The Canadian candy company O-Pee-Chee, started by brothers John and Duncan

McDermid in 1911 produced its flagship set of trading cards in 1933. The first

two releases - possibly in 1933-34 and 1934-35, are the colorful issues often labelled as 1933-34 O-Pee-Chee Series A (V304A) and Series B (V304B).

The V304A set consists of 48 cards measuring 2-5/16" x 3-9/16" - most cards in the set are rookie cards (!!!), while V304B was a smaller release of 24 cards numbered consecutively from Series A, that is from numbers 49 through to 72. This numbering system is continued with the next two releases V304C and V304D released in 1935-1937. See a complete checklist at the bottom of this post.

Each card has 4 variations with differing background colors - the four possibilities are blue, green, red and orange. It is possible to collect the complete set in each of the 4 colors - a collecting task which is nearly impossible given the scarcity (and expense) of these cards.

PSA reports very low numbers of these cards have been graded and the number of high grade examples is very small, for example none of #3 Shore cards have graded above a PSA 6 EXMT condition.

Not surprisingly getting involved with this set can be difficult on the pocket book. None of the V304A singles currently listed on Ebay (there are only 30 or so) are listed for less than $100 each. However deals can be had - a near set of 43/48 recently sold in the November 2009 Legendary auction for $1442 plus buyer's premium and shipping. Till next time.

Checklist for V304A from hockeydb.com

1 Danny Cox

2 Joe Lamb

3 Eddie Shore

4 Ken Doraty

5 Lionel Hitchman

6 Nels Stewart

7 Percy "Perk" Galbraith

8 Aubrey "Dit" Clapper

9 Harry Oliver

10 Reginald "Red" Horner

11 Alex Levinsky

12 Joe Primeau

13 Irvine "Ace" Bailey

14 George Patterson

15 George Hainsworth

16 Ehrhardt "Ott" Heller

17 Art Somers

18 Lorne Chabot

19 Johnny Gagnon

20 Alfred "Pit" Lepine

21 Wildor Larochelle

22 Georges Mantha

23 Howie Morenz

24 Syd Howe

25 Frank Finnigan

26 Bill Touhey

27 Ralph "Cooney" Weiland

28 Leo Bourgeault

29 Norman Himes

30 John Sheppard

31 Francis "King" Clancy

32 Clarence "Happy" Day

33 Harvey "Busher" Jackson

34 Charlie Conacher

35 Harold "Baldy" Cotton

36 Melville "Butch" Keeling

37 Murray Murdoch

38 Bill Cook

39 Ivan "Ching" Johnson

40 Leighton "Happy" Emms

41 Bert McInenly

42 John Sorrell

43 Merlyn "Bill" Phillips

44 Charles "Rabbit" McVeigh

45 Roy Worters

46 Albert "Battleship" Leduc

47 Nick Wasnie

48 Armand Mondou

Why do you think every card in v304A is a rookie card? For example, King Clancy had cards issued as early as 1923 in V145-1.

ReplyDeleteHi Elliot - thanks for pointing that out - you are of course correct. I will fix the text.

ReplyDeleteany one looking for No 28 of this series.. leo bourgeault.

ReplyDeleteAny idea what a complete set of A and B would be worth. I am not a collector, but was given a set by a close friend. Recieved an offer by a dealer that was passing thru town, but don't know where to even go to have them appraised.

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