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1971 O-Pee-Chee

The 1971 O-Pee-Chee Baseball set consists of 752 cards. The 2-1/2" by 3-1/2" cards boast a large color photo of the player printed within a thin white frame surrounded by a black border that were especially susceptible to chipping and wear. The set mirrors Topps' American version though the cards from the Canadian addition weren't;t cut as precisely as the Topps issuance and card borders are often found frayed. O-Pee-Chee, like Topps, chose the black border area upon which to rest the player’s name, team and position, with a facsimile signature completing the front-side design. As with the Topps addition, the 1971 O-Pee-Chee backs display a black-and-white head shot of the player with his name, position, team, card number and short biographical paragraph as we as his previous year's and lifetime stats to-date. The O-Pee-Chee backs, however, are printed in yellow and black, rather than green, and posses the line "Printed in Canada" to help differentiate it even further. As usual, the backs are also printed in both French and English, except for cards #524-752 that only appear in English. The 1971 O-Pee-Chee set is far rarer than the Topps set from the same year and is anchored by such stars and future Hall of Famers as Hank Aaron, Sparky Anderson MGR, Luis Aparicio, Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Willie Mays, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver and Carl Yastrzemski as well as Rich Allen, Dusty Baker, Steve Garvey, Denny McLain, Thurman Munson, Boog Powell and Pete Rose. 

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