When I was shopping online last month, I wanted to make my funds stretch as far as they could. Certainly my card collection is far from complete and there were a few holes I wanted to start filling. Most collectors in my age and financial demographic probably have the early 90's nailed down to the extreme and then some sets here and there depending on interests etc.
Well I decided that I needed more vintage sets and I went and got myself a couple for under a 100 bucks total. I based my choices on the best value and substance in the sets. Then I thought it would make a good serial on my blog so I am going to share what I think are the top 5 Value sets from 1970-1989.
Number 5 on my list is the 89-90 OPC Set.
Why you ask? Here are some of the redeeming qualities:
Sets can be had for under the BV of 20 bucks
Great Hall of Fame players and rookies in the set
Design is simple and attractive
You can afford to build the set from packs if you wish (boxes of 36 packs under $40)
The OPC set also has some rookies that can't be found in the Topps version (Fleury, Corson, Tugnett etc.)
Here is what the front of the cards look like.
The back shows both season and playoff stats along with player vitals. Again like the front, the cards look clean and simple.
Without a doubt is the Joe Sakic RC.
The BV for the set is 10-20 dollars with the Sakic rookie listing at 5-12 dollars which is a significant percentage of the set.
Other notable cards:
There are plenty of other cool cards in the set including early career cards of Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, Brendan Shanahan, Adam Oates, Brett Hull etc.
Hull 2nd year card.
The set contains a fair number of Hall of Fame and star rookies (59 Rookie Cards in total). The rookies include Theo Fleury, Brian Leetch, Joe Sakic, Craig Janney, Derek King, Tony Granato, Ron Tugnutt just to name a few.
This set is no where near the greatest ever created but there are many intangibles which make this set a great value. The rookies, the stars, the design of the cards and the fact that they can all be yours for much less than a box of 11-12 Victory Hockey all suggest it is jam-packed with value.
I added this set to my collection in the early 90's. I probably bought 2 boxes with of 89-90 OPC and have two complete sets as a result. Certainly the smart way would be to pick up a set at a show or card shop to avoid those pesky shipping charges. Either way, it certainly can be had on the cheap and I think is a must for any hockey card collector.
Do you agree it is a good value? Let me know!