It’s getting late in the season, but the 2018-19 Canadian Tire hockey card promotion is back. Exclusive to the retail giant, the product is called O-Pee-Chee Coast-to-Coast Hockey with the cards again being produced by Upper Deck.
This marks the second year of the promotion, which puts exclusive packs in CanTire stores nationwide beginning April 12.
2018-19 Canadian Tire Hockey Card Basics and Base Set
The base set includes 210 cards but some will be much tougher to locate than others. The first 100 will be the most common, followed by 50 SPs, 40 Rookies (SSP) and 20 Legends (SSP). A box break should yield 24 short prints or super short prints, 16 of the SSP Rookies and Legends, plus 12 Red parallels, six inserts and one Polar Lights parallel (a full checklist for 2018-19 OPC Coast to Coast is below).
The product carries a Canadian emphasis, of course, and that focus will play out on the Pride of the North and Polar Lights parallels, which are numbered to 99. Pride of the North features Canadian-born players.
Upper Deck is promising “stunning” Transparent All-Stars and Transparent Rookies, both printed on Acetate Stock.
Franchise Heroes insert cards feature a retired legend paired with a current superstar from the same team.
Not every card will be all about hockey. There’s a 40-card Landmarks of the North insert set, showcasing some of the top natural attractions in Canada. There will be a relic/memorabilia card version of the Landmarks set as well. Catalogue Cuts cards will have vintage cut pieces from vintage Canadian Tire catalogs and Canadian Tire dollars, dating back to the 1950s. Canadiana Vintage Map Relics feature cut map pieces (from as early as 1890) of historical cities or locations around Canada.
Base cards get an autograph parallel with what Upper Deck is calling “ a wide array of stars, retired legends and rookies.”
Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Elias Pettersson and other current stars and rookies are on the checklist. Among the former greats who have signed for the product include Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. Consult the checklist below for a full list.
Where to Find OPC Coast-to-Coast Cards
Packs will be sold at Canadian Tire outlets across Canada and online for at least four weeks. Previously released cards and the 2018-19 edition can be found on eBay here.
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