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1970’s OPC

Ok, it’s sometime in late 1973 or early 1974. You’re (likely) a young boy growing up in Canada. Maybe on the Prairies, maybe in Toronto, maybe in a small town in Quebec.

You’ve saved up your pennies to buy a pack of hockey cards. An inside the pack you get…..

CARDBOARD RINGS?

I mean the California Golden Seals one is kinda cool, but I’ve asked all my now adult hockey collecting friends and have yet to find anyone admit they ever punched one out and wore it.

What’s funny is that these were relaunched in 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee as well, and I still don’t think anyone will ever actually wear one. Maybe if I get a duplicate of the modern ones I’ll have to try it just for fun!

Thanks again Westcoast Rob!

 

One of the coolest trade packages I ever got included this amazing 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee WHA Poster. Once again I have to thank West Coast Rob!

Everything about just scream 70’s cool to me. The great pose in some 3rd rate arena hallway. The far away stare in his eyes. The haircut. The huge hockey gloves, The absence of massive shoulder pads. The taped up wooden stick. The neck tied jersey. The great WHA Sharks logo.

WHA Poster Front

This poster would have come out just after the LA Sharks first season in the WHA.

They were typical of the blink-and-you-will-miss-them teams of the WHA.

From wikipedia

“The Los Angeles Sharks  played in the World Hockey Association from 1972 to 1974. Their primary home arena was the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena but they sometimes played at the Long Beach Sports Arena when the Sports Arena had other contractual obligations. After the 1973–74 season, the franchise moved to Detroit to become the Michigan Stags and again mid-season to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Blades.

The franchise was originally meant to be called the Los Angeles Aces, but took the “Sharks” name after the proposed San Francisco Sharks franchise (not to be confused with the current NHL San Jose Sharks) was transferred to Quebec and became the Nordiques before the WHA began play. They kept the original colors from the name Aces; red and black being the colors of the suits in a deck of cards.”

One of my favourite quirks about this poster is the gum stain on the back. You gotta love it!

WHA Poster Back

This is it, my 100th post. It’s taken me a lot longer than some other posters, but I made it.

And today it’s more awesome cards from Vancouver. Thanks again Rob!

Rob was gracious enough to send me 60 cards from the 1970 O-Pee-Chee Set. That puts me at 75 of 546 (13.74 %) And for all O-Pee-Chee Baseball I’m up to  2973 of 20586  (14.44%).

I like the simplicity of the grey border design. And I really like the Future Stars cards.

And the leader cards.

But what always makes me happy is TEAM CARDS!!!

Still chipping away at the dream of my all O-Pee-Chee collection 🙂

Have a great Father’s Day to any fathers out there.

T

 

Now that my complete O-Pee-Chee Baseball collection (such that it is) has been fully updated, listed, collated, cross referenced, and posted, I can move back to my O-Pee-Chee Hockey. I thought about doing the O-Pee-Chee non sports first, but most of my trades are hockey or baseball so they seemed the most urgent.

Here is one card I picked up in my last junk box haul, and it was one I needed.

Mike Palmateer, 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee RC

Mike was my favourite Maple Leaf during some dark times in Toronto. (Pics are crooked as used my phone not the scanner)

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Completing a set is great. Completing an insert set is even better. Completing an insert set from the 1970’s which includes variations is just pure joy.

The 1979-80 Topps Team Inserts is not listed under O-Pee-Chee but I remember them floating around north of the border. So I am including them on my master list/lifetime project to complete all O-Pee-Chee.

O-Pee-Chee seemed to be a year behind on inserts from the Topps hockey years (the glossy inserts of a few years before mirrored the Topps set of the year before that)

Very similar to the 1978-79 Topps Team Inserts it is very easy to get them confused. The best way to tell them apart is the copyright listed. If its 1979 it’s from 79-80, if its 1978 then from the year before (totes obvs eh!).

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Note there are two variations of the Montreal Canadiens (one with Goalie and one with Score), as well the Penguins logo is an UER with the triangle upside down.
The back had an offer for a “personalized” card.

The insert set is complete.

Yay. That puts me at 52.72% of all O-Pee-Chee hockey cards issued during their existence (Pre Topps or Upper Deck Branding)

Classic OPC Run 16390 8640 52.72%

It’s been a while. Life happens and I had to concentrate on self preservation first and cards second. But I’m back. I never really left but I couldn’t concentrate on my collecting. It was weird though as collecting has always been a constant for me and calmed me. Anyway. Enough of that. On to the good stuff.

Over my career collecting I have outlasted many friends and assimilated their collections or those of their friends and family. It’s worked out well as they know the cards are going to someone who appreciates them and I do the best to find those I don’t personally collect a good home.

Getting back into I acquired a 1/3 of a friends collection. Well really it was all their collection but 1/3 of their fathers. They got a bit and their sister and brother got a third.

She wanted to try to sell so I helped her price and she tried for a little while then gave up as people would lowball her or just want to pick the jewels out. After a few weeks she decided to just give em to me so that her dads collection would be appreciated. So far it has amounts to 40+ binders of 90s , a few box sets, and a lot of random stuff in boxes.

I love random boxes. Especially when they have stuff like this.

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Vintage opc!!! My favourite. Opc baseball and hockey!

Along with the Cheevers and Mikita and Don Cherry RC (Topps though) was this well worn and loved beauty!

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This card was played with. This card was carried in a back pocket. This card has a story to tell. This card is what collecting is all about to me.

Another Bobby Orr kind of day.

T

When the opportunity comes up to do a trade for a Bobby Orr card it doesn’t take a lot for me to say yes.
The slight ink stained damage in the corner, the soft corner, even the small crease don’t take away from the fact that this is a great card.

Plus it puts me one card closer to my full OPC master set.