Well, “Compulsive Fool” might be a little harsh. I like bits of Opening Day, just not enough to justify going into a nearby Target for three straight days looking for packs.
But there I was…. and I found some packs on Friday. Given that they’re a buck a pack, I bought three. I’m not sure I will buy more, but I’m not sure I won’t.
So anyway, it’s the same deal it’s been for a while. The base set is largely a parallel of the flagship set, but it’s the inserts and the base cards which differ from flagship which interest me.
I’ll tell you up front that, much to my disappointment, I didn’t get any mascot inserts. Those are among my favorite Opening Day inserts, and I rarely get mascots… and I NEVER get Mr. Met.
So we’ll start off the festivities with a Matt Kemp card (Update: I had said that this card was photoshopped, but I was reminded in the comments that he was traded last July in a deadline deal.)
I like the way they incorporated the Opening Day logo into the design…
…but not so much on the horizontal cards.
Hanley Ramirez is another player who’s in Series 2; I’m guessing the card will look like this one.
In the first pack, I got a Jose Altuve Opening Day Stars insert.
Not a bad card, but I long for the day when the “Opening Day Stars” inserts were 3-D.
Adam Eaton Superstar Celebrations… You can just barely see Eaton in the mob.
Here’s a fairly interesting card….
Not only is Cameron Maybin photoshopped into an Angels uni… it’s a different photo than the Series 1 Maybin card. Most excellent.
Second pack… Another photoshop! Adam Eaton (again!) with the Nationals…
And once again, a different photo.
Here we have an “Incredible Eats” insert, a foot-long hot dog from Coors Field.
Um, yeah. Can’t say I “get” this insert set. I can’t even get interested in watching cooking shows, I’m certainly not going to chase down cards of food.
Moving on to the third pack, we’ve got another Superstar Celebrations!
OK, I know which one is Giancarlo Stanton… but do I want to know what’s going on here?
So those are the highlights of my three packs. Yay.
…But I was at least happy to pull a few photoshop jobs, so I got some value for my $3.
I’ll wrap up with a list that someone will hopefully find useful… I bumped the Opening Day checklist against the Series 1 checklist and made a list of players who are listed with different teams in the two sets, plus those players who aren’t in Series 1 but have changed teams over the winter, indicating that the Opening Day cards might be different from the flagship equivalent:
|2||Reynaldo Lopez||Chicago White Sox||Diff. team from S1|
|7||Drew Smyly||Seattle Mariners||Diff. team from S1|
|22||Lucas Giolito||Chicago White Sox||Probably photoshopped|
|25||Adam Eaton||Washington Nationals||Different Photo and photoshopped|
|29||Wilson Ramos||Tampa Bay Rays||Diff. team from S1|
|46||Kendrys Morales||Toronto Blue Jays||Diff. team from S1|
|74||Yoan Moncada||Chicago White Sox||Diff. team from S1|
|81||Jean Segura||Seattle Mariners||Diff. team from S1|
|116||Chris Sale||Boston Red Sox||Diff. team from S1|
|119||Cameron Maybin||Angels||Different Photo and photoshopped|
|161||Brian McCann||Houston Astros||Diff. team from S1|
|173||Edwin Encarnacion||Cleveland Indians||Diff. team from S1|