Thursday, November 2, 2017

Darryl Strawberry's Opening Day

Another Sportlots order, this one the 1999 Topps Opening Day card of Darryl Strawberry purchased from bkcardsx.

I will not pretend to understand the purpose of Opening Day. I never knew about it until I picked up the hobby again about two years ago and it seems to me that now it's released, what, before the actual opening day?

Now, no one asked for or probably cares about my opinions. But, here it is anyway. It seems to me it should commemorate all the players who played on Opening Day with photographs of them from that day. Kind of like what ToppsNow is doing. And that therefore it should be released after Opening Day, and the card back could or should have a summary of what that player did on Opening Day, and perhaps on previous Opening Day's. Topps could then offer three tiers of cards for collectors: buy just a player, a la carte; buy the team set, or buy the complete set. But only players with an official at-bat or appearance. Guys that dressed but didn't play get left out in the cold.

Congrats to the Houston Astros on winning the 2017 World Series. I already miss daily baseball.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I think most people got sick of the Opening Day set. Usually the only redeeming quality is some fun inserts like celebrations and mascots. The price point was always good too, but I think people have started to gravitate towards Bunt.

    1. Interesting. I'm still kind of stuck on collecting the base sets. I like my 2016 that I put together by hand, but I didn't keep any of the 2017 set. Just bought packs to send out.

  2. Kudos to Topps for capturing an awesome, well cropped action shot on this card.