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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.