When I was a kid, some of the first packs of cards that I opened were 1992 Topps and Stadium Club Baseball. At the time I wasn’t sure what to do with them though. I can remember lying them out on the floor and looking at the pictures. Once I was finished, I’d put them all in a small Keds shoe box. Photography is what makes the Stadium Club brand so great. It was popular throughout the 90s, but then fizzled out. It’s comeback has been a bit bumpy, but I think the 2015 version really hits the nail on the head.
The 2015 Topps Stadium Club Baseball base set sits at (300) cards. The photography is out of this world good. In an age where autographs, relics, and parallels rule the hobby, you’ll find yourself stopping to look at the base cards. That’s something which is quite rare today. Each box comes with (2) on-card autographs. Inside every pack you should find at least (1) parallel or insert.
This is one of those products where you need to pay close attention to what you’re pulling out. That unnumbered parallel you just pulled could be rarer than everything else in the box. Topps recently posted the print runs of the unnumbered base parallels on their newly launched blog. Those Members Only parallels are case hits and apparently only have a print run of seven each.
In addition to all the parallels, Topps included some fun inserts to chase as well. Triumvirates are a staple to the Stadium Club brand. These die-cut cards can be put together like a small puzzle. Crystal Ball inserts made their debut in 1995 Stadium Club and Topps has brought them back for 2015. The Crystal Ball inserts fall one per case and are extra thick. They look a little unusual, but that certainly isn’t a bad thing. The hobby needs a little more unusual.
Some of the more difficult autographed cards to pull include the 1992 Stadium Club Buybacks. Limited to only five copies, they include guys like Ken Griffey, Jr., Randy Johnson, and Nolan Ryan. Most of these seem to be redemptions though.
Hobby boxes currently are selling for $70.00. Retail boxes are available.
Here is what I pulled:
- Dilson Herrera RC
- Maikel Franco RC
- Troy Tulowitzki Contact Sheet Gold #’ed/50
- Yordano Ventura Black #’ed/201
- Xander Bogaerts Black #’ed/201
- Andy Van Slyke Gold
- Wade Davis Gold
- Kris Bryant RC Gold
- Rusney Castillo RC Gold
- Drew Stubbs Gold
- Dalton Pompey RC Gold
- R.A. Dickey Gold
- Jake Peavy Gold
- Fred McGriff Gold
- Paul Goldschmidt Contact Sheet #CS-14
- Bryce Harper Contact Sheet #CS-22
- Jose Abreu True Colors #TCA-JA
- Albert Pujols True Colors #TCA-AP
- Alex Gordon Luminous Triumvirate #T-8C
- Stephen Strasburg Luminous Triumvirate #T-6B
- Kris Bryant #300