2009 O-Pee-Chee preview

9 02 2009

Release date: June 2009

Product details: Information may change

6 cards per pack, 36 packs per box, 12 boxes per case

Base set – 500 cards : Short Prints – 100 cards

4 OPC Materials and 2 OPC signatures per case!

One 1971 OPC Vintage buyback per case on average.

One 20th Anniversary memorabilia card per case on average.

Look for randomly inserted 1971 OPC vintage buyback autographs.

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35 responses

9 02 2009
mfw13

Looks like UD is trying to head off Topps Heritage at the pass by using OPC to get at early Topps designs. Topps may rue the day it let UD buy the rights to OPC.

If the cards do turn out to be identical to 71 Topps, then they’ll be very popular. Hope this will be the base set design, though, not a parallel like they did with OPC hockey this year.

9 02 2009
Russ

Having one hit every other box will hopefully have the price down at a respectable level. say $50 – $60 per hobby box.

9 02 2009
Hoiles

This works much better in hockey, where Topps was the poor man’s OPC. This would work more as an inexpensive set collector’s product rather than a Topps Heritage ripoff, considering most collectors don’t really have any nostalgia over OPC baseball.

Also, why are there only 216 cards per box in a cheapo base-type set? With few hits, the boxes shouldn’t cost more than $30.

9 02 2009
PMW

The base set looks great! The Price auto looks a little…yellow…like an homage to the cards you got from Quaker Oats or something.

Like the above, hopefully it won’t be too expensive, I’d love to check it out.

9 02 2009
mfw13

Agree with the above posters….SRP shouldn’t be more than $1/pack.

I think that this is a very interesting strategic move by Upper Deck. Through OPC, they have rights to use Topps card designs all the back to 1965, which means that they could pretty much kill off Topps Heritage by preemptively releasing products with the same design the Topps Heritage was planning to use.

For example, Topps Heritage would currently be scheduled to use the 1965 design in 2014. What if Upper Deck releases an OPC set with the 1965 design in 2012 or 2013?

9 02 2009
Mario A.

U.D has said that this is more of a Retail product.
$1 per pack would be excellent!
No SRP yet.

9 02 2009
JBob

if it’s a buck a pack then ill be buying that for sure

9 02 2009
Olerudfan

Interesting… Upper Deck already released a similar looking set in 2002 called Upper Deck Vintage (based off the 1971 Topps Set). While I liked that set then in 2002, it is laughable they would reuse that design so soon and then call it O-Pee-Chee so it appears fresh. I would rather have seen a different year such as 1975 like they inserted into 2009 Upper Deck.

9 02 2009
HookMan

Very nice base card design! I would buy at $1/pack!

9 02 2009
Dave

Very interesting – Upper Deck is being very creative with their rights to use the O-Pee-Chee name. If these are produced in glossy card stock, they won’t really be competing with Topps Heritage. I’m pretty sure that 99% of Heritage collectors won’t consider these Upper Deck cards a substitute for the real Heritage no matter what. Anyway, it’s nice to see Upper Deck producing a somewhat interesting base card set. I may be tempted to collect it – and I know that I’ll want that David Price auto! It sure is nice to see Rays cards featured so prominently by Upper Deck in these previews…

9 02 2009
dayf

So this is what those dudes were talking about at the card shop. This isn’t an A&G killer, this is Vintage Part Deux. That being said, I’mma buy the hell out of this shit. Hockey OPC was $1.59 a pack, I’d pay $2 if there were more than 6 lousy cards in a pack.

Also, the 2001 Vintage set used a bastardized 1963 Topps design and the ’03 version used 1965 Topps. Topps Heritage is not quaking in their boots over this, trust me.

9 02 2009
mfw13

It’s true that Upper Deck used bastardized versions of Topps designs on some of its Vintage lines earlier this decade, but they did such a bad job of it on the 1963’s and 1965’s that the cards looked horrible.

On the other hand, the 2001-2002 Vintage Hockey set (based on the 1954-55 Topps but with the bottoms in team colors) is probably my favorite modern hockey set.

9 02 2009
chemgod

I like it a lot. But wasn’t this a UD Vintage design as well?

9 02 2009
Newspaperman

Man, that looks a whole lot like 2002 UD Vintage, which was a knock off of 1971 Topps.

Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

9 02 2009
Bryan

how can Upper Deck use a Topps design like this?

9 02 2009
mfw13

Bryan,

Upper Deck bought the rights to OPC about 2-3 years ago, so Upper Deck has free reign to use any design once used by OPC in their products. They have already done this with the 79-80 Hockey parallel in this year’s OPC Hockey release, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of it in the future.

Topps made a major strategic mistake in not outbidding UD for the rights to OPC, since UD now has the rights to every Topps baseball and hockey design from 1965 until 1993, when the Topps/OPC partnership dissolved.

9 02 2009
Bryan

the sell sheet says packs will be $1.49
Set builders rejoice.

9 02 2009
SteveTX

If this is priced (as many of you think) between $1-2 a pack, I think this would be a coup for Upper Deck.

I’m a big fan of Topps Heritage, but I like the cards for the base design–not because of the hits in each pack. If a lot of other collectors are like me and want, essentially, a stripped down version of Topps Heritage, there’s no reason to think this product won’t be successful.

9 02 2009
gobigpelf34

wth, UD is really milking their opc license! but still, its like a cheap topps herritage! and I like the 70’s card degisns! I will prob buy alot of this, its like a poor man’s topps herritage!

9 02 2009
bapple2286

Wow. Another modern-day issue that I like. The base cards look great!!

9 02 2009
Jeff W

I love it, if it’s cheap. Dave hit it perfectly, I’m a Heritage collector, and this is not getting inb the way of that. It’s just a cool set that I may have to build in addition to Heritage and whatever else.

9 02 2009
slette

Definitely good news, and I can add another set-to-build to the list for ’09. I just hope and pray they don’t SP the hell out of it like Goudey and Masterpieces. At under $2 a pack, though, I don’t see that problem happening.

9 02 2009
Bryan

it’s going to have 500 regular cards and 100 sp’s

9 02 2009
handcollated

You guys are looking at this all wrong. I think those images are for the 1 per pack retro parallel cards and not the base cards themselves, which judging from the sell sheet look kinda ugly. Upper Deck knows that people will want the parallels more, so they make them an insert set and not the actual base card themselves

And for all you set builders loving the price point, it’s not so great. You’ll get, on average, 4 cards for the set, the 1971 OPC parallel, and on average an insert per pack. That means if you want to put together the set through wax, it’s going to take you at least 4 boxes, and that’s only if you get no dupes.

And finally, am I the only one who dislikes that bright yellow border on the memorabilia and auto cards?

9 02 2009
slette

I mean SP the hell out of it, like making certain cards impossible to get a la the Jeter Masterpieces or Goudey 301-330.

9 02 2009
dayf

Oh… so they’re directly copying the Hockey set? Meh. Too many short prints, not enough cards in a pack. Pass.

10 02 2009
Bryan

yeah, the yellow borders are pretty horrible.

10 02 2009
Stephen

if the black frame is for the base set – thats awesome – if we can bump up to about 8 cards a pack retail and 6 if they do a hobby… im in

10 02 2009
HotPackSecrets

I mainly like the on card autos. Should be fun to open, reminds me of old school styling.

10 02 2009
mfw13

After reading the sell sheet more carefully, I think handcollated is right….the 71’s are the 1 per pack parallel inserts, like the 79-80’s retro cards for OPC hockey.

10 02 2009
Robert

1) are they in french like real O Pee Chee?
2) Is UD going to try to kill off the OPC brand? Gee, as if OPC as inserts in 2008 UD isn’t enough

3) if the packs are cheap and the 71 design is the primary design, I may go for it. 1971 is my birth year so I’m a sucker for anything with the 1917 black border design (including the original 1971 topps set I built over the course of 2-3 years).
If 1971 design happens to be just an insert, I may just buy a HC insert set and let some other sucker bust all that wax.

10 02 2009
Charlie

Hand collated is correct. Mario, you should include a pic of the actual base cards in the preview. The black-bordered 71’s are a 1 per pack parallel. This is actually going to be a 600 card set with 600 black-bordered base card parallels. A master set of this product is going to be close to 1500 cards!!

10 02 2009
Charlie

By the way, the base cards look like recycled duck shat. They remind me of 2006 Fleer Tradition, cheap flimsy looking cardboard.

10 02 2009
Mario A.

Yeah, it was my fault for assuming that was the actual base card. I saw the other one and thought “no way they release that ugly thing as anything other than an insert”.

Here is another preview for you guys to read.

http://handcollated.wordpress.com/2009/02/09/2009-opc-baseball-preview/

14 02 2009
Chuck

Card Wars … nothing but Card Wars … in a galaxy far, far away ….

I’ve always like O-Pee-chee but it might be time for something new ?

and where is the French text ?

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