When 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Hockey arrived, collectors were quick to find a surprise insert that wasn't advertised in advance and didn't appear on Upper Deck's final checklist. 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Black and White is a 36-card set that highlights many of today's most popular players as well as a handful of retired greats.
The set is a throwback to the Deckle Edge cards from 1970-71 O-Pee-Chee Hockey and Topps Hockey. Similarly styled vintage Deckle Edge cards can also be found in 1969 Topps Baseball and 1974 Topps Baseball. While there are some subtle differences, the design is certainly inspired by these classic inserts. The most distinct features on the cards are die-cut edges. They are like those found on a stamp. Card fronts have a black and white photo and a blue facsimile autograph. A strip across the bottom of the card states the insert's name.
Similar to the original Deckle Edge cards, 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Black and White card backs have minimal info, mainly the player's name and the card number.
They have been very hot on the secondary market so far as well. A Bobby Orr went on eBay for $299, although the dealer did phrase the description and title to make it sound like the facsimile autograph was real. Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Brett Hull have also had early sales over $100. In early eBay auctions, most of the 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Black and White cards have been selling anywhere from $50 to $100.
UPDATE: Upper Deck has now confirmed that 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Black and White cards fall 1:960 hobby packs and 1:1,920 retail packs.
Below you will find a 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Black and White checklist with confirmed players, teams and numbers.
2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Black and White Checklist
1 Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
2 Alexandre Burrows, Vancouver Canucks
3 Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks
4 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
5 Brett Hull, Calgary Flames
6 Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
7 Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
8 Curtis Joseph, Toronto Maple Leafs
9 Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators
10 Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
11 Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers
12 Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
13 Henrik Lundqvist, Detroit Red Wings
14 Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils
15 Jaromir Jagr, Philadelphia Flyers
16 Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators
17 Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
18 John Tavares, New York Islanders
19 Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
20 Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers
21 Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
22 Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
23 Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins
24 Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
25 Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets
26 P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
27 Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
28 Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks
29 Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
30 Pelle Lindbergh, Philadephia Flyers
31 Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
32 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
33 Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Pirates
34 Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks
35 Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
36 Wendel Clark, Toronto Maple Leafs