Beckett Set Notes (verbatim from Beckett pack page)
“This 165-card set was released early in 2005. The set features a mix of players from either series of the 2005 basic Topps set with the only difference being an opening day logo on the card.”
$1.17 on eBay (part of a lot of three random packs on eBay)
Opening Day is Topps bargain basement brand that gives budget-conscious fans an affordable product with a small base set. Being such a no-frills set, I would guess that all packs are the same with no distinctions between retail and hobby (but I could be wrong). Unlike last week’s pack, this one seems to be completely intact.
Insert / Parallel List (taken from pack)
Autograph Group A – 1:852
Autograph Group B – 1:1,192
59 – Phil Nevin
77 – Barry Zito
11 – Randy Wolf
69 – Richie Sexson
70 – Curt Schilling
42 – Carl Crawford
77 – Barry Zito (with back)
Topps of the Class Card
I like these cards. The fact that the design is the same as the main Topps set is a bit of a let down, but that lets the price stay low. If this kind of product allows kids to buy some cards (while their dad buys something nicer), then it’s great. I would like some more inserts and parallels, but that is not the point of Opening Day. For my personal tastes, I probably won’t be looking for a cheap box of 2005 Topps Opening Day to have a go at completing a base set. Of course, if the price is right, I might change my mind.
The Topps of the Class card is kind of interesting. Students were to go to a local hobby shop and show their report card in exchange for some kind of sampling of cards. There is no mention of a GPA requirement. Apparently, the prerequisite for being in the Topps of the Class program was having enough money to buy some cards.