1992-93 Topps Stadium Club Series 2 Poly Box

After being disappointed with my Series 1 break of 1992-93 Stadium Club, I’m not exactly eager to rip this box.

The sealed box containing 36 poly packs

1992-93 Stadium Club Series 2 Poly Box

A poly pack containing 15 cards

1992-93 Stadium Club Series 2 Poly Pack

Description

This is Series 2 of Topps’ inaugural Stadium Club issue in basketball

Cost

This box cost $28.99 ($19.00 bid + $9.99 s/h).   Series 2 runs higher than Series 1 because of the coveted Beam Team inserts found in Series 2.

Possible cards, inserts, and parallels

Base set – 200 cards
Beam Team insert – 21 cards (1:18 packs?)

Base cards

210 – Members Choice Michael Jordan (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club 210 Michael Jordan front 1992-93 Stadium Club 210 Michael Jordan back

227 – James Edwards (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club 227 James Edwards front 1992-93 Stadium Club 227 James Edwards back

247 – Shaquille O’Neal (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club 247 Shaquille O'Neal front 1992-93 Stadium Club 247 Shaquille O'Neal back

345 – Isaiah Morris (front only)

1992-93 Stadium Club 345 Isaiah Morris front

360 – Charles Barkley (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club 360 Charles Barkley front 1992-93 Stadium Club 360 Charles Barkley back

361 – David Robinson (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club 361 David Robinson front 1992-93 Stadium Club 361 David Robinson back

Inserts

Beam Team – 5 – Scottie Pippen (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team 5 Scottie Pippen front 1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team 5 Scottie Pippen back

Beam Team – 12 – Kevin Johnson (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team 12 Kevin Johnson front 1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team 12 Kevin Johnson back

Summary

  • contents
    Like Series 1, Series 2 is a big box with 36 packs of 15 cards each.  This box gave one complete set, but I didn’t get two sets like I did in the Series 1 box.
  • base cards
    I didn’t like the photography in the Series 1 cards.  I thought that the images all looked a bit yellow.  To my untrained eye, I think that the images in Series 2 look better with better color balance.
  • card backs 1 – player ratings
    I have already noted that the player rating system on the card backs looks like a 0-5 point system, but nobody gets less than a 3.0 in any category.  Some players get 3.0 ratings, but almost nobody gets a 5.0.  David Robinson (pictured above) is an exception because he got a 5.0 in two different categories.  The Admiral indeed!
  • card backs 2 – first Topps card image
    Each base card has a picture of the player’s first Topps card on the back.  Since Topps didn’t issue a single basketball card from the end of the 1981-82 NBA season until the 1992-93 season, most players’ first Topps cards are either from the 1992-93 Topps or 1992-93 Stadium Club sets.  What was a really nice feature in the baseball, football, and hockey Stadium Sets looks a bit silly in the basketball set.  I show the card of James Edwards above.  His first Topps card was from the 1980-81 set.
  • horizontal poses
    I didn’t notice any horizontal shots in Series 1.  Series 2 has just a few (less than 10).  A horizontal pose of Isaiah Morris is shown above.  About half of the horizontal poses are just like that of Morris – pre-game stretching.  The other half are in-game action shots.
  • Beam Team inserts
    I opened a 1992-93 Topps Series 2 box some weeks ago and didn’t get any Beam Team inserts.  I was not happy.  Fortunately, this box was more generous, and I pulled two of the Stadium Club version of the Beam Team cards.  The Beam Team cards were named after a traveling NBA half time laser show.  A page over on Beckett gives a nice summary.  Topps liked the idea so much that the Beam Team inserts later became synonymous with all the different sports covered by Stadium Club.
  • condition
    Old cards tend to stick together after around 20 years in a tight wrapper.  These cards just barely stuck to one another – not bad at all.  Just don’t be too disappointed or shocked if the cards in your 90s sealed backs are fused into a single block of cardboard.
  • conclusion
    I was disappointed with the Series 1 break.  I’m more impressed after ripping the Series 2 box.  The photography seems better, and getting the inserts is always a bonus.
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