Unboxing The 2018 Topps NOW Philadelphia Phillies Road To Opening Day Team Set

And now I’d like to show off the newest addition to my collection.  Take a look at my 2018 Topps NOW Philadelphia Phillies Road To Opening Day Team Set.  I think the Topps NOW cards get better looking every year.  Not only do they look good, but they feel nice too.  The cards are printed on thicker than normal stock.  Both the front and back have a clear coating as well.  Probably my favorite feature new for 2018 is the hologram backs.  All card backs have this Topps hologram printed on them.  It doesn’t stand out that much.  In fact, the only way you’ll see it is if you rotate the card just so the light hits it correctly.  Almost like how a basic refractor works.

According to Topps, (411) copies of this set were printed.  That’s a lot more than what I was expecting.  Some sets didn’t even crack (100).  The Phillies do have a lot of young talent, and those rookies most likely increased the demand.

I like these cards so much, I might go for the autographed version next year.  On a side note, after all of my tweets, Topps decided to make a Topps NOW card to commemorate the Phillie Phanatic’s 40th birthday.  Boomer and Swoop even made it in the picture.

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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

Card of the Day: 2011 Topps Opening Day Geoffrey Toys “R” Us Boston Red Sox #2

Card of the Day: 2018 Topps Opening Day Phillie Phanatic Mascots #18

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:

Auto

  • Billy The Marlin Mascot Auto

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Parallels

  • 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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Inserts

  • 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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