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
A poly pack containing 15 cards
This is Series 2 of Topps’ inaugural Stadium Club issue in basketball
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?)
210 – Members Choice Michael Jordan (front and back)
227 – James Edwards (front and back)
247 – Shaquille O’Neal (front and back)
345 – Isaiah Morris (front only)
360 – Charles Barkley (front and back)
361 – David Robinson (front and back)
Beam Team – 5 – Scottie Pippen (front and back)
Beam Team – 12 – Kevin Johnson (front and back)
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.
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.
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.