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1990’s OPC

Sometimes what you are after, what you want and what you are looking for are all combined into one neat package.

For 2018 I haven’t made too many goals for my collection, just to keep plugging away at my O-Pee-Chee master want list.

I mean I could give an update on how I’m doing overall, which is great. Loving life and moving forward is the easy answer.

But what I’d rather do is show off these cards…

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Some nice basic 1993-94 O-Pee-Chee Premier.

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Nothing spectacular to the uninterested passive observer.

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I mean sure there are some HOF’ers  like Mario Lemieux, even one of Jagr who is still active and a Lindros who just got his number retired by the Flyers.

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But what really excites me about these 34 particular 1993-94 O-Pee-Chee Premier Base cards is that they are the last 34 cards I needed to complete the set.

So that to me is a great way to start off the new year 🙂

All the best in collecting.

Trevor

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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!

 

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,

Everyone has a first they remember. Maybe it’s their first card, pack, set, or even completed page in a binder.

My most recent first is this 1993 O-Pee-Chee Tim Wakefield. A simple first, its the first card I have picked up from this set (funnily enough I got several more in a trade a week or so later).

It’s a simple clean set, with a nice design. But most of all it will always be my first (of this set).

When I count this one with the others I picked up after it puts me at 98 of 396 for 24.75% of this set.

 

Every once in a while one of my friends realizes that I am a pretty avid sports card collector and will ask me to give them an idea of what their cards are worth. Normally this is the point at which I cringe. Basically they are asking me to either confirm their fears that their collection is worthless or shattering their dreams by telling them their collection is worthless. I really don’t mind doing it (looking at their cards, not shattering their illusions) but it has been years since i have seen someone with anything remarkable from my circle of friends.

Here are the facts. If you are the typical 40 something now in 2012 then your prime card buying years were likely in the 1980’s. I was born in 1972 which means I was 8 for the end of the 79-80 OPC season and 18 at the precipice of the cardboard explosion in 1990-1991.

Some of the cards I had when I was 8-18 are worth a few dollars now, but for most of us we didn’t keep them in great condition. They were manhandled, flipped, scrambled-for-keepsied, knocked down, bounced back and covered up.

When Upper Deck, Score, Pro Set and others launched the next wave of cardboard mayhem in 1990-1991 it was crazy. The stuff I had been collecting temporarily shot to dizzying heights. Lindros rookie cards were going for $100+ and he had not even played a game yet. But the hobby changed and what was once a fun passion became a business. Pack prices soared from .25$ to 2.89$ or more. Now you can get charged up to $50 for a pack. Craziness.

As a result their was massive speculation and massive overproduction. Millions of cards were made and for many people it was a matter of taking them right from the wax pack and putting them right in sealed containers never to be touched again. Everyone had a Beckett guide and it was the only way to justify your card. Who cares if you liked the player and if he was good. if their RC was listed in Beckett at $10 then gosh darn it it was worth $10. As a result everyone chased the RC’s and the base set withered. Commons became fluff. Whole sets became fluff if you did not have the one key card (and then people had 7 or 8 of them..no seriously. One of my friends had about 10 Joe Sakic OPC RC’s but not one other single card from the set.

So, getting back to the topic of what it’s worth. The honest answer is likely not much. here is a quick breakdown of Hockey Card values

ProSet Hockey – Nuthing
Score Hockey – Mostly Nothing
Any of the multitude of other card companies printing between 1990 and 2012 – likely not much
OPC – Post 1990- Nothing
OPC – 1980s – commons nothing, stars a few bucks, Star RC;s a few more bucks
OPC – 1979 and older -Stars a few bucks, commons a few less, RC’s definitely a few bucks
Upper Deck…Short printed Young Guns Maybe Something (depending on who they are a couple bucks to maybe $50-100) Base Cards – not much

Their are of course exceptions to every rule. Some cards from the 80’s and 90’s (and 00’s to 2012) are worth a bit of money. These tend to be cards that are so short printed that the chances you have of seeing one are pretty slim.

And condition is paramount. A slightly rough 1969 OPC common can be worth just as much as a Mint condition 2000 Upper Deck

Don’t believe me? Look on Kijiji and Ebay and see how many people are trying to sell their cards from the past 20 years. Look at how many actually have bids.

Don’t let this stop you from asking for the moon.  I am still more than happy to look at your cards and give a value. Heck there is a chance you might have something really good. But if you bought in the 90’s for a few years and stopped then don’t be mad at me when I tell you the best thing you could do is burn them. At least that way you are helping reduce the cards numbers and then if everyone else does this maybe in 100 years they might be worth something to those who held out.