Sunday, July 3, 2016

Just One Pack of . . . 2016 Topps Stadium Club

 Future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre. The Triumvirate insert is back again - the "illuminator" refers to the shiny refractor-like surface. The scan doesn't really do it justice.
 Some of the better cards in the pack - I'm guessing that cards like Biggio's will be pretty common in Stadium Club from now on - recently inducted Hall of Famers and recently retired stars (like Chipper Jones last year) standing at a podium. I actually like it, the guy isn't an active player anymore, so unless you've got a fantastic action shot that hasn't been used, why not feature them doing something else?
 There's a free photo suggestion for Panini on the Adam Jones card - a great shot and just a tiny Oriole logo in the top right that you could photoshop out. I haven't played fantasy baseball in a few years, so I had no idea who Shawn Tolleson was- so it was a good thing there was solid info on the back of his card. This was probably a pretty important game that he was pitching in...
 Here are the backs - I dunno, would that count as a night card? Probably not.
Here is the rest of the pack - I get the comparison from Mark Kaz to 1997 Fleer -

1997 Fleer #342 - Craig Biggio - Courtesy of
1997 Fleer #342 - Craig Biggio

There are no new ideas, it seems...


  1. I think that shot of Baez is from game 4 of the NLDS last year when he hit a three run blast to give the Cubs the lead. Sweet card right there!

    1. I bet you're right, it's definitely a playoff game, and based on the crowd behind him, something good just happened.

  2. 97 Fleer immediately came to mind when I first saw this year's effort. The photos look nice as always, doesn't seem like they put a lot of effort into the design otherwise

    1. It's generally a good idea to feature the photo, I wonder if anyone at Topps noticed the similarities - if they chose to ignore it, or if no one cared.