Just before the market exploded in Canada for hockey cards there was O-Pee-Chee and oddballs. In 1988 Esso gas stations put out a nifty set of “stickers” that were supposed to go into an album. The fronts were a combination of Hall Of Famers and current players all in full colour action shots. As many were of classic original 6’ers every team is not represented and you get multiple Leafs, Habs, Wings etc.
The backs were just the checklist and have a rough texture from the glue that was supposed to be wet and then stuck in the album.
The cards really stand out in hand and they are slightly smaller than regular size. My favourite has to be the Dryden. Check out that mask!
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…..
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!
One of the coolest trade packages I ever got included this amazing 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee WHA Poster. Once again I have to thank West Coast Rob!
Everything about just scream 70’s cool to me. The great pose in some 3rd rate arena hallway. The far away stare in his eyes. The haircut. The huge hockey gloves, The absence of massive shoulder pads. The taped up wooden stick. The neck tied jersey. The great WHA Sharks logo.
This poster would have come out just after the LA Sharks first season in the WHA.
They were typical of the blink-and-you-will-miss-them teams of the WHA.
“The Los Angeles Sharks played in the World Hockey Association from 1972 to 1974. Their primary home arena was the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena but they sometimes played at the Long Beach Sports Arena when the Sports Arena had other contractual obligations. After the 1973–74 season, the franchise moved to Detroit to become the Michigan Stags and again mid-season to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Blades.
The franchise was originally meant to be called the Los Angeles Aces, but took the “Sharks” name after the proposed San Francisco Sharks franchise (not to be confused with the current NHL San Jose Sharks) was transferred to Quebec and became the Nordiques before the WHA began play. They kept the original colors from the name Aces; red and black being the colors of the suits in a deck of cards.”
One of my favourite quirks about this poster is the gum stain on the back. You gotta love it!
Included in the most generous box of cards from West Coast Rob (hope you like the new nickname) Were some 1986 O-Pee-Chee Tattoos.
I was 14 in 1986 and I sort of remember these at school. But by that age I would have been too old to actually stick them on myself. I don’t think they would h ave done much to dispel my already burgeoning nerd appeal.
They came in long sheets that are too big for my scanner, but I’m sure you can get the idea.
Wet them, stick them on your arm press, peel. Pretty simple.
This ones won’t be stuck (although if I ever got doubles I might try them just for fun!)
Happy almost Canada Day!!!
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.
A whole box of 1992-93 Fleer Ultra.
When stacked it looks like this….
Each one of those piles is 100 cards. So in total almost 2000 cards. I took out the 100 or so I needed for my “Not Actively Collecting” Collection. There was almost a complete series 1. Some one had left multiples (anywhere between 5 and 35) of each card up to #250 with the exception of Patrick Roy who was no where to be found.
I refuse to buy any missing cards on my NAC collection and hope to get them organically at some point in another lot.
It’s a pity though. The 92-93 Fleer Ultra set is actually quite nice. Clear good photos. I like the back (although I hate one year stats lines). If these had been produced in a normal year in a normal quantity I could see them holding some value. Unfortunately they came out during the junk wax era. Nice try Ultra.