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!).
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)
The long dark tea time of the soul has passed. The move back to Canada has been complete, although if you asked me a few months ago I would have said I’d be living in Toronto again and not in a small town just over an hour away. Oh well. The money I save on mortgage costs can be used toward my collection 🙂
So lets just have a quick review of where we are.
1) The decision made to focus collection on OPC brand (through it’s multiple incarnations) has led to a major purge in non OPC cards. (By purge I mean moving from the actively collecting section past the not actively collecting but adding to and into the blerg section.
2) The New years resolutions, written before the move while still in The Dominican Republic have proved to be a bit too easy so far.
Get my cards out of storage (should always start with an easy one) – DONE. They look nice in their binders on the shelf again.
Update my checklists to get my lists up to date – Almost done- I’ve made the complete list of possible cards (see next post) but havent checked them off again
complete 1 pre-2000 OPC hockey set – DONE It’s a big one for me and will get a separate post
get a minimum of 1 card from each OPC base set pre 2000 – In progress, but with the updated list created, might be a lot harder.
get to 40% on The White Whale (I am at 1364 cards. So just a smidgen over 33% completed.) If you can help please check out https://supportingtheminnow.wordpress.com/the-white-whale/ – No movement as yet (but I know there are some in my unprocessed in box of cards)
Attend the Spring/Fall Card Expos in Toronto and the National in Chicago – Ready to roll in a few weeks for the Spring show in Toronto
Just happy to be back in the hobby and able to collect again.
So now the question is, where to focus from now on..
I was born in 1972 so I was 6 when this set was released. It’s the probably the oldest set I ever remember seeing. I’m not sure if I would have actually bought these cards, but my older brother most certainly did.
And now, 34+ years later I have completed the set! I was just missing a few cards and picked them up at the Toronto Sports Card Expo a few weeks back.
The most expensive was the Montreal Canadians team card at 3$.
Yesterday was a good day for me. I got confirmation that the second of two packages that I sent out (for my first trades since starting this blog) were received. I’m super excited to see what I get back.
And more importantly I completed another set. The 1980-81 OPC set. One of my favorite sets of all time and chuck full of amazing cards such as the Gretzky 2nd year, and RC’s of Messier, Propp, Liut, Goulet, Bourque, Gartner along with many others including Pete Peeters (part of the amazing Flyers 35 game unbeaten streak) and ex Peterborough Pete Tim Trimper (not seen too often in the same paragraph as the other names).
So which multi dollar card was holding me back? Well I have multiples of everything listed above, but what I was missing was this….
The Detroit Red Wings Team Leader card with Mike Foligno on it.
In an era that was about to give us a 200 point scorer and several players with 50+ goals in a season (Blaine Stoughton anyone?) . Mike Foligno had led the Wings with 36 goals.
Dale Mcourt led the team with 81 total points. (Gretzky tied that year with Marcel Dionne and lost the title on goals scored 53 to 51)
Some great names on the checklist. This is what took me a bit longer to find. An Unmarked version. I’ve had a marked version for a while but finally got off my butt and got an unmarked one.
In 1989 OPC Launched their second (and last) year of the mini cards. These came out after the regular series issue and were not as widespread. None of my friends that I can remember collected them at the time when they came out.
They are very similar to the previous year with the only way to tell them apart on the front is by looking at the edge of the picture. This set has a fuzzy edge wheras the year before had a straight edge.
The main cards in this set were of course the Gretzky and the Patrick Roy, but also the Brett Hull. Although not classified as a true RC as the regular issue from the same year by OPC gets that certification. It is still a card that came out in his first year.
Gretzky had just been traded to LA and is shown in his new jersey. The regular card in the full series shows him posed on the ice, this one is from the actual news conference of his trade which broke a lot of Canadians hearts.
It’s a neat little set of 46 cards including the check list.
I picked up the missing cards I needed for this set yesterday and can now cross it off my list as I continue on building my OPC sets.