2018 Topps Opening Day Box Break & Review

I’m ready for baseball season to start.  As a Phillies fan I’m excited to see how their new manager Gabe Kapler works out.  The team is packed with a lot of young talent.  All of this excitement got me to pull the trigger on a 2018 Topps NOW Phillies Road To Opening Day Team Set.  I even bought a Rhys Hoskins card from the new Topps Living Set.  Those 1953 Topps paintings are awesome!

Opening Day is a brand that’s been around since 2000.  Its one of the most affordable products that Topps makes.  I’d say that its one step above their MLB Sticker Collection.  With that being said, its difficult to pull an autograph and/or relic from a single box.  Oh they’re in there, but you can’t open a box with just those in mind.  Items like that aren’t guaranteed per box with a product like this.

2018 Topps Opening Day consists of a 200-card set.  It features the same design as it’s flagship counterpart.  I’m still a big fan of that pixelated-look with the big gummy candy wave.  Its one of their better modern day card designs.  Parallels include Blue Foil, Opening Day Edition #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Photo variations are harder to pull when compared to last year’s Opening Day set.  Base card CMP codes end in #77, whereas the photo variations end in #95.  Many of these are easy to spot without having to check the code, because the photos Topps used are so drastically different when placed side-by-side to the base.  “Celebrating” looks to be the overall theme to most of the variations.

Although he didn’t have the best Spring Training, Shohei Ohtani cards continue to be quite popular.  Opening Day offers one of his most affordable rookies right now.  You should pull at least one from a hobby box.

Inserts are a big part of Opening Day.  Every single pack has one.  Rarer inserts include National Anthem (1:286), Stadium Signatures (1:572), and Dugout Peeks (1:1,791).  Other inserts include Before Opening Day, Mascots, MLB Sticker Collection, Opening Day Stadium, Opening Day Stars, and Team Traditions & Celebrations.

Diamond Relics offer cards featuring game-used ballpark dirt.  I think these look way better than the ballpark dirt relics that Topps issued in 2001 Stadium Club.  The colors are richer, design is nicer, and they contain much more dirt.

Over the years I’ve opened four boxes of Opening Day.  Three out of four have had something (relic, printing plate, photo variation, rare insert).  You can’t beat the price for a hobby box, $30.  I’m still holding out that we’ll see some pixelated artwork one of these days.

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels

  • Nolan Arenado Blue Foil
  • Bryce Harper Blue Foil
  • Josh Donaldson Blue Foil
  • Zack Greinke Blue Foil
  • Carlos Correa Blue Foil

Inserts

  • Alex Bregman National Anthem
  • Chance Sisco Opening Day Stars
  • Chris Sale Before Opening Day
  • Chris Davis Before Opening Day
  • Christian Vazquez Before Opening Day
  • Kris Bryant Before Opening Day
  • Cody Bellinger Before Opening Day
  • Bryce Harper Before Opening Day
  • Andrew Benintendi Before Opening Day
  • Yasiel Puig Before Opening Day
  • St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day Stadium
  • Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day Stadium
  • Boston Red Sox Opening Day Stadium
  • Chicago Cubs Opening Day Stadium
  • Texas Rangers Opening Day Stadium
  • Detroit Tigers Opening Day Stadium
  • Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day Stadium
  • The Freeze Team Traditions & Celebrations
  • “Sweet Caroline” Team Traditions & Celebrations
  • Clydesdale Horses Team Traditions & Celebrations
  • Minnie And Paul Sign Team Traditions & Celebrations
  • “Y.M.C.A.” Dance Team Traditions & Celebrations
  • Rally Monkey Team Traditions & Celebrations
  • Home Run Slide Team Traditions & Celebrations
  • King’s Court Team Traditions & Celebrations
  • McCovey Cove Team Traditions & Celebrations
  • Opening Day Parade Team Traditions & Celebrations
  • Raymond Mascots
  • Swinging Friar Mascots
  • Billy The Marlin Mascots
  • Dinger Mascots
  • Gapper Mascots
  • Tessie Mascots
  • Paws Mascots
  • Rosie Red Mascots
  • Mr. Met Mascots
  • TC Bear Mascots
  • Sluggerr Mascots

Notable Rookies

  • (2) Shohei Ohtani
  • Rhys Hoskins

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