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).And a Guy Lafleur (because to be honest he was the next in the pile)
Here’s the basic back..
And how they stack up size wise against a regular card.Below is the checklist – small list, big cards, packed with stars. 14 of 24 are in the Hall of Fame