Series 2 came out this past week, and I was happy to find out that the photo differences with Topps Opening Day weren’t limited to Series 1. Series 2 has them as well; time will tell what the ultimate count will be for the photo variations list, but I’m just happy that it hasn’t stopped. The fun continues!
For those who missed the first three parts, this post features the Opening Day cards which I’ve confirmed as having a photo different from the Topps flagship counterpart. This is a work in progress and I’ll post a new batch every time I’ve found enough for a new post.
I’ll start with two examples from Series 2, the remainder are from Series 1. With the exception of the Ohtani card, all throughout this post the Opening Day card is on the right.
Shohei Ohtani (Opening Day card #200)
No surprise that a different photo was used for Series 2. I screwed up when scanning this pair and inadvertently put the Opening Day card on the left,
Sonny Gray (OD card # 177)
I’m 80% of the way through a Series 2 blaster, and this is the other pairing I found where I have both the Opening Day and Series 2 counterpart.
Kendrys Morales (OD card # 105)
Parker Bridwell (OD card # 197)
Zack Cozart (OD card # 33)
The graphics artists at Topps couldn’t have asked for an easier photoshopping job than this one. Angels logo on the helmet, another on the sleeve, boom. Done.
Alex Verdugo (OD card # 128)
Greg Allen (OD card # 121)
Summary of findings to date:
Of the 200 cards in 2018 Topps Opening Day…
43 cards have a different photo
5 cards are photoshopped (Only Giancarlo Stanton has the same photo)
3 cards use the same photo but is cropped differently
9 cards have the same photo but are missing the “Future Stars” banner in OD
83 cards are essentially the same as flagship
57 cards from Series 2 remain to be determined
If you’re interested in the full series of these posts, click on the 2018 Topps Opening Day tag below.