The sealed box containing 36 poly packs
A poly pack containing 15 cards
Topps returned to basketball in 1992-93. Their return didn’t just extend to their flagship set. It also included their relatively new Stadium Club line.
This box cost $19.75 ($15.59 bid + $4.16 s/h). I wouldn’t brag about that price.
Possible cards, inserts, and parallels
Base set – 200 cards
1 – Michael Jordan (front and back)
32 – Magic Johnson (front and back)
33 – Larry Bird (front and back)
189 – Checklist 1 (front and back)
200 – Members Choice John Stockton (front and back)
This is one of those big mama boxes – 36 packs with 15 cards each. With a base set of 200 cards, this box gave two complete sets and a mess of additional cards.
- base cards
This set looks just like the baseball version of Stadium Club. One thing that strikes me about these cards (the basketball cards) is that the images all look a little too yellow. The baseball version looks crisp and bright, but these are a bit yellow like all the players have jaundice. Maybe the indoor lighting of basketball just doesn’t work as well.
- card backs
These cards show a rating system on the back. The system is attributed to The Sporting News. If that’s true, then The Sporting News doesn’t know squat about rating basketball players. It’s more likely that Topps somehow conned The Sporting News to pay a little money to get their name on the backs of these cards. Regardless, players are rated in areas like Shooting Range, Intimidation, Defense, etc. Players could be rated as high a 5.0 in a given category. Jordan got one of the rare 5.0 scores under the category Running the Floor (huh?). If 5.0 is the maximum, then 0.0 is likely the minimum. Well, no. The lowest score I saw was a 3.0. I think Topps was afraid to give too low of a score. I might do a post on these cards sometime later.
- Members Choice cards
The last 10 base cards are a subset called Members Choice. I don’t know how they were selected, but the included players were a bit different from what I expected. Jordan and Magic are absent. Players like David Robinson, Derrick Coleman, Scottie Pippen, and John Stockton made the list. This subset doesn’t add much to the overall set.
I have opened old packs of Stadium Club before and been disappointed at the condition of the cards. For whatever reason, these cards can really stick to each other, and the finish gets ripped off the cards. This particular box survived the past 20 years very well. The cards were still completely free from one another. Just be warned that these old boxes with glossy card stock can be a crap shoot. If you buy a box that was stored in a car trunk in Alabama, then the cards will be junk.
I guess these were very impressive cards back in 1992. Compare them to what Fleer, SkyBox, and Hoops were putting out, and I admit that Stadium Club is pretty nice. The yellowish images really bum me out though. I just can’t get turned on to these cards. That doesn’t bode well for next week when I’m going to rip a box of Series 2 packs.