2019-20 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Goes Big and Retro Once Again


2019-20 O-Pee-Chee Hockey cards are designed around set building and the brand’s roots in the past. The checklist is big and the cards reflect a sense of nostalgia, even if they are something entirely new. On the flip side, this isn’t a place for hits, at least in the form of autographs and memorabilia cards. Instead, chase elements come from short prints and tough inserts.

2019-20 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Base Set Basics

At 600 cards, this is bound to be one of the biggest base sets of the year. It begins with a 500-card shell set, which digs deep into every NHL roster.

2019-20 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Base

The final 100 cards come with a variety of familiar subsets including Marquee Rookies (50 cards), Season Highlights (ten cards), League Leaders (nine cards) and Team Checklists (31 cards). Although short prints, these High Series cards aren’t overly tough.

2019-20 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Base Marquee Rookie Quinn Hughes

Parallels come in a few forms. OPC Retro are one per hobby pack.

Hobby-exclusive Retro Black Border cards come serial numbered to 100 copies. Randomly inserted hot boxes have Retro Black cards replacing all of the usual base cards.

Other parallels include Blue Border (1:6 hobby packs) and Gold Glossy Border (1:24 hobby packs). Retro, Blue and Gold Glossy parallels are also available in retail packs.


Caramels is a new chase set in 2019-20 O-Pee-Chee Hockey. The full set has 40 cards with 28 regular prints combining to land 1:5 hobby packs. Six short prints are 1:44 packs while six SSP Caramel inserts are 1:87 packs.

Brown Caramel border parallels are a blaster box exclusive. These are 1:9 blaster packs (1:76 for SP and 1:152 for SSP).

Another deck of OPC Playing Cards (1:5 hobby, Aces – 1:120) is included in the product.

Among the tough inserts in 2019-20 O-Pee-Chee Hockey are In Action (1:1,152 hobby), 2019 Stanley Cup Final Moments (1:360 hobby), and Retro High Series Cup Captain (1:4,608 hobby).

2019-20 O-Pee-Chee Hockey In Action

Manufactured Patch Cards

O-Pee-Chee Patches are back, but only in hobby packs. The vast majority of these revolve around year-end trophies and awards:

  • King Clancy Trophy – 1:937
  • Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy – 1:937
  • Presidents’ Trophy – 1:937
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy – 1:937
  • William M. Jennings Trophy – 1:937
  • Maurice Richard Trophy – 1:937
  • Ted Lindsay Award – 1:937
  • Art Ross Trophy – 1:937
  • Lady Bing Trophy – 1:1,312
  • Conn Smythe Trophy – 1:1,312
  • James Norris Memorial Trophy – 1:1,687
  • Calder Memorial Trophy – 1:1,687
  • Vezina Trophy – 1:1,687
  • Hart Memorial Trophy – 1:2,250
  • Stanley Cup Trophy – 1:1,875
  • O-Pee-Chee Logo Update – 1:1,125
  • Hall of Fame Logo – 1:2,250
  • Hall of Fame Logo SP – 1:18,750

2019-20 O-Pee-Chee Hockey cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 10, Retail – 8, Gravity Feed – 8, Blaster – 8, Fat Packs – 32
Packs per box: Hobby – 18, Retail – 36, Gravity Feed – 36, Blaster – 12, Fat Pack – 18
Boxes per case: Hobby – 16, Retail – 20, Gravity Feed – 6, Blaster – 20, Fat Packs – 6
Set size: 600 cards
Release date: September 4, 2019

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • O-Pee-Chee Caramels – 4
  • Playing Cards – 3
  • Gold Glossy Parallels – 1
  • Retro Black Border Parallels – 2
  • Blue Border Parallels – 6
  • Retro Parallels – 18

Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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