This week’s card is 2009 Upper Deck’s O-Pee-Chee #493. Issued in 2009 by Upper Deck under the Canadian brand name that followed Topps’ design for so many years. There is a black parallel of each 600 cards in the set. A black version is seeded at 1 in every 6 packs, a mini at 1 per 216 packs, and a Black Blank Back with an unknown seed rate. I haven’t come across a mini or a Black Blank Back as of yet.
The photography on these cards is outstanding. The colors used are simple yet very attractive. The card stock reminds me of the late 70s and very early 80s. It is, I think, one of the most attractive card sets I have come across since reentering the hobby a little over a year ago. If I were going to build a set 2009 O-Pee-Chee would be one. Funny thing is, my local Kmart had rack packs of this for $2 or so a year ago and I bought a few (who could resist at that price) and really enjoyed opening them. Alas no Yadis.
Let us get to the card. The front shows Yadi’s full torso with his catcher’s mask sitting on top of his head in a home uni . This is a great photo of him. There is a white outer border, then an inner yellow border. His name is in small script above the team name at the bottom with his position in a baseball in the left bottom corner just above the O-Pee-Chee logo. The design is really simple but not simplistic. Why can’t Topps pull off something like this as a base set?
Preparing for this posting I googled 2009 O-Pee-Chee and found out there is a Cardinals team card with Yadi’s floating head on the front. So, four more Yadis to locate.