Saturday, December 19, 2009
1980-81 O-Pee-Chee Hockey (Part 2.)
Recently I wrote about the 1980-81 O-Pee-Chee set, the first set I revisited from my childhood and seriously put together a high grade set. Shortly after that post Kevin Glew with PSA wrote a great article talking about the set and gave particular
stats about PSA graded cards from the set.
The article quotes one of the top vintage hockey card dealers in Canada, Gerry Chartrand, who says "The 80-81 OPC set is
probably the premier hockey set of the 80s".. "A lot of 80s sets only have one key rookie, this set has three.. Bourque, Messier and Gartner".
The article mentions (as I did!) that the Bourque Record Breaker (card #2) is difficult to find in top condition - there have only been 2 PSA 10s and five PSA 9s. The Gretzky record breaker is also reported to be very difficult. The article also mentions the tribute to the 1980 USA Olympic team which keeps the set in the minds of collectors south of the border.
The rookies from this set are in high demand with recent auction results yielding $1725 for a PSA 10 Messier and $1500 for a PSA 10 Bourque. A great article from PSA. The complete article can be found here.