Q&A: Did Topps Issue Boxes Of 1992 Stadium of Stars Cards?

Question: Hi!  I came across this odd card of Larry King.  It appears to be from 1992 Topps Stadium of Stars.  Did Topps issue boxes for this set?  What can you tell me about it?

Answer: No.  Topps did not issue these in the traditional box format.  The year was 1992, and the 13th National Sports Collectors Convention was being held in Atlanta, GA.  For the first time in it’s thirteen year existence, Topps decided to setup a booth.  Used as a promotional giveaway, Topps created a 13-card set entitled Stadium of Stars.

  • Bruce Jenner
  • John Wooden
  • Joan Lunden
  • Lou Holtz
  • Chris McCarron
  • Nick Charles
  • Larry King
  • Ann Meyers
  • LeRoy Neiman
  • Wilma Rudolph
  • Bob Costas
  • Nancy Lopez
  • Jim Beckett III

The exact number of cards handed out during the show is unknown.  Every celebrity on the checklist received (500) copies to hand out at their discretion.  Two jumbo-size cards were also printed for each individual.  One was given to the celebrity, and the other was autographed.  The signed version was auctioned off, and the money went to a specific charity chosen by that celebrity.

Topps sold 5,000 uncut sheets to dealers at the show.  From time to time one of those will popup.  I believe Jim Beckett III was a late addition and/or had to be obtained differently compared to the others.  You can find his single card on the secondary market, but its not pictured on any of the promotional material like the uncut sheet.  An oversize souvenir sheet featuring these cards is suppose to be floating around too.

A complete set is worth about $30-$50.

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Willie Mays Did Not Sign For The 2001 Fleer Stitches In Time Set

FreedomCardBoard.com has a really nice piece written up about the 2001 Fleer Stitches In Time set.  This Negro League driven set is one of the best out there and is undervalued in the hobby today.  The set consists of inserts, relics, and autographs.

One thing that can not be reiterated enough is that Willie Mays never signed the cards Fleer printed for this set.  Mays doesn’t like to sign items associated with the Negro Leagues.  I guess Fleer just thought Mays would sign them so they printed the cards up anyway.  The worst thing that could have happened, was having these unsigned cards find their way onto the secondary market.  It leaves the door wide open for counterfeiters.

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This is an example of the unsigned card that found its way out.  Its just sitting there inviting a counterfeiter to forge the autograph.  Not only does it have the blank area for the signature, but on the back is the Fleer COA.

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This is a perfect example of a forgery.  Some poor collector recently purchased it for $125.00.  In my opinion, the last name looks nothing like “Mays”.

I own a Willie Mays 2001 Fleer Stitches In Time relic, and its one of my favorite cards in my personal collection.