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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday's Afternoon Blaster - 2011 Topps Opening Day

Welcome to this week's Sunday Afternoon Blaster.  If you joined me earlier this week, you have already seen my first two blasters of this set.  This is the third and final one that I picked up from Wally World.  This blaster also ends my Upper Deck discount blaster run at 5.  Hopefully it will also end my recent run of no needed Rox in the Box.  There is absolutely nothing guaranteed in this blaster and the only hits in the set fall at around 1:420 packs, so this one is all about the base and inserts.  The goal for this one is as many keeper cards as possible.

Card coloration is it's availability

white = I'm keeping it
green = available for trade
red = already claimed/traded

Today's blaster is 2011 Topps Opening Day.  11 seven card packs, nothing guaranteed.

On with the show.

pack one
96 James Shields - Rays
18 Justin Upton - Diamondbacks
8 Hanley Ramirez - Marlins
TTOD-5 Jon Lester Toppstown - Red Sox
167 Geovany Soto - Cubs
158 Brian McCann - Braves
134 Ian Desmond - Nationals

pack two
86 Stephen Strasburg - Nationals
77 Koji Uehara - Orioles
M-3 Baltimore Orioles mascot - Orioles - Julie
ODS-2 Carlos Gonzalez Opening Day Stars - Rockies
207 Kosuke Fukudome - Cubs
193 Trevor Cahill - Athletics
186 Evan Longoria - Rays

pack three
124 Clayton Kershaw - Dodgers
51 Ben Revere - Twins
57 Zack Greinke blue parallel - Brewers 1438/2011
Spot the Error 6 Ubaldo Jimenez - Rockies
176 Jason Heyward - Braves rookie cup
168 Tim Lincecum - Giants
147 Josh Hamilton - Rangers

pack four
113 Wandy Rodriguez - Astros
40 CC Sabathia - Yankees
105 Roy Oswalt - Phillies
SC-8 Vladimir Guerrero Superstar Celebrations - Rangers
UL-7 Pedro Alvarez Stadium Lights - Pirates
161 Jose Tabata - Pirates
173 Joakim Soria - Royals

pack five
30 Alex Rodriguez - Yankees
97 Mike Napoli - Angels
20 Mariano Rivera - Yankees
PFP-4 Ronald Reagan - Presidential First Pitch
181 Josh Beckett - Red Sox
160 Carlos Lee - Astros
201 Madison Bumgarner - Giants

pack six
9 Michael Cuddyer - Twins
87 Brandon Morrow - Blue Jays
121 John Danks - White Sox
M-8 Dinger mascot - Rockies
199 Francisco Liriano - Twins - slight damage (at least it was a dupe this time)
111 Nelson Cruz - Rangers
206 Rafael Furcal - Dodgers

pack seven
112 Andre Ethier - Dodgers
38 Mike Stanton - Marlins
25 Johan Santana - Mets
SC-10 Carlos Pena Superstar Celebrations - Rays
149 Tommy Hanson - Braves
141 Brent Morel - White Sox
217 Andy Pettitte - Yankees

pack eight
101 Brian Wilson - Giants
109 Mark Buehrle - White Sox
12 Neil Walker - Pirates
33 Kyle Drabek blue parallel - Blue Jays 0927/2011
Spot the Error 1 Mark Teixeira - Yankees
197 Kelly Johnson - Diamondbacks
192 Dustin Pedroia - Red Sox

pack nine
6 Aramis Ramirez - Cubs
85 Carlos Santana - Indians
75 Buster Posey - Giants
M-10 Billy the Marlin mascot - Marlins - Julie
182 Troy Tulowitzki - Rockies
171 Yovani Gallardo - Brewers
165 Carlos Zambrano - Cubs

pack ten
125 Adam Dunn - White Sox
52 Placido Polanco - Phillies
115 Starlin Castro - Cubs
PFP-10 Barack Obama - Presidential First Pitch
157 Adam Lind - Blue Jays
162 Gordon Beckham - White Sox
209 Shane Victorino - Phillies

pack eleven
42 Greg Halman - Mariners
66 Brett Anderson - Athletics
29 Jonathan Papelbon - Red Sox
SC-3 David Ortiz Superstar Celebrations - Red Sox
195 Shaun Marcum - Brewers
185 Billy Butler - Royals
175 Adam Jones - Orioles

Design: B
You have seen and read about this design probably too many times in the last month.   So, I am not going into depth about it other than it is much better than last year.  The main difference between the two sets is the lack of foil over the names.  To me given the instances of problems with the foil for the main brand, I think it is an improvement or at least not a setback.
Inserts / Hits: A
The inserts are what drew me to this set and away from the flagship this year.  There is at least some good qualities about each insert set.  My favorite is the Presidential First Pitch for the design and subject matter.  I also enjoy the creative Stadium Lights set which if you didn't know glows in the dark (How very 90s).  The only one that truly misses the mark is Opening Day Stars.  While the concept is good, the execution leaves something to be desired.

Value: B+
At $9.99 per blaster, this product is aimed at kids and collectors without a large bankroll.  I think it is a better product than the flagship set this year anyway, so the price being 50% of the flagship is all the better.  If you are looking for hits, this isn't the set for you.  But if you want a nice inexpensive set for this year, this release is almost perfect.

Rox in the Box: 4
Well out of 77 cards 4 were Rockies.  I consider that a success.  I love the Tulowitzki since it is going to be in Series 2 (there are over 70 base cards which are previews of Series 2 pics).  How many times do you recall seeing a Rockie and a Royal on a card, I have a feeling someone will love this card also.  Every one of the insert sets has a Rockie in it, which pleases me.  Between that fact and the fact that Carlos Gonzalez is card #1 in this set, it's good to FINALLY see Colorado get a tiny bit of love from Topps or any card company for that matter.

Will I Collect This Set: A+++
Of course, this is the first master set I am going to attempt from the 21st century.  I will have a full wantlist up later this evening including the blue parallel which I am going to make an effort to collect as well.

Overall: A+/A
Aside from the one slightly damaged card and the 6 insert dupes (Dinger is going into the Rockie binder), this was a very successful blaster for me.  I added 58 out of a possible 62 base cards and several inserts which I didn't have.  Through three blasters I got 159/220 for the base set.  Sure I could have bought the entire set for less than the cost of the three blasters, but where is the fun in that?


Funner Here said...

I'm collecting the mascots--if you could set aside the dupes for me I'd appreciate it. I am also collecting Prez First Pitches, but that's it. I will look at your want list once you post it and I'm sure I can help you out.

Justin McLeod said...

It seems that everyone pulled that Reagan PFP but me. Good thing I traded for it-otherwise, I'd be going nuts snd buying blaster after blaster until I got it. By the way, tyhat is one yellow uniform on Cahill. Ouch.