Archive for Stadium Club

Breaking a lonely 2017 TSC Baseball Value Pack

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2017 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve always been a fan of Topps Stadium Club.  You can count me among the collectors who paid through the nose for singles of our favorite players from the original release in 1991. True story, I once road my bike three miles to drop $5 on a single Roger Clemens card from this set. Yes, that’s how it went when I was 11.

I digress, this year’s Stadium Club has been nearly impossible to find at retail. And I have not had time to hit my Local Card Shop to buy a hobby box.  Like most 2017 products that contain Aaron Judge, TSC has flown off the shelves.

But while shopping at WalMart with my son I managed to find a lonely Value Pack hanging on a peg hook. I had to snatch it up as it could be the one and only TSC pack I break this year.

And so, here are my results.


I did not pull any Aaron Judge cards, BUT I did pull a Andrew Benintendi rookie card, which features a cool photo of him robbing a homerun.


Other rookies in the pack included ones of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow and Renato Nunez of the Oakland Athletics.


Baseball legend Ted Williams always manages to find himself in this set, which is great because I love me some Teddy Ballgame. That said, the image used on his card this year made me stop immediately. It’s fantastic. Ted seemingly is doing push-ups in the outfield and there is a building in the background, making him seem larger than life. Great photo choice.


My lone insert in the pack is a “Scoreless Streak” Justin Verlander. Ho-hum, in my opinion. The reverse of the card mentions several dominant streaks by Verlander but doesn’t touch at all on anything from 2016. Go figure.


The remainder of the pack features a random mix of players, including Salvador Perez, Joe Panik, Trayce Thompson, Albert Almora, Adam Conley, a random appearance by Derrek Lee and a gold parallel of JJ Hardy.

It’s probably a good thing there was only one pack on the shelf. I have a tendency to mark out for TSC and likely would have bought more.  If I see some in the wild, I’ll probably consider purchasing more, but it’s not exactly something I’m going to go way out of my way for right now.

If anyone has any Clayton Kershaw cards from this set or any others, I’m openly trading for them — just don’t ask for any autos or hits in exchange.

’16 Stadium Club & ’15 Prism box breaks

Posted in Box / Pack Break, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

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I won a gift certificate from Blowout Cards earlier this year and it’d been sitting in my account for months.  I decided to use it last week and just a few days ago the boxes arrived. I love Stadium Club and Prizm offered two autos per box at a discounted price so it seemed like a decent buy.  Here are the results.

I’ll say this upfront. Panini America’s Prism is always fun to open, although I think we’d all like it more if the cards had logos. I like the design,  the quality of the cards and I the parallels. These boxes have two autos and four numbered parallels per box.  I did OK given the price point.  My autos were James McCann and Addison Russell, which was a parallel. My parallels included a Barry Bonds /125, Stephen Strasburg /99 and Cole Hamels /42.

 photo 1FDB2955-9BBF-4EA4-835C-9DC814AC92ED_zpsey0opswu.jpgThe real reason I decided to order the cards was because I really like Stadium Club. I love the photos, which is what brings be back to the product every year that Topps decides to bring it back.  As you know, each box contains two autographs and a slew of parallels and inserts.  My haul wasn’t half bad.  The autos included one of a young Mets pitcher Steven Matz whose signature I didn’t already own, and my parallels were solid — black parallels of Corey Seager and Babe Ruth, gold Mike Trout.  And I pulled one of those tough (1:256 packs) Triumvirate Illuminators (Prince Fielder) and a photo variation of Greg Maddux.

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2016 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw is my new favorite card

Posted in Misc., Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on July 8, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Being a card collector, new cards releases of my favorite players always bring joy into my life.  Roger Clemens will forever be my favorite player, but Clayton Kershaw is my second favorite. And his 2016 Stadium Club card is now my new favorite card.

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Take a look at this card and you see Kershaw celebrating with catcher AJ Ellis.  A keen Dodger fan knows this exact moment when the two embraced at the conclusion of Kershaw’s one-hit, 13-strikeout performance against the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 30, 2015, to clinch the National League West title on enemy territory — at AT&T Park.

I am not a Dodger fan. I am a Red Sox fan. But why is THIS card my new favorite?

Because I was there. And I also captured this moment from near the Giants’ bullpen along left field.

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It was a magical performance by Kershaw, who got the best of the Giants who were led into the game by their ace Madison Bumgarner. It was billed as a pitching classic from the start and while Bumgarner wasn’t great that night, Kershaw definitely was and now I will not only remember the performance based on what I saw, or the pictures I took, I will remember it with the assistance of this Topps Stadium Club card.

Thrift Treasures XLVII: The Detroit Lions Were A `Super Team’ in 1993

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on July 2, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

One of the things I absolutely love about thrifting is that you really never know what you’re going to find.

Take this little baggie of cards for instance:

At first glace, I could see a cool 1993 Stadium Club Detroit Lions Super Team insert card on top and a handful of Pokemon and Pocket Monster cards within the package. The gaming cards do nothing for me, so I won’t even mention them here.  But the card shown above did.  I mean, I literally found this a week after my recent Beckett Sports Card Monthly article hit shelves.  In that article I mentioned that the Super Team set (baseball, anyway) was one of my favorite inserts of the 1990s.

So I paid what you see above, 49 cents, to own this.  But when I opened the baggie, it was clear that this was no ordinary card.

It’s a sealed set!  This was the redeemed, WINNER! version.  These sealed sets were mailed to holder of the 1993 Stadium Club Super Team Detroit Lions card.  The bearer of the card mailed it in and in a few weeks time, this fine package was sent in return.  Each of the cards within are identical to the base card only it has a “Division Winner” stamp.

In case you’re wonder whose on back.  It’s Jason Hanson.

But now there is a dilemma.  Do I open it, scan each card and then try to move the set?  Or do I leave it sealed in all its glory?

While I’d like to see this beautiful card …

… I also do not want to end up looking at this …

… so I think I answered my own question.

You can see more Thrift Treasures here.

New $10 card shop challenge leads to a blast from the past

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

On Monday I threw down another $10 card shop challenge.  By now you should know the rules: Go to a local card shop, buy $10 worth of singles and post either via blog or Twitter your results.  The winner gets nothing but bragging rights.  Deadline will be Sunday at midnight Pacific.

Get it?  Got it?  Good.

Now that that is out of the way, check out what I found as I deviated from my plan on Monday.  I’ve yet to find my entry for this challenge, but I did discover that one of the shops in the area has 1991 Stadium Club football packs for $3.50 each.  I’m a baseball only collector, but I do have some emotional ties to some of the early 1990s football.  The premier edition of Stadium Club was uber-premium when I was a kid, and it’s still appealing today because of the Brett Favre rookie.

Anyhow, I ponied up for a few packs figuring that at least I could relive some memories of two decades gone by.  And let me tell you, the packs lived up to the hype I’d built in my own head.

There was no Favre, much to my chagrin.  BUT I did pull some of the coolest cards I remember from the set.

First off, the Emmitt Smith card was one of the hottest non-rookie cards from the set.  In 1991, Emmitt was still a young powerful runner who had yet to fully leave his mark on the game.  And we all know that youth, exceptional skill and premium early cards of such players always command top dollar … well in the time they were released anyway.  I never owned a copy of this card because it always commanded close to $20.  In 1991, that was a lot.

This card is so bad-ass.  Love that panoramic view of Emmitt busting through the line on high-gloss card stock.  Granted I was a Buffalo Bills fan at the time and Emmitt torched the Bills constantly, especially when it counted.  But this card was iconic.  Even 20 years after its release it’s still breathtaking.  And to make things better, I pulled it from a pack with my own two hands.

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During the hayday of my football collecting, there were two players I idolized the most, and neither of them were in a position of throwing or catching the ball.  They were bad-ass pass rushers who got paid to crush people carrying the football.  They were Bruce Smith and Derrick Thomas.

Look at this card.  Seriously, look at it!

D-T just walloped Wade Wilson and some photographer got a picture of him standing over the QB celebrating … and Topps had the balls to put the image on the card!  Freakin’ LOVE this card.

Caption: “Yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh Suucccckkkkkkaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”

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And here’s where the groans come in …

If this were 1991, this card would be in some dealer’s showcase sporting a $20 price tag.  Hell, if you walk into the right card shop today, you might still find one in a Card Saver I without a penny sleeve and still priced as if Ice Cube still hadn’t had a Good Day.

But here’s where my story gets better.  The card shop where I bought these packs on Monday was a place I discovered in 1991 … when this product was blazing hot.  And guess what I actually bought during that first trip.  A Todd Marinovich.  How’s that for full circle.

VIDEO BREAK: DISCOUNT 2008 Stadium Club Baseball

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , on October 26, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

One blaster of discount 2008 Stadium Club baseball and a 2009 ‘Fan Pack.” I actually hit an auto in the Blaster. Enjoy:

*For some people, the video is not playing here. Yu can also view it HERE.

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A note to readers of Cardboard Icons

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

sierra2In the upcoming weeks, my posts here will be less frequent as they have been in the past. At some point — possibly today (Friday) — my wife and I are expecting the birth of our first child. And when that process really starts moving, I’m not going to have a chance to leave this note here telling you such.

I’m sure at some point during this process I’ll wish I was on vacation — perhaps like my friend Mr. Ruben Sierra here — but reality is that things are about to change in my life. This also means a shift in priorities. Continue reading