I got my first hobby box of the 2017 season, one that I am familiar with in the new 2017/2018 box of O-Pee-Chee hockey card set. As with all the sets that I buy, I won’t go too in depth with the product review but have a point of view of what I feel is important to the autograph collector. For product information and full set checklists, visit cardboard connection:
I really like the checklist that OPC continually puts out as it gives us hobbyists cards that have some of the lesser known players. Players that are third / fourth liners / fringe AHL players are likely to sign and this set gives us a fighting chance! Considering that there are about 550 hockey base cards produced, I had hoped that I got players that I haven’t had cards for, which was true in this case. I got cards for players like Auston Matthews, Brock Boeser, Alex Tuch and Jack Eichel whom I’m hoping will get me returned successes.
One thing that lacks from the base set is the likelihood to get a card from either a former player (not including a Wayne Gretzky or a Mark Messier type player) or from any sort of female player.
From previous sets that I’ve bought, I know that the prep work required to get a card signed from the base set of this product is extremely minimal. While there are alternative, parallel sets which make it less desirable to get autographed such as the mini cards set (too small for an autograph) or the rainbow foil card set (which requires significant prep work) the base sets are ideal. See below for my tests:
Blue / Black Sharpie with no prep
I have to say I’m not a big fan of the retro and regular looks of the base set for this product. I have had some really nice looking cards in the past where there was a spot that a player would more likely sign (ie. some sort of blank space) but I’d purely purchase this product for the vast amount of players being offered. With these cards, you’re more than likely to have a player sign wherever they see fit.
Overall, I really like this product and would likely recommend it to hobbyists looking to get product to send through the mail. It’s cost effective and that can go a long way to buying maybe one or two boxes to get as many of the cards from this checklist as possible.
You can find the product here on Amazon Canada: 2017-18 O PEE CHEE HOCKEY HOBBY BOX SEALED ENGLISH 32 PACKS
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