Rare glossy cards appear in 2013-14 O-Pee-Chee hockey

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

O-Pee-Chee hockey hit the market last week with long-awaited Rookies Cards in base and parallel form. But collectors quickly noticed something not on the initial checklist.

Rare Glossy cards appeared in OPC. However, Upper Deck did include them in the final checklist. These Glossy cards are tough to pull, not even one per case. Even regular autographs seem to be easier to get than these cards with facsimile autos on them.

Upper Deck did something similar last year with Black & White cards. Those fell at a rate of 1 in 960 cards in hobby boxes and sold for good amount of money right out of the gate.

Based on the information on the back of the Glossy cards, there are 60 cards on the checklist.

Fewer than 50 of these cards have appeared on eBay already a week after the release.

Steven Stamkos sold for $50
Evgeni Malkin sold for $43.42
Miikka Kiprusoff sold for $59.99
Milan Lucic sold for $49.95

There are several high profile names currently on eBay:
Nazem Kadri (very popular in Toronto)
Nail Yakupov
Chris Kreider
Tyler Seguin
Alex Ovechkin

What do you think about these inclusions in O-Pee-Chee? OPC is a product more for set builders and those looking for low-end Rookie Cards. But every once in a while you can get a valuable card.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. JB
    Posted August 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Did you mean to say that Upper Deck did NOT include them in the final checklist? I pulled 1 glossy out of the 1st case I opened. Also got 4 autographs. 2 regular, 1 Team Canada and a Bobby Orr Sport Royalty. Also noticed that Retro Rookie Cards were only put in 2 of the 12 boxes I opened. Strange thing is I bought a blaster box of this product at Wal Mart and every single pack had a retro rookie card in it. No regular rookie cards though.

  2. Posted August 15, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    While OPC gets billed as the “set collectors” set, it isn’t without it’s surprises and potential for big pulls. The fact that they have always made the autos pretty scarce and the tiering of the memorabilia cards have always made for an interesting box/case break. Just look at some of the prices coming off last years Team Logo Patch cards. The Winnipeg Jets logo has sold numerous times for over $100 (and it’s not even a real patch!).

    I think Upper Deck tries to use OPC to appeal to every type of collector and while most of the set collector’s out there aren’t going to try to build a master set of this product, it is still one of the best, most challenging base and retro parallel sets to put together every year.

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