Forgive me while I work on a stereotypical Country song about Topps Opening Day. I may have taken some liberties in the part about my woman… and I’ve never owned a truck.
But I’ve been cheated… been mistreated… When will I love Topps Opening Day?
Last month, I speculated that this year’s Opening Day set might have different photos because the Yasiel Puig and Masahiro Tanaka cards highlighted in the promotional materials featured different photos than the ones used in the Topps flagship set.
On top of that, I conjectured, given that the flagship Topps only uses foil on the Topps logo, would they really make an Opening Day set where the only differences were the logos on the front and the card number on the back?
After buying some Opening Day yesterday, I can tell you that, sadly, the answer to that is generally “Yes”.
Yes, the Puig has a different photo… I even pulled the Puig to confirm that it’s a different photo.
But many of the other cards I got were pretty much the same as regular Topps, except for the things I mentioned before.
So now that we know that 2015 Opening Day is just another Opening Day set, what does that get us?
Well, there’s always additional guys photoshopped into their new uniforms…
…And there are the inserts that are unique to Opening Day…
This one is interesting… it’s from an insert set where the photos were taken by fans.
But on the whole, I can’t help but feel that Topps sold a bill of goods on this one. They highlighted two of the cards that had different photos, implying that this was the norm rather than the exception.
Now If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go out back and drink my whiskey.