With baseball season right around the corner, there is a plethora of 2018 baseball trading card products on the horizon. We wanted to have a little fun prior to the kick off of the season by sharing our recent experience ripping some retail product that we opened from two newly released sets – 2018 Topps Opening Day and 2018 Topps Heritage.
For those unfamiliar with these products, Opening Day is a lower-end product that is often times overlooked in favor of Topps Base Series, which typically releases a few weeks prior to Opening Day. Opening Day includes insert sets geared towards the younger generation of collectors such as Mascot cards, and the whole product itself tends to focus more on the fun aspect of collecting instead of big hits. On the other hand, Heritage is a nostalgia-filled throwback set designed based off Topps sets from 50 years ago. Intentional “error” cards, action image variations, chrome parallels, relic cards and Real One Autographs are just a few of the highlights that collectors look forward to on a yearly basis
Because of the price difference in the products, we decided to open the same dollar amount worth of each product. This meant for Opening Day we would be opening one blaster box ($10), two hanger packs ($3 each), and 3 single packs ($1 each). For Heritage, we would open a hanger box ($10), a hanger pack ($6) and a single pack ($3).
All of our product was purchased at our local Target, which is important to note because Topps Heritage contains retail-exclusive parallels specific to Target and Wal-Mart.
Without further ado, lets get to ripping!
Opening Day was up first and although not typically known to yield huge hits, we were hoping to either beat the odds or at least get a glimpse of one of the first Shohei Ohtani cards in an Angels uniform.
The three single $1 packs did not yield much, with the highlights including an Andrew Benintendi rookie cup card and a Giancarlo Stanton card featuring his new Yankees uniform. That will still take some getting use to seeing!
Our $3 hanger packs yielded slightly (yet not much) better results, as we pulled a trio of New York RC’s – Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar for the Yankees and Amed Rosario for the Mets. We were also happy to see that our beloved local Seattle Mariners have a card in the “Team Traditions and Celebrations” insert set highlighting Felix Hernandez‘s “King Court” section of Safeco Field!Our $10 blaster box was a fun break, but also not very noteworthy. The lone parallel that was pulled was a blue Corey Dickerson. We also snagged a second year rookie cup card of Cody Bellinger and another trio of New York RC’s, with Frazier and Andujar of the Yankees being flanked by Dominic Smith of the Mets this time around.
Although we didn’t get any major hits (as expected), the break was very enjoyable! The ‘Team Traditions and Celebrations‘ set is a clever and welcome addition to the Opening Day product. As we moved onto our Heritage products with visions of a Red-ink Shohei Ohtani Real One Autograph in our heads, we prepared our eagle eye to spot one of the potentially many short printed error or variation cards found within the product.
These two guys keep following us everywhere! The most notable card out of our $3 pack was a rookie stars combo featuring, you guessed it, Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier. We’re starting to notice a pattern here…
The $6 hanger pack yielded two more pairs of 2018 rookie stars, with Parker Bridwell of the Angels being the most promising of the four players featured. Giancarlo Stanton is again depicted in a Yankees uniform in the Heritage set, and with such a great pose, something tells us that this will be a base card that will sell in high volume for years to come.
Finally, our $10 hanger box was not bad, but we’ve seen better. Four 2018 rookie stars cards (with Rafael Devers of the Red Sox rounding out the eight-pack), a Nick Markakis short print, Aaron Judge checklist, second-year Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cup and a Target exclusive 1969 Collector Card Bryce Harper were the most notable items. Don’t worry, we’ve triple checked that Benintendi – unfortunately it is not one of the short printed 1969 error variations.
Admittedly, neither of the two boxes was particularly memorable. That being said, we want to know which box you think was the better of the two! Leave a comment below letting us know which box you felt is better and also be sure to share your experiences with retail breaks! Have you recently beaten the odds and pulled a monster hit? We want to hear about it! As always, if you feel so inclined, some of the items in this break can be found in our Blog_Breakhits account. Until next time…Keep on Rippin’!