Thursday, April 5, 2012

2012 Topps Opening Day Baseball Box Break Recap And Review

It is Opening Day for Major League Baseball (at least the main one) so it is the perfect time to review 2012 Topps Opening Day Baseball Cards.  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 just about a buck a pack, Opening Day always seems to hit it's mark.  While it might skew towards younger collectors, there is still enough here for experienced collectors.  Opening Day 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 that contained 36 packs with 7 cards per pack.  There are autographs to be found in Opening Day, but they are rare to find.

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

Base Set
Justin Verlander, front and back

Albert Pujols, Clayton Kershaw, David Ortiz

Eric Hosmer, Evan Longoria, Ichiro

Jose Bautista, Mariano Rivera, Matt Holliday

Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Stanton

Roy Halladay, Ryan Braun, Tim Lincecum

Blue Border Base Set Parallels #/2012
David Freese

Drew Pomeranz, Carlos Ruiz

Heath Bell, Justin Morneau

Superstar Celebrations Inserts
Alex Rios

David Wright, Eric Hosmer

Ian Kinsler, J.J. Putz

Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Braun

Ryan Zimmerman, Troy Tulowitzki

Mascots Inserts
Atlanta Braves

Billy The Marlin, Dinger

Fredbird, Mr. Met, Paws

Pirate Parrot, Rangers Captain, Raymond

Elite Skills Player Inserts
Carlos Gonzalez, Elvis Andrus, Jacoby Ellsbury

Jered Weaver, Jose Reyes, Mark Teixeira

Mike Stanton, Ryan Zimmerman, Yadier Molina

Opening Day Stars 3D Inserts
Clayton Kershaw, David Wright

Dustin Pedroia, Hanely Ramirez, Roy Halladay

Fantasy Squad Inserts
Brian McCann, David Wright, Evan Longoria

Hanley Ramirez, Ian Kinsler, Jose Reyes

Starlin Castro, Troy Tulowitzki, Victor Martinez

Overall Look
This year's design is solid and the Opening Day logo actually enhances the look. The insert are fun.  Love the Mascot Cards and Opening Day Stars 3D Inserts.

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 Stars, Mascots, Fantasy Squad and Elite Skills Player Inserts will provide a lot of enjoyment.

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.

4 1/2 out of 5

 2012 Topps Opening Day Baseball is a great for young set builders.

Review box provided by Topps

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