I finally found some 2015 Topps, but this post isn’t about that… I’ll weigh in on that later.
I’m thumbing through the pack, enjoying the cards as so many others are, and basking in the lack of foil… (For those who haven’t heard otherwise, the only foil on the card is the Topps logo in the upper corners).
But then it occurred to me… How is Opening Day going to be different? Over the past six years, the primary difference between Topps and Opening Day was the foil. I was of the impression that the lack of foil was what made Opening Day “low-end”.
…But these Topps cards have hardly any foil. The differences between the two sets can’t be simply de-foiling the Topps logo and adding an “Opening Day” logo, can it?
So I found the sell sheets online, and looked at the images of Yasiel Puig and Masahiro Tanaka.
Then I went to eBay to find images of the just-released Topps cards for the same players and…. Well, see for yourself:
Admittedly, for the images I found the Topps Puig is a Sparkle, the Tanaka is a Rainbow Foil, but those are parallels, not variations. And, as you can see, the photos are different.
Granted, what’s on the sell sheet does not necessarily match what comes out in March… But to quote Led Zeppelin, it makes me wonder… oooooooh, really makes me wonder.
…And it makes me a little scared. Topps looks like a really nice set. I always like to collect Heritage. Archives will feature two of my favorite designs in 1976 and 1983. Now if Opening Day has different photos… I may end up with some tough choices.
If Opening Day does use different photos, will you collect it? Will you collect it instead of the flagship, or in addition?