If you like your new baseball cards to be inexpensive, aren’t enamored with relics and autographs and know a kid who might appreciate some of the content, 2018 Topps Opening Day will likely be on your radar.
The 18th edition of the low-cost cousin of the Topps flagship set returns the week of March 14. Hobby boxes will have 36 packs with 8 cards and one insert card in each at a retail cost of about $30.
The base set will include 200 cards, Over 25 players will receive image variation base cards featuring a completely different image from the flagship set. There will be parallel versions including:
Opening Day 1/1 Edition – Numbered 1/1.
Printing Plates – Numbered 1/1.
Autographs and Relics
Opening Day isn’t a hit-focused product, but there is some autograph and relic content including:
Opening Day Relics – Memorabilia cards.
Diamond Relics – Cards will contain genuine field dirt encased within the card.
Insert Card Subsets (one per pack)
National Anthem – Select players are captured with their hats off during the singing of the United States and Canadian national anthems.
Opening Day Stars Stickers – Over 40 of the leading MLB players will receive all-new sticker cards.
Mascots – A staple of Opening Day, the mascot cards return for 2018.
New insert sets this year include:
Team Traditions & Celebrations – Topps says “iconic and unique: events will be the focus of this set.
Stadium Signatures – Picturing players who are signing autographs for fans at the ballpark.
Dugout Peeks – A set focused on photos of players inside the dugout.