Long-time collectors of new releases have long complained about the high cost of many of today’s products but there is still an affordable option for those who can do without a lot of bells and whistles or want to introduce their kids to the hobby. 2015 Topps Opening Day Baseball will mark the return of the annual issue that’s priced at around $35 per 36-pack box. A full checklist is below.
According to information released by Topps, there will be six cards per pack along with one insert card when Opening Day arrives on March 18. That’s a little less than two weeks after the release of 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball.
There will be a 200-card base set featuring stars and rookies. Collectors will have the opportunity to chase parallels including:
Opening Day Edition: All 200 base cards printed on foilboard. Cards will also have a foil-stamp featuring the 2015 Opening Day date, and are sequentially numbered to 2,015.
Opening Day 1/1 Edition: All 200 subjects will be printed on foilboard and foil-stamped with the 2015 Opening Day date and a special black border color (new).
Printing Plates: Every base subject will have their four printing plates inserted in the product for a total of 800 1/1 plates.
Superstar Celebrations: 25 cards showing the biggest stars in the game celebrating their biggest moments of the season.
Mascots: 25 MLB Club mascots.
Opening Day Stars: 25 3-D cards featuring star players.
Hit the Dirt: 15 cards showing some of the best slides from the 2014 season (new).
Franchise Flashback: 20 cards displaying teams and players in their throwback uniforms (new).
Team Spirit: 10 players or mascots (new).
#toppslive: Throughout the 2014 season, fans posted images to Instagram while at Major League Baseball games using the #toppslive hashtag. Topps will select 20 of those images to be included in 2015 Topps Opening Day (new).
Topps is including some autograph content in 2015 Opening Day with ten star players and five mascots signing for the product. Player autographs appear to be on stickers.
There will be an Opening Day Relics series of ten cards featuring swatches of game-used memorabilia.
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