O-Pee-Chee, 1968-1995

One of the long term projects I’ve started is collecting all the O-Pee-Chee sets from their original run, starting in 1968-69 until they folded for a while in the mid-90s. The desire to collect these later sets are rooted in nostalgia of my early days of hockey: watching the Bruins rack up Adams Division titles in the old Prince of Wales Conference (before getting routed by the Oilers and the guy on the left) and playing my brother in NHLPA ’93 everyday after school.

The 1991-92 set is very similar to Topps’ 1991 baseball set. (This was the last year O-Pee-Chee would share a design with Topps; they went with their own in 1992-93 before only producing Premier sets–also the same as Topps–before calling it quits in 1995.) This is probably my favorite post-1981-82 design; simple and clean, allowing the photography to stand out. And the logo in the puck on the stick is perfect. Too bad the color scheme on the back goes the other way:

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