Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2010-2011 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Review

Base Card Design -
This year's OPC base card design is unremarkable to me. I feel that the designers did not use the card's space effectively. Much of the space on the card is devoted to geometric lines and graphics leaving room for only a small photo of the player. Above is an example of Sidney Crosby's base card. You can see how small the photo is. Also, for such a superstar player, the photograph is very pedestrian. I'm sure that UD has a TON of great shots of Crosby, but yet they chose this photo. Why UD, WHY?!?! Many of the other base cards photographs are like this - BORING.

I will say that I did like a few aspects of OPC regular base though. The cards are printed on thin cardboard. It's not very glossy like Victory was. I think it gives OPC a nice old school tactile feel that I kind of like. It's the feeling of cardboard! Most cards are so slick and modern feeling nowadays - these ones remind me of OPC cards from the 80s. And that's pretty cool.

Rookies and Legends also comprise the base card set. The designs look almost identical. The only differences are that the rookie cards say 'Marquee Rookie' and the legend cards say 'Marquee Legend'. Since they are basically the same I'll include them both in the same review here.

The rookie and legend cards are trying to go retro as is the trend nowadays, but as with the regular base design, I am not a fan of it. The cards have a boring design with a lot of wasted space. The graphics used for Marquee Legend or Rookie is just ugly. I'm not sure who came up with the rainbow color scheme, but it just doesn't work. The photos feature closer shots of the players, but again, there is nothing special here except for a standard image of the player. Yawn.

Base Design Score:

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos -
OPC offers a slew of inserts in their product. A couple that I received were Winter Classic and Team Leaders inserts. These are standard insert cards that are pretty easy to get. They come 1 in every 4 packs. I enjoyed getting both of these inserts because they brought something different to the table and were different looking and feeling compared to the base. I mention this because this was my big beef with Score inserts. The Score inserts were printed on the exact same card stock as the base. These cards are printed on slicker stock and are glossy. They are obviously different than the base and cannot be confused with being a subset of the main cards.

As done by OPC in previous years, retro cards come one per pack. The retro cards are a parallel of the base set but feature an old school design.

I like these cards much better than the regular base set. Even though there is so much space taken up by design elements and the photos are close ups only, the card definitely has an old feel to it. I could definitely see this card as being from the 60s or 70s. It's a fun design. I think having a set of this in a binder would be cool to look at. Good luck collecting them all though... there are A LOT of them.

To go along with the retro inserts are retro parallel cards. There are many levels of the parallel cards from OPC. There are rainbow foil, black rainbow foil/100, and blank back variations of the retro cards. Here's an example of a black rainbow foil I pulled numbered 56/100.

I really like the foiling on the retro rainbow cards. They really are shiny and make the cards pop. Player collectors won't have too hard of a time getting these cards as I've seen many on eBay at affordable prices.

Autographs and memorabilia cards can also be pulled, but they are difficult. Getting one is 1:144 packs as stated on the wrapper. In Action cards can also be pulled at a rate of 1:36. SP of In Action come 1:360.

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos Score:

Overall Rating -
I like OPC this year. I do not like it for it's base cards or rookie cards, but I'd buy the box to get all the retro cards and for the chance of getting a signature or memorabilia card. This product is very affordable and can potentially be very addicting to buy. Even though it costs a little more than Score, I'd compare OPC to Score rather than Score to Victory. OPC and Score are more similar. OPC has some good value possible in boxes, and it's always exciting to get the parallel retro cards. The retro cards definitely have the old school feel but the foiled versions bring it up to the modern age. Getting any of the harder to get inserts is just some nice icing on the cake!

Overall Rating:
(not an average)

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