Last Friday I stopped at the local WalMart to get me some of the O-Pee-Chee cards I've been seeing on the blogs. I bought 2 $20 blaster boxes. With 90 cards in the box, the price isn't too bad. The cards are printed on gray stock with no gloss. Here's what I got.First card out of the first pack is a Philly, catcher Chris Coste. The cards feature a mix of posed photos, like this one, and action shots. The cards are not a copy of some past O-Pee-Chee set which had been rumored but actually look more like 1976 Topps cards. As such, they could have just as easily called this set Upper Deck Vintage (remember them?). I don't know about others but I wouldn't be more inclined to buy these just because they are called O-Pee-Chee. I like the design and I rather like the retro cards but it seems like this year there are more retro cards than not.
There is one black-bordered parallel card in each pack. These look pretty good.
First subset card, a team checklist. These are numbered as part of the regular set and feature a shot like this of the team's stadium.
The first insert card, called "The Award Show". There are 20 cards in the set. I got two of them, one per box. I think this card is a bit busy. Jimmy really gets lost in the card design and the background.
Another subset, called Moments. This one is during the 2008 All-Star game. Zambrano blanked the AL in the 3rd and 4th inning. I'm not sure why this is called a "Moment". The game went on for 15 innings and Carlos had nothing to do with the decision.
Some of the cards are in horizontal format. I only show this one because this particular pose is my least favorite baseball card pose. I've got 4 or 5 from the set with similar poses.
Another subset called Leaders.
4 packs in and finally a player I collect (not counting the two Phillies).
The last subset. The Rookie banner is added with the horrible Rookie Card logo.
A black bordered team checklist card. I think they overuse the color purple on these cards.
Finally, 6 packs in, a star card. My only real complaint about these two boxes is the lack of star players. Chipper is the biggest star I got on a base card. No Jeter, A Rod, Howard, or Pujols.
But I did get a few Carlos Zambrano cards, including this card from the "Face of the Franchise" insert set. This is a 30-card set. One face per team, I guess. This was in pack 7 of the first box.
Stayed tuned tomorrow for the rest of the first box and the second box.