Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball
We did it, folks! We have made it through another baseball offseason. Games that count start back up on Thursday. How else would we celebrate Opening Day than with a box of 2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball.
Topps debuted Opening Day as a standalone release in 1998. It has been released every year since with the exception of 2009. What happened in 2009? I have no idea. The first release in 1998 was a base-only product, with no inserts or parallels. A lot has changed since then, though, and the current version boasts an insert in every pack.
2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball Box Break
Cards per pack: 7
Packs per box: 36
Price paid: $43
Pack 1 highlights:
Marcus Stroman, Rosie Red Mascots (1 in every 3 packs) & Willson Contreras
Mascot inserts appear on an annual basis with an eye towards young collectors.
Andrew Vaughn, Orbit Mascots (1:3 packs) & Yu Darvish
Nelson Cruz, Miguel Cabrera, Corbin Burnes, Akil Baddoo, Javier Baez & Giancarlo Stanton Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
Whit Merrifield, Manny Machado, Gerrit Cole, Dinger Mascots (1:3 packs), Josh Hader & Adolis Garcia
The Rockies are hoping newly signed Kris Bryant hits lots and lots of “Dingers” in Colorado.
Ryan McMahon, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Jo Adell, Mike Yastrzemski & Christian Yelich Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
J.D. Martinez, Corey Seager, Matt Manning RC, Zack Wheeler, Christian Pache & Marlins Opening Day (1:5 packs)
Bryce Harper, Josiah Gray RC, Justin Verlander, Brandon Woodruff, Didi Gregorius & Blue Jays Triple Play (1:8 packs)
These Triple Play tri-card inserts remind me of mini cards from 1996-97 Collector’s Choice Basketball. I opened a lot of that product back in the day.
Jarred Kelenic, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., Mariner Moose Mascots (1:3 packs), George Springer & DJ LeMahieu Blue Foil (1:19 packs)
Nick Madrigal, Anthony Rizzo, Max Scherzer & David Ortiz Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
Jacob deGrom, Liam Hendriks, Fernando Tatis, Jr., Mr. Met Mascots (1:3 packs), Xander Bogaerts & Anthony Rendon
It is unfortunate that two of the game’s star players, Tatis & deGrom, are starting the season with stays on the injured list.
Ronald Acuna, Jr., Kyle Muller RC, Lars Nootbaar RC, Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Mountcastle, Paul Goldschmidt & Red Sox Triple Play (1:8 packs)
Pete Alonso, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Joey Bart & Vlad Guerrero, Jr. Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
Rafael Devers, Christian Yelich, Julio Urias, Fredbird Mascots (1:3 packs) & Yadier Molina
Some people don’t like horizontal cards but when the photo is as good as the Devers here, how can you not like that?
Shohei Ohtani, Jarren Duran RC, Rhys Hoskins, Cody Bellinger, Charlie Blackmon & Reds Opening Day (1:5 packs)
Suarez, seen here on the Reds Opening Day card, won’t be participating in Opening Day with the Reds. He was traded to Seattle this offseason.
Jose Abreu, Aaron Judge, Jack Flaherty, Alec Bohm, Jonathan India & Hank Aaron Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
Joey Votto, Alex Bregman, Bernie Brewer Mascots (1:3 packs), Corey Kluber, Adam Wainwright & Luis Robert
It looks like Adam Wainwright, at 40 years old, will be the Cardinals Opening Day starter this season.
Shane McClanahan, Justin Turner, Casey Mize, Alex Verdugo & Mike Trout Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
Lucas Giolito, Trea Turner, Brandon Lowe, Bryan Reynolds, Bo Bichette & White Sox Triple Play (1:8 packs)
The Bichette is another horizontal card done right.
Trey Mancini, Kyle Lewis, Dylan Carlson, Keibert Ruiz & Cubs Opening Day (1:5 packs)
I love those throwback teal Mariners jerseys. They bring me right back to Griffey playing in Seattle.
Carlos Santana, Kris Bryant, Mike Moustakas, Yoan Moncada & Cody Bellinger Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
Juan Soto, Josh Donaldson, Jesse Winker, Swinging Friar Mascots (1:3 packs), DJ LeMahieu, Josh Bell & Evan Longoria
Starling Marte, Sixto Sanchez, Michael Brantley, Craig Kimbrel & Jim Thome Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
Starling Marte, and seemingly every other well-known player, won’t be suiting up in Oakland this season. He joins Olson, Manaea, Chapman, and Bassitt on the long list of former Athletics.
Carlos Rodon, Joey Gallo, Jose Altuve, Brandon Marsh RC, Brewers Opening Day (1:5 packs) & Gavin Sheets Blue Foil (1:19 packs)
Kyle Schwarber, Andrew Benintendi, Giancarlo Stanton, Nick Castellanos & Yankees Triple Play (1:8 packs)
Austin Riley, Patrick Wisdom, Mrs. Met Mascots (1:3 packs), Trevor Larnach & Francisco Lindor
Will Smith (not that Will Smith), Mookie Betts, Bobby Dalbec, Alex Kirilloff & Ronald Acuna, Jr. Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
It will definitely be fun to have Acuna, one of the best young players in the game, back on the diamond in Atlanta.
Ryan Zimmerman, Freddie Freeman, Paws Mascots (1:3 packs), Matt Chapman & Ozzie Albies
Wander Franco (RC), Walker Buehler, J.P. Crawford, John Means & Angels Opening Day (1:5 packs)
J.T. Realmuto, Cedric Mullins, Jake Cronenworth, Clayton Kershaw, Tyler Glasnow & Javier Baez Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
Alek Manoah, Kyle Tucker, Rangers Captain Mascots (1:3 packs), Buster Posey, Matt Olson & Jose Ramirez
Shane Bieber, Carlos Correa, Byron Buxton & Rockies Opening Day (1:5 packs)
Nolan Arenado, Triston McKenzie, Zack Greinke & Babe Ruth Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
Cleveland Guardians. Are you used to that one yet?
Mike Trout, Sluggerrr Mascots (1:3 packs) & Ketel Marte
Mitch Haniger, Eloy Jimenez & Sammy Sosa Bomb Squad (1:3 packs)
Randy Arozarena, Albert Pujols, Yordan Alvarez, Stephen Strasburg & Braves Triple Play (1:8 packs)
Jazz Chisholm, Jr., Jean Segura, Brandon Belt, Tarik Skubal, Trevor Story & Red Sox Opening Day (1:5 packs)
Wait, Story and Red Sox back to back in the final pack? What are the odds?
Lastly, the Story card back. Hopefully, at least for me, he can keep up his productive offensive numbers in Boston.
Well, I didn’t hit any of the extremely tough pulls, but that should be expected. The tough ones are really tough in Opening Day. Walk This Way inserts fall just once in every 679 packs. It gets tougher from there with Luck of the Irish (1:1,698) and Dugout Peeks (1:3,395). Autographs are also tough, found just once in every 849 packs.
2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball is certainly not about the hits. It is still a fun rip, though, and one that I use to celebrate the start of another baseball season.
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