Sunday, April 14, 2013

2013 Topps Opening Day Baseball 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.  2013 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 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 
 Yu Darvish, front and back
Mariano Rivera, Stephen Strasburg 
Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera 
Mike Trout, Evan Longoria  
Jose Reyes, Justin Verlander 
David Freese, Clayton Kershaw 
David Wright, Jason Heyward, Jimmy Rollins 
 Josh Hamilton, Derek Jeter, Brandon Phillips
Joe Mauer, Dylan Bundy, Matt Kemp
 Manny Machado, David Ortiz, Yoenis Cespedes
Albert Pujols, Trevor Bauer, David Price 
Bryce Harper, Cliff Lee, Jose Bautista 
 Andrew McCutchen, R.A. Dickey, Starlin Castro
 Buster Posey, Jurickson Profar, Prince Fielder

 Blue Border Parallels #/2013
Jordan Zimmerman. Carlos Ruiz 
 Roy Halladay, Jon Lester
Coco Crisp 
Miguel Cabrera, Stephen Strasbrug


Superstar Celebrations
 David Ortiz, Buster Posey
 Alfonso Soriano, Chase Headley
 Josh Willingham, Justin Morneau
 Prince Fielder, Billy Butler

 Swingin Friar, Bernie Brewer
 TC, Screech
 Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox

 Play Hard
 Starlin Castro
 Alex Gordon, Carlos Ruiz
Alex Rodriguez, Matt Kemp 
Bryce Harper, Dustin Pedroia 

Ballpark Fun
 Jurickson Profar, Aaron Hill
 David Price, Darwin Barney
 Elvis Andrus, Alfonso Soriano, Brandon Phillips

 Opening Day Stars 3D Cards.
 Bryce Harper, Matt Kemp
 R.A. Dickey, Evan Longoria
 Joe Mauer, Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Braun

Overall Look
This year's design is solid and the Opening Day logo is a nice comliment to the overall look. The inserts are fun and well designed.  Love the Mascot, Ballpark Fun 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.


5 out of 5

 2013 Topps Opening Day Baseball is great for young set builders and a lot of fun too.

Review box provided by Topps

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