Hello all. Today I bring you a box off 1988-89 O-Pee-Chee Yearbook Stickers. The story goes, I originally thought I had purchased a box of 88-89 O-Pee-Chee cards with a chance of pulling Hull and Shanahan rookies at a very cheap price tag (too good to be true) but after some research I realized that I had actually bought these Panini-like stickers. The original auction picture only showed the inside of the box with the wax packs which I was unfamiliar with. Oh well. You live, you learn.
Although it wasn't what I had hoped for, the stickers are a nice addition to my collection. And I scored a bunch of various Gretzky, Lemieux and Hull stickers.
This set consisted of 270 stickers (no foils) and an album was available at the time to place them in. The backs of the stickers were three types: trivia questions and answers (42 different red Level I and blue Level II), various souvenir offers for mini-sticks, pucks, duffle bags etc. and Future Stars.
On the inside back cover of the sticker album the company offered (via direct mail-order) up to 20 different stickers of your choice for ten cents each; according to Beckett this is one reason why the values of the most popular players in these sets are somewhat depressed compared to traditional card set prices.
The box contained 48 packs and each pack contained 5 stickers along with a stick of bubble gum. As one would expect, the gum fell apart into pieces at the slightest touch like something dipped in liquid nitrogen.
Here is a run down of some of my favorite stickers that I pulled from the box.