Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another edition of TXHT Card Share as we take a look at the latest Upper Deck release with the 2019-20 O-Pee-Chee set.
O-Pee-Chee is one of the longer running sets when it comes to hockey and is usually the first one to offer a massive set to start the season with their 600 card set. The set includes 500 common base cards and 100 short print cards which covers 50 Marquee Rookies, 31 team checklists, 10 season highlights, and 9 League leaders cards.
For the Rookies it is the same deal as with MVP as players like Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko will be added later in the season as part of the update packs, but you still get players like Quinn Hughes, Cale Makar, Filip Zadina, and many other rookies. Also just like MVP because it was being printed during Free Agency you still have players with the teams they finished 2018-19 with like with Phil Kessel with the Pittsburgh Penguins instead of the Arizona Coyotes.
O-Pee-Chee also comes with its own inserts and specialty cards, and one of the main stays of the O-Pee-Chee series has been the retro editions of the base set cards. there are also parallels to the base cards as well. for the parallels there are Blue Border cards (1:3 packs) and Gold Glossy Border (1:24 packs), plus for the Retro (1 per pack) there is a special Hobby box exclusive Retro Black Border (#/100).
O-Pee-Chee has also brought back the Playing Cards (#2 to King – 1:5 packs) and short print Aces (1:120 packs). The playing cards is very creative and has been done the last couple of seasons, and is always a welcome sub set to collect. Also there is a new sub set known as Caramels which honors the retro design with 2″ x 3.5″ sizing. They average 1:5 packs for the base cards, with the 40 card set also features six short prints (1:44 packs) and six super short prints (1:88 packs). For the Blaster boxes they have exclusive Caramel Border Parallels for the base (1:9 packs), short print (1:76 packs), and supershort print (1:152 packs).
There are also 2019 Stanley Cup Final Moments (1:360 packs), In Action (1:1152 packs), and Retro High Series Cup Captain (1:4608 packs) cards. O-Pee-Chee Patches also returns, and this season features trophy winners along with Hall of Fame logos and some logo updates from past seasons sets. The Patches are exclusive to the Hobby boxes and range from 1:937 packs to 1:18,750 packs for the odds of pulling one.
Overall the 2019-20 O-Pee-Chee set is a solid one and for those who wanted to do some bigger set building, this will keep you occupied in building the full 600 card set until November when the next big set debuts with 2019-20 Upper Deck Series 1 (Upper Deck does have at least one more set coming out before UDS1).
*All pictures taken by Michael Lindenbaum. All cards pictured were purchased by Michael for his personal collection.