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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.

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