Card number: 147
Growing up, I always thought O-Pee-Chee was nothing more than Canadian Topps. In the case of 1993 O-Pee-Chee, that thought is most definitely incorrect. In fact, I would say that the O-Pee-Chee base set is much, much nicer than Topps' standard issue that year. After doing a bit of internet sleuthing, I can now report that 1993 was the first year where the flagship Topps and the flagship O-Pee-Chee sets differed completely in terms of design and most player selections. Luckily for Barry Larkin collectors, 'ol #11 was included in the Blue Jays & Expos heavy O-Pee-Chee set despite many other players from "Canada's Mexico" not making the cut in the bilingual set.
In terms of card design, I like it. The front is simple, but everything is easy to read. The back includes a brief bio (written in both English and French) plus full career statistics (with a team logo in the background which I always like). Good stuff for sure - and great addition from the end of the famous "junk wax" era of baseball cards!
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