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.