2009 Upper Deck 1975 O-Pee-Chee

Set Type: Insert
Parallel: Minis
Card dimensions: 2½” x 3½”
Additional Information: Inserted in packs of the first series of 2009 Upper Deck. The design of the cards is loosely based on the 1975 O-Pee-Chee cards, which were really the same design as 1975 Topps (as were all O-Pee-Chee sets from the ’60s through the mid ’90s). The mini parallels measure the same size the 1975 Topps Mini test issue, 2¼” x 3⅛”. It should be noted, however, that the 1975 O-Pee-Chee set was never printed in the mini format. Beckett simply lists the set as “2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee.”

Chase Utley
Jimmy Rollins
Ryan Howard

4 responses to “2009 Upper Deck 1975 O-Pee-Chee

  1. Seeing these cards reminds me how sad it makes me that Upper Deck lost their MLB license. Not that blatantly ripping off Topps has anything to do with it… lol

    • By 2009, Upper Deck had enough of its own “heritage” to not steal from Topps designs. Although the design of this insert set is derivative enough to be outright theft, I just don’t understand why UD felt the need to do this.

  2. Interesting how Topps licensed its designs to OPC, then, years later, Topps’s rival Upper Deck acquired (I suppose) OPC, and their contract rights. I wonder what sort of assignment rights the Topps-OPC contracts in the 1960s and 1970s had in them. I’m sure no one anticipated that 30-40 years later, a Topps competitor would dip into the vault to revive the designs.

    Heck, back then Topps probably didn’t even anticipate it would have a competitor!

    • Given that UD was forced to change the front design of its 1977 O-Pee-Chee inserts from the second series (although, interestingly, they didn’t change the backs), I can see that their legal team was wrong about their ability to reuse Topps/O-Pee-Chee designs from the mid ’70s. As I already mentioned in my reply to Topher, I just don’t see why UD felt the need to do this. By 2009, they had 20 years of their own history to recycle.

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