Saturday, January 25, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 239: 1993 O-Pee-Chee - #147

Barry Larkin
Year:  1993
Brand:  O-Pee-Chee
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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