Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.
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Retail ramblings: 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee hockey
Posted Sep 15, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Sep 15, 2013 at 07:07 PM
The NHL’s preseason has begun, so I figured it was a good idea to check out some hockey product. My choice was a hanging pack of Upper Deck’s 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee (for $4.98), which contains 32 cards. This set has been on the market for about five weeks.
Upper Deck’s multi-lingual packaging touts this product in English as a great value, or, if you prefer, “valeur supérieure” in French.
This is the eighth year that Upper Deck is producing the venerable O-Pee-Chee brand. If you buy a hobby box (cost can run in the $65 to $75 range, depending on the retailer), there are 36 packs, with eight cards to a pack.
The 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee product is a set-builder’s dream, with 500 base cards and 100 Marquee Rookies. This year’s set will be even more fun to collect thanks to the double rookie class of 2012-13 and 2013-14. With a large checklist, there are plenty of rookies to be found.
That’s probably more likely in a hobby box or even in a blaster box you might find at Target or Wal-Mart. The hanging pack I bought contained no rookies, but it did have a Marquee Legends card of Boston Bruins great Bobby Orr. It also contained a sticker card of Brenden Morrow; there are 100 stickers to collect.
Stickers are fun to collect, and there is a chance to find player and team rings, even in retail blaster boxes.
The card design for O-Pee-Chee base cards is simple, with a vertical layout. Photographs of the players are tightly cropped, which I believe is a plus. I don’t like cards that have two or three subjects in the card; it detracts from the main subject.
O-Pee-Chee is a reasonably priced product that contains a solid collection of players. It would take a few hobby boxes to complete a set, but there is certainly a chance to score some nice rookie cards.