Saturday, June 20, 2020

Starting with Opening Day

How about some baseball!

Getting back to the stash from my US trip last year, let's take a look at a blaster box of 2019 Topps Opening Day.

As you can see, this was a little crushed. I believe I picked this up at Target actually, and it was out of place...and crunched...and there were two, so I couldn't leave the other one there, but let's save it for another day.

I was just hoping that the packs/cards wouldn't show the same damage, but figured that they would be alright since there's plenty of room inside.

Opening it up, all looks good. With a 200 card set, and having 12 cards but with two boxes in hand, this is a base set I will be collecting as it should be manageable to get close to 50% done after both blasters. I already have an unopened pack aside to, so I have a good 22 packs to make headway on the set.

Scoring as a reminder...

2020 Box Scores Points
Base Card 1
Base Sports Card Need 3
Base Variation / Short Print Card Odds
Base Toronto Card 15
Base Toronto Variation / Short Print Card 5 * Odds
Insert Card Odds
Toronto Insert Card 5 * Odds
Box Bonus Cards Per Pack Odds
Error Card Double Score

Let's get right to a pack for today.

Well, that's a solid first card. I am sure many people have mixed feelings for him now given the turmoil of Houston, but I think there is enough talent there that it's not just all "cheat" related, though I think that will dog him for a while.

The rest of the base cards are all needed, no surprise there.Interestingly, other than Altuve, all throwing pictures. Wonder what the percentage of fielding versus throwing versus other there are in this set....

Sure, these inserts fall every other pack, but they are fun and always happy to see a Hall of Famer. This card noting that at a fantasy camp, egged on, he was still able to throw 90 mph.

Solid start to this blaster.

Interesting foreshadow...while taking the packs out of the box, one seemed thicker than the rest (so I have moved it to the end, might as well save the make or break pack to the end). Not only that, first time I have ever had a pack, when shook, make a bit of I have an idea what I'll find, but let's wait and see...

1 Pack, 7 Cards, 21 Points


  1. I like the 2019 design. Looking forward to seeing what's in the thick pack.

  2. Voting for the Koufax.

    I would have opened every pack as soon as I got home.

    1. Part of it is enjoying the anticipation - you never know what it could be until you open the pack, then the mystique is gone. Part is also, I can't remember the last time I had some time to go through, at my pace, a box, all at once.