Monday, April 6, 2015

Opening Day On Opening Day

Over the weekend I saw something I hadn't seen in many years...a box of card pack being sold at a checkout stand. For some reason the Target I visited had a box of Topps Opening Day right there on the shelves along side the multi-packs of disposable lighters and Burt's Bees lip balm. The last time I saw anything like that was in the early 90s when our local Albertson's had Pro Set football boxes next to the register.

I'll spare you my curmudgeonly rant about how I don't understand the point of a set that's pretty much the same as the regular set. I'm sure there are plenty of reasons for it. At least it runs a buck a pack. I wouldn't have bought a pack had the box been the regular 2015 Topps. Not for three dollars a throw.

So for the low, low price of 99 cents I bought a pack. I was hoping for either an Oriole or someone on my newly minted fantasy team. I got neither but I at least got a card of one of my favorite non-Orioles, Andrew McCutchen. His flying braids always make for a cool card.

My pack also has a shiny sort of card. I think Drew Smyly was on my fantasy team a couple of years ago when he pitched to Detroit(?). The fantasy team that made me swear I'd never have another fantasy baseball team.

This is the Twins' mascot? A bear?

This one is for Ana Lu. Tongue is love.

I guess this card had Jose Abreu listed because he is in that pile of guys after a walk off or something. Seems more like a White Sox team card to me.

I also got a rookie card of a guy with a really long name. But I liked the photo so I scanned it.

There was a game last night but today, for almost everyone else, is Opening Day. I wish they still had a Reds' afternoon game as the official opener but whatever. I hope your team wins today. Enjoy!


  1. Dig that Obama card! (He's okay for a White Sox fan). I somewhat resent Opening Day cards, myself.

  2. A. Congratulations on the Orioles win.
    B. At least the Twins named their mascot. The Braves, Orioles, White Sox, and Royals mascot cards are nameless in the set.
    C. The Abreu card is a perfect example of "cardfoolery".
    D. Nice action shot of Obama.

    1. 'Least your mascots rated a card!

    2. They couldn't even call the O's mascot 'The Bird'? Jeez. I got a picture with him in Sarasota. I found out he 'whistles'. I thought all mascots were mute.

  3. WoW! You got the Hunter 'tongue' Pence card! That has to be a great pack!