Tuesday, March 19, 2013
2013 Topps Opening Day Rack Pack
I came across some rack packs of Opening Day while on a diaper run and had to grab one.
I love how they stacked the OD logo and the Rookie Cup. You almost don't even see the cup at first.
These cards really bothered me, though. I guess the cards weren't the problem, but Topps was...er...is. This rack pack has 27 cards for around $3.50. That's about 13 cents per card. Topps Flagship retail packs and rack packs are considerably higher than that.
It's high time Topps combined OD and Flagship. The most obvious problem is that it doesn't make any sense for OD to come out after Series 1. Aside from that, OD cards without the foil just plain look better. They're easier to read and there's no chance of foil crap-ups.
I get that hits in OD are very rare...more rare than Flagship, anyway. I understand that raises the price. Here's the solution: reduce the number of hits in retail. Most people don't buy retail for the hits. Most people that buy retail just want to rip some cards or maybe complete a set. Reduce the hits in retail. Hell, put the hits you take out of retail in the hobby boxes.
Make Flagship a product where a 12-card pack costs $1.50, and a rack pack is less than $5.
As for inserts and parallels, OD has Flagship whooped this year.
The blue parallels are just like the Emerald parallels, only they are blue. Therefore, they are miles better than the green ones. They do have the foil Opening Day date on them, which I could live without. The OD Stars cards are fantastic once again. Topps has to have figured out by now that the 3-D style cards are awesome. I don't know why they aren't found more often in Flagship. I like the Ballpark fun insert set. This is what the Pie-in-the-Face SPs from a couple of years ago should have been...an insert.
One beef with the blue parallel, though, is Topps use of the black numbering on the back. If you can stamp a foil date on the front, or foil names on every flagship card, you can stamp foil numbers on the back. It makes a HUGE difference.
Nitpicking aside, I think OD is a homerun this year.