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Old 03-14-2021, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Tomi View Post
Hi Irv. I posted on Blowout but I would rather post here also in case some are not on there. OPC cards were cut in London Ontario using wires where as Topps cards were cut in New York using as cutter blade. Hope this helps in the OPC rough cut discussion. Blades don't leave rough cuts the way wires do.
Originally Posted by goldenage View Post
Which makes one wonder where some of the OPC cards from the beginning were cut.

1968 opc has plenty of clean edges.

1969 opc 2nd series has plenty of cards with clean edges that came from vending.

1970 opc 2nd series has plenty of cards with clean edges (no wire cut) that came from 2nd series vending.

1973 opc light backs all have clean edges that came from vending. The dark backs have ragged cuts and came from wax packs.

The theory is that Topps was doing all the orders for Gellman (SP ?) who was the main distributed of opc hockey cards here in the states back then. Why fill this Americans order by doing all the printing in cutting in Canada when you could just get the plates and do the printing and cutting here in the states.

That's the theory anyway, but has never been proven. The question that can be asked though is if OPC, London Ontario did use a wire cutter that produced all the rough cuts, then why do so many cards from those years all have nice, sharp edges and corners like a regular Topps baseball, football, or hockey card.
Interesting guys!

As I mentioned to Tomi on Blowout, with Bobby Burrell being a hockey historian, I tended to believe what he had to say in that vid that Samosa posted but maybe we will never be a 100% certain what all was used over the years?
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