Friday, September 3, 2010

1971 claude raymond

here's (one of) claude raymond's 1971 o-pee-chee cards:
here's the front of his (only) topps card from that year:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
now, while this may appear to be a clear cut case of a photo variation, it is not. not really.  that's because raymond has two cards in the 1971 o-pee-chee set.  o-pee-chee inserted the native canadian into an earlier series at the expense of this card (perhaps in an anti-communist protest of sorts)
with its stats on the back
raymond also had a card, identical to the photo on the topps issue, in the later series at 536, just like in the topps set.  thus, no photo variation.  unfortunately, i don't own a copy of the latter o-pee-chee card, but since it's not a variation i'm not too stressed about it.

voici à vous, 1971 claude raymond!  the checklist variation claude raymond.  not the same as topps claude raymond.


  1. Looks like the two front pictures were taken in the same session, just minutes apart. Plus for the OPC card, they just cropped the body out for the back picture. Slightly different fonts for the front printing, and one has the full "pitcher" on the front. Strange.

  2. It's nice to see Claude finally made the effort to pull up his zipper. If only he had done so on his 66 and 67 Topps (were there OPC versions) cards.