2016 Topps Opening Day Baseball Box Break & Review

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Besides 2009, the Opening Day brand has been an annual release since 1998.  This year, the tradition continues.

2016 Topps Opening Day consists of a 200-card base set.  The design mirrors that of the regular 2016 Topps Baseball flagship brand.  Just like it has for years.  Despite being printed in big bold letters on the front of the box, autographs and relics are not the main focus.  You can find them, but nothing is guaranteed.  The odds of pulling just a plain old jersey card is 1:491 packs.

Opening Day’s target audience is young collectors, new collectors, budget collectors, and/or set builders.  It always acts as a nice holdover until Series 2 comes out.  Hobby boxes are cheap too.  Less than $30.00 in some cases.  Another low cost alternative is the 2016 Topps MLB Sticker Collection.  Unless you have your heart set on stickers, I would recommend Opening Day.  The sticker set doesn’t offer anything to chase.  There are no short prints, parallels, or photo variations.  Plus it can cost a little more.  For some reason Opening Day is cheaper, and gives you the opportunity to pull something.  You would think it would be the other way around.

Relics and autographs do carry a hefty demand mainly because they’re quite difficult to find.  I’ve seen all white jerseys sell for up to $10.00 depending on the player.  Photo variations seem to be where the major “hits” are.  Topps included a handful of them.  As was the deal with 2016 Heritage, the code on the back of the card is the same for both the base version and photo variation.  This makes them much harder to spot.  Its worth the time checking all those base cards though to see if you’ve pulled one.  Most photo variations contain some type of celebratory picture.

The Mascot cards will always be my personal favorite.  There are both signed and unsigned versions.  Its funny how mascots can be in higher demand than actual players.  One of these days I’ll have to pickup a Phillie Phanatic autograph.

For what it is, I’d say that my box of 2016 Opening Day was very decent considering you’re not guaranteed anything.  Fun break, insert heavy, with a very low cost.

Here is what I pulled:

Relic

  • David Ortiz Opening Day Jersey

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Photo Variation

  • Madison Bumgarner #OD-91

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Parallels

  • Alex Rios Blue Foil
  • Gerrit Cole Blue Foil
  • Ruben Tejada Blue Foil
  • Paul Goldschmidt Blue Foil
  • J.T. Realmuto Blue Foil
  • Yasmany Tomas Blue Foil

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Inserts

  • Salvador Perez Bubble Trouble
  • Bryce Harper Heavy Hitters
  • David Ortiz Heavy Hitters
  • Mike Trout Heavy Hitters
  • Giancarlo Stanton Heavy Hitters
  • Kyle Schwarber Heavy Hitters
  • Joey Votto Heavy Hitters
  • Chris Davis Heavy Hitters
  • Albert Pujols Striking Distance
  • Justin Verlander Striking Distance
  • Cole Hamels Striking Distance
  • Ryan Howard Striking Distance
  • Felix Hernandez Striking Distance
  • Mark Teixeira Striking Distance
  • Francisco Rodriguez Striking Distance
  • Michael Brantley Superstar Celebrations
  • Justin Bour Superstar Celebrations
  • Brian Dozier Superstar Celebrations
  • Daniel Murphy Superstar Celebrations
  • Pedro Alvarez Superstar Celebrations
  • Robinson Chirinos Superstar Celebrations
  • Derek Norris Superstar Celebrations
  • Kris Bryant Superstar Celebrations
  • Mookie Betts Alternate Reality
  • Andrew McCutchen Alternate Reality
  • Matt Harvey Alternate Reality
  • Eric Hosmer Alternate Reality
  • Kris Bryant Alternate Reality
  • Buster Posey Alternate Reality
  • Carlos Correa Alternate Reality
  • Luis Severino Opening Day Stars
  • Miguel Cabrera Opening Day Stars
  • Phillie Phanatic Mascot
  • Swinging Friar Mascot
  • Billy The Marlin Mascot
  • Orbit Mascot
  • TC Bear Mascot
  • Mascot Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Mascot Chicago White Sox

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