Tucked in alongside the release of its popular Heritage product, 2011 Topps Opening Day baseball hit store shelves late last week.
The brand is again geared toward the budget-minded collector who would rather not chase down a 660-card set spread over two series. Opening Day offers a tight 220-card base set with only the best players from each team, a total of 13 rookies and no foil printing as we see in the annual Topps base brand. The Opening Day logo adorns each card.
Priced at $9.99 for retail blaster boxes of 11 seven-card packs or $30-35 for a 36-count hobby box, Opening Day has seven insert sets, some of which are clearly geared toward young people who may be collecting for the first time including:
– SUPERSTAR CELEBRATIONS: 25 cards capturing notable home plate or dugout player celebrations.
– MASCOTS: “Lucky Charms” from 25 Major League teams.
– TOPPSTOWN.COM STARS: 25 playable Topps Attax cards in a shiny version featuring a 2011 Opening Day logo.
– SPOT THE ERROR: These cards present 2 card fronts. Compare the fronts of each card and look for the very subtle differences.
– UNDER THE LIGHTS: Glow-in-the-dark cards, featuring night game photography, showcase shimmering lights and key game elements.
– OPENING DAY STARS: Popular 3D cards showing the biggest stars.
– PRESIDENTIAL FIRST PITCHES: Presidential first pitches from throughout baseball history.
There is a parallel version of the base set, featuring light blue borders and numbered to 2011 each.