With Stadium Club we see another release during the summer of the hobby spike. Other releases this summer are almost immediately spiking in price, to the point that people are going around, cleaning out retail and immediately trying to resell for three times the price online. It’s not really clear what’s driving this excitement. Is it the rush for the hot new prospect? Maybe. It doesn’t feel like a huge influx of people trying to collect the cards, but that’s difficult to be sure in the middle of a release.
This isn’t normally a prospect heavy release, so despite high quality images on high quality cards, with on card autographs, for whatever reason, the release just isn’t as popular. The base set of 300 cards features many stars from today, as well as heroes from the past. There are the usual parallels involving different foil on the cards, as well as a subset with the cards in a chrome finish. You also have a few regular insert sets back again this year, but inserts are not really what drives this product.
Each box contains 16 packs of 8 cards and advertises 2 autographs per box.
Stadium Club is known for many things, primarily high quality cards with even higher quality photography. This year is no exception. You’ll find some of the most interesting photos available on cards. The formula is pretty straight forward. There are still parallels and insert sets, but even many of the insert sets are the same as previous years.
That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with that. It’s a great set featuring a combination of veterans, rookies, and all time greats. The cards really speak for themselves, as it’s a set that doesn’t really on gimmicks to get attention. You’re not chasing a ton of Short Prints to complete the base set, but there are alternative image variations available.
A hobby box contains 16 packs with 8 cards per pack. Two on card autographs are advertised per box.
I really like the Stadium Club releases. It focuses on pictures from the game, without having to rely on gimmicks to sell the cards. It has its share of inserts and parallels, but the picture quality is still king.
The set can be a little daunting to put together from packs, however. A hobby box contains 16 packs with 8 cards in each pack, with the base set consisting of 300 cards. It features mostly current players, with some legends in the mix as well. Each box advertises 2 on-card autographs, as well. The autograph checklist is fairly big, but there are still some big names like hot rookies Gleyber Torres and Ronald Acuna, as well as many other stars of the game.
The year of the Judge continues with the Stadium Club release. While Aaron Judge has seemingly driven a lot more attention on the hobby, he has already really inflated the release prices for unopened packs. Will he live up to the hype? Time will tell. Will the product live up to the prices? Well, that will be a taller order, if you don’t hit a Judge.
The Stadium Club release seems to have really hit its stride. We’ve come to expect unique images on nicer card stock, along with on card autographs. It’s a simple set, but very visually appealing. There are also a few parallels and inserts, but the main set is really the focus. A hobby box features 16 packs of 8 cards each, with 2 on-card autographs.
I’m glad to see Stadium Club as a regular offering. It really fills a niche that Topps otherwise doesn’t address. You get top not photography on full bleed cards, with a glossy high quality stock. There’s a lot to like about it. Add in that you’re starting to see recurring insert sets, and you really start to get a feeling of continuity, You get a nice mix of current stars, rookies, and stars from the past.
The full set is 300 cards, so it’s not a real easy set, but at least there are no SPs involved. Each box contains 16 packs of 8 cards, including 2 on card autographs per box.