2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Details

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Not all modern baseball card sets fall under the category of “expensive.” Sure, a lot do, but 2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball isn’t one of them. The entry-level product takes a relatively basic approach to its checklist, delivering a modest (and familiar) base set and a lineup of inserts meant to invoke the fun side of the game as well as the ballpark experience.

2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Checklist Overview

With just 220 cards, Opening Day keeps things small. That said, it’s bigger than the 200 cards it has been for several years including 2020. It’s like a greatest hits from 2021 Topps Series 1 with some previews of players held back for Series 2. The design is nearly the same as 2021 Topps Baseball with the addition of the Opening Day logo. Among the parallels is a 1/1 Edition, one of the few long chase elements in the product.

Short print Image Variations return. Similar to base cards, these switch up the photos on select cards. They’re also significantly more scarce.

Every pack includes at least one insert card.

Opening Day returns, looking back at some of the scenes from the earliest days of past seasons.

Mascots and Sticker Collection Preview Cards are also back for another year.

Legends of Baseball offer a look at the game’s history, potentially teaching some young collectors or new fans about greats from the past.

New for 2021 is Outstanding Opening Day.

Some inserts come with much tougher odds. These include Dugout Peeks, Walk This Way and Opening Day Origins.

2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Opening Day Origins

Autographs and Relics

As usual, for those looking primarily for hits, Opening Day isn’t the best place to find them. It’s one of the few products that doesn’t promise autographs or memorabilia cards in every box. That said, they do exist.

Opening Day Autographs takes a somewhat generic albeit on-brand approach to signatures. Ballpark Profiles have ink from personalities seen around MLB parks like the broadcasting booth.

Memorabilia themes include Opening Day Relics, Major League Mementos Relics and Diamond Relics. There are also new Turf War Diamond Relics. These are double-sided cards that have players from opposing teams. Dirt from the home player’s stadium is embedded in the card.

2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Turf War Diamond Relics

Mascots have signatures and memorabilia in a few places. There are individual Mascot Autographs and Mascot Relics as well as autograph relics that cover the best of both realms. They’re also the subject of Patch Relics, which have manufactured patches.

2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: 7
Packs per box: 36
Boxes per case: 20
Set size: 220 cards
Release date: March 10, 2021

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Inserts – 36

The full 2021 Opening Day Baseball checklist and team set lists will be posted as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the set’s release.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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