i caught myself by surprise a couple of years ago when i realized that i had a complete dodger team set of 1970 o-pee-chee cards. i am not really sure how that happened, but it did. one day i was cross checking lists with my early 70's dodger binder and there they were - all the gray bordered dodger goodness that o-pee-chee bothered to issue. helped, of course, by the fact that there are six fewer dodgers in the o-pee-chee set than the topps - no canadian versions of jim lefebvre, maury wills, tom haller, don sutton, jim brewer or al mcbean.
i didn't have the same luck with 1971 o-pee-chee at the time, but i did pick up a large lot of dodger cards from the set a year or so ago, plus a few of the high numbers here and there since then to help me get closer to knocking another team set off the want list.
i'll show the lower numbered cards first...
everytime i see a '71 osteen, i wonder what the heck is going on in the background. here's the back of osteen's card - it's yellow, but of course you already knew that because you followed along as i posted all about o-pee-chee over at oh my o-pee-chee, right?timeless teams is floundering.
here's sandy vance
the 'lesser' sandy, if you will
it's worth noting that on these cards, the french text comes first.dodger double dipper, by the way.
good to see the holman stadium seats in the background there. jerry stephenson is hanging out, too, but i don't know who the seated dodger is.
it's too bad that grabarkewitz and mark grudzielanek played three decades apart. harry caray wouldn't have known what to do if they were involved in a double play turn.
yankee stadium on a dodger card? yes, thanks to the power of the o-pee-chee team variation!
nice to read that he was a yankee killer, too.
another team (and text) variation, which features a first year brewers uniform.
downing would go on to have the best season of his career in 1971.
bob valentine/mike strahler
both guys had some big league stats prior to 1971, but topps still went with the minor league numbers on the back.
valentine and strahler (and grabarkewitz and singer as well) would be traded to the angels after the 1972 season with frank robinson in exchange for andy messersmith and ken mcmullen.
andy kosco was the player traded to the brewers for al downing, but his card came in a later series, so topps already had him as a brewer with a magic hat thus eliminating the need for an o-pee-chee variation.
his second stint with the dodgers when this card was issued
singer's no hitter gets mentioned again, as does sandy koufax, as torborg was the catcher for sandy's perfect game as well as singer's masterpiece. he later caught nolan ryan's first no hitter.
i'll show the rest of my 1971 o-pee-chee dodgers in a post later on today...