well, it's time to put a bow on this blog - 'wrap' it up as one might say.
i've enjoyed going through all of the o-pee-chee sets from 1977 through 1992, and finding variations that i hadn't previously seen and variations which aren't catalogued anywhere else. i am a bit nervous about taking those same publications that omitted so many variations from those years at their word about variations from 1971, 1972, and 1974. i will be sure to keep my eyes open, but i have faith that we have covered them all here on oh my o-pee-chee!
total number of variations - 929
total number of checklist variations (most of which are cards that were exclusive to o-pee-chee sets) - 47
set with the least variations (minimum of one) - 1972 (one). that would be the gil hodges text variation.
set with the most variations - 1977 (252). pretty much the entire set.
most common variation - text variation (634). most common text variation was 'now with...'
least common variation - position variation (3). all in 1977.
team with the most appearances (includes topps equivalents) - expos (110). no surprise there. the blue jays were second with 87.
team with the least appearances - astros and twins, tied at 34.
player with the most variations - gary carter and hank aaron tied with 7 apiece. that number is due in large part to the 1992 carter tribute and 1974 aaron specials. if we look at it strictly by number of years in which a player had a variation, we have manny trillo with 6 cards/5 years, matt young with 5 cards/5 years, and dave collins with 5 cards/5 years tied at the top.
when i started the blog, i predicted bobby bonds would lead the way, but he had 'only' four variations. even though i based that prediction on only going from 1971 through 1987, both trillo and collins still would have had him beat during that time frame.
i hope you enjoyed this celebration of the variations from the great white north.
voici à vous, o-pee-chee variations!