Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 Topps Opening Day Review: Minnesota Twins

With only a handful of days until the actually opening of the baseball season, Topps Trading Cards has released their annual Opening Day set. This set is a simplistic version of their 2015 Topps set and it is the cheapest product offered by Topps. The lower cost makes this set perfect for younger collectors and it is any easy set for set builders to complete.

The base set includes 125 cards from Series One and 75 Series Two preview cards. Each card in the main set has multiple parallels such as Blue Opening Day, Opening Day 1/1, and four printing plates per card. The base set doesn't include an foil in the design but both Opening Day parallels feature a foil stamp with the date of MLB's Opening Day.

Unlike some other team's the Twins have a fairly strong presence in the base set and in the inserts. The Twins base set includes two veteran star players and some of the other young up-and-coming players that made a splash last season.

2015 Opening Day Base Set
30. Danny Santana
68. Joe Mauer
89. Brian Dozier
126. Oswaldo Arcia
168. Kennys Vargas

Danny Santana is not only featured in the base set, he's also in the "Franchise Flashbacks" set. This set profiles 20 different players wearing throwback uniforms. Joe Mauer is featured in the "Opening Day Stars" set, which are 3-D cards of some of the game's best players.

TC Bear makes the cut for two different Opening Day inserts. 25 different mascots have cards featured in the set and left-handed slugger is one of the lucky few. He's also one of five mascots to have a Mascot Autograph included in the set. TC Bear is one of two mascots to be featured in the "Team Spirit" insert set along with eight of the best players in the game.

In a unique feature, two Twins fans will have their photography used in the "Stadium Scenes #ToppsLive" set. Lance McKinnon and Tony Voda each took pictures at Target Field last year and published their photos on Instagram. Topps picked the best photos and used them on cards.

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