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Card of the Day: Edinson Volquez 2017 Topps NOW Opening Day #252

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2017 Topps Opening Day Box Break & Review

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Opening Day 2017 is almost here.  Hot dogs are heading to the grill.  Bobbleheads are waiting at the gates.  I’m prepared to watch the Phillies go all the way.  I know its a long shot, but it could happen.

2017 Topps Opening Day acts as a good flagship filler that can hold you over until Series 2 is released.  I’ve always considered it an entry level product since hobby boxes sell for under $30.  The base set consists of (200) cards.  Parallels include:

  • Blue Foil
  • Purple Foil (Toys “R” Us exclusive)
  • Black Foil #’ed/1
  • Printing Plates #’ed/1

As is the case with their main flagship brand, photo variations play a major role in Opening Day.  Unlike other products containing photo variations, the ones found in 2017 Opening Day do not have alternate codes on the back when compared to the plain base cards.  This makes identifying them a little more difficult.  One particular photo variation, Stadium Signatures, is easy to spot as the players are pictured signing autographs for fans.  Those cards also have the letters “SS” before the card number as well.  Technically these are inserts, but other than the card number there is nothing on the front that identifies it as a Stadium Signatures card.

Opening Day is known for having some crazy inserts.  2017 is no exception.  Inserts include:

  • Incredible Eats
  • Mascots
  • National Anthem
  • Opening Day at the Ballpark
  • Opening Day Stars
  • Stadium Signatures
  • Superstar Celebrations
  • MLB Stickers Collection Stars
  • MLB Wacky Packages

Some of these inserts are incredibly difficult to pull.  My personal favorites are the Mascots and Incredible Eats.  It looks like at one time there was a plan for a bobblehead-themed insert, but it seems to have been scrapped.  I’d like to see Topps comeback to that idea.

Autographs and relics can be pulled, but nothing is guaranteed per box.  I like the Stadium Signatures Autographs.  These are limited to (10) copies.  Its fun to try and see what the player pictured is signing, especially when it turns out to be an older Topps card.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Billy The Marlin Mascot Auto

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  • Aledmys Diaz Blue Foil #39
  • Julio Urias Blue Foil #186
  • Matt Strahm RC Blue Foil #90
  • Jay Bruce Blue Foil #70
  • Kyle Seager Blue Foil #95
  • Aaron Nola Blue Foil #32

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  • Nolan Arenado Opening Day Stars #36
  • Addison Russell Superstar Celebrations #12
  • Yunel Escobar Superstar Celebrations #25
  • Giancarlo Stanton Superstar Celebrations #21
  • Javier Baez Superstar Celebrations #3
  • Jayson Werth Superstar Celebrations #6
  • Francisco Lindor Superstar Celebrations #5
  • Carlos Santana Superstar Celebrations #8
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. Superstar Celebrations #24
  • Carlos Correa Superstar Celebrations #20
  • Troy Tulowitzki Superstar Celebrations #14
  • David Ortiz Superstar Celebrations #15
  • Miami Marlins Opening Day at the Ballpark #15
  • Oakland A’s Opening Day at the Ballpark #12
  • Atlanta Braves Opening Day at the Ballpark #8
  • Baltimore Orioles Opening Day at the Ballpark #5
  • Cleveland Indians Opening Day at the Ballpark #14
  • Arizona Diamondbacks Opening Day at the Ballpark #10
  • Kansas City Royals Opening Day at the Ballpark #3
  • Cotton Candy Incredible Eats #11
  • Peanuts Incredible Eats #2
  • Classic Pastrami Incredible Eats #7
  • Hot Dogs & Onions Incredible Eats #13
  • Foot-Long Hot Dog Incredible Eats #8
  • Cheesy Corn Brisket-Acho Incredible Eats #5
  • South Philly Dog Incredible Eats #4
  • Dinger Mascot #9
  • Mr. Red Mascot #4
  • White Sox Mascot #16
  • TC Bear Mascot #6
  • Brewers Mascot #25
  • Phillie Phanatic Mascot #11
  • Swinging Friar Mascot #13
  • Oakland A’s Mascot #17
  • Billy The Marlin Mascot #2
  • Wally The Green Monster Mascot #24
  • Orbit Mascot #22

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Card of the Day: Phillie Phanatic 2017 Topps Opening Day Mascots #11

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Yankee Stadium Opening April 18, 1923 Press Pin

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Speaking of going back in time.  How would you like to have been a member of the press assigned to cover the opening of Yankee Stadium?  On April 18, 1923 there was a lucky group of individuals that got to do just that.  On that day the Yankees played the Red Sox.  The Yankees won 4-1 while Babe Ruth hit a three-run homer.  It is by far one of those moments many fans wish they could have witnessed in person.

Press pins were first issued to members of the media in 1911.  Its a practice that continues to this very day when it comes to special events.  Members that were part of the press that day in 1923 received a special pin that granted them exclusive access.  Merchandise from this game is beyond desirable.  Very few of these pins have surfaced over the years making them top sellers when an auction house gets their hands on one.  Like a lot of other press pins at the time, this one was made by Dieges & Clust.  It’s value can range anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.

Big Papi ’16 Topps Opening Day Jersey Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Greg on being the lucky winner of the David Ortiz 2016 Topps Opening Day Jersey.  Once Greg sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Big Papi ’16 Topps Opening Day Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a David Ortiz 2016 Topps Opening Day Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, April 8, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

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:


  • David Ortiz Opening Day Jersey

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Photo Variation

  • Madison Bumgarner #OD-91

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  • 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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  • 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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