2018 Opening Day Base Cards With Different Photos, Part 6

I promise this is the last one of these posts.  For those who missed the first five parts, this post features the Opening Day cards which I’ve confirmed as having a photo different from the Topps flagship counterpart.

There are more of these than what I’ve posted here

Corey Kluber (Opening Day card #158)

Dallas Keuchel (Opening Day card #51)

Jack Flaherty (Opening Day card #130)

Rougned Odor (Opening Day card #103)

Alex Wood (Opening Day card #196)

Zach Greinke (Opening Day card #141)

2018 Opening Day Base Cards With Different Photos, Part 5

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts.  For those who missed the first four parts, this post features the Opening Day cards which I’ve confirmed as having a photo different from the Topps flagship counterpart.

For all of these pairings, the Opening Day card is on the right.

Anthony Rendon (Opening Day card #109)

Nomar Mazara (Opening Day card #104)
Remember when “Nomar” was an unheard of name?  It’s kind of like when the whole joke in the movie “Splash” was that Madison was a ridiculous name for Daryl Hannah’s character.

Whit Merrifield (Opening Day card #192)
I read something impressive about Whit Merrifield the other day… shame I can’t remember it.

Corey Seager (Opening Day card #59)
Thanks to the insert set in Target packs of flagship, I’ve officially had my fill of Corey Seager.

Jeremy Hellickson (Opening Day card #180)
Hellickson was only an Oriole from July 28, 2017 to the end of last season.  He’s pitched with the Nationals all year after signing as a free agent in March.  Oops.

2018 Opening Day Base Cards With Different Photos, Part 4

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.

2018 Opening Day Base Cards With Different Photos, Part 3

As with the first two parts, this post features the Opening Day cards which I’ve confirmed as having a photo different from the Series 1 counterpart. This is a work in progress and I’ll post a new batch every time I’ve found enough for a new post.

Brandon Woodruff (Opening Day Card # 122)
I’m a sucker for cards where the ball seems to be coming right at you.

Eddie Rosario (OD Card # 174)
Kind of interesting that Jorge Polanco almost takes up as much real estate as Eddie Rosario

Troy Tulowitzki (OD Card # 106)
The Series 1 card is more interesting, but not exactly a great photo.

Alex Colome (OD Card # 194)
This one is a toss-up.

Anthony Banda (OD card # 136)
This pairing is interesting because the OD card is much more interesting than the Series 1 card.  BTW, Banda is in AAA with the Rays after this past winter’s 3 team trade that also saw Brandon Drury and Steven Souza changing teams.

Summary of findings to date:
27 cards still undetermined
31 cards have a different photo
5 cards are photoshopped (and may or may not have different photos)
3 cards use the same photo but is cropped differently
6 Series 1 “Future Stars” cards are the same but are missing the banner in OD
63 cards do not have a corresponding card in Series 1
65 cards are essentially the same as Series 1

2018 Opening Day Base Cards With Different Photos, Part 2

As with Part 1, this post features the Opening Day cards which I’ve confirmed as having a photo different from the Series 1 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 have to say… this is easily the most fun I’ve ever had with Topps Opening Day (This, by the way, is not a bold statement).

With all of these it’s Series 1 on the left and Opening Day on the right.  I’ll start with three that I referenced in part 1…

Giancarlo Stanton (Opening Day card # 60)

Next to the Shohei Ohtani rookie, this is probably the best known Opening Day card.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. (OD # 116)

Ian Kinsler (OD # 163)

Andrew Stevenson (OD # 135)
At first glance this seems like Topps photoshopped him into a different jersey, but it’s really two different photos (look at the player in the background between Stevenson’s legs).

Chance Sisco (OD # 123)

Summary of findings to date:
68 cards still undetermined
21 cards have a different photo
5 cards are photoshopped (and may or may not have different photos)
2 cards use the same photo but is cropped differently
4 Series 1 “Future Stars” cards are the same but are missing the banner in OD
63 cards do not have a corresponding card in Series 1
37 cards are essentially the same as Series 1

2018 Opening Day Base Cards With Different Photos, Part 1

I’m not a huge fan of parallels… which means that I’m usually not a huge fan of Topps Opening Day base cards, which are usually pseudo-parallels of their Series 1 & 2 equivalents.

But when a set like Opening Day or Topps Chrome uses different photos than were used in the flagship Topps set… Well that catches my attention.  They’re like non-short-printed variations (with the corresponding non-short-print price).

It does seem like this year’s Opening Day set has more cards with different photos than it has in the past… or the recent past, anyway.

As soon as the Opening Day checklist was released, one of the first things I did was to bump it up against the Series 1 checklist to see which players are depicted with different teams (guaranteeing, at the very least, photoshopping into a new uniform).

This is that list:
33 Zack Cozart (LAA)
60 Giancarlo Stanton (NYY – confirmed this is the same photo)
163 Ian Kinsler (LAA)
184 Yangervis Solarte (TOR)
195 Marcell Ozuna (STL)

This was a somewhat disappointing start because it seems like there were more updated cards in the past… but this *was* an odd offseason so I won’t get all judgemental.  As I would find out, things would be better than I’d feared.

The “Future Star” cards from Series 1 don’t have that graphic in Opening Day… I mention this in case that type of variation floats your boat (variations such as this leave my boat in dry dock).

I bought two jumbo packs of Opening Day last week, and in that post I pointedly featured only one base card.  However, when I started putting the Opening Day cards into my “Current Rosters” binders, I was surprised to find that a bunch of the Opening Day cards used different photos… and that’s just the cards I happen to have.

I then found out, from the Twitter account of internationally-famous collector and all-around swell guy Mark Hoyle, that Jackie Bradley Jr. (Card #116) has a different base card, and Rafael Devers (#2) has the same photo but Opening Day is cropped looser and is horizontally-oriented.

Yesterday I found out from Once A Cub and his brand new 2018 Topps Opening Day Blog that Jose Quintana (#199) and Nomar Mazara (#104) also have different photos.  From what I’ve seen so far, I’m happy to pimp this blog.  Once A Cub digs deep into the set one card at a time, comparing the photos to Series 1, team sets, and also going out and finding the original photo plus info about the photo… Lots of great information, I recommend it.

Conversely, at this point i have confirmed 14 cards to use the same photo as Series 1.  I currently believe there are 62 cards which are “previews” of Series 2, plus the Shohei Ohtani…

…which I can’t believe won’t feature a different photo in Series 2.

So what follows are the Opening Day cards from my collection which, at this point, I’ve confirmed as having a different photo…:

Elvis Andrus (Opening Day Card #101)

Ryan McMahon (OD #115)

Nick Williams (OD #120)

Clint Frazier (OD #117)

Clayton Kershaw (OD #1)

Brian Anderson (OD #131)

Almost missed this one as it seems very much like the same play.

Daniel Murphy (OD #111)

I also found out about Willie Calhoun (OD #118) having a different photo, but I don’t yet have the Series 1 card (which has a similar photo but is a vertical card).

I’ll have additional parts of this at some point, once I’ve got enough cards scanned to make it worthwhile.

 

Pack Animal: 2018 Topps Opening Day

Opening Day is an odd set… The base set is largely uninteresting for me, except for the cards with different photos than are found in Series 1 & 2. The inserts, however, are usually fun. Inserts are largely why I bought two 24-card hanger packs last night.

I recognize most of these guys on the wrapper, but who’s that Yankee?  I don’t remember seeing him before.

Gosh, did I miss something by spending the past 18 months in a medieval castle in Liechtenstein?

OK, joking aside… I would normally feature the first card, but it’s Topps Opening Day,  You’ve essentially seen these cards before…

…But there is one base card I feel like I should feature before we’re completely sick of pulling cards of this particular someone…

I’d have to think that the Series 2 Ohtani card would have a different photo… something less press-conference-y.

I’m generally risk-averse in most things, but I see these crazy dollar amounts being thrown at Ohtani cards and all I can think is “…And if he blows out his arm?  Or even just turns out to be the second coming of Daisuke Matsuzaka?”  Not that Daisuke had a bad career, but nobody’s spending hundreds of dollars on his cards.

OK, enough of my retirement planning advice.  Let’s get on to the inserts.

We’re starting off with a “Team Traditions & Celebrations” insert.  Thoughts of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” at Wrigley makes me think of Harry Carey or one of his celebrity stand-ins.  What do we get?  A crowd shot taken between “ONE!” and “THREE!”… or perhaps a picture taken at a Wrigley Field peace rally.

“Opening Day Stars” used to be a 3-D insert… A year or two ago it was converted to a set of stickers recently, which is nowhere near as much fun for this kid who happens to be an AARP member.

“Before Opening Day” is just an Opening Day-ish way of saying “Spring Training”.

The back of the card, of course, talks about the regular season… but he’s wearing a pullover, so it’s clearly Spring Training! I’d have to see more of these inserts before I pass judgement, but I’m leaning towards “pointless” (or maybe “Before having a point”).

Mascots are always a favorite insert of OD, and I pulled one of Cubs’ mascot Clark!

Another Cubs-related insert… Good thing I’ve got a Cubs fan trading partner on speed dial.

…Boy, that phrase – “on speed dial” – has lost all meaning, hasn’t it?

Moving on to the second pack’s inserts…

I’m by no means a fan of the Nationals, but I’ve warmed up to the Racing Presidents… especially now that they don’t single out one particular “President” as a constant loser.

Christian Vazquez AGAIN?  This one is the Opening Day parallel, which is nice enough, but I’ve sworn off parallels for Lent (and the foreseeable future).  FYI, the date which appears above the player’s name is in silver foil, but  appears black in the scan.

Good thing I’ve got a Red Sox fan trading partner on speed dial!

Mr. Red seems like a Mr. Met knockoff, but I’ll admit I don’t know Mr. Red’s history… maybe Mr. Met is a Mr. Red knockoff.

I’d still go with Mr. Met…  or Mrs. Met for that matter.

Speaking of the Mets, I pulled this Mets insert – finally, one I don’t need a trading partner for – and it’s from the “Opening Day” insert set.

So just to be clear about this: “Opening Day” has an insert set called “Opening Day” and Series 1 has an insert set called “Opening Day”, but the Opening Day Opening Day insert is different from the Series 1 Opening Day insert.

That’s about all I have regarding Opening Day. I was also planning on sharing a few thoughts about this week’s “Living Set” unveiling, but “a few thoughts” became “many thoughts” and I decided it was worthy of its own post… so that’ll be coming on Monday.