1988-89 OPC Set of 270

1988-89 O-Pee-Chee Set of 270 (loose stickers)

4 Key Rookie (RC) Stickers

Joe Nieuwendyk, Bret Hull, Bob Probert and Sean Burke.

Sticker History

This was the second O-Pee-Chee sticker series where the sticker backs were printed on more glossy cardboard stock than the thinner paper backings of the previous 7-8 years. There were 182 physical stickers in this set with 88 of those sharing a number with another sticker. The quality of the cut of the sticker seeemed to improve after they worked out all of the kinks from the 1987 O-Pee-Chee run. For the second year in a row, the traditional sticker package that had to be “ripped” open from their vaccuum package, was replaced by wax type packs that were only previously used to encase hockey cards. The sticker album from this year seemed to be made in abundance, whereas the stickers were a little harder to track down. This was the last year that Wayne Gretzky would appear in an Oilers jersey. O-Pee-Chee distributed these stickers out of London, Ontario in Canada.

Sticker Facts

The size of each full sticker is 5.4 cm X 7.6 cm (2.13 in X 3 in). There were 48 packages in each wax box which originally retailed for $0.30 CAD per pack. Each package contained 5 stickers. The minimum number of packages needed to make a full set (assuming absolutely no doubles) is 37. The original album ($0.59) cover featured Denis Savard. The 1988 Stanley Cup winners were the Edmonton Oilers with Wayne Gretzky the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoffs MVP.

Season Facts

The Buffalo Sabres select scoring ace Pierre Turgeon first overall in the entry draft. Glen Sather let Paul Coffey sit out until American Thanksgiving due to a contract dispute. Sather finally traded the disgruntled blueliner to the Pittsburgh Penguins for young phenom Craig Simpson who ended up scoring 56 goals in his first season with the Oilers. Simpson was the 1st ever NHL player to score 50 goals while being traded in midseason. Sather had other problems as Peter Pocklington ordered him to play “hardball” with his stars. Andy Moog was another casualty when he decided to play for the Canadian National Team instead of in Edmonton. He would later be traded to Boston for Oilers future superstar Bill Ranford. Ironically enough, they would go head to head in the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals and Ranford would end up winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP. Grant Fuhr won 40 games in the regular season to secure himself his 1st and only ever Vezina Trophy as top goalie in the league. After tearing up the AHL the year before with the Moncton Golden Flames and just after playing 52 games for the Flames in 1987-88; Brett Hull was traded from Calgary to St. Louis for Rob Ramage and Rick Wamsley on March 7th 1988. The rest, as they say, is history as Brett spends most of his best years with the Blues.The Sabres did not have Gilbert Perreault in their lineup as he retired after playing 17 NHL seasons. A new NHL award was established for the 1987-88 season as Lanny McDonald won the innaugural King Clancy Award; presented to the players that best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice. Pat Lafontaine is given a chance to shine and gets 47 goals as Mike Bossy retires from hockey prior to the season getting underway. Ron Hextall was the first NHL goalie to ever actively score a goal when he potted one into Boston’s empty net during the playoffs. Billy Smith got credited years earlier, however he did not directly shoot the puck which Hextall did. During the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston in game 4, the power went off and the game was suspended and was replayed with the Oilers winning the rematch 6-3. Boston fans could find the main light swtich for the rematch. The NHL officials held a brief strike after Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld called out to Don Koharski, that perhaps he should “have another tempting treat at the Tim Hortons”. Joe Nieuwendyk won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

Expansion Notes

No Expansion notes for this season.

Wayne Gretzky Notes

Gretzky only missed 8 games in his first 8 NHL seasons. Wayne was forced to sit out 16 games due to a knee injury, costing him a chance to win his 8th straight scoring title. This was the first time that Wayne scored less than 50 goals in an NHL season. His points per game was a still a solid 2.33 this year. This would be the last season that Gretzky would sport the Oilers jersey. After winning the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy this year, he would be traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Wayne scored a whopping 43 playoff points on his way to winning his 4th and final Stanley Cup. Gretzky also broke Gordie Howe’s record for assists by recording his 1050th assist on March 1st 1988. This series featured 3 Gretzky stickers. Wayne scored a season total of 40 goals, 109 assists for a total of 149 points. His points per game ratio for this 64 games played season was 2.33.


1988-89 O-Pee-Chee Album (empty album)




If you would like to add this album to put your stickers into, I do have it available here

This album measures about 25 cm X 23 cm (10 inches X 9 inches) and comes to you in near mint condition and currently sits empty with no stickers.








1988 O-Pee-Chee Sticker Package




Purchase this empty sticker package.

This package measures about 10 cm X 8 cm (4 inches X 3.5 inches) and comes to you in near mint condition and currently sits empty with NO stickers included.

2 Responses to 1988-89 OPC Set of 270

  1. Thelauds says:

    Here is the checklist for the 1988-89 O-Pee-Chee NHL Sticker Set:

    1 Wayne Gretzky Oilers
    2 Steve Smith Oilers
    3 Grant Fuhr Oilers
    4 Steve Smith Oilers
    5 Grant Fuhr Oilers
    6 Doug Wilson Blackhawks
    7 Dirk Graham Blackhawks
    8 Darren Pang Blackhawks
    9 Rick Vaive Blackhawks
    10 Troy Murray Blackhawks
    11 Brian Noonan Blackhawks
    12 Steve Larmer Blackhawks
    13 Denis Savard Blackhawks
    14 Mark Hunter Blues
    15 Brian Sutter Blues
    16 Brett Hull Blues
    17 Tony McKegney Blues
    18 Brian Benning Blues
    19 Tony Hrkac Blues
    20 Doug Gilmour Blues
    21 Bernie Federko Blues
    22 Cam Neely Bruins
    23 Ray Bourque Bruins
    24 Rejean Lemelin Bruins
    25 Gord Kluzak Bruins
    26 Rick Middleton Bruins
    27 Steve Kasper Bruins
    28 Bob Sweeney Bruins
    29 Randy Burridge Bruins
    30 Craig Hartsburg Stars
    31 Patrick Roy Canadiens
    32 Patrick Roy Canadiens
    33 Rick Wamsley Blues
    34 Ray Bourque Bruins
    35 Ray Bourque Bruins
    36 Ray Bourque Bruins
    37 Ray Bourque Bruins
    38 Ray Bourque Bruins
    39 Larry Robinson Canadiens
    40 Ryan Walter Canadiens
    41 Guy Carbonneau Canadiens
    42 Bob Gainey Canadiens
    43 Claude Lemieux Canadiens
    44 Petr Svoboda Canadiens
    45 Patrick Roy Canadiens
    46 Bobby Smith Canadiens
    47 Mike McPhee Canadiens
    48 Craig Ludwig Canadiens
    49 Stephane Richer Canadiens
    50 Mats Naslund Canadiens
    51 Chris Chelios Canadiens
    52 Brian Hayward Canadiens
    53 Larry Melnyk Canucks
    54 Garth Butcher Canucks
    55 Kirk McLean Canucks
    56 Doug Wickenheiser Canucks
    57 Rich Sutter Canucks
    58 Jim Benning Canucks
    59 Tony Tanti Canucks
    60 Stan Smyl Canucks
    61 David Saunders Canucks
    62 Steve Tambellini Canucks
    63 Doug Lidster Canucks
    64 Petri Skriko Canucks
    65 Barry Pederson Canucks
    66 Greg-Daren Adams Canucks
    67 Mike Gartner Capitals
    68 Scott Stevens Capitals
    69 Rod Langway Capitals
    70 Dave Christian Capitals
    71 Larry Murphy Capitals
    72 Clint Malarchuk Capitals
    73 Dale Hunter Capitals
    74 Mike Ridley Capitals
    75 Kirk Muller Devils
    76 Aaron Broten Devils
    77 Bruce Driver Devils
    78 John MacLean Devils
    79 Joe Cirella Devils
    80 Doug Brown Devils
    81 Pat Verbeek Devils
    82 Sean Burke Devils
    83 Joel Otto Flames
    84 Rob Ramage Flames
    85 Lanny McDonald Flames
    86 Mike Vernon Flames
    87 John Tonelli Flames
    88 Jim Peplinski Flames
    89 Gary Suter Flames
    90 Joe Nieuwendyk Flames
    91 Ric Nattress Flames
    92 Al MacInnis Flames
    93 Mike Bullard Flames
    94 Hakan Loob Flames
    95 Joe Mullen Flames
    96 Brad McCrimmon Flames
    97 Brian Propp Flyers
    98 Murray Craven Flyers
    99 Rick Tocchet Flyers
    100 Doug Crossman Flyers
    101 Brad Marsh Flyers
    102 Peter Zezel Flyers
    103 Ron Hextall Flyers
    104 Mark Howe Flyers
    105 Brent Sutter Islanders
    106 Alan Kerr Islanders
    107 Randy Wood Islanders
    108 Mikko Makela Islanders
    109 Kelly Hrudey Islanders
    110 Steve Konroyd Islanders
    111 Pat LaFontaine Islanders
    112 Bryan Trottier Islanders
    113 Gary Suter Flames
    114 Luc Robitaille Kings
    115 Patrick Roy Canadiens
    116 Mario Lemieux Penguins
    117 Ray Bourque Bruins
    118 Hakan Loob Flames
    119 Mike Bullard Flames
    120 Brad McCrimmon Flames
    121 Wayne Gretzky Oilers
    122 Grant Fuhr Oilers
    123 Craig Simpson Oilers
    124 Mark Howe Flyers
    125 Joe Nieuwendyk Flames
    126 Ray Sheppard Sabres
    127 Brett Hull Blues
    128 Ulf Dahlen Rangers
    129 Tony Hrkac Blues
    130 Bob Sweeney Bruins
    131 Rob Brown Penguins
    132 Iain Duncan Jets
    133 Pierre Turgeon Sabres
    134 Calle Johansson Sabres
    135 Darren Pang Blackhawks
    136 Kirk McLean Canucks
    137 Doug Smail Jets
    138 Thomas Steen Jets
    139 Laurie Boschman Jets
    140 Iain Duncan Jets
    141 Ray Neufeld Jets
    142 Mario Marois Jets
    143 Dale Hawerchuk Jets
    144 Paul MacLean Jets
    145 Jim Kyte Jets
    146 Eldon-Pokey Reddick Jets
    147 Andrew McBain Jets
    148 Randy Carlyle Jets
    149 Daniel Berthiaume Jets
    150 Dave Ellett Jets
    151 Rollie Melanson Kings
    152 Steve Duchesne Kings
    153 Bob Carpenter Kings
    154 Jim Fox Kings
    155 Dave Taylor Kings
    156 Bernie Nicholls Kings
    157 Luc Robitaille Kings
    158 Jimmy Carson Kings
    159 Patrick Roy Canadiens
    160 Paul Gillis Nordiques
    161 Paul Gillis Nordiques
    162 Alain Chevrier Devils
    163 Grant Fuhr Oilers
    164 Grant Fuhr Oilers
    165 Grant Fuhr Oilers
    166 Grant Fuhr Oilers
    167 Patrick Roy Canadiens
    168 Mark Osborne Maple Leafs
    169 Dan Daoust Maple Leafs
    170 Tom Fergus Maple Leafs
    171 Vincent Damphousse Maple Leafs
    172 Wendel Clark Maple Leafs
    173 Luke Richardson Maple Leafs
    174 Borje Salming Maple Leafs
    175 Russ Courtnall Maple Leafs
    176 Rick Lanz Maple Leafs
    177 Ken Wregget Maple Leafs
    178 Gary Leeman Maple Leafs
    179 Al Secord Maple Leafs
    180 Al Iafrate Maple Leafs
    181 Ed Olczyk Maple Leafs
    182 Normand Rochefort Nordiques
    183 Lane Lambert Nordiques
    184 Tommy Albelin Nordiques
    185 Jason Lafreniere Nordiques
    186 Alain Cote Nordiques
    187 Gaetan Duchesne Nordiques
    188 Michel Goulet Nordiques
    189 Peter Stastny Nordiques
    190 Jeff Jackson Nordiques
    191 Mike Eagles Nordiques
    192 Jeff Brown Nordiques
    193 Mario Gosselin Nordiques
    194 Anton Stastny Nordiques
    195 Alan Haworth Nordiques
    196 Don Beaupre Stars
    197 Brian MacLellan Stars
    198 Brian Lawton Stars
    199 Craig Hartsburg Stars
    200 Moe Mantha Stars
    201 Neal Broten Stars
    202 Dino Ciccarelli Stars
    203 Brian Bellows Stars
    204 Mario Lemieux Penguins
    205 Joe Nieuwendyk Flames
    206 Brad McCrimmon Flyers
    207 Pete Peeters Capitals
    208 Ray Bourque Bruins
    209 Guy Carbonneau Canadiens
    210 Mario Lemieux Penguins
    211 Mario Lemieux Penguins
    212 Grant Fuhr Oilers
    213 Bob Bourne Kings
    214 Patrick Roy Canadiens
    215 Mats Naslund Canadiens
    216 Joe Nieuwendyk Flames
    217 Craig MacTavish Oilers
    218 Chris Joseph Oilers
    219 Kevin Lowe Oilers
    220 Esa Tikkanen Oilers
    221 Charlie Huddy Oilers
    222 Geoff Courtnall Oilers
    223 Grant Fuhr Oilers
    224 Wayne Gretzky Oilers
    225 Steve Smith Oilers
    226 Mike Krushelnyski Oilers
    227 Jari Kurri Oilers
    228 Craig Simpson Oilers
    229 Glenn Anderson Oilers
    230 Mark Messier Oilers
    231 Randy Cunneyworth Penguins
    232 Mario Lemieux Penguins
    233 Paul Coffey Penguins
    234 Doug Bodger Penguins
    235 Dave Hunter Penguins
    236 Dan Quinn Penguins
    237 Rob Brown Penguins
    238 Gilles Meloche Penguins
    239 Kelly Kisio Rangers
    240 Walt Poddubny Rangers
    241 John Vanbiesbrouck Rangers
    242 Tomas Sandstrom Rangers
    243 David Shaw Rangers
    244 Marcel Dionne Rangers
    245 Chris Nilan Rangers
    246 James Patrick Rangers
    247 Bob Probert Red Wings
    248 Mike O’Connell Red Wings
    249 Jeff Sharples Red Wings
    250 Brent Ashton Red Wings
    251 Petr Klima Red Wings
    252 Greg Stefan Red Wings
    253 Steve Yzerman Red Wings
    254 Gerard Gallant Red Wings
    255 Phil Housley Sabres
    256 Christian Ruuttu Sabres
    257 Mike Foligno Sabres
    258 Scott Arniel Sabres
    259 Tom Barrasso Sabres
    260 Mike Ramsey Sabres
    261 Dave Andreychuk Sabres
    262 Ray Sheppard Sabres
    263 Mike Liut Whalers
    264 Ron Francis Whalers
    265 Ulf Samuelsson Whalers
    266 Carey Wilson Whalers
    267 Dave Babych Whalers
    268 Ray Ferraro Whalers
    269 Kevin Dineen Whalers
    270 John Anderson Whalers

  2. Thelauds says:

    Here is the list of the 2 number stickers (88 of them) for the 1988-89 O-Pee-Chee NHL Sticker Set:


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