1973-1994 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Complete Set Run (24 Sets, 10,589 Cards)

Sold For: $5,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1399

Item Year: 1973

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Presented is an outstanding collection of twenty-four complete sets of O-Pee-Chee baseball cards spanning the years 1973 to 1994. O-Pee-Chee baseball cards were issued regionally only in Canada and are much rarer than their American counterparts. They are particularly rare to find in complete set form. Each set is loaded with all the great stars and Hall of Famers from three different decades.

1) 1973 Complete Set plus team checklists (684): 51% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (including a few Mint), 42% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 7% lesser (mostly due to centering). Checklists grade 29% Nr/Mt and 71% Ex to Ex-Mt. Keys: #1 All Time HR Ldrs (15/85 T/B, otherwise Vg-Ex+), 50 Clemente (Nr/Mt), 100 Aaron (20/80 L/R and T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 130 Rose (Nr/Mt-Mt), 174 Gossage RC (Nr/Mt+), 193 Fisk (20/80 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 220 Ryan (2/98 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 305 Mays (Nr/Mt-Mt), 350 Seaver (Nr/Mt-Mt), 614 Bumbry/Evans RC (80/20 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), and 615 Schmidt RC (0/100 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt).

2) 1974 Complete Set plus team checklists (684): 33% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 59% Ex to Ex-Mt (mostly due to centering), and 8% lesser (mostly due to centering). Checklists grade 25% Nr/Mt and 75% Ex to Ex-Mt. Keys: #1 Aaron (80/20 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), 20 Ryan (30/70 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt), 252 Parker RC (Ex-Mt), 283 Schmidt (Vg+), 300 Rose (20/80 T/B, otherwise Nr/Mt+), and 456 Winfield RC (Ex).

3) 1975 Complete Set (660): 46% Nr/Mt-Mt, 45% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, and 9% Vg-Ex to Ex. Keys: #1 Aaron HL (Vg-Ex), 5 Ryan HL (Nr/Mt-Mt), 61 Winfield (Nr/Mt+), 70 Schmidt (Nr/Mt), 223 Yount RC (tiny ding to right edge, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 228 Brett RC (Ex-Mt due solely to side edge dings), 320 Rose (Nr/Mt), 500 Ryan (Nr/Mt), 616 Rice RC (Nr/Mt), 620 Carter RC (Nr/Mt-Mt), 622 Lynn RC (Nr/Mt-Mt), 623 Hernandez RC (Nr/Mt-Mt), and 660 Aaron (85/15 L/R, otherwise Ex).

4) 1976 Complete Set (660): 18% Nr/Mt or better, 63% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 19% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few marked checklists that grade lesser). Keys: #1 Aaron RB (Vg), 19 Brett (Ex), 98 Eckersley RC (Vg+), 240 Rose (Ex), 316 Yount (80/20 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 330 Ryan (next card shows, otherwise Vg-Ex+), 345 Ruth ATAS (diamond cut, otherwise Ex), 550 Aaron (Ex), and 599 Guidry RC (Ex-Mt).

5) 1977 Complete Set (264): 57% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt and 43% Ex to Ex-Mt. Keys: #15 Eckersley (Nr/Mt), 65 Ryan (Nr/Mt), 170 Brett (85/15 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), 204 Yount (Nr/Mt-Mt), and 240 Rose (Nr/Mt-Mt).

6) 1978 Complete Set (242): 35% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 44% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 21% Vg to Vg-Ex (mostly due to centering). Keys: #100 Rose (0/100 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt), 105 Ryan (Nr/Mt-Mt), 154 Murray RC (Nr/Mt), and 215 Brett (0/100 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt).

7) 1979 Complete Set (374): 46% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt, 46% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 8% Vg to Vg-Ex (including a few lesser). Keys: #8 Molitor (Ex-Mt+), 52 Smith RC (Nr/Mt+), 51 Ryan (Ex+), 167 Brett (Nr/Mt-Mt+), 338 Murray (75/25 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt+), and 343 Rose (80/20 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt).

8) 1980 Complete Set (374): Condition is 62% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (including a few Mint) and 38% Ex to Ex-Mt (including fifteen lesser). Keys: #205 Smith (Nr/Mt), 235 Brett (Ex-Mt), 282 Rose (Nr/Mt-Mt), and 303 Ryan (ink bleed on reverse, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt+).

9) 1981 Complete Set (374): Condition is 55% Nr/Mt or better and 45% Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt (mostly due to centering and including a few lesser). Keys: #136 Raines RC (Nr/Mt), 240 Ryan (Nr/Mt), and 261 Henderson (diamond cut, otherwise Nr/Mt).

10) 1982 Complete Set (396): Condition is 79% Nr/Mt to Mint and 21% Ex to Ex-Mt (mostly due to centering). Keys: #90 Ryan (Mint) and 361 Rose (Mint).

11) 1983 Complete Set (396): Condition is 57% Nr/Mt or better and 43% Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt (including a few lesser). Keys: #83 Sandberg RC (Nr/Mt-Mt+), 143 Gwynn RC (Nr/Mt+), and 163 Ripken (Nr/Mt).

12) 1984 Complete Set (396): Condition is 90% Nr/Mt to Mint and 10% lesser. Keys: #8 Mattingly RC (35/65 T/B, otherwise Mint) and #182 Strawberry RC (70/30 L/R, otherwise Mint).

13) 1985 Complete Set (396): Condition is 90% Nr/Mt to Mint and 10% lesser. Keys: #10 Puckett RC (Nr/Mt-Mt+), 41 Gooden RC (30/70 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt-Mt), and 324 Mattingly (Nr/Mt+). 14) 1986 Complete Set (396): Condition is 95% Nr/Mt to Mint and 5% lesser. 15) 1987 Complete Set (396): Condition is 85% Nr/Mt to Mint and 15% lesser. 16) 1988 Complete Set (396): Condition is 80% Nr/Mt to Mint and 20% lesser. 17) 1989 Complete Set (396): Condition is 80% Nr/Mt to Mint and 20% lesser (mostly due to centering). 18) 1990 Complete Set (792): Condition is Nr/Mt to Mint, with a few lesser. 19) 1991 Complete Set (792): Condition is Nr/Mt-Mt to Mint, with a few lesser. 20) 1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier Complete Set (132): Condition is Nr/Mt to Mint, with a few lesser. 21) 1992 Complete Set (792): Condition is Nr/Mt to Mint, with a few lesser. 22) 1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier Complete Set (196): Condition is Nr/Mt-Mt to Mint, with a few lesser. 23) 1993 O-Pee-Chee Premier Complete Set Minus One (131/132): Missing #108. Condition is Nr/Mt-Mt to Mint, with a couple lesser. 24) 1994 O-Pee-Chee Premier Complete Set (270): Condition is Nr/Mt to Mint, with a few lesser. This is a very substantial and overall high-grade collection of complete sets (1993 set missing one card) from these very popular O-Pee-Chee issues! Total: 24 Sets, 10,589 cards.
Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+.


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