Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Product Review: 2013 Topps Opening Day Baseball Box

Today was the first day of spring, and along with it came 2013 Topps Opening Day! A great fun product to rip open and just have fun with the cards. Boxes only come in retail style with 36 packs per box and 7 cards per pack. Opening day is really geared towards the younger collector or people that just want to have some fun with opening packs of baseball cards. Each box is around the $36-39 range which is very affordable for collectors. This also provides a chance to get the first cards of your recently traded or signed players with their new teams jersey.
This years product is a 220 card strong set that also has a Blue Sparkle Parallel #'d /2013. These are found 1:5 packs. As common with all products, Opening Day also has inserted Printing Plates for each card, these are inserted 1:2628 packs. We also noticed on the wrapper odds that a Base Variation is inserted 1:617 packs. It is unknown yet what these are but we're sure by the time this review comes out they will be on eBay or other sites with info.
Every year Opening Day provides a few inserts. This years release Topps has included Ballpark Fun, PlayHard, Mascots, Superstar Celebrations and Opening Day 3D inserts. Each of the inserts are slotted at 1:5 packs so your sure to land one in almost every pack.
In the Autograph section there will be 10 player autographs to collect at 1:463 packs and also 5 Mascot Autographs which are found 1:925 packs.
Even though a younger audience based product, Opening Day has a pretty decent punch with the amount inside each box. Lets see how we did on ours:
Base Cards: 209 (1 double)
Blue Sparkle Parallels: 7 - Harper, Hunter, Iwakuma, A.Jones, Kinsler, Beltran, Kubal
Ballpark Fun: 8 - Harper, Werth, Pujols, Andrus, Jeter, Ortiz, Longoria, Cabrera
PlayHard: 7 - Pujols, Ruiz, Castro, Kinsler, Freeze, Goldschmidt, Lawrie,
Mascots: 7 - Friar, TC, Oriole, Pirate Parrot, Raymond, Braves, Orbit
Superstar Celebrations: 7 - Harper, Willingham, Verlander, Hernandez, Hart, Votto, Reddick
Opening Day 3D: 7 - Ortiz, Votto, Strasburg, Hamilton, Pujols, Posey, Jeter
So a pretty good assortment of inserts and cards in this box. The design is the same as the regular Series 1 Topps but has the Opening Day symbol on the fronts. The designs of the inserts are decent with the 3D cards being the best. They are pretty thick and you can pick out which packs have them in a box compared to the others. We ended up with a few Harper's and Pujols on inserts and base and hit the Blue Sparkle Harper which was nice. Landed a few of the top Rookies like Olt and Profar int he base, and only had 1 double the entire box. Funny enough they were back to back cards in one pack, so doesn't look like it will happen too often. 
This was a fun break of a box and especially on the first day of spring gets you ready for baseball to start. We recommend this for any young fan or parents with children to rip the box open with them. If your a collector looking for a cheap baseball product this is it for you. Set builders will also enjoy this box as we were just short by 12 cards to complete the set. Not much more you could ask from a $38 dollar box of a sport your really love like us.

Gambler Overall Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Cost: 5/5
Parallels: 4/5
Inserts: 4/5
Design: 4.5/5
Concept: 4/5
Fun Aspect: 4.5/5

1 comment:

  1. Nice Harper. Really like this product and the Blue sparkles. The 3d's are sweet as well.