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%
For some people finding an O-Pee-Chee card in their stacks of cards is like finding an American quarter in their change. In Canada it’s not a big deal to find one and we can just spend it as normal (although some vending machines don’t like them). In the US I’ve heard they pick them out and can’t get rid of them. (I’ve had people try to send me their Canadian change so that I would send them US back).
With O-Pee-Chee baseball cards in the late 60’s it was pretty easy to tell the difference between the cards. You turned them over and looked for the tiny T.C.G Printed In Canada written on the back. For the most part everything else was the same.
In fact in 1965, 1966, 1967, & 1968 All baseball cards still showed the Topps logo/name mark on the back along with the tiny T.C.G. Printed n Canada.
But in 1969 things changed (temporarily). The word Topps was removed and was replaced for the first time with O-Pee-Chee.
The 1969 O-Pee-Chee. Looks the same as the Topps
But turn them over…
It’s the first appearance of the Big O (on baseball cards). O-Pee-Chee collectors rejoice!
In 1970 they went back to the Topps logo on the back and you had to look for jus the PTD in Canada again. But for one brief summer I can imagine American kids saying “WTF is this?
These 2 cards put me up to a whopping 3 of 218 for the set (1.38%)
And move my overall O-Pee-Chee Baseball collection to 2913 of 20586 14.15%