Growing up (and still to this day) I love sci-fi. One of the best shows I watched was reruns of Outer Limits as well as the remake.
As part of my goal to collect the full run of O-Pee-Chee products I have the 1964 O-Pee-Chee set on my want list. From what I can figure out it is the oldest of the core O-Pee-Chee non sport sets.
There were of course some sets in the 30’s and 40’s but this set seems to be the first of the non sport sets they put out in Canada that were the start of their run up to their early demise in 1994.
The same year they also put out a Beatles set, but I believe these came out earlier in the year.
It was the start of a beautiful run for the Canadian company.
The cards themselves take images from the show and make them “cartoony”, but the backs have nothing to do with the actual televised show stories. From what I have read they were going to use the same scripts as the TV shows but found out through their lawyers they would have to pay the writers royalties so Topps (where these actually come from) had new stories written.
The set itself has 50 cards and its broken down into s a bunch of smaller stories spread over 3-4 cards.
I have 2 from “The Sea Beast” story and 1 from something to do with Mars.
They are all amazing 🙂
Like many collectors I have my lists and my priorities, but I quickly and often find myself not following them as I pursue my overall goal in a haphazard fashion.
So, I am going to try to spend 2018 (starting now-ish) being a little more focused. And one of the first focuses is going to be back filling my hockey sets. Starting with the 2nd last (but really the last stand alone) set of O-Pee-Chee Hockey before they disappeared as a stand alone company.
The 1993-94 O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey Set.
I am only a small handful away from completing the base set, and now I am going to try to focus on the Gold Parallel a bit more and see if I can knock this set down as well.
It is pretty much the same as the base, but on the front the names are highlighted in gold foil.
With the exception of a couple card back variation sets (grey vs white back in the 73-74 O-Pee-Chee and the 77-78 Blank Backs) this was the first real parallel set made on purpose by O-Pee-Chee (Topps as well and they started doing it in baseball at the same time).
So if you love parallels you can thank this set. If you hate parallels, well you can blame this set.
Above are 3 new ones for my set. Only 369 left to go!
First a quick poetry lesson from Wikipedia,
The Song of Hiawatha is an 1855 epic poem in trochaic tetrameter by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that features Native American characters. The epic relates the fictional adventures of an Ojibwe warrior named Hiawatha and the tragedy of his love for Minnehaha, a Dakota woman. Events in the story are set in the Pictured Rocks area on the south shore of Lake Superior. Longfellow’s poem, though based on native oral traditions surrounding the figure of Manabozho, represents not a work of transmission but an original work of American Romantic literature.
Why bring this up? Well the whole poem is 296 verses long, but tucked in neatly within verse 31 is the following.
“Shawondasee, fat and lazy,
Had his dwelling far to southward,
In the drowsy, dreamy sunshine,
In the never-ending Summer.
He it was who sent the wood-birds,
Sent the Opechee, the robin,
Sent the blue-bird, the Owaissa”
Did you see it? Did you notice it? Right there on the 2nd last line “Opechee, the Robin”
And now you know where the name comes from for O-Pee-Chee the card company.
And just to tie it back to my collection. Here is a Robin I just got in a trade. From the 1965 O-Pee-Chee set (110 years after the poem was published).
The 1993-94 O-Pee-Chee Premier set was pretty much the end of the line for the original O-Pee-Chee brand with hockey cards (The last real baseball set is also 1994).
It would linger on life support for one more year and then another as a Topps parallel only before completely being absorbed by Topps.
It had a decent base set, and a couple cool inserts including the Black Gold (mirroring the Topps baseball set of the time).
I finally added my 1st two cards from that set in Theo and Stevie Wonder. That gives me 2 of 24 for the insert and gets this set off and running,