1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Cards

1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Cards

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In many ways, the 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey set represents a changing of the guard in the NHL. While it contains the 396 cards its predecessors had, it departed from the standard white-bordered design that appeared on recent sets. While the set is best-known for having the Wayne Gretzky rookie card, it is also the set that marked the final appearance of many of hockey's legends. Some of these players were active all the way back to the 1950s. Also, four new teams were added to the league after the collapse of the rival World Hockey Association.

The player's photos on the fronts are either posed or game-action shots. A team logo appears in the bottom right, which is surrounded by a solid-colored banner that runs up the right side and opens up above the photo to include the team name. The player's name and position appear above the team name. The card is surrounded by a blue border. The backs feature a design that looks like a skate. In the upper right but outside of the skate is a cartoon about the player. The card number is in the upper left, and the player's vital stats appear in the top area of the skate. A shortened year/life statistic line appears in the middle, followed by a short sentence in English and French. The player's name, team and position appear in the skate's blade area at the bottom.
All-Star players have a banner added along the bottom of their base cards to signify the honor. The first eight cards in 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey feature the NHL's leaders in various categories from the previous season. Card 83 recaps the most recent Stanley Cup finals, and record breakers are honored on cards 161 through 165. Team cards run from cards 244 through 261, including one that shows the Nordiques, one of four teams that were absorbed from the WHL. The other three teams (the Oilers, Jets and Whalers) are scattered through the set. There are also three checklist cards in 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey.

Several retiring stars are featured for the last time in 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey. These include Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Ken Dryden. The key card in the set is the rookie card of Wayne Gretzky, which accounts for a large chunk of the entire set's value. It has also been widely reprinted, so collectors should be careful of counterfeits. For higher condition Wayne Gretzky rookies, professionally graded cards may be the safest option. Other notable rookie cards feature Barry Melrose, Bobby Smith, Charlie Simmer and John Tonelli.

Key 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Cards:

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★★2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro Rainbow CHRIS STEWART RC 66 100 1979-80 Avalanche
$17.81
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1979-80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky RC near mint BV $800
$700.00
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1979-80 O-PEE-CHEE WINNIPEG JETS LOGO CL OPC CHECKLIST #81
$14.99
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WINNIPEG JETS LOGO 1979-80 O-PEE-CHEE #81 TEAM CHECKLIST
$7.00
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ST.LOUIS BLUES 1979-80 O-PEE-CHEE TEAM SET *BRIAN SUTTER BERNIE FEDERKO ED KEA*
$6.95
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro #671 Evgeni Malkin
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #728 Wade Belak 047 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #434 Ales Kotalik 023 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro #798 Luke Schenn Rookie Parallel
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #631 Keith Ballard Panthers 033 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #730 Matt Greene 024 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #103 Dainius Zubrus 092 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #736 Mike Comrie 035 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #680 Brad Wichester 064 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #179 Martin Skoula 071 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #683 Ryan Malone 084 100
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Set Checklist

1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Cards Set Checklist

396 cards.

1 Guy Lafleur Goal Leaders
2 Bob MacMillan Assist Leaders
3 Guy Lafleur Scoring Leaders
4 Dave Schultz Penalty Minute Leaders
5 Paul Gardner Power Play Goal Leaders
6 Bernie Parent Goal Against Avg. Leaders
7 Ted Bulley Game Winning Goal Leaders
8 Bernie Parent Shutout Leaders
9 Greg Malone
10 Rick Middleton
11 Greg Smith
12 Rene Robert
13 Doug Risebrough
14 Bob Kelly
15 Walt Tkaczuk
16 John Marks
17 Willie Huber RC
18 Wayne Gretzky RC
19 Ron Sedlbauer
20 Glenn "Chico" Resch Second Team All-Star
21 Blair Chapman
22 Ron Zanussi
23 Brad Park
24 Yvon Lambert
25 Andre Savard
26 Jim Watson
27 Harold Phillipoff RC
28 Dan Bouchard
29 Bob Sirois
30 Ulf Nilsson
31 Mike Murphy
32 Stefan Persson
33 Garry Unger
34 Rejean Houle
35 Barry Beck
36 Tim Young
37 Rick Dudley
38 Wayne Stephenson
39 Peter McNab
40 Borje Salming Second Team All-Star
41 Tom Lysiak
42 Don Maloney RC
43 Mike Rogers
44 Dave Lewis
45 Peter Lee
46 Marty Howe
47 Serge Bernier
48 Paul Woods
49 Bob Sauve
50 Larry Robinson First Team All-Star
51 Tom Gorence RC
52 Gary Sargent
53 Thomas Gradin RC
54 Dean Talafous
55 Bob Murray
56 Bob Bourne
57 Larry Patey
58 Ross Lonsberry
59 Rick Smith
60 Guy Chouinard
61 Danny Gare
62 Jim Bedard
63 Dale McCourt
64 Steve Payne RC
65 Pat Hughes RC
66 Mike McEwen
67 Reg Kerr RC
68 Walt McKechnie
69 Michel Plasse
70 Denis Potvin First Team All-Star
71 Dave Dryden
72 Gary McAdam
73 Andre St. Laurent
74 Jerry Korab
75 Rick MacLeish
76 Dennis Kearns
77 Jean Pronovost
78 Ron Greschner
79 Wayne Cashman
80 Tony Esposito
81 Emblem Jets Team Checklist
82 Emblem Oilers Team Checklist
83 Canadiens Over Rangers Stanley Cup
84 Brian Sutter
85 Gerry Cheevers
86 Pat Hickey
87 Mike Kaszycki
88 Grant Mulvey
89 Derek Smith
90 Steve Shutt
91 Robert Picard
92 Dan Labraaten
93 Glen Sharpley
94 Denis Herron
95 Reggie Leach
96 John Van Boxmeer
97 Dave "Tiger" Williams
98 Robert "Butch" Goring
99 Don Marcotte
100 Bryan Trottier First Team All-Star
101 Serge Savard Second Team All-Star
102 Cliff Koroll
103 Gary Smith
104 Al MacAdam
105 Don Edwards
106 Errol Thompson
107 Andre Lacroix
108 Marc Tardif
109 Rick Kehoe
110 John Davidson
111 Behn Wilson RC
112 Doug Jarvis
113 Tom Rowe RC
114 Mike Milbury
115 Billy Harris
116 Greg Fox RC
117 Curt Fraser RC
118 Jean-Paul Parise
119 Ric Seiling
120 Darryl Sittler
121 Rick Lapointe
122 Jim Rutherford
123 Mario Tremblay
124 Randy Carlyle
125 Bobby Clarke
126 Wayne Thomas
127 Ivan Boldirev
128 Ted Bulley
129 Dick Redmond
130 Clark Gillies First Team All-Star
131 Checklist
132 Vaclav Nedomansky
133 Richard Mulhern
134 Dave Schultz
135 Guy Lapointe
136 Gilles Meloche
137 Randy Pierce RC
138 Cam Connor
139 George Ferguson
140 Bill Barber Second Team All-Star
141 Terry Ruskowski
142 Wayne Babych RC
143 Phil Russell
144 Bobby Schmautz
145 Carol Vadnais
146 John Tonelli RC
147 Peter Marsh RC
148 Thommie Bergman
149 Rick Martin
150 Ken Dryden First Team All-Star
151 Kris Manery
152 Guy Charron
153 Lanny McDonald
154 Ron Stackhouse
155 Stan Mikita
156 Paul Holmgren
157 Perry Miller
158 Gary Croteau
159 Dave Maloney
160 Marcel Dionne Second Team All-Star
161 Mike Bossy Record Breaker
162 Don Maloney Record Breaker
163 Hartford Whalers Team Checklist
164 Brad Park Record Breaker
165 Bryan Trottier Record Breaker
166 Al Hill RC
167 Gary Bromley
168 Don Murdoch
169 Wayne Merrick
170 Bob Gainey
171 Jim Schoenfeld
172 Gregg Sheppard
173 Dan Bolduc RC
174 Blake Dunlop
175 Gordie Howe
176 Richard Brodeur
177 Tom Younghans
178 Andre Dupont
179 Ed Johnstone RC
180 Gilbert Perreault
181 Bob Lorimer RC
182 John Wensink
183 Lee Fogolin
184 Greg Carroll RC
185 Bobby Hull
186 Harold Snepsts
187 Pete Mahovlich
188 Eric Vail
189 Phil Myre
190 Wilf Paiement
191 Charlie Simmer RC
192 Per-Olov Brasar
193 Lorne Henning
194 Don Luce
195 Steve Vickers
196 Bob Miller RC
197 Mike Palmateer
198 Nick Libett
199 Pat Ribble RC
200 Guy Lafleur First Team All-Star
201 Mel Bridgman
202 Morris Lukowich RC
203 Don Lever
204 Tom Bladon
205 Garry Howatt
206 Bobby Smith RC
207 Craig Ramsay
208 Ron Duguay
209 Gilles Gilbert
210 Bob MacMillan
211 Pierre Mondou
212 J.P. Bordeleau
213 Reed Larson
214 Dennis Ververgaert
215 Bernie Federko
216 Mark Howe
217 Bob Nystrom
218 Orest Kindrachuk
219 Mike Fidler
220 Phil Esposito
221 Bill Hajt
222 Mark Napier
223 Dennis Maruk
224 Dennis Polonich
225 Jean Ratelle
226 Bob Dailey
227 Alain Daigle
228 Ian Turnbull
229 Jack Valiquette
230 Mike Bossy Second Team All-Star
231 Brad Maxwell
232 Dave Taylor
233 Pierre Larouche
234 Rod Schutt RC
235 Rogatien Vachon
236 Ryan Walter RC
237 Checklist
238 Terry O'Reilly
239 Real Cloutier
240 Anders Hedberg
241 Ken Linseman RC
242 Billy Smith
243 Rick Chartraw
244 Atlanta Flames Checklist
245 Boston Bruins Checklist
246 Buffalo Sabres Checklist
247 Chicago Blackhawks Team Checklist
248 Colorado Rockies Team Checklist
249 Detroit Red Wings Team Checklist
250 Los Angeles Kings Team Checklist
251 Minnesota North Stars Team Checklis
252 Montreal Canadiens Team Checklist
253 New York Islanders Team Checklist
254 New York Rangers Team Checklist
255 Philadelphia Flyers Team Checklist
256 Pittsburgh Penguins Team Checklist
257 St. Louis Blues Team Checklist
258 Toronto Maple Leafs Team Checklis
259 Vancouver Canucks Team Checklist
260 Washington Capitals Team Checklist
261 Quebec Nordiques Team Checklist
262 Jean Hamel
263 Stan Jonathan
264 Russ Anderson
265 Gordie Roberts RC
266 Bill Flett
267 Robbie Ftorek
268 Mike Amodeo
269 Vic Venasky
270 Bob Manno
271 Dan Maloney
272 Al Sims
273 Greg Polis
274 Doug Favell
275 Pierre Plante
276 Bob Murdoch
277 Lyle Moffat
278 Jack Brownschidle
279 Dave Keon
280 Darryl Edestrand
281 Greg Millen RC
282 John Gould
283 Rich Leduc
284 Ron Delorme
285 Gord Smith
286 Nick Fotiu
287 Kevin McCarthy RC
288 Jimmy Jones
289 Pierre Bouchard
290 Wayne Bianchin
291 Garry Lariviere
292 Steve Jensen
293 John Garrett
294 Hilliard Graves
295 Bill Clement
296 Michel "Bunny" Larocque
297 Bob Stewart
298 Doug Patey RC
299 Dave Farrish
300 Al Smith
301 Bill Lochead
302 Dave Hutchison
303 Bill Riley
304 Barry Gibbs
305 Chris Oddleifson
306 J.-Bob Kelly
307 Alan Hangsleben RC
308 Curt Brackenbury RC
309 Rick Green
310 Ken Houston
311 Greg Joly
312 Bill Lesuk
313 Bill Stewart RC
314 Rick Ley
315 Brett Callighen RC
316 Michel Dion
317 Randy Manery
318 Barry Dean
319 Pat Boutette
320 Mark Heaslip
321 Dave Inkpen
322 Jere Gillis
323 Larry Brown
324 Alain Cote RC
325 Gord Lane
326 Bobby Lalonde
327 Ed Staniowski
328 Ron Plumb
329 Jude Drouin
330 Rick Hampton
331 Stan Weir
332 Blair Stewart
333 Mike Polich RC
334 Jean Potvin
335 Jordy Douglas RC
336 Joel Quenneville RC
337 Glen Hanlon RC
338 Dave Hoyda RC
339 Colin Campbell
340 John Smrke RC
341 Brian Glennie
342 Don Kozak
343 Yvon Labre
344 Curt Bennett
345 Mike Christie
346 Checklist
347 Pat Price
348 Ron Low
349 Mike Antonovich
350 Roland Eriksson
351 Bob Murdoch
352 Rob Palmer
353 Brad Gassoff
354 Bruce Boudreau
355 Al Hamilton
356 Blaine Stoughton
357 John Baby
358 Gary Inness
359 Wayne Dillon
360 Darcy Rota
361 Brian Engblom RC
362 Bill Hogaboam
363 Dave Debol RC
364 Pete LoPresti
365 Gerry Hart
366 Syl Apps
367 Jack McIlhargey
368 Willy Lindstrom
369 Don "Red" Laurence RC
370 Chuck Luksa RC
371 Dave Semenko RC
372 Paul Baxter RC
373 Ron Ellis
374 Leif Svensson RC
375 Dennis O'Brien
376 Glenn Goldup
377 Terry Richardson RC
378 Peter Sullivan
379 Doug Hicks
380 Jamie Hislop RC
381 Jocelyn Guevremont
382 Willi Plett
383 Larry Goodenough
384 Jim Warner RC
385 Rey Comeau
386 Barry Melrose RC
387 Dave Hunter RC
388 Wally Weir RC
389 Mario Lessard RC
390 Ed Kea
391 Bob Stephenson RC
392 Dennis Hextall
393 Jerry Butler
394 David Shand
395 Rick Blight
396 Lars-Erik Sjoberg
1979 80 O Pee Chee Wayne Gretzky RC Image

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3709312072024040 1 Image
★★2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Retro Rainbow CHRIS STEWART RC 66 100 1979-80 Avalanche
$17.81
2516915062064040 1 Image
1979-80 O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky RC near mint BV $800
$700.00
1714357622694040 1 Image
1979-80 O-PEE-CHEE WINNIPEG JETS LOGO CL OPC CHECKLIST #81
$14.99
2215858916434040 1 Image
WINNIPEG JETS LOGO 1979-80 O-PEE-CHEE #81 TEAM CHECKLIST
$7.00
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ST.LOUIS BLUES 1979-80 O-PEE-CHEE TEAM SET *BRIAN SUTTER BERNIE FEDERKO ED KEA*
$6.95
3711896428044040 1 Image
2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro #671 Evgeni Malkin
$8.00
3711896428124040 1 Image
2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #728 Wade Belak 047 100
$8.00
3810533007734040 1 Image
2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #434 Ales Kotalik 023 100
$8.00
3810533009074040 1 Image
2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro #798 Luke Schenn Rookie Parallel
$8.00
3810533009214040 1 Image
2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #631 Keith Ballard Panthers 033 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #730 Matt Greene 024 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #103 Dainius Zubrus 092 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #736 Mike Comrie 035 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #680 Brad Wichester 064 100
$8.00
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2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #179 Martin Skoula 071 100
$8.00
3810533011704040 1 Image
2008-09 O-Pee-Chee 1979-80 Retro Rainbow #683 Ryan Malone 084 100
$8.00
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