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Look how shiny these are.. So pretty.

2015-16 OPC Glossy Rookies.

And now I have 3.

 

15-16 OPC Glossy

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You won’t see me posting too many basketball cards. 1) because I really care little for the sport 2) because O-Pee-Chee never really ventured into making the cards north of the border. There are 2 Topps/O-Pee-Chee Parallels from 97-98 and 98-99 that are on my want list but I haven’t seen too many come available in trades.

So when a chance to get a vintage basketball in a trade came up I thought, hey why not.

So in all his glory here it is..

It’s a 1969-70 Topps Basketball.

Pretty cool right? And completely different.

I like it ūüôā

One of the benefits of collecting only O-Pee-Chee baseball is that the need list has not changed in almost a decade. In fact the need list hadn’t changed in 14 years after the demise of the the stand alone brand before Upper Deck briefly revived it as an insert in 2008 and then a standalone in 2009. As they are not currently licensed to produce baseball, it seems same that the brand will be dormant for a while.

So, when I get a chance to add a whack of 2009 O-Pee-Chee at the same time, I jump at it as I know it will move the dial on my want list in a permanent downward way.

Total O-Pee Chee Branded Cards*                    Total that I have                                         Expressed as a percentage

20586 2634 12.80%

So, 12.80%. Every new O-Pee-Chee card adds to the total I have and adjusts the % by .004% woohoo.

The design of the cards is simple and clean. A majority of the cards are posed, but there are enough game action shots to make it interesting. The Black Border Parallel really pops as well. Such a nice set. If it had French on the back it would be perfect.

A nice stack of 2009 O-Pee-Chee.

 

Leader Cards – Just like the old days

Such a simple design. Note: Simple = good

And a stack of Black Border Parallels

Floating Heads and Stadiums for Team Checklists

 

 

 

*Includes stickers, inserts, posters, parallels etc.

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.

 

When you pick up random boxes from people you never know what you are going to find. Of course there will be lots of Upper Deck and Donruss, but the weird and wonderful stuff is the most fun.

Like these. 1987 Detroit Tigers Coca-Cola Fold Out Things

I picked up 2 in the most recent box including  one that is unfolded and one that appears still sealed.

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Book 1 Includes Kirk Gibson, Larry Herdon and Walt Terrerll

Book 2 is Jack Morris, Mike Heath and Dave Bergman.

Cool Oddballs.

 

Now I will admit to ridiculing Pro Set cards on a regular basis. I advocate everyone shredding or burning their doubles of any 1990-91 Pro Set cards to help reduce the number in existence and I hold them up as the biggest example of a poorly planned junk wax set with multiple errors along with cards we didn’t need (A hockey puck? Umpires and referees?).

Pro-set Football would be at the bottom of my want list and near the bottom of any sport cards I’d actively look for. I’ve been unfortunate enough to get a few in some lots I have bought, luckily they did not have much reach in Canada and are fairly obscure.

Having said all that. I love the 1991 Pro Set World League Of American Football inserts. They are just so 1991. There’s no way to explain it.

Any league that has the acronym W-LAF is bound to interest me. The fact that there were 2 different inserts, one for helmets and one for players, makes it cool. The fact that almost everything about the league is forgotten by now makes them something I think I’ll keep around and keep an eye out for.

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Now if you like Pro Set (or Football) then I’d be happy to send any of these to you. Or if you have any of the WLAF inserts please let me know.

Here is the total extent of Football cards I have. Pitiful, but not unexpected as I focus on hockey.

1989 Pro Set
490 (Troy Aikman RC)

1990 Pro Set
406, 420, 434, 448, 457, 460, 462, 464, 467, 468, 469 x2, 470 x2, 471, 472 x2, 473 x2, 474, 475, 476, 478, 479 x2, 483 x2, 484, 492 x2, 496, 497, 501, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516 x2, 517, 518, 519 x2, 525, 526, 528, 533, 534, 556, 557, 573, 575, 578, 593, 597, 01, 604, 615 x2, 616, 618, 620, 624, 630, 635, 645, 649, 650, 660, 669, 671, 674 x2, 678, 683 x3, 689, 693, 694, 701, 702 x2, 705, 707, 710 x2, 718, 727, 735, 739 x2, 743, 745, 746, 747 x2, 748, 751, 781 x2, 783 x2, 784 x2, 787, 795 x3, 798
NNO Super Bowl XXIV Insert

1991 Pro Set
7, 18, 19, 33, 34, 35, 41, 43, 45, 47, 51, 61 x2, 62, 63 x2, 67, 68, 69, 70, 80, 83, 84, 87, 88, 89, 90, 95, 96, 98, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 x2, 107, 108, 113 x2, 115 x2, 121, 125, 128, 129×2, 131, 132, 134, 136, 137, 140, 142, 143, 146 x2, 149, 152, 156, 162, 163, 165, 168, 171 x2, 174, 176 x2, 185, 189, 190 x2, 194, 195, 199 x2, 201 x2,202, 203 x2, 206, 222, 223, 225, 232, 233, 235, 239, 241 x2, 242, 243, 244, 254, 258, 259 x2, 265, 268, 270, 271, 283, 284, 285 x2, 286, 287 x2, 289 x2, 292, 299, 301, 302, 303 x2, 304, 308, 309, 310 x2, 312 x2, 315 x2, 320, 322, 328, 334, 338, 341, 342, 351, 355, 357, 360 x2, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 371 x2, 373, 374 x2, 375 x2, 376 x2, 377 x2, 378
1991 Pro Set MVP Collectible Insert 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
1991 Pro Set Super Bowl Collectible Insert 1 x2, 2 x2, 3 x2, 4, 5 x2, 6, 7, 8 x2, 9 x2, 10, 11 x2, 12 x2, 13 x2, 14 x2, 15 x2, 16 x2, 17 x2, 18, 19 x2, 20 x2, 21 x2, 22 x2, 23 x2, 24 x2
NNO Super Bowl XXV Insert

1991 Score
15 (Emmitt Smith), 290, 295, 315

1995 Upper Deck
17, 55, 58, 88, 120, 138, 175, 192, 211, 266, 273

1995 Upper Deck Electric Silver Parallel
53

1995 Ultra Gold Medallion
209, 256

1996 Upper Deck – A Cut Above Insert
2