Got The Time Tick-Tick-Tickin’ In My Head…

Monday evening I had a post ready to go, but when I came back to it Tuesday morning to post it, it seemed a little more mean-spirited than what I’d intended, so I shelved it and ran one of my “reserve posts” in it’s place.

But it also threw off my schedule for the week… I’ve got a couple of posts in the works, but none are ready.

That got me thinking that I could write up something new, but I’d need time…Where would I find the time?

That’s when I decided to do another one of my playlists, this time featuring songs that include “Time” in the title.

There are a heck of a lot of songs with “Time” in the title.  Even after I took out the lesser songs and songs with compound words like “Summertime”, “Sometime” or “Anytime”, I had a bunch. I then cut out songs that had “Times” in it (i.e. “Where Have All The Good Times Gone”), and I ended up with 44 songs.

Here they are, in alphabetical order.  Feel free to add anything I forgot or just didn’t know about.

Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More – The Allman Brothers Band
All Kinds of Time – Fountains of Wayne
Any Time At All – The Beatles
Bad Time – Grand Funk
Big Time – Peter Gabriel
Born at the Right Time – Paul Simon
Borrowed Time – John Lennon

1970 Topps Mike Lum

1970 Topps Mike Lum

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? – Chicago
Falling for the First Time – Barenaked Ladies
Feels Like the First Time – Foreigner
Foreplay/Long Time – Boston
Get It Right The First Time – Billy Joel
Got the Time – Joe Jackson
Have a Good Time – Paul Simon

1993 O-Pee-Chee Kirk McCaskill

1993 O-Pee-Chee Kirk McCaskill

Long Time – Cake
Long Time Gone – Crosby, Stills & Nash
Lovers in a Dangerous Time – Barenaked Ladies
Night Time – J. Geils Band
No Time – The Guess Who
No Time This Time – The Police
Not A Second Time – The Beatles
Not Enough Time – INXS

1980 Topps Bert Blyleven

1980 Topps Bert Blyleven

Once Upon A Time In The West – Dire Straits
One More Time – Joe Jackson
One Piece At A Time – Johnny Cash
Right Place, Wrong Time – Dr. John
She’s Right On Time – Billy Joel
The Longest Time – Billy Joel

1979 Topps Mike Schmidt

1979 Topps Mike Schmidt

The Time Warp – Rocky Horror Cast
This Is the Time – Billy Joel
Time – Pink Floyd
Time – The Alan Parsons Project
Time After Time – The Hooters (Their version of the Cyndi Lauper song)
Time After Time (Annelise) – R.E.M.
Time and Time Again – The Smithereens
Time Has Come Today – The Chambers Brothers
Time Is On My Side – Rolling Stones
Time Is Tight – Booker T. & the MG’s
Time of the Season – The Zombies
Time the Avenger – The Pretenders
Time To Let Me Go – Gloriana
Time To Run – Lord Huron
Twilight Time – The Moody Blues
Your Time Is Gonna Come – Led Zeppelin

1972 Topps Bobby Heise

1972 Topps Bobby Heise

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The Very Large Oddball Sets: 1990’s O-Pee-Chee Baseball

Yesterday’s post featured this 1993 O-Pee-Chee B.J. Surhoff card I got last year:
1993 OPC BJ Surhoff

A comment from CommishBob of The Five Tool Collector reminded me that not everybody – or at least not everybody in the U.S. – is aware that O-Pee-Chee had designs that were not just duplicates or echoes of the Topps set from the same year. It wasn’t that long ago that I was right there with you on this.

I thought it would be fun and helpful to give a brief run-through of the unique designs used for 1990’s O-Pee-Chee baseball… but just to be clear, I ain’t no expert. If anybody catches me in a misstatement, please let me know.

I’ll admit, it’s probably not fair to refer to O-Pee-Chee sets as “Oddballs”, but for most of us ethnocentric Americans, that’s pretty much how they’re regarded. My apologies to our Canadian brethren.

1991
In 1991, the O-Pee-Chee flagship set was the usual duplicate of the 1991 Topps set, but they also issued a 132-card “Premier” set that was likely meant as an effort to get in on the “upscale” card trend started by Upper Deck in 1989.
1991 OPC Premier Cal Ripken
I like how both Cal’s head and feet encroach on the border…

Here’s the back. Not much on information, but very easy on the eyes:
1991 OPC Premier Cal Ripken back

1991 Premier Baseball used the same design as 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee Premier hockey, so this was more a matter of “Hey, we did this thing for hockey, let’s do it for baseball as well!”

1992
While the 1992 flagship was again largely identical to Topps, O-Pee-Chee Premier came back in 1992 with a 198-card set.
1992 OPC Premier Doc Gooden

1992 OPC Premier Doc Gooden back

Again, this was a reuse of the 1991-92 Premier hockey design.

1993
In 1993, O-Pee-Chee issued a 396-card set that was their first flagship baseball set that didn’t echo Topps.
1993 OPC Howard Johnson

1993 OPC Howard Johnson back

This set had a pair of insert sets commemorating the 1992 World Champion Blue Jays, but I won’t get into that here (mainly because I don’t have any of those).

Premier also came back for a third year, with a 396-card set issued in three series. There were also inserts sets of “Top Draft Picks” and “Star Performers”.
1993 OPC Premier Harold Baines

1993 OPC Premier Harold Baines back

As with the other Premier sets, it used the design from the 1992-93 Premier hockey.

1994
While O-Pee-Chee created a Premier hockey set for the 1993-94 season, it was not back for baseball. Instead, O-Pee-Chee issued what I consider to be the best design of the bunch. It’s not clear in my scans, but these are full-bleed cards.
1994 OPC Mike Mussina

1994 OPC Mike Mussina back

This set also had some inserts that I won’t get into here…

These cards feature an O-Pee-Chee logo that seems to have been short-lived and forgotten in the mists of time.

According to Wikipedia, it was at this point that O-Pee-Chee got out of the trading card business after being hit hard by the 1994 baseball strike and the 1994-95 hockey lockout.

All of these O-Pee-Chee sets are very nice, although the designs are not particular favorites of mine. They generally did an awesome job on the backs, while the fronts were just OK.

That being said, while I was pulling out Mets & Orioles cards to scan for this post, I was thinking that I need to add these cards to my COMC Black Friday want list.