The Wayner, The Great One, Ole 99. I still remember the final game like it was yesterday. Praise You by Fatboy Slim playing as you circled the ice one last time.

A classy way to retire, no season long farewell tour. Just an announcement and then poof gone a days later.

The 1999-2000 Upper Deck set. The last cards to picture your last season. (Although you still appear on many card sets to this day).

Started out the set with a 10 card mini subset. 9 cards picturing you as an Oiler (You’ll always be an Oiler despite what others think)

1 as a King (and you are the King).

Here are 6 of them.

 

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Sometimes getting one card you need in a trade is worth it. It could be your favourite player, It could be the one card you need for the set to be completed or started. Or it could be the one card that is worth more than the others.

In this case, it’s just one more card toward completing the set. But it is a good one.

1979 O-Pee-Chee Dale Murphy.

Although his RC is from 1978 this is the first card he appears alone on.

Undervalued and deserving of a place in the Hall Of Fame (he missed the cut), he will always remind me of the 80’s in Atlanta.

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 🙂

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%

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!

Early September has come and the Baseball season is winding down. To be honest I’d have to say Baseball is probably my 3rd or 4th favourite sport. Soccer #1, Hockey #2 then Baseball or whatever other sport is on TV.

With collecting cards Baseball is a firm #2 behind Hockey. I have a handful of soccer cards but they were just not plentiful when growing up. The new ones don’t interest me very much so I havent pursued them.

With the baseball cards it’s got to be O-Pee-Chee.

With the lovely “now with…” and the French backs. I didn’t even know of Topps for the first few years of collecting. But I did learn some French.

Here are 9 more cards toward my goal of complete O-Pee-Chee domination.

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.