Sunday, August 30, 2020

Coffee Break:2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball

*looks out the window, sees wind whipping and a cold breeze coming through the house. Thinks back to when Opening Day 2020 was supposed to happen when it was starting to be sunshine and green grass. Misses those times already. Grabs a cup of joe and has a box of 2020 Topps Opening Day in front of him and is ready to go.*

Just like Opening Day in 2020 for the baseball season, I am behind on my Opening Day of the Topps Opening Day product breakdown for you. That's a lot of Opening Day words used that I wouldn't dare ask you to say five times fast or should I? Let me know how that goes if you do.

As for this box break, it's better late than never.

This product released back in March, back when things were starting to take a turn for the worse, and is still somewhat popular now. It's also one of the cheaper hobby offerings out there right now as supply and demand in the hobby has taken over and driving hobby box prices to outer space or in coffee terms, prices at Starbucks.

It has been a few months since I have opened any baseball hobby product, so I couldn't wait to dig in.

*takes a sip, begins to rip*
Every hobby box of 2020 Topps Opening Day comes with 36 packs of 7 cards each. Boxes have no guarantee hits and box prices have doubled from what they were from roughly $30 to $60 pushing $70 a hobby box.

*takes a sip of coffee*

The base card set consists of 200 cards. It uses the same design/photography of flagship Topps just a condensed checklist. The only other difference is the Opening Day logo in the bottom corner.
Gleyber for the PC!

Was expecting big things from Acuna this year, hopefully it will still come

Where did Vlad go...
 
The same strong rookies led by these guys above make an appearance on the Opening Day checklist as well. Luis Roberts first official rookie card made it's debut in this product and was one of the hottest cards in the hobby for quite some time. However it's a short print that falls 1:360 packs and is card 201. So if you're building the base set, no need to worry about adding it.

*takes another sip, begins to think about breakfast*

Parallel offerings in Opening Day are small, which isn't a bad thing. The following parallels can be found in this product, Red Foil (Target), Purple Foil (Meijer), Blue Foil, OD Black Foil 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.
These Opening Day blue foils fall 1:12 packs. I got excited to see a Bellinger.

*decides to wait a little longer on breakfast as a final decision on it still lingers*

There are multiple insert offerings in Opening Day with many in every box to find.
There are 15 Opening Day inserts, 1:2 odds, to collect. What's Opening Day without some form of Opening Day pictures within?

24 Mascots fall 1:5 packs. This has been a standby insert in this product line since the beginning

2020 Topps Sticker previews are featured in here as well. There are 10 cards/stickers to collect that fall 1:10 packs

Spring Has Sprung falls 1:7 packs and has 25 cards to collect. The checklist features players from the past, from today and rookies.

Then I found this card backwards in the pack...
Come to find out, I pulled an extremely rare insert find of one of the hottest players in baseball. At 1:740 odds, The Lighter Side Of Baseball falls with a 25 card checklist featuring those other fun moments in baseball you don't always see on cards.

*was excited to find the Tatis Jr, but was surprised to pull first ever hit from Opening Day*

What's this?? A hit from Opening Day? They do exist!! Does that mean that Big Foot does too? These Opening Day relics fall 1:937 packs which is completely insane. I was hoping for one of those dirt relics (always wanted one) from the Diamond Relic line but a hit is a hit from this product.

*a bagel with veggie cream cheese it is. toasts bagel, refills coffee and gets ready to close out this post*

The Cabrera relic hit and Tatis Jr short print were nice surprises and I was happy to also add some rookie cards I needed and a Judge and Gleyber for the PC. One of my favorite inserts in here are the Opening Day cards with it's photography and the parallels used in Opening Day are sometimes, including this years, better than flagships.

I know for the most part this product is aimed at the kids, but I think it's a fun break with surprises within. I also know plenty of adults who enjoy this one as much as I do. Or maybe we are just adult/kids. Either way, go give this one a try.

Ratings (ratings based on 1-5 🍵)

Design 🍵🍵🍵
Photography 🍵🍵🍵
Inserts 🍵🍵🍵
Hits 🍵🍵🍵 (most of the times, 9/10, this is non applicable)
Price 🍵🍵(based on today's values. If release time value this is a five cupper)
Value 🍵🍵(same as above)

14 comments:

  1. Congratulations on both of those tough pulls. It's a shame that most Topps inserts just blend in with each other. Had I pulled that Tatis, I would have been stoked that it was a new card for my Padres collection... but would never had known that it was such a tough pull just by the looks.

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    1. I agree. Add some sparkle and shine. This looks like a base card to me

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  2. About as good a box as you could have hoped for! I like the Tatis, but like Fuji said, it doesn't look like a tough pull!

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    1. I know. Wished it had something that stood out about it. If it hadn't been backwards I wouldn't have thought twice about it

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  3. I love the Opening Day inserts and have a binder dedicated to just those. Awesome hits too!

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    1. Thanks! I have a lot of the inserts. The food at the ballpark ones were some of my favorites

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  4. I do see the occasional hit from Opening Day. I once found a Fredbird mascot relic card, so very appropriate for Opening Day. But my best one was a Dee Gordon printing plate.

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    1. that Fredbird has gotta look awesome. I love unique relics

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  5. Nice Miggy!! Spring Sprung was my fave thing about OD this year. Love the groovy logo on these cards.

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  6. Maybe swing a trade your pulls for a dirt relic?

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