By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Opening Day is coming early — and you can get your hands on game-used cards then, too.
Topps revealed the first looks at 2014 Topps Opening Day on Wednesday, and the company’s announcement came with one new inclusion not typically seen in the 99-cent-per-pack product — game-used memorabilia cards.
For the first time in the history of the product, it will include game-used Relics. Five players out of 10 total are listed on the preliminary checklist — Derek Jeter, Freddie Freeman, Jose Bautista, Koji Uehara and Torii Hunter — for the product arriving on March 19.
Each year, the brand has brought a condensed version of the Topps flagship brand and more beginner-friendly focus to the masses and the 2014 release is no different with a 220-card base set comprised of veterans, rookies and more. Each card will have a blue-bordered Opening Day parallel numbered to 2,014 copies as well as four 1/1 printing plates.
Insert cards will be found one per pack with 25 team mascots once again getting the nod alongside 25 Superstar Celebrations, 25 Opening Day Stars, 30 Fired Up! cards, 20 Breaking Out cards and 10 Between Innings inserts.
Mascot autographs will return for five mascots, while 10 big-leaguers are slated to sign for the product. The mascot ink was not disclosed, but Mike Trout, Wil Myers, Todd Frazier, Glen Perkins and Kyle Seager were listed on the preliminary autograph checklist.
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