Esposito
5 Lanny McDonald
6 Pete Mahovlich
7 Wayne Gretzky
8 Marcel Dionne
9 Bob Gainey
10 Guy Lafleur
11 Larry Robinson
12 Mike Bossy
13 Denis Potvin
14 Phil Esposito
15 Anders Hedberg
16 Bobby Clarke
17 Marc Tardif
18 Bernie Federko
19 Borje Salming
20 Darryl Sittler
21 Ian Turnbull
22 Glen Hanlon
23 Mike Palmateer
24 Morris Lukowich

After making the decision to stick with only OPC Hockey¬† one of the first goals I’ve had was to get a least 1 of every set, insert or parallel.

I managed to pick these 3 beauties up in a recent trade that sent a bunch of my doubles off for some great missing pieces.

Introducing the 1st 3 (of 48) 1970-71 OPC Deckle Edge to make it to my collection

Black and White goodness with a fake blue ink signature that really pops.

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Norm Ullman, Leo Boivin and Doug Mohns

The back is super basic, but still have to love it.

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