In recent years, Upper Deck has gotten into the habit of adding some surprises to many of its hockey releases. 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Hockey is no exception. A line of 3-D inserts and Blank Back cards are among the unannounced additions collectors can be on the lookout for. Upper Deck has also announced a special Josh Harding autograph.
OPC 3-D is a 42-card insert that includes both past and present players. Other than the obvious 3-D effect, the design is fairly minimal. The image is joined by a small white border, the classic O-Pee-Chee logo and a basic nameplate. Backs have very little information other than the player's name, card number and a massive team logo.
Insertion rates 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee 3-D have not been released.
Some Retro parallels are popping up with nothing on the reverse other than some old-school brown card stock. Blank backs have been done in the past but they still weren't announced in advance.
A third addition is the latest in Upper Deck's line of Heroic Inspirations cards, this time honoring Wild goalie Josh Harding. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in November, 2012 but has since returned to the NHL. The 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Heroic Inspirations Josh Harding autograph is limited to 25 copies and comes with the inscription, "My inspiration is my father."
Additional copies of the card with different inscriptions are planned for the start of the NHL season. These will be available direct from Harding's Hope, a charity dedicated to helping fight MS.
Below is a checklist for the 3-D inserts.
2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Hockey 3-D Checklist
2 Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
3 Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
4 Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
5 Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings
6 Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
7 Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
8 Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers
9 Arturs Irbe, San Jose Sharks
10 P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
11 Rick Nash, New York Rangers
12 Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
13 Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
14 Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
15 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
16 Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks
17 Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues
18 Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
19 Curtis Joseph, St. Louis Blues
20 Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
21 Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins
23 Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
24 Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
25 Pavel Bure, Vancouver Canucks
26 Felix Potvin, Toronto Maple Leafs
27 Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
28 Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks
29 Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
30 Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
31 Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
32 Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers
33 Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
34 Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
35 Mats Sundin, Toronto Maple Leafs
36 John Tavares, New York Islanders
37 Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
38 Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins
39 Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens
40 Joe Sakic, Quebec Nordiques
41 Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
42 Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins