One of my favorite sorta-set-specific blogs is the fairly-recently-concluded “O, My O-Pee-Chee”, which featured every O-Pee-Chee baseball card which differed from the Topps set. I enjoyed checking out each day’s cards, and I still want to go see what today’s card is, but then I remember that the blog has run through them all. Doesn’t matter, the blog is still fun to go through and an excellent resource.
I knew going in that 1977 OPC had significant differences, but I wasn’t aware of many of the other different cards. Every time an interesting card was featured, I added it to my wantlist.
While shopping on COMC on Black Friday, I decided that I’d see how many OPC’s I could knock off my wantlist.
I’ll start with the 1977′s… Bob Bailor’s OPC card features the same photo as his Topps card, only he gets the card to himself rather than sharing a rookie card with 3 other guys. It’s a pretty decent airbrushing job, if you overlook the blank jersey front. Bailor was the Blue Jays’ first pick in the expansion draft.
Dock Ellis appears with the Yankees in both the Topps and OPC sets, and yet OPC gave him a different photo. It doesn’t fall under the “1977 OPC as an update set” idea, but who cares. It’s got a different photo, I want it.
I got three cards from the 1971 OPC set, even though two of them don’t really fit into my collection. The uniqueness was just too much for me to handle (and they were cheap).
Claude Raymond had two different cards in 1971 O-Pee-Chee; one that matched his Topps card, and this one.
John Bateman fans also got a double-dip in 1971; this is the “bonus” card for die hard Exponistas.
Ron Hunt was the first Met to start an All-Star game, and he’s a player I collect in or out of at Mets uniform. This is a different photo and different card # from the Topps version; unlike Claude Raymond & John Bateman, Ron Hunt had just the one card (I think).
1992 wasn’t quite as significant as 1977 in terms of variations, but there were more significantly-different cards than most years. OPC ditched the All-Star cards and replaced them with a very nice Gary Carter tribute (which I featured here) and a number of players who didn’t make it into the Topps set. This is one of those cards. I wasn’t yet an Orioles fan in 1992, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting this…
I’m pretty happy with this specific subset of my Black Friday haul… As you can imagine, there’s more where this came from (hint: I got a shipment of 177 cards… no, I won’t subject you to each and every one of them.)