30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Big Hurt = Big Bargain

Either last year... or the year before, I started trying to track down a 1991 O-Pee-Chee Chipper Jones rookie card.  My hunt lasted a lot longer than I had expected.  Simply put... for a card issued during the heart of the Junk Wax Era, they weren't so easy to find.

Anyways... I eventually picked up a couple for my collection.  But then I started thinking... what about other early 90's O-Pee-Chee rookie cards

The first one that popped into my head was Frank Thomas from the 1990 O-Pee-Chee set.  As I expected, they are a lot less common than his American counterpart.

See for yourself:
Check Out My Cards: None Available
Beckett Market Place: 1 Available for $9 (shipping not included)
Sportlots: None Available
eBay: 3 Graded Copies ranging from $39.99 to $249.99
Just Commons: None Available 

I'm sure that O-Pee-Chee cranked up the printing presses, like everyone else back in that era.  But unless you live in Canada, it might be a little trickier for you to obtain one than you might expect.

Last week, I grabbed a pair of these on Just Commons (paid $1.80 each), along with the last one on Sportlots ($1.39).  Currently, Beckett has this card listed at $3.00.  But if it's anything like the O-Pee-Chee Chipper, there's a lot of room for growth.

Happy Friday and sayonara!


  1. Baseball OPC's in general seem to be relatively hard to find "south of the border"... I've been trying to pick up the 1977 OPC's which are different from their Topps counterparts, and it's been slow going.

    1. I can help you with that. Gcrl@comcastDOTnet

    2. I own only a handful of OPC's from the 70's. Maybe one day I'll start targeting those RC's too. Best of luck on that 77 set.

  2. I've always wanted one of the Thomas cards from 1990 Topps, OPC or not.

    1. You can find the Topps version on COMC for less than a buck. One of the best bargains in my opinion.