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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!

 

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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,

I wanted to post these last week, but you know life.

These are from the 1988 O-Pee-Chee Fright Flicks set. Basically photo stills from Horror/Thriller movies like Alien, Nightmare on Elm Street or Predator.

They are kind of an updated 80’s version of the original 1973 Topps/O-Pee-Chee You’ll Die Laughing set which used the same sort of classic horror images matched with silly captions.

Fright Flicks

The complete set is 101 cards and I managed to pick up  about 20 in a recent trade. Most of the backs have corny facts on them, but some form a puzzle.

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%

I’ve recently gotten started making trades through tradingcarddb.com and am so far loving the results. As I slowly grind away on my all time O-Pee-Chee lists I get to know off with a great guy named Gary.

I was able to send him some old Monty Gum wrestling cards that don’t fit my collection anymore and he was able to send me some amazing vintage CFL O-Pee-Chee from the year I was born. 1972. 45 year old cardboard is always nice 🙂

Very simple designs. All posed photos. The uniforms are not fancy. Just nice cool cards.

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?