1980's OPC set again mirrors the American design, but the checklist and overall set focus differs notably. Topps led off with 6 “Highlight” cards that celebrated 3000-hit plateaus and a handful of record breakers. (Their #5 is Garry Templeton cracking 100 hits from each side of the plate for the first time.) OPC, on the other hand, went right into “normal” players. Craig Swan received #1 after his excellent 1979 campaign. Twins outfielder Ron Jackson bats fifth, a more glamorous (to me) position than Topps #18.
With 28 active teams, the set should include about 26 players each. Does OPC's Canadian roots mean a greater share for Toronto and Montreal than more geographically distant teams?
- Montreal Expos: 28 cards
- San Diego Padres: 26
- Texas Rangers: 29
- Toronto Blue Jays: 27
Value: Only superstars cost more than a quarter or so for cards from the 1980s.
Fakes / reprints: Haven't seen any OPC reprints in the market.