Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, Topps and O-Pee-Chee have been the one youngsters on the hockey card block. Topps first entered the hockey card market with the 1954-55 sequence. Between 1951-52 and that set, Parkhurst was the one producer offering product. The 2 would run collectively for over a decade, splitting the six staff league in half. Parkhurst playing cards featured gamers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Pink Wings and Montreal Canadiens. Topps featured gamers from the Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. In 1963-64, Parkhurst produced their final sequence. O-Pee-Chee had initially produced playing cards within the 1930’s and 1940’s however went on hiatus till being resurrected within the 1960’s.
Apart from the plain, like labels on the again stating who the producer was, there are a number of methods to inform a Topps card aside from its O-Pee-Chee counterpart in an period when each have been mainly clones of one another.
The Topps hockey playing cards have been printed on barely totally different inventory or cardboard. Topps usually had darker colors on the backs. The Topps playing cards have been additionally liable to, what I name, the ‘Topps stain’. Greasy finger prints stood out fairly distinguished and everlasting on the again of Topps playing cards. The fronts of the Topps playing cards gave the impression to be extra shiny than their cousin’s playing cards.
The 1971-72 sequence is a radical exception to the rule. The fronts are the identical on each the Topps and O-Pee-Chee playing cards however the backs are fairly totally different. Topps has a inexperienced and yellow colored again and are oriented with the print going throughout the shorter width. The OPC hockey cards are oriented the other method on the backs and are colored a pastel inexperienced and black.
The variety of playing cards is way greater within the O-Pee-Chee sequence. That is comprehensible with O-Pee-Chee being a Canadian firm promoting product to the hockey starved Canadian market. The reciprocal was in impact for baseball playing cards throughout the identical period with the Topps units being a lot bigger than the OPC sequence.
One main distinction that makes figuring out the distinction between Topps and O-Pee-Chee unmistakable is the language on the again of the cardboard. The informative blurb on Topps playing cards is simply in English whereas OPC is in each English and French. Apparently, on the O-Pee-Chee playing cards, at instances the data was totally different in English that’s was in French.
At present, Topps is out of the market. O-Pee-Chee exists however in title solely, actually. Higher Deck is behind the OPC model now and the playing cards are not produced in London, Ontario, Canada.