Thursday, April 9, 2020

2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Review


I wasn't initially going to review Opening Day, but with an abundance of time on my hands due to the stay-at-home order from the corona virus outbreak, I find myself with the time to review this product. It's probably Topps' lowest-end product, but surprisingly, there are some excellent pulls to be found here. I thought it'd be one-and-done with me, but I actually have purchased a nice handful of these cards.

Product Thoughts
Topps Opening Day shares a similar design to that of the standard Topps flagship set. The difference here is the Opening Day logo at the bottom of the cards. Topps uses the same photos that were in Series One here, and you do get a little preview of photos they will use for Series Two for the players that weren't in Series One. It's a bit lazy on Topps' part. I actually think the set would be a huge upgrade if there were photos unique to Opening Day in this set - it's a bit of a missed opportunity, and it makes Opening Day seem like a product that collectors can just skip over since the base cards are pretty much available with the Topps flagship products.


Unique to Opening Day are the insert cards. The inserts feature early season events such as Opening Day. You'll find photos of Opening Day 2019 here. I'm not a fan of these cards as many of them are boring stadium shots. I do wonder, however, what Topps will do next year. I'm not even sure there will be an opening day for 2020 - which is so sad!


My personal favorite looking insert in Opening Day are the Spring Has Sprung cards. These cards feature photos from spring training. Spring training is usually such an afterthought after the season begins that there are hardly any cards that depict it. I particularly like the Roberto Clemente card shown above. It shows him at a spring training game from way back. It's not everyday that you get a glimpse of pre-season action of older players.


Opening Day is a product aimed at kids and younger collectors. Sticker cards haven't really been very popular with veteran collectors, but kids may like them to put on their stuff. You can find sticker cards in opening day of many of the game's biggest names. The stickers are very thin and you can tell that they are not of the same material the standard cards are made from.


I am a huge fan of mascots and I'm so glad they have a chance to shine a bit with the mascot cards within the set. I have found, however, that Topps' doesn't collate their cards well and you end up getting multiples of the same cards over and over again - particularly the mascot cards. If you watch my break of the mega boxes, you'll see me pull the same mascots out in multiple. 


Something that veteran collectors will enjoy out of this set are the parallel cards. Mega boxes come with a special pack of red foil parallels, and you'll find blue parallels inside the packs. These foil cards look really great and feature a stamp that says "March 26, 2020" - the opening day that didn't happen. There are other parallel cards to be found as well depending on where you buy your Opening Day cards.


Sadly, the card shown above (an advertisement for National Baseball Card Day) counts as a card in the pack. So if you're not a fan of filler, you're not going to like one of your cards being replaced with this. Hopefully you'll avoid it and find some of the better cards in Opening Day such as the relic cards (some with actual dirt from MLB ballparks) or the Luis Robert SSP rookie card. Those cards are very tough pulls, but are unique and hold some nice value to them.

Positives:
  • Very inexpensive product.
  • Potential to pull some cards with strong value such as relics or SSPs.
  • Easy to find.
Negatives:
  • Photos are repeats from the flagship Topps set.
  • Topps did not collate the cards very well.
  • Finding a hit is VERY difficult.

Overall Rating:

7.75/10

9 comments:

  1. That Opening Day at the Oakland Coliseum card is really cool. And my favorite thing about this product year in and year out are the mascot inserts.

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  2. btrams here, maybe it's because of my being a dodger fan, but i don't really like the mascot set. the spring has sprung line doesnt really appeal for me maybe because i've never been to a spring training. i also dislike that this is almost a repeat of the series 1 design, which i admit looks nice, but i dont really see the point of collecting parallels in general.

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  3. Love tough pulls and Topps delivers in this set.

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  4. Glad I found your review! I was hesitant about puchasing some Series 1 boosters and instead got some Gypsey Queen boosters. I would have been a little upset with a ton of repeats since I have yet to open by Opening Day packs.

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