A few weeks back I was scanning through my base want list of Giants cards from the 1970s and 1980s and was bummed out about the number of OPC cards I still needed for my Giants team sets. I have always had a fascination with these cards from north of the border back from my days of player collecting. I was always on the lookout for Willie McCovey, Rickey Henderson or Dave Winfield OPC cards for those player collections and would get so excited when I found a new one.
When I would browse through stacks of OPC cards, I had two favorite things to see; 1) Sets with card fronts that included the french language (the backs were pretty much all different from Topps so that didn't seem to excite me as much for some reason) and 2) the cards where the player was in one uniform but the team name was another, usually accompanied with a "now with" or "traded to" on the front of the card. These seems so foreign (I guess they were) and so cool.
So when I was going through my want list I thought back to the thrill of seeing these variations on the cards I had in my sets can was a little puzzled as to why I hadn't sought out any Giants. I am sure the lack of trades involving OPC contributed but it really came down to not going after them. I decided to check out Sportlots to see if there was a seller who had a large number of my Giants needs and found a perfect match. Ready to see some Giants OPC cards?
I did have a few 1978 OPC cards so these 4 finished off the Giants team set...
Finally I picked up a 10 card lot on eBay last year and I am finally getting around to showing these now that they have some Canadian friends to join them in the post:
Well my O-Pee-Chee deficiency is somewhat remedied but if you know a reasonable (cheap) source for mid-grade OPC cards from the 60s and 70s please let me know. I wouldn't mind knocking a few more team sets off the want list.