Guess it can't all be good.
This time of year always brings out the collecting warm and fuzzies in me too. It was in the spring that I went from "kid with baseball cards" to "baseball card collector."
I've written before about how opening packs of Opening Day and Topps in my Easter basket in 2000. It was the first time I felt absolutely enamored with cards, and kept couldn't get enough of either set.
There was something so cool about Opening Day, with the giant foil stamp. In the days before Opening Day being overloaded with inserts, the best it had to offer was a preview of some cards in series 2. I mean, there were autographs. But your odds of being blasted to the moon were better than hitting an auto.
Today Opening Day is a fairly lazy, kid-friendly set. We get the same mascot cards year over year. Two of the insert designs this year are exactly the same as the freaking base cards. Remember when an insert was called that because it was...different?
It's some of those fun subtleties that make it more than just a lower end clone of Topps. And that's a glorious thing in this collector's eyes. While Opening Day is getting a little too formulaic for my liking the last two or three years, phoning it in with recycled insert concepts or oddball stuff like ballpark food, nearly 20 years later it's still my first go-round with the set that has given it a special place in my collecting heart.
So happy home opener for those the teams kicking off their season today. I'll be watching on tv this year, glad I'm not trudging through snow.