Monday, January 11, 2010

to begin (commencer)

man, do i love me some o-pee-chee variations. first appearing in 1971, then going to the extreme in 1977 before settling in from 1978 through 1987, they truly are a special type of baseball card.  just look at this 1979 rod carew card.  no need to wait until 1980 to get an angels card of the longtime twinkie.

plus, there's no question as to whether it's an error (bump wills) or not (jerry morales).  o-pee-chee tells you that the guy was traded right there on the front!  that's good service!

i'll be giving a quick primer on o-pee-chee early on before focusing the rest of the posts on the variations and other checklist oddities that showed up through the years. there are a couple of links on the right that have some great information that i will be expanding on, but don't let that stop you from checking them out!

as i mentioned on the right, the focus will be on the variations that existed until 1987, but i will touch on all of the sets through 1992, which is the last year o-pee-chee used the topps design.

come along for the ride, won't you?

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