3 Highest Valued Hockey Cards From the 1976-77 O-Pee-Chee Series
The 1976-77 O-Pee-Chee hockey card series consisted of 396 total cards. The design of the front of the card featured the team name of each player curved across the top. On the left of the team name bar appeared the logo of the team. At the bottom of the card, the player’s name and position were printed in a plain font in a straight line. The back was green and white with condensed stats featuring career totals and just those of the previous season.
This series didn’t feature a huge rookie class. However, two of the three highest valued cards were rookie cards.
The highest valued card in the 1976-77 O-Pee-Chee series is the number 115 card. 115 is the rookie card of Bryan Trottier from the New York Islanders. Beckett Hockey has the card valued at up to $60. Trottier totalled 95 points in 1975-76, his rookie season, to earn him the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top first year player. Bryan would go on to play nearly 1300 regular season games, winning four Stanley Cups with the Islanders and two with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Trottier was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.
The number two valued card in the series is the number 213 card of Bobby Orr. Despite Orr playing a handful of games with the Boston Bruins in 1975-76, this card features Bobby as a Chicago Black Hawk. The card is valued by Beckett at up to $50. Orr’s list of NHL accolades and records is quite lengthy and he is still considered to be the best defenseman to ever play the game. Bobby’s career was ended prematurely after the 1978-79 season due to severe knee injuries. The usual three year waiting period to be considered for the Hockey Hall of Fame was waived for Orr and he was inducted in 1979.
Believe it or not, the third most valuable card in the 1976-77 O-Pee-Chee series is the rookie card of NHL all-time penalty minute leader, Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams. Number 373 is valued by Beckett at $25. Williams played in the NHL from 1974-75 to 1987-88. Tiger played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Hartford Whalers throughout his NHL career. Williams wasn’t all goon. Dave was able to put the puck in the net, as evidenced by his 35 goal season in 1980-81 with the Canucks and his three other 20+ goal seasons. As a junior with the Swift Current Broncos of the WCHL, Williams twice surpassed the 100 point plateau while sitting over 250 minutes in penalties each season.