Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014 Topps Opening Day Baseball MLB Trading Cards Box Break Recap And Review

As in past years, Opening Day essentially mimics Topps Series 1 & 2 for base card design, but then offers a lot of great inserts.  At its low price point, Opening Day is a bargain that always seems to hit its mark.  While it might skew towards younger collectors, there is still enough here for experienced collectors.  2014 Topps Opening Day Baseball is a lot of fun and perfect for set building.

Opening Day could easily fit into both our fun cards and trading cards categories, but for the purpose of this review, we will classify Opening Day as fun cards.  Opening Day can be found in many different retail configurations.  We opened a complete box which contains 36 packs with 7 cards per pack.  There are relics and autographs to be found in Opening Day, but they are rare.

Here is a look at some of the cards we pulled.

Base Set 
Derek Jeter, front and back  
 Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera
 R.A. Dickey, Carlos Gonzalez
Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano 
 Yu Darvish, Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper
 Andrew McCutchen, Wil Myers, Mike Trout
Jose Fernandez, Manny Machado, Yasiel Puig 
Dustin Pedroia, Jean Segura, Chris Davis 
 SHelby Miler, Jurickson Profar, Tim Lincecum
 Matt Harvey, Felix Hernandez, Joe Mauer
 Eric Hosmer, Joes Altuve, Starlin Castro
 Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brian Dozier, Martin Prado
 Aramis Ramirez, Justin Upton, Carlos Ruiz

 Opening Day Edition Blue Base Parallels #/2014
Martin Perez, Patrick Corbin  
Adam Dunn, Jonathan Schoop, Allen Craig  
Joe Nathan, David Price, Jedd Gyorko 
 Joe Kelly, Chris Johnson 
 Mariano Rivera, Desmond Jennings


Superstar Celebrations
 Chris Davis, front and back
 Josh Donaldson, Carl Crawford
 Pablo Sandoval, Alex Gordon
 Freddie Freeman, Barry Zito
 Justin Upton

Freebird, front and back
 Gapper, Bernie Brewer
Paws, Pirate Parrot 
Raymond, Baxter the Bobcat, Rangers Captain 

Fired Up 
Yasiel Puig, front and back 
 Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver
 Chris Kimbrel, Brandon Philips, Matt Carpenter

 Between Innings
 Racing Presidents, front and back, Start A Cheer

 Opening Day Stars 3D
 Andrew McCutchen, front and back
Dustin Pedroia, Yasiel Puig, Evan Longoria 
Matt Kemp, Chris Davis, Justin Upton 

Breaking Out
 Mike Trout, front and back
David Wright, Bryce Harper 
 Felix Hernandez, Joe Mauer
 Ryan Braun, Evan Longoria

Now here is the really cool part.  As I mentioned earlier relics and autographs are rare to find in Opening Day, but we found one.  As if that were not cool enough, we also found one from one of the toughest categories to get.  It's a Mascot Autograph with stated odds of finding 1 in every 555 packs!  

The Hit
 Baltimore Orioles "The Bird" Mascot Autograph Card

Overall Look
This year's design is solid and the Opening Day logo is a nice compliment to the overall look. The inserts are fun and well designed.  Love the Mascot, Between Innings and Opening Day Stars 3D Cards.

Quality and Variety of Players
The Opening Day base set is a third of the size of its big brother Series 1 & 2 at 220 cards, so you are getting the best of the best.

Are these cards fun?
They are lots of fun.  The Opening Day amps up the fun factor, which is great for kids but also reminds seasoned collectors that trading cards are supposed to be fun.

Will you want to collect them all?
At only 220 base cards, the set is easy enough to obtain making this a highly desirable product for budding set builders.  The inserts are compelling enough to want to obtain them all too. If you want to go for it all, there are also photo variations to chase.

5 out of 5

 2014 Topps Opening Day Baseball is a really fun and a great for young set builders to collect.

Review box provided by Topps

1 comment:

  1. Hey man, let me know if you're looking to sell or trade your blue parallels! Shoot me an email, great review!