Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Can you spot the difference?

Before you think I'm reposting the '85 Topps card, take a closer look... can you see the difference?

Other than the one on the right being even more off-center than its look-a-like on the left, check out the logos in the upper left corners. The card on the right is 1985 O-Pee-Chee, #126.

For those not in the know, O-Pee-Chee is a Canadian company that had a deal with Topps enabling them to print and distribute Topps products in Canada. Though the company had been around since the early 1930's, the deal with Topps began in the mid-60's.

The only difference on the front is the corner logo; things get crazy on the back.

Ever wonder how to say "Complete Major and Minor League Record" in French? Easy: Fiche complete dans les majeures et les mineures. O-Pee-Chee helped card collectors everywhere learn the French language by providing translations under the English sentences!

So the next time you're lost in the heart of Paris, and you meet a Frenchman in a Strawberry jersey, walk right up to him and say, "Ses freres Michael et Ronnie ont joue au baseball!" The two of you will soon be lost in conversation about Darryl's ball playing brothers.

At some point it'd surely be helpful to know how to ask who hit the first grand slam in an All-Star game in 1983 in French, and once again O-Pee-Chee would come to the rescue, because that translation is on the card back, too.

Wondering how to translate "Baseball Trivia Quiz"? Sorry, you'll have to search elsewhere. O-Pee-Chee oddly omits this nugget.

I own seven of these cards.


--David said...

Is it a coincidence that the OPC card actually LOOKS better than the Topps??

Joe said...

The colors are MUCH better on the O-Pee-Chees... the centering, not so much! I have a couple copies where the Mets logo is cut off on the bottom right corner!!

Jeffrey FX said...

Is O-Pee-Chee still making cards? I have Darryl's '84, '86, and '87 which also mimic Topps' design. But then I have one from '91 that is an O-Pee-Chee original design. I need to investigate beefing up this brand in my collection ;) said...

This cannot have effect in actual fact, that's what I consider.