2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball Review

The start to the 2022 Major League Baseball season may be delayed. However, this year’s release of Topps Opening Day Baseball is right on schedule! Hobby boxes will be available on March 9. Blaster boxes will be released two weeks later. So it is time for our 2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball review.

2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball is perfect for kids who love baseball. The release carries a 220-card base set. It features this year’s rookies and the game’s best players. Additionally, seven insert sets showcase the experience of attending a game. There are even a few autographs and memorabilia cards.

 History of Topps Opening Day Baseball

The Topps’ Opening Day Baseball line debuted in 1998. It was sold as an affordable set geared towards younger fans. Indeed, that remains its purpose.

The photos and designs for the Opening Day line are similar to the main Topps release. The differentiating factor is the Opening Day logo. In addition, some inserts are very explicitly geared towards younger fans. For example, mascots and other stadium fun.

A cool feature of this release are the Opening Day Edition parallels. These base set variation cards are numbered based on the year. Therefore, this year’s parallels are numbered to /2,022.

Topps Opening Day has the occasional banger like this Blue Foil Shohei Ohtani rookie card. Look for more Shohei Opening Day rookies on eBay.

The 2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball Review Of What’s Hot

If you know a young baseball fan or are looking to introduce your child to the sport, this is the set. It’s an affordable option offering a bunch of inserts kids will love. Of course, there’s no guarantee your child will unwrap a coveted autograph or memorabilia card. However, it will be a fantastic surprise if they do.

The 2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball Review Of What’s Not

There are a few chances for coveted cards. However, nothing beyond inserts is guaranteed. Therefore, it’s a set of mostly base cards. Accordingly, wax won’t grow in value. And that’s okay! Kids deserve a fun product that adults won’t fight over.

The 2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball Review Of Formats

Get your 2022 Topps Opening Day Hobby Box. 

Topps will release 2022 Opening Day Baseball in two formats. Hobby boxes and blaster boxes. Hobby boxes are slated to hit the shelves on March 9. Meanwhile, blaster boxes will drop on March 23.

Although hobby boxes usually carry a high price tag, Opening Day Baseball is meant for a younger audience. Therefore, it can be pre-ordered for $64.95. Kids will find a bunch of fun inserts. Meanwhile, a lucky few will snag a cool autograph or relic piece. Blaster boxes are even more affordable. They are currently available for pre-order at $24.95. Unfortunately, there are no guaranteed pulls or exclusive cards in either format, However, inserts tend to fall one per pack.

I hope this set will introduce the next generation to collecting.

Hobby Box

  • 7 cards per pack
  • 36 packs per box
  • 252 total cards
  • Release Date: March 9, 2022
  • Price: $64.95 (pre-order)

Blaster Box

  • 7 cards per pack
  • 22 packs per box
  • 154 total cards
  • Release Date: March 23, 2022
  • Price: $24.95 (pre-order)

Look for 2022 Topps Opening Day blasters on eBay. 

2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball Review Of The Checklist 

220 cards make up the base set. Additionally, there are a bunch of inserts that depict the game off the diamond. Furthermore, there are a few autographs and memorabilia cards. These, however, are not the focus of this release.

Parallels

  • Opening Day Edition – /2,022
  • Opening Day One-of-One Edition – 1/1
  • Printing Plates (Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) – 1/1

Inserts

 There are three new inserts in the 2022 release. Meanwhile, a few Opening Day Baseball fan-favorite inserts return. The three new sets are Bomb Squad, Luck of the Irish, and Triple Play.

The Bomb Squad set comprises 25 of baseball’s best power hitters. They include Giancarlo Stanton, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Shohei Ohtani. All three players are featured in the Bomb Squad set.

In addition, there are a few past players alongside current stars. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Babe Ruth are three Hall of Famers present.

Kids might remember seeing players wear green jerseys in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Photographs from those games are featured in the Luck of the Irish set. There are 20 players in this set, including Byron Buxton, Rafael Devers and Alex Kirilloff.

The final new insert set and my personal favorite is Triple Play. Kids today likely won’t recognize these cards playing off Topps’ 1980 basketball set. However, they will identify the stars featured on the cards. 10 cards make up the Triple Play insert set. They include baseball’s best Jr.’s — Ronald Acuña Jr., Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Fernando Tatis Jr. The nine other cards are as follows:

  • Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon

  • Atlanta Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr., Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman

  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Clayton Kershaw

  • Toronto Blue Jays: Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Teoscar Hernández

  • New York Mets: Pete Alonso, Jacob deGrom, Francisco Lindor

  • New York Yankees: Gerrit Cole, Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu

  • Boston Red Sox: Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Alex Verdugo

  • San Diego Padres: Eric Hosmer, Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr.

  • Chicago White Sox: Eloy Jiménez, Luis Robert, José Abreu

As we have seen, old inserts are returning.  Below is a breakdown of the repeating sets: Dugout Peeks, Mascots, Walk This Way, and Opening Day Checklists.

Look for 2022 Topps Opening Day Wander Franco rookie cards on eBay. 

  • Dugout Peeks: casual, fun looks into the dugouts

    • 25 cards
    • Highlighted by Wander Franco, Fernando Tatis Jr., Mike Trout, Ronald Acuña Jr., and Bryce Harper
  • Mascots: celebrates mascots from around the league

    • 24 cards
    • Features mascots from 22 teams
  • Walk This Way: shots from walk-off home runs

    • 25 cards
    • Highlighted by J.T. Realmuto, Jesús Aguilar, Javier Báez, Andrew McCutchen, and Tim Anderson
  • Opening Day Checklists: photos from Opening Day in 2021

    • 15 cards
    • Checklists for the Yankees, Tigers, Brewers, Cubs, Phillies, Rockies, Padres, Reds, Royals, Marlins Angels, Athletics, Mariners, Red Sox, and Nationals

2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball Autographs

Autographs are not guaranteed in boxes. However, 2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball features ink. The only new autograph line is the Dual Autograph Diamond Relic Book Card set. It includes five foldable, booklet-like cards. They display a player on each side, complete with autographs and stadium dirt. The checklist for those five cards is below.

  • Chicago White Sox: José Abreu and Tim Anderson
  • Boston Red Sox: Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers
  • Oakland Athletics: Matt Olson and Matt Chapman
  • New York Yankees: DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge
  • Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani

Seven other autograph sets are returning. They include:

  • Opening Day Autos: 29 players from the base set featured with autographs
  • Image Variations Autos: 15 players autographed their short-print image variation cards, all numbered /10
  • Autographed Diamond Relics: 6-card set featuring stadium dirt and autographs
  • Ballpark Profile Autos: 5-card set featuring broadcasters around baseball
  • Luck of the Irish Autos: 10 players from the insert set featured with autographs
  • Mascot Autos: 7 signed cards from MLB mascots
  • Mascot Auto Relics: 3-card set featuring mascot-worn memorabilia and autographs

Topps Opening Day is not known for its autos. But it has some cool ones, and they are available on eBay.

2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball Memorabilia

Wrapping up our checklist section for 2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball is memorabilia. Dispersed into random packs are cards featuring game-used gear, mascot-worn material, and lots of stadium dirt. The six memorabilia sets are detailed below.

  • Opening Day Relics: 25-card set with game-used gear
  • Diamond Relics: 26-card set with stadium dirt
  • Major League Mementos: 10-card set with memorabilia from around the ballpark
  • Mascot Relics: 10-card set of mascot-worn memorabilia
  • Mascot Patch Relics: 10-card set with patches of fan-favorite mascots
  • Turf War Dual Diamond Relics: 8-card set featuring rival players on the front and back with stadium dirt

Topps Opening Day is perhaps best known for its mascot cards, including autos and patches. Get these awesome cards on eBay. 

2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball Review Of Value

This product isn’t meant to be an investment. The only recent release that remains well above retail price is the 2018 edition. Why? The chance to pull a Shohei Ohtani rookie card. Here’s how previous releases hold value.

2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball Hobby Box $145
2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Hobby Box $80
2020 Topps Opening Day Baseball Hobby Box $65
2021 Topps Opening Day Baseball Hobby Box $57

Bottomline Of The 2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball Review

Topps intends Opening Day Baseball for young fans. They’ll find a variety of base and insert cards for an affordable price. There’s also a chance to pull parallels. However, don’t expect that to happen.

2022 Topps Opening Day Baseball is a fun product for kids. Therefore, let the kids play!

Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill is a freelance writer with sports bylines at Baseball Prospectus, Fish Stripes, and Pitcher List. She also writes about mental health and recently founded a nonprofit. When she’s not fighting stigma or exploring Baseball Savant visuals, you can find Nicole enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book. View her portfolio at NicoleCahill.com or find her on Twitter at @NicoleCahill_


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