I picked up 4 unopened packs of 1992 O-Pee-Chee recently. My first Pack War was a bit underwhelming. Will this one do better?
To recap the rules, it's all about star power. I'll award 1 point for every All-Star Game nod a player gets, plus additional points for the major awards (MVP, CY, ROY) and a point for a Hall of Fame player. Add a point for every Red Sox card, and subtract a point for every Yankee that makes an appearance!
Since these are OPC packs, I thought it'd be fun to also add some extra "Canadian" points! One point will be awarded to a card for every:
- Blue Jay or Expos player
- Card with transactional text on it ("Now with...")
- Cards that appear in the O-Pee-Chee set but don't appear in the Topps base set
Lance Johnson - 1 point (All-Star)
Craig Worthington - 1 point (Not in Topps set)
Willie Wilson - 2 points (2x All-Star)
Benny Santiago - 6 points (5x All-Star, Rookie Of The Year Award winner)
1992 Top Prospects (Brumfield/Burnitz/Cockrell/Dozier) - 1 point (Burnitz: All-Star)
Dale Sveum - 1 point (Now With)
Matt Williams - 5 points (5x All-Star)
Gregg Olson - 2 points (All-Star, Rookie Of The Year Award winner)
Gary Carter (tribute) - 13 points (Hall of Fame, 11x All-Star, Not in Topps set)
Doug Henry - 0 points
Last time, the winning pack scored a total of 10 points. That is surpassed by just the Gary Carter card in this pack. O-Pee-Chee paid tribute to the Hall of Fame catcher in his last season with a 4 card tribute subset depicting him with each of the 4 teams he played for. Outside of the Carter, only one card failed to score any points, with All-Star regulars Benny Santiago and Matt Williams leading the way.
32 points for our first contender. That could be tough to beat!
Andy Benes - 1 point (All-Star)
Mike Hargrove (MGR) - 2 points (All-Star, Rookie Of The Year Award winner)
Darryl Strawberry - 9 points (8x All-Star, Rookie Of The Year Award winner)
Doug Drabek - 2 points (All-Star, Cy Young Award winner)
Jeff Fassero - 1 point (Expos)
Doc Gooden - 6 points (4x All-Star, Rookie Of The Year Award winner, Cy Young Award winner)
Chris Bosio, Jaime Navarro - 0 points
Our last pack has it's share of heavy hitters, with Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden scoring some big points (Good grief, those '86 Mets alumni are flexing some muscle today!) All told, your looking at 21 points here.
What's that you say?
I only showed 8 of the 10 cards in the pack?
Yeah, about that....
1992 Top Prospects (Alexander/Arias/Cordero/Jones) - 12 points (Cordero: All-Star, Expos; Jones: Hall of Fame, 8x All-Star, MVP award winner)
Barry Bonds - 21 points (14x All-Star, 7x MVP Award winner)
If you're going to open packs from 1992, you really can't do any better than a Chipper Jones rookie! The 21 points those 8 cards totaled were equaled by Barry Bonds! How insane is that? These two cards were worth 33 points and would have bested any of the packs. Heck, they scored more points than the first two packs combined!
With an monstrous total of 54 points, Pack #4 cruises to ultimate victory!
I'd say I got my $6 worth out of those OPC packs, wouldn't you?