Friday, October 19, 2012

that's a wrap - oh my!

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!

here's the final tally - at least of the stats that interest me.

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!

9 comments:

  1. I've enjoyed it. You've really created a very nice resource for collectors to use.

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  2. You had me psyched there for a second... i thought you were starting a "wrapper variation" series!

    Like I said before, this was awesome. Thanks again.

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  3. Great work! Think my favorites are updates like "announced his retirement" and such. Rookie cards abound, but not many Topps cards allude to when a player's LAST card is coming.

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  4. Great blog, sad to see it go.

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  5. I enjoyed your blog. Was definitely a part of my regular reading schedule.

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  6. I have to agree with the first commenter, you have given us all a fantastic resource. We all now know there are 929(!) variations in the OPC canon - I never would have guessed there was that many. From all of us, thank you.

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  7. thanks guys. it's been fun, eh?

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  8. Thank you for all of your effort, which produced all of the great reading!

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  9. Really looked forward to the posts here. Fun to read and it will be missed.

    You know, Topps/OPC did a little something with hockey cards. Maybe......?

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