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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

 

One of the most challenging parts of collecting is knowing what to collect and what not to collect. The definite “Yes I must have that” type cards are easy. So are the “Ugggh! no way am I keeping that” issues. What is difficult for me at least, is the cards and sets that fall closer to yes, than no, but are not a sure thing.

For that I have my 3rd category.

Keep – Not Actively Collecting (NAC)

– The card sets I keep but don’t really track. If they turn up in a lot I pick up I’d add them but I’m not going to trade for them or buy them. I’d probably trade them to someone else if a good deal came up to add some cards I care more about. They don’t normally get listed on the trader page (unless of course I have doubles of them.) At some point they will likely move up or down a category.

Today is Movie Day!

1990 O-Pee-Chee Dick Tracy – Bad Film, Bad cards. Promoted as “The Movie Event of 1990” and starring Madonna and Warren Beatty. There is no reason to keep them, but I have an obsession with O-Pee-Chee. I can’t help but keep these around.

scan0019 Dick Tracy can’t save the movie, but he saves the cards.

1982 OPC E.T. The Extra Terrestrial – Sticking with the movie theme, and the O-Pee-Chee theme. It’s hard not to keep a card when it’s A) and O-Pee-Chee or B) It’s from one of the most beloved movies of the 80’s or C) it’s a 33 year old card I have left over from a pack I actually bought as a 10 year old.  When it combines all 3, it’s a keeper. Or at least a Keep – Not Actively Collecting.

I’m gaining on this set one card at a time.

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1978 OPC Superman: The Movie  Are you noticing a trend? Superhero movie. Check. Vintage. Check. O-Pee-Chee Check. Of course I’m not junking this set. A few doubles will even make it to the trade page. This 132 card set is not currently listed in the trading card database, and has some differences in numbering than the larger Topps set. Plus it’s bilingual!

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So, having cleared out my multiple junk boxes into nicely sorted categories, lets start from least interested to most interested.

Totally not interested in, going to put these in the category of…

Junk Pile

– The card pile I donate to my nieces and nephews every few months4, that get eaten, played with, drawn on, or otherwise destroyed. So bad I won’t even list them on my trade bait page. (If you want them let me know and I’ll be happy to save them from the impending doom). The best they can hope for is to be used to build a card house.

These include:

1991 Impel Terminator 2 – Ok Movie, crappy cards. Doesn’t have the rarity or nostalgia of the first movie. Not going to keep them.

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So bad even the caption scanned backward to avoid being associated with this set.

Cards to be terminated – 14, 20, 26, 36, 47, 80, 104, 106, 114, 123, 138)

 

1990 Dart Beetlejuice – Not even movie cards, but from the cartoon show. Bonus that they are actually cardboard, but not enough of a bonus cuz they look like crap.

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I warned you they were crap!

Saying Beetlejuice 3 times to make them disappear ( 4, 7, 8, 14, 17, 24, 27, 34, 36, 56, 56, 66 x2. 67, 70, 74, 76 x2, 77, 80, 86, 87, 90, 97, 93, 96 x2, 100)

1992 Upper Deck Comic Ball – One of the worst ideas of the junk wax period. Period! They should all be burned or shredded.
Q: If you were a Ken Griffey Jr (or Sr.) or Jim Abbott collector would you want these in your collection?

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Not a winning idea.

Just ughh! ( 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 142, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 166, 169, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193)

1990 Proset Superstar Musicards – Steve Earle! Debbie Gibson!  When would you ever expect to see those two together in the same set.

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Low quality cards. Although I did have a crush on Debbie Gibson.  (42 Debbie Gibson, 80 Alannah Myles, 108 Al B. Sure, 167 Steve Earle)

 

1991 Brockum Rock Cards   – There is nothing LESS Rock n Roll, then these. Poor Angus and the boys.

scan0020I can’t believe people bought these. (13 Angus Young – AC/DC, 78 Anthrax, 84 Winger, 102 Iggy Pop, 108 Testament, 126 Junkyard, 132 Poison, 157 Deep Purple, 235 Warrant, 253 Warrant, 259 Megadeath, 283 Bon Jovi, 277 Skid Row)

1992 Hildebrant Comic Art – Low fi release, low quality cards, low interest from me.
Oh, Robin Hood  where are your merry men? (55)

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