Sunday, December 9, 2012

Excusez mon ignorance s'il vous plaît

I recently added another O-Pee-Chee card to my Billy Williams collection.  It's his oldest OPC card,

from 1965.  This is also the first 1965 O-Pee-Chee card  I've ever seen.  The front is identical to the Topps version...


....(OPC on the left, Topps on the right).  That I already knew.  But then I flipped the card over, expecting to see some French and English...

...and it was all in English.  My first thought was that the seller messed up and sent me a Topps card instead of the OPC version.  I was thinking I'll have to go through the hassle of contacting the seller, send the card back, and wait for my OPC version to arrive.

Then I looked at the fine print on the bottom...

...Printed in Canada.  This is the OPC where is the French?

Like I said in the title, excuse my ignorance, please.  I just assumed that all O-Pee-Chee cards were bilingual.  And I assumed wrong.  A little research later, I now know that the first bilingual cards showed up in 1970, a result of a Canada's first Official Languages Act, passed in 1969.  But prior to that, the card backs were identical to the Topps' version, expect for a "Printed in Canada" line like the one on the '65 card.

I'm still in the market for Billy's 1968 O-Pee-Chee card.  When I do get one, I won't expect to see any French on the back, just an itty-bitty Printed in Canada.


  1. Huh, I didn't know that either. Learn something new every day!

  2. the 1969 set also has the opc logo on the back instead of the topps logo which makes it easier to spot.

    i need to make the 'not a variation' posts for 1965-1970 and 1973, 75, and 76 easier to find over at oh my o-pee-chee!

  3. I bought a 1990 Fleer Canadian card a few months ago, and was very disappointed that the only difference was the "printed in" line. I wouldn't have purchased it had I know that.

    JT, The Writer's Journey