Category Archives: Stadium Club

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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1992-93 Topps Stadium Club Series 1 Poly Box

The sealed box containing 36 poly packs

1992-93 Topps Stadium Club Series 1 Poly Box

A poly pack containing 15 cards

1992-93 Topps Stadium Club Series 1 Poly Pack

Description

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.

Cost

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

Base cards

1 – Michael Jordan (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club 1 Michael Jordan front 1992-93 Stadium Club 1 Michael Jordan back

32 – Magic Johnson (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club 32 Magic Johnson front 1992-93 Stadium Club 32 Magic Johnson back

33 – Larry Bird (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club 33 Larry Bird front 1992-93 Stadium Club 33 Larry Bird back

189 – Checklist 1 (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club 189 Checklist 1 front 1992-93 Stadium Club 189 Checklist 1 back

200 – Members Choice John Stockton (front and back)

1992-93 Stadium Club 200 Members Choice John Stockton front 1992-93 Stadium Club 200 Members Choice John Stockton back

Summary

  • contents
    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.
  • condition
    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.
  • conclusion
    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.