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1970 O-Pee-Chee Baseball

By Patrick Mondout

The 1970 OPC set was their biggest by far - nearly doubling the 1969 effort to 546 cards. This was still an abridgement of the '70 Topps set of 720. This was also the first year the cards were bilingual (French and English) on the back - a result of 1969 Canadian legislation requiring "linguistic equality." 

O-Pee-Chee (OPC) of Canada printed its first set of baseball cards in 1937, which predates Topps entry by more than a decade. It was their only set until 1965, when they reach an agreement to market their own printing of the first series of '65 Topps north of the border (the two companies had worked together on other products, such as the 1960 Baseball Tattoos).

Card collectors formed a love/hate relationship with OPC over the years. On the one hand, it was cool having alternate versions of the Topps cards with French on the back and some of the cards would later feature different photographs or updated teams. But O-Pee-Chee had serious quality control issues. First, good luck putting together a set with no off-centered cards. More importantly, you could hardly get through a wax box without finding cards that appear to have been cut with a chainsaw, with flaking pieces of the card next to it still hanging on.

It would take O-Pee-Chee another 20 years to really get their act together and become a major producer of cards, but many of us collected these "Old Chee-Pees" and loved them despite their flaws. 

Here's a checklist of 1970 O-Pee-Chee cards. A brief description of this set is here.

1 Mets Team
2 Diego Segui
3 Darrel Chaney
4 Tom Egan
5 Wes Parker
6 Grant Jackson
7 Indians Rookies (Gary Boyd, Russ Nagelson)
8 Jose Martinez
9 Checklist 1-132
10 Carl Yastrzemski
11 Nate Colbert
12 John Hiller
13 Jack Hiatt
14 Hank Allen
15 Larry Dierker
16 Charlie Metro (Manager)
17 Hoyt Wilhelm
18 Carlos May
19 John Boccabella
20 Dave McNally
21 A's Rookies (Vida Blue, Gene Tenace)
22 Ray Washburn
23 Bill Robinson
24 Dick Selma
25 Cesar Tovar
26 Tug McGraw
27 Chuck Hinton
28 Billy Wilson
29 Sandy Alomar
30 Matty Alou
31 Marty Pattin
32 Harry Walker (Manager)
33 Don Wert
34 Willie Crawford
35 Joel Horlen
36 Red Rookies (Danny Breeden, Bernie Carbo)
37 Dick Drago
38 Mack Jones
39 Mike Nagy
40 Richie Allen
41 George Lauzerique
42 Tito Fuentes
43 Jack Aker
44 Roberto Pena
45 Dave Johnson
46 Ken Rudolph
47 Bob Miller
48 Gil Garrido
49 Tim Cullen
50 Tommie Agee
51 Bob Christian
52 Bruce Dal Canton
53 John Kennedy
54 Jeff Torborg
55 John Odom
56 Phillies Rookies (Joe Lis, Scott Reid)
57 Pat Kelly
58 Dave Marshall
59 Dick Ellsworth
60 Jim Wynn
61 NL Batting (Bob Clemente, Cleon Jones, Pete Rose)
62 AL Batting (Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Reggie Smith)
63 NL RBI (Willie McCovey, Tony Perez, Ron Santo)
64 AL RBI (Reggie Jackson, Boog Powell, Harmon Killebrew)
65 NL HR (Hank Aaron, Lee May, Willie McCovey)
66 AL HR (Frank Howard, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew)
67 NL ERA (Steve Carlton, Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal)
68 AL ERA (Dick Bosman, Mike Cuellar, Jim Palmer)
69 NL Pitching (Ferguson Jenkins, Juan Marichal, Phil Niekro, Tom Seaver)
70 AL Pitching (Dave Boswell, Mike Cuellar, Denny McLain, Dave McNally, Jim Perry, Mel Stottlemyre)
71 NL Strikeouts (Bob Gibson, Ferguson Jenkins, Bill Singer)
72 AL Strikeouts (Mickey Lolich, Andy Messersmith, Sam McDowell)
73 Wayne Granger
74 Angels Rookies (Greg Washburn, Wally Wolf)
75 Jim Kaat
76 Carl Taylor
77 Frank Linzy
78 Joe Lahoud
79 Clay Kirby
80 Don Kessinger
81 Dave May
82 Frank Fernandez
83 Don Cardwell
84 Paul Casanova
85 Max Alvis
86 Lum Harris (Manager)
87 Steve Renko
88 Pilots Rookies (Miguel Fuentes, Dick Baney)
89 Juan Rios
90 Tim McCarver
91 Rich Morales
92 George Culver
93 Rick Renick
94 Fred Patek
95 Earl Wilson
96 Jerry Reuss
97 Joe Moeller
98 Gates Brown
99 Bobby Pfeil
100 Mel Stottlemyre
101 Bobby Floyd
102 Joe Rudi
103 Frank Reberger
104 Gerry Moses
105 Tony Gonzalez
106 Darold Knowles
107 Bobby Etheridge
108 Tom Burgmeier
109 Expos Rookies (Garry Jestadt, Carl Morton)
110 Bob Moose
111 Mike Hegan
112 Dave Nelson
113 Jim Ray
114 Gene Michael
115 Alex Johnson
116 Sparky Lyle
117 Don Young
118 George Mitterwald
119 Chuck Taylor
120 Sal Bando
121 Orioles Rookies (Fred Beene, Terry Crowley)
122 George Stone
123 Don Gutteridge (Manager)
124 Larry Jaster
125 Deron Johnson
126 Marty Martinez
127 Joe Coleman
128 Checklist 133-263
129 Jimmie Price
130 Ollie Brown
131 Dodgers Rookies (Ray Lamb, Bob Stinson)
132 Jim McGlothlin
133 Clay Carroll
134 Danny Walton
135 Dick Dietz
136 Steve Hargan
137 Art Shamsky
138 Joe Foy
139 Rich Nye
140 Reggie Jackson
141 Pirates Rookies (Dave Cash, Johnny Jeter)
142 Fritz Peterson
143 Phil Gagliano
144 Ray Culp
145 Rico Carty
146 Danny Murphy
147 Angel Hermoso
148 Earl Weaver (Manager)
149 Billy Champion
150 Harmon Killebrew
151 Dave Roberts
152 Ike Brown
153 Gary Gentry
154 Senators Rookies (Jim Miles, Jan Dukes)
155 Denis Menke
156 Eddie Fisher
157 Manny Mota
158 Jerry McNertney
159 Tommy Helms
160 Phil Niekro
161 Richie Scheinblum
162 Jerry Johnson
163 Syd O'Brien
164 Ty Cline
165 Ed Kirkpatrick
166 Al Oliver
167 Bill Burbach
168 Dave Watkins
169 Tom Hall
170 Billy Williams
171 Jim Nash
172 Ralph Garr
173 Jim Hicks
174 Ted Sizemore
175 Dick Bosman
176 Jim Ray Hart
177 Jim Northrup
178 Denny LeMaster
179 Ivan Murrell
180 Tommy John
181 Sparky Anderson (Manager)
182 Dick Hall
183 Jerry Grote
184 Ray Fosse
185 Don Mincher
186 Rick Joseph
187 Mike Hedlund
188 Manny Sanguillen
189 Thurman Munson
190 Joe Torre
191 Vicente Romo
192 Jim Qualls
193 Mike Wegener
194 Chuck Manuel
195 NLCS Game 1
196 NLCS Game 2
197 NLCS Game 3
198 NLCS Summary: Mets Celebrate
199 ALCS Game 1
200 ALCS Game 2
201 ALCS Game 3
202 ALCS Summary: Orioles Celebrate
203 Rudy May
204 Len Gabrielson
205 Bert Campaneris
206 Clete Boyer
207 Tigers Rookies (Norman McRae, Bob Reed)
208 Fred Gladding
209 Ken Suarez
210 Juan Marichal
211 Ted Williams (Manager)
212 Al Santorini
213 Andy Etchebarren
214 Ken Boswell
215 Reggie Smith
216 Chuck Hartenstein
217 Ron Hansen
218 Ron Stone
219 Jerry Kenney
220 Steve Carlton
221 Ron Brand
222 Jim Rooker
223 Nate Oliver
224 Steve Barber
225 Lee May
226 Ron Perranoski
227 John Mayberry
228 Aurelio Rodriguez
229 Rich Robertson
230 Brooks Robinson
231 Luis Tiant
232 Bob Didier
233 Lew Krausse
234 Tommy Dean
235 Mike Epstein
236 Bob Veale
237 Russ Gibson
238 Jose Laboy
239 Ken Berry
240 Fergie Jenkins
241 Royals Rookies (Al Fitzmorris, Scott Northey)
242 Walt Alston (Manager)
243 Joe Sparma
244 Checklist 264-372
245 Leo Cardenas
246 Jim McAndrew
247 Lou Klimchock
248 Jesus Alou
249 Bob Locker
250 Willie McCovey
251 Dick Schofield
252 Lowell Palmer
253 Ron Woods
254 Camilo Pascual
255 Jim Spencer
256 Vic Davalillo
257 Dennis Higgins
258 Paul Popovich
259 Tommie Reynolds
260 Claude Osteen
261 Curt Motton
262 Twins Rookies (Jerry Morales, Jim Williams)
263 Duane Josephson
264 Rich Hebner
265 Randy Hundley
266 Wally Bunker
267 Twins Rookies (Herman Hill, Paul Ratliff)
268 Claude Raymond
269 Cesar Gutierrez
270 Chris Short
271 Greg Goossen
272 Hector Torres
273 Ralph Houk (Manager)
274 Gerry Arrigo
275 Duke Sims
276 Ron Hunt
277 Paul Doyle
278 Tommie Aaron
279 Bill Lee
280 Donn Clendenon
281 Casey Cox
282 Steve Huntz
283 Angel Bravo
284 Jack Baldschun
285 Paul Blair
286 Bill Buckner
287 Fred Talbot
288 Larry Hisle
289 Gene Brabender
290 Rod Carew
291 Leo Durocher (Manager)
292 Eddie Leon
293 Bob Bailey
294 Jose Azcue
295 Cecil Upshaw
296 Woody Woodward
297 Curt Blefary
298 Ken Henderson
299 Buddy Bradford
300 Tom Seaver
301 Chico Salmon
302 Jeff James
303 Brant Alyea
304 Bill Russell
305 World Series Game 1
306 World Series Game 2
307 World Series Game 3
308 World Series Game 4
309 World Series Game 5
310 World Series: Mets Celebrate
311 Dick Green
312 Mike Torrez
313 Mayo Smith (Manager)
314 Bill McCool
315 Luis Aparicio
316 Skip Guinn
317 Red Sox Rookies (Billy Conigliaro, Luis Alvarado)
318 Willie Smith
319 Clay Dalrymple
320 Jim Maloney
321 Lou Piniella
322 Luke Walker
323 Wayne Comer
324 Tony Taylor
325 Dave Boswell
326 Bill Voss
327 Hal King
328 George Brunet
329 Chris Cannizzaro
330 Lou Brock
331 Chuck Dobson
332 Bobby Wine
333 Bobby Murcer
334 Phil Regan
335 Bill Freehan
336 Del Unser
337 Mike McCormick
338 Paul Schaal
339 Johnny Edwards
340 Tony Conigliaro
341 Bill Sudakis
342 Wilbur Wood
343 Checklist 373-459
344 Marcelino Lopez
345 Al Ferrara
346 Red Schoendienst (Manager)
347 Russ Snyder
348 Mets Rookies (Mike Jorgensen, Jesse Hudson)
349 Steve Hamilton
350 Roberto Clemente
351 Tom Murphy
352 Bob Barton
353 Stan Williams
354 Amos Otis
355 Doug Rader
356 Fred Lasher
357 Bob Burda
358 Pedro Borbon
359 Phil Roof
360 Curt Flood
361 Ray Jarvis
362 Joe Hague
363 Tom Shopay
364 Dan McGinn
365 Zoilo Versalles
366 Barry Moore
367 Mike Lum
368 Ed Herrmann
369 Alan Foster
370 Tommy Harper
371 Rod Gaspar
372 Dave Giusti
373 Roy White
374 Tommie Sisk
375 Johnny Callison
376 Lefty Phillips (Manager)
377 Bill Butler
378 Jim Davenport
379 Tom Tischinski
380 Tony Perez
381 Athletics Rookies (Bobby Brooks, Mike Olivo)
382 Jack DiLauro
383 Mickey Stanley
384 Gary Neibauer
385 George Scott
386 Bill Dillman
387 Orioles Team
388 Byron Browne
389 Jim Shellenback
390 Willie Davis
391 Larry Brown
392 Walt Hriniak
393 John Gelnar
394 Gil Hodges (Manager)
395 Walt Williams
396 Steve Blass
397 Roger Repoz
398 Bill Stoneman
399 Yankees Team
400 Denny McLain
401 Giants Rookies (John Harrell, Bernie Williams)
402 Ellie Rodriguez
403 Jim Bunning
404 Rich Reese
405 Bill Hands
406 Mike Andrews
407 Bob Watson
408 Paul Lindblad
409 Bob Tolan
410 Boog Powell
411 Dodgers Team
412 Larry Burchart
413 Sonny Jackson
414 Paul Edmondson
415 Julian Javier
416 Joe Verbanic
417 John Bateman
418 John Donaldson
419 Ron Taylor
420 Ken McMullen
421 Pat Dobson
422 Royals Team
423 Jerry May
424 Mike Kilkenny
425 Bobby Bonds
426 Bill Rigney (Manager)
427 Fred Norman
428 Don Buford
429 Cubs Rookies (Randy Bobb, Jim Cosman)
430 Andy Messersmith
431 Ron Swoboda
432 Checklist 460-546
433 Ron Bryant
434 Felipe Alou
435 Nelson Briles
436 Phillies Team
437 Danny Cater
438 Pat Jarvis
439 Lee Maye
440 Bill Mazeroski
441 John O'Donoghue
442 Gene Mauch (Manager)
443 Al Jackson
444 White Sox Rookies (Billy Farmer, John Matias)
445 Vada Pinson
446 Billy Grabarkewitz
447 Lee Stange
448 Astros Team
449 Jim Palmer
450 Willie McCovey All-Star
451 Boog Powell All-Star
452 Felix Millan All-Star
453 Rod Carew All-Star
454 Ron Santo All-Star
455 Brooks Robinson All-Star
456 Don Kessinger All-Star
457 Rico Petrocelli All-Star
458 Pete Rose All-Star
459 Reggie Jackson All-Star
460 Matty Alou All-Star
461 Carl Yastrzemski All-Star
462 Hank Aaron All-Star
463 Frank Robinson All-Star
464 Johnny Bench All-Star
465 Bill Freehan All-Star
466 Juan Marichal All-Star
467 Denny McLain All-Star
468 Jerry Koosman All-Star
469 Sam McDowell All-Star
470 Willie Stargell
471 Chris Zachary
472 Braves Team
473 Don Bryant
474 Dick Kelley
475 Dick McAuliffe
476 Don Shaw
477 Orioles Rookies (Al Severinsen, Roger Freed)
478 Bob Heise
479 Dick Woodson
480 Glenn Beckert
481 Jose Tartabull
482 Tom Hilgendorf
483 Gail Hopkins
484 Gary Nolan
485 Jay Johnstone
486 Terry Harmon
487 Cisco Carlos
488 J.C. Martin
489 Eddie Kasko (Manager)
490 Bill Singer
491 Graig Nettles
492 Astros Rookies (Keith Lampard, Scipio Spinks)
493 Lindy McDaniel
494 Larry Stahl
495 Dave Morehead
496 Steve Whitaker
497 Eddie Watt
498 Al Weis
499 Skip Lockwood
500 Hank Aaron
501 White Sox Team
502 Rollie Fingers
503 Dal Maxvill
504 Don Pavletich
505 Ken Holtzman
506 Ed Stroud
507 Pat Corrales
508 Joe Niekro
509 Expos Team
510 Tony Oliva
511 Joe Hoerner
512 Billy Harris
513 Preston Gomez (Manager)
514 Steve Hovley
515 Don Wilson
516 Yankees Rookies (John 'Doc' Ellis, Jim Lyttle)
517 Joe Gibbon
518 Bill Melton
519 Don McMahon
520 Willie Horton
521 Cal Koonce
522 Angels Team
523 Jose Pena
524 Alvin Dark (Manager)
525 Jerry Adair
526 Ron Herbel
527 Don Bosch
528 Elrod Hendricks
529 Bob Aspromonte
530 Bob Gibson
531 Ron Clark
532 Danny Murtaugh (Manager)
533 Buzz Stephen
534 Twins Team
535 Andy Kosco
536 Mike Kekich
537 Joe Morgan
538 Bob Humphreys
539 Larry Bowa
540 Gary Peters
541 Bill Heath
542 Checklist 547-633
543 Clyde Wright
544 Reds Team
545 Ken Harrelson
546 Ron Reed
 

 

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1970 O-PEE-CHEE BASEBALL

Year: 1970

Manufacturer: O-Pee-Chee

# of Cards: 546 (Checklist)

Value/Price: Check eBay (see links below)

Size: 2 x 3

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