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O-Pee-Chee Baseball

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!

Deckle

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%

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Early September has come and the Baseball season is winding down. To be honest I’d have to say Baseball is probably my 3rd or 4th favourite sport. Soccer #1, Hockey #2 then Baseball or whatever other sport is on TV.

With collecting cards Baseball is a firm #2 behind Hockey. I have a handful of soccer cards but they were just not plentiful when growing up. The new ones don’t interest me very much so I havent pursued them.

With the baseball cards it’s got to be O-Pee-Chee.

With the lovely “now with…” and the French backs. I didn’t even know of Topps for the first few years of collecting. But I did learn some French.

Here are 9 more cards toward my goal of complete O-Pee-Chee domination.

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

 

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%

 

My O-Pee-Chee want list took a huge hit this week as a package arrived for me from the west coast. I was asked the question “Do you want my O-Pee-Chee doubles for nothing?” and of course my answer was “YES PLEASE!!!!!”

When they arrived I was blown away at not only the quantity but the quality of what was sent. Several hundred O-Pee-Chee Baseball cards including inserts, parallels and some other goodies to be displayed.

Here’s sneak peek for now.

Cards ranging from 1968 right up to the Upper Deck Inserts of 2008.

I was super happy to see this 1968 Ed Brinkman. My 1st 1968 O-Pee-Chee baseball and my 1st Washington Senator.

That gives me 1 of 196 (0.51%) of the 1968 Base Set

and 2911 out of 20586 (14,14%) total O-Pee-Chee Baseball items from the tracking list (assuming I did not miss anything).

Always happy to accept O-Pee-Chee 🙂