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!


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

  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.

  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.

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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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