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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!

 

I’ve mentioned before that I like the Box Bottoms that started appearing in the mid 80’s. It was one of the first ways I noticed a variation or insert for a set when I was growing up. Over the past 30 years I’ve accumulated a large amount of these and they always posed a logistical struggle with storage and display. The main question:

“To Cut, Or Not To Cut”

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The storage of a full uncut box,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of storage issues,
And to cut them (or at least the sides).

Until now I was on the uncut side of the fence, but that has changed. I’m now a cutter.

Panel from 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey

I’ll be keeping the panels together, but removing the sides and tops of the boxes. They do have a little dotted red line to cut along, which to me means they are meant to be cut. So shall it be.

Anyone else grappling with this dilemma?

 

In the last few years O-Pee-Chee has gone insert and parallel heavy with their sets. The base is 600 cards, but with updates and everything else it is well over 3000 cards if you wanted to collect one of everything (which I do as my unrealistic dream to complete an O-Pee-Chee Master Set continues)

One of the cooler inserts in the last couple of years has been Playing Cards. Although they will never see a hand of poker I’d still like to complete the deck.

Here’s the King Of Spades – Jonathan Toews.

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 🙂

 

 

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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