2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Details

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For many that grew up appreciating hockey cards, there were few childhood moments more exciting than the arrival of the latest set and 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee is a great entry-level release that adult hobbyists can share with younger collectors and introduce them to the joys of collecting.

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Now heading into its 10th consecutive season of being produced by Upper Deck, O-Pee-Chee has been a hobby mainstay for decades and the tradition continues with some new twists in addition to many of qualities that have long made it a favorite of collectors everywhere.

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Over the past decade, O-Pee-Chee has been the home of the largest set in the hobby and it will once again weigh in at a hefty 600 cards. The last 100 cards are short prints and split between two established subsets – Marquee Legends(1:4) and Marquee Rookies (1:4). The latter will boast some excellent players that debuted after the NHLPA’s deadline for rookies to appear in 2014-15 products which includes Sam Bennett, Malcolm Subban and Kevin Fiala.

Upper Deck drew some inspiration from classic hockey cards in creating a Retro parallel version of each base card and they will be found in each pack and it is likely that a blank-backed parallel will return as well but will not be officially acknowledged until the product is released. Once again, there will also be slightly tougher Rainbow parallel (1:4) that has an eye-catching Black Border Rainbow edition that are limited to 100 copies each.

There is a new addition to the insert lineup for 2015-16 with the All-Star Glossy (1:8) set and those cards have Skills (1:100) and MVP (1:400) variants that will pose a challenge for player collectors. Upper Deck also continues last season’s V Series A with a “B” edition that evokes memories of the early sets O-Pee-Chee produced in the 1930s.

Some of the toughest cards to find in O-Pee-Chee packs are autographs and this time, the long-odds inserts will make up the OPC Signatures (2:case) and OPC Team Canada Signatures (1:case). Upper Deck’s long-standing Sport Royalty carries on here as well with randomly inserted on-card autographs that are traditionally from prominent players.

With the program of manufactured team logo patches ending last season, Upper Deck builds upon the successful concept with a 90-card collection that is split into different levels of scarcity. The most common to pull are the intriguing Base Variations (40 different, 1:147) which mimic this year’s cards that are complemented by 10 Rookies/Legends that are found once in every 900 packs. Furthering the excitement are 25 OPC Modern Brand Logos (1:540), 10 OPC Vintage Brand Logos (1:1,874) and five super-tough Mascots (1:4,685). All told, the patches are expected to be found four times in each case on average.

Finally, there will once again be a wrapper redemption program where collectors can send in a set amount of wrappers and they will receive a five-card pack containing five Red Bordered parallels plus a special OPC Mini Glossy card from a 42-card set that is a throwback to the ones produced in the late 1980s. Beckett Hockey will provide further details regarding this program once they are available.

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2 comments

  1. Paul Angilly 23 April, 2015 at 11:38

    I have every O-Pee-Chee hockey complete set going back to the 1975-76 season, so it’s something that I continue to buy every year to keep that streak going. Plus, I like to have at least one big base set for every season and with Score not around now, that leaves only OPC. But I must say, Upper Deck’s efforts with the brand in recent years have been disappointing at best. Some of the inserts have been cool – and the all-star glossy cards look like a nice, new addition – but the base set itself has been just flat-out horrible. I know it’s supposed to be retro, but the designs on the front have not been great and the card backs – yes, I look at card backs – have been awful, with just bare-bones stats, even for younger players. That’s a lot of wasted space on the backs of most cards. A short bio or career highlights would be a nice addition (like the original O-Pee-Chee cards had). Maybe even a retro-style cartoon. I’d love to be able to buy this set because I actually enjoy it, rather than just feeling obligated to to keep my collection going.

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