This card was the 638th I obtained in my quest to complete 1971 OPC baseball. The significance of that number isn’t immediately apparent, but given that there are 523 cards in the “easy” (and long-since finished) part of the set, that leaves 229 nasty, evil, overpriced “high numbers.”
638 minus 523 equals 115.
115 is the tiniest smidge of the way past 50% of the 229 nasty, evil, overpriced “high numbers.”
That’s enough for me to move this set from “things I will never, ever complete” to “things I won’t be completing anytime soon, but could actually happen.”
It’s also enough for me to put them properly in their sheets, blank spaces and all.
As we see on the back, by the last couple of series, OPC had given up on changing the backs all around and abandoned the French translations, no matter what the laws of the day told them to do. It must have been too expensive and time-consuming, particularly since they were probably busy with 1971-72 hockey.
Note – for the record, the current tally actually stands at 648, two off a real milestone. With the dollar tanking, no idea when I’ll get there.