My self-subbed 1991-92 O-Pee-Chee hockey project
I appreciate seeing how everyone collects on these boards. In the spirit of jordangretzkyfan and mr.peanut I decided to put together a 1991-92 OPC set in gem condition during the first few months of COVID. Just getting graded cards back from PSA and inching towards having the top 40 in the set, but that is still a big challenge.
The set has only a handful of rookies, led by John LeClair and Tony Amonte, but it is more known for two Jaromir Jagr second year cards and eight Gretzky cards. It was the second last year in OPC's traditional wax pack format, and was also available in factory sets. There is a big Russian insert subset with Sergei Zubov's only 1991-92 card, which is only found in wax packs. The Zubov, being an OPC insert, is found on top of the pack, and is usually found dinged or covered in gum dust that has adhered to the card, and has gum indentations when you get towards the bottom of boxes.
These cards are 30 years old now, and cards coming out of packs are not easy to find in gem condition even if these cards are the epitome of junk wax. No doubt they are everywhere.
I have opened two wax cases and 4 unopened set cases (24 sets per case) to date. The centering is atrocious on most cards, and the factory sets are plagued with raised edges. I still haven't pulled a centered Fedorov, and the best I could do on one of Gretzky's highlights cards was an 8.
I've subbed a lot of these cards that came back as Gem 9's as I call them, but I've unloaded them and moved on as I'm only wanting 10's in my collection. I've another 55 ready for PSA but who knows when I will be able to continue with my project.
Pleased that a #321 Gretzky in PSA 10 went for $560 recently on eBay. It's on the left lower portion of one of the sheets and has major centering issues.