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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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Everyone should have a list of what they want and what they have. It’s basic card collecting 101. Everyone’s list will be different, but that’s ok, if we all collected the same thing it would be boring. For me it’s O-Pee-Chee branded products. From early stand-alones, to Topps Canadian cousin, to brief independence in the 1990’s to Upper Deck license I want them all. I’ve had a love hate relationship with sports other than hockey and soccer, so it took me a while to decide what to do with my baseball piles. But once I decided O-Pee-Chee and O-Pee-Chee alone it all came clear. I’m not sure why I hesitated, it was always meant to be for me.

According to the my notes and help from various databases (including COMC.COM and tradingcarddb.com) my dream list of completing 1 of every O-Pee-Chee branded cards would comprise a total of 20,586 unique items.

With a few caveats:

  1. 1 card = 1 item
  2. Some O-Pee-Chee cards have 2 stickers per card. This would count as 2 items.
  3. Sticker Albums from O-P-Chee count as 1 item.
  4. Inserts are listed as 1 item
  5. Box bottoms totally count.

And here is card #2,349 which puts me at 11.41% of all O-Pee-Chee Baseball cards. A long way to go.

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To visualize the journey I ended up with a chart like list, and a list like this -> O-Pee-Chee Baseball Want List

Any help with listing sets/inserts not shown below, or any O-Pee-Chee Doubles you want to trade, please let me know.

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Year Type Description/Notes Cards In Set Owned %
1937 O-Pee-Chee Batter Ups (V300) Base 40 0 0.00%
1960 O-Pee-Chee Tattoos Special Unnumbered 96 0 0.00%
1965 O-Pee-Chee Base 2 var of chklst 1 284 0 0.00%
1966 O-Pee-Chee Base 196 0 0.00%
1967 O-Pee-Chee Base 196 0 0.00%
1967 O-Pee-Chee – Posters Insert 32 0 0.00%
1968 O-Pee-Chee Base 196 0 0.00%
1968 O-Pee-Chee – Posters Insert 32 0 0.00%
1969 O-Pee-Chee Base 218 0 0.00%
1969 O-Pee-Chee – Deckle Insert Unnumbered 24 0 0.00%
1970 O-Pee-Chee Base 546 15 2.75%
1971 O-Pee-Chee Base 752 25 3.32%
1972 O-Pee-Chee Base 525 19 3.62%
1973 O-Pee-Chee Base 660 8 1.21%
1973 O-Pee-Chee – Blue Team Checklists Insert Unnumbered 24 2 8.33%
1974 O-Pee-Chee Base 660 1 0.15%
1974 O-Pee-Chee – Team Checklists (Red) Insert Unnumbered 24 0 0.00%
1975 O-Pee-Chee Base 660 0 0.00%
1976 O-Pee-Chee Base 660 0 0.00%
1977 O-Pee-Chee Base 264 56 21.21%
1978 O-Pee-Chee Base 242 139 57.44%
1979 O-Pee-Chee Base 374 58 15.51%
1980 O-Pee-Chee Base 374 193 51.60%
1981 O-Pee-Chee – Gray Back Base 374 83 22.19%
1981 O-Pee-Chee – White Back Base 374 88 23.53%
1981 O-Pee-Chee – Posters Insert 24 9 37.50%
1982 O-Pee-Chee Base 396 180 45.45%
1982 O-Pee-Chee – Posters Insert 24 14 58.33%
1982 O-Pee-Chee Stickers Sticker 260 0 0.00%
1982 O-Pee-Chee Sticker Album Album 1 0 0.00%
1983 O-Pee-Chee Base 396 1 0.25%
1983 O-Pee-Chee Stickers Sticker 330 0 0.00%
1983 O-Pee-Chee Sticker Album Album 1 0 0.00%
1984 O-Pee-Chee Base 396 0 0.00%
1984 O-Pee-Chee Stickers Sticker 386 0 0.00%
1984 O-Pee-Chee Sticker Album Album 1 0 0.00%
1985 O-Pee-Chee Base 396 0 0.00%
1985 O-Pee-Chee – Posters Box Bottoms 24 0 0.00%
1985 O-Pee-Chee Stickers Sticker 376 0 0.00%
1985 O-Pee-Chee Sticker Album Album 1 0 0.00%
1986 O-Pee-Chee Base 396 10 2.53%
1986 O-Pee-Chee – Box Bottoms Box Bottoms 16 0 0.00%
1986 O-Pee-Chee Stickers Sticker 315 0 0.00%
1986 O-Pee-Chee Sticker Album Album 1 0 0.00%
1986 O-Pee-Chee Tattoos Insert 24 0 0.00%
1987 O-Pee-Chee Base 396 12 3.03%
1987 O-Pee-Chee – Box Bottoms Box Bottoms 8 0 0.00%
1987 O-Pee-Chee Stickers Sticker 313 0 0.00%
1987 O-Pee-Chee Sticker Album Album 1 0 0.00%
1988 O-Pee-Chee Base 396 39 9.85%
1988 O-Pee-Chee – Box Bottoms Box Bottoms 16 0 0.00%
1988 O-Pee-Chee – Box Bottoms – Blank Back Box Bottoms 16 0 0.00%
1988 O-Pee-Chee Stickers Sticker 313 0 0.00%
1988 O-Pee-Chee Sticker Backs Sticker 67 0 0.00%
1988 O-Pee-Chee Sticker Album Album 1 0 0.00%
1989 O-Pee-Chee Base 396 59 14.90%
1989 O-Pee-Chee – Box Bottoms Box Bottoms 16 0 0.00%
1989 O-Pee-Chee Stickers Sticker 326 0 0.00%
1989 O-Pee-Chee Sticker Backs Sticker 67 0 0.00%
1989 O-Pee-Chee Sticker Album Album 1 0 0.00%
1990 O-Pee-Chee Base 792 1 0.13%
1990 O-Pee-Chee – Box Bottoms Box Bottoms 16 0 0.00%
1991 O-Pee-Chee Base 792 146 18.43%
1991 O-Pee-Chee – Box Bottoms Box Bottoms 16 0 0.00%
1991 O-Pee-Chee – Pre-Production Sample Sheets Sheet 4 0 0.00%
1991 O-Pee-Chee NNO Instant Winner Insert 1 0 0.00%
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier Base  COMPLETE 132 132 100.00%
1992 O-Pee-Chee Base  COMPLETE 792 792 100.00%
1992 O-Pee-Chee – Box Bottoms Box Bottoms 4 0 0.00%
1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier Base  COMPLETE 198 198 100.00%
1993 O-Pee-Chee Base 396 0 0.00%
1993 O-Pee-Chee – World Champions Insert 18 0 0.00%
1993 O-Pee-Chee – World Series Heroes Insert 4 0 0.00%
1993 O-Pee-Chee Premier Base 132 23 17.42%
1993 O-Pee-Chee Premier – Star Performers Insert 22 0 0.00%
1993 O-Pee-Chee Premier – Star Performers Foil Insert 22 0 0.00%
1993 O-Pee-Chee Premier – Top Draft Picks Insert 4 0 0.00%
1994 O-Pee-Chee Base 270 0 0.00%
1994 O-Pee-Chee – All-Star Redemptions Insert 25 0 0.00%
1994 O-Pee-Chee – Diamond Dynamos Insert 18 0 0.00%
1994 O-Pee-Chee – Hot Prospects Insert 9 0 0.00%
1994 O-Pee-Chee – Jumbo All-Stars Insert 25 0 0.00%
1994 O-Pee-Chee – Jumbo All-Stars Foil Insert 25 0 0.00%
1994 O-Pee-Chee – World Champions Insert 9 0 0.00%
2008 Upper Deck – 1969 O-Pee-Chee Reprints Insert 50 1 2.00%
2008 Upper Deck – 1969 O-Pee-Chee Reprints Autographs Insert 50 0 0.00%
2008 Upper Deck – Derek Jeter O-Pee-Chee Reprints Insert 15 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee Base 600 45 7.50%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – Black Parallel 600 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – Black Blank Back Parallel 600 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – Black Mini Parallel 600 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – All-Rookie Team Insert 10 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – Box Bottoms Insert 16 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – Face of the Franchise Insert 30 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – Highlights and Milestones Insert 15 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – Materials Insert 35 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – Midsummer Memories Insert 15 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – New York New York Insert 30 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – New York New York Multi Sport Insert 10 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – Retro Insert 33 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – Signatures Insert 47 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – The Award Show Insert 20 0 0.00%
2009 O-Pee-Chee – Walk-Off Winners Insert 10 0 0.00%
2009 Upper Deck – O-Pee-Chee Insert 50 0 0.00%
2009 Upper Deck – O-Pee-Chee 1977 Preview Insert 50 0 0.00%
2009 Upper Deck – O-Pee-Chee Mini Insert 50 0 0.00%
20586 2349 11.41%

In 2009 Upper Deck brought back the O-Pee-Chee brand for one year. For me it’s a set I have to add to my want list because it carries my beloved brand. But more than that, the card design is actually quite nice. There is a nice mix of posed studio shots and game shots.

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Some top notch pitchers in Greinke, Verlander and good Canadian boy Bedard.

In total 44 cards came this way from Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary which is a nice way to start a set!

 

Loyalty is a dying art these days. I’ve been loyal to the O-Pee-Chee brand since I started collecting. I remember visiting with my cousins who lived near the border and they would sometimes have Topps cards mixed into their piles and I’d pull them all out before any trading was done.

It took me a few years to realize that O-Pee-Chee had the license to Topps products in Canada and the cards where very similar (with the exception that O-Pee-Chee came out later in the season so there would be some cards updated or noted “now with..”)

O-Pee-Chee flew solo in the 90’s for a couple years and had unique product (Premier for one), before being relegated to being a Topps Insert/Parallel only and then disappearing altogether for a few seasons.

Happily (for me) Upper Deck took over the licensing of the name. In Hockey that meant stand alone products bearing the famous O-Pee-Chee logo to collect and gave me a reason to pick up newer issues. On the baseball side, it’s been mostly forgotten and unloved in the past 23 years. Nothing from 1994-2008 (that I have been made aware of) carried the magic words O-Pee-Chee.

Until 2008 when this neat 50 card insert was included. In 2009 their was a full run, but these were the first new ones to carry on the lineage.

Thanks to Brian at Highly Subjective And Completely Arbitrary I know have my first new O-Pee-Chee cards to come out since 1994.

My goal of collecting one of every O-Pee-Chee card is now 1 card closer.

 

Generally I like variations. I don’t stress about there being too many of them, and I don’t beat myself up trying to get all of them. As a set builder I go for the main version first.

Most of the time the variation is in the border colour, or some special theme (bubble gum, playoff beards, different jerseys etc).

Here are the variations on the 2014-15 OPC Platinum Matt Duchene.

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So the versions are upper body looking left and bit more upper body looking left.

Why bother as a variation??

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%