Tuesday, March 27, 2018

REVIEW:2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball

It's almost time. The crack of a bat, the sound of a ball hitting a glove, the scent of hotdogs and mowed grass. It's almost Opening Day. Well, at least in baseball. I am still stuck with at least a good six to eight inches of snow but that's besides the point.

Speaking of Opening Day, just in time for it was Topps latest Opening Day release that's a fun for all product. Let's take a gander at the latest edition of it.
In every box of 2018 Topps Opening Day base are 36 packs of 7 cards each. Each pack has an insert or parallel. Sometimes two. Boxes run a very affordable $30-$35 each. 

The base set is the water slide one from Topps with the only difference being the Opening Day logo on the front of the card. The base set is 200 cards.

The other difference in Opening Day is that a few players including this man shown in their new uniforms.

The set also has all of the key rookies including Ohtani who was not in Series 1. He is actually card #200 in the base set.
Parallels are not abundant in Opening Day which helps out their value. The most common one to find is Blue foil that falls 1:9 packs. I found an Ohtani in my break.

There are also much tougher Opening Day 1/1 Edition and Printing Plates 1/1 to find as well.
We also wouldn't be discussing a Topps baseball product without talking base card variations. These fall 1:477 packs. The base card codes, the ones on the back bottom right of the card end in 77 while the variations end in 95.
Let's now take a look at the fun inserts in Opening Day that celebrate everything that has to do with Opening Day and teams.

Before Opening Day is new insert line to Opening Day and takes a trip to Spring Training. These fall 1:5 packs and there are 20 cards to collect.
Mascots. An always fun find and expected one in Opening Day. These fall 1:4 packs and there are 25 in the set to collect.

Team Traditions and Celebrations highlights the unique rituals of each fan base and the celebrations they each have as well. These fall 1:4 packs and there are 15 to collect.

Opening Day looks back at the kickoff of the 2017 season
MLB Sticker Collection Stars. Remember when I said you had to buy packs of Opening Day to find the remaining four, well, here you go. They are not easy to get however at 1:288 packs.

And finally, falling at 1:27 packs are Opening Day Stars. there are 44 to collect in this set!
Other hits not found in my box of Opening Day but could be in yours include,
  • Opening Day Autographs
  • Mascot Autographs
  • Mascot Autograph Relics
  • Opening Day Relics
  • Diamond Relics (I want one!!!)
  • Mascot Relics
  • Dugout Peeks
  • Mascots
  • National Anthem
  • Stadium Signatures
  • Stadium Signatures Autographs
You can find the COMPLETE CHECKLIST for 2018 Topps Opening Day, HERE.

OVERALL: What's not to love about Opening Day? The cost is great for any collector, there isn't a lot of hoopla and Sp's complications as it's pretty straight forward product, it celebrates everything baseball, and there is still a shot at some tough valuable cards. Did I mention the price? .99 a pack, $10 for a blaster., $30 for a hobby. There is no risk involved it's straight up fun and that to me is what the hobby is all about.

Please take a minute out to thank Topps for providing the box to review. Some of the cards you see above will be included in the Fantasy Baseball contest! Follow Topps on all social media sites and check out their website HERE for cards and more!

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