Tuesday, August 2, 2016

REVIEW:2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball (Autograph Giveaway!)

2016 marks the third year return of Topps Stadium Club. A favorite among many collectors including myself. One of the most important aspects of Stadium Club is the base card photography.

So let's take a look at my thoughts and some of those famous Stadium Club images on cardboard.


In every box of 2016 Topps Stadium Club is 16 packs with 8 Cards Per Pack. Each box has
Two Autographs and each pack has one base parallel or one insert. Boxes currently can be had for $75.

Alright. You have to admit, I will, the biggest reason to buy Stadium Club is because of the images on the base set. Yes, a base set. Something that a lot of us forget about but not Topps, not Stadium Club and not Sooz who got to choose these beautiful photos. Well done Sooz.

The base set is built of 300 cards with legends of past, today and future. There are also 25 base card variations that fall at a tough 2 per case.

I picked out a few of my favorite base cards from my box and here they are.

The Kid, being the kid. When I picture Ken, I see this and I obviously had to include him here.
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Randy is tall, mean (on the baseball field not sure about in person) and watching himself walk out onto the field behind him. I love the imagery. Creates a cool appeal.

Showcasing players showing off their cardboard at what I assume Topps headquarters, brilliant.


It's raining, it's pouring....


And finally, there is just something about this image that warms my heart.
Now onto the base card parallels. Not that I wouldn't want to showcase even more base cards.

Golds fall 1 per pack or most commonly will be found.


Black Foil falls 1:8 packs.


Rainbow Foils fall at a tougher rate and are limited to just 25.

Other inserts not pulled in my box are:
  • Black and White Foil - 1:48
  • First Day Issue - limited to 10.
  • Members Only - 1 per case
ISOmetrics fall 2 per box. I landed Mke Trout so all is good. Gold parallels fall one per case.

Want that Finest, foil feel. Triumvirates fall one per box and same goes for Legends Die-Cuts. Both look great too.


Contact Sheet fall 1:8 packs. I like the design. Reminds me of something from the 90's


And finally, wouldn't be Stadium Club without Beam Team. Cool design and fall one per box.

Now onto the autographs which are on-card!!

Chris Heston is my first pull. It's my typical pull for this product from my past couple years of busting it.


Up next, probably my best pull from SC up to date. A Ketel Marte gold parallel auto that's numbered to 25.
Kind of a drunken signature however lol.

Other autograph finds I didn't pull are:
Lone Star Signatures:- Gold are numbered to 10.
- Orange are numbered 1/1.
Co-Signers: Dual autographed cards that are based on the popular 90's auto set. They are #'d to 5.
Buybacks: stamped with special foil.
1993 Autographed Buybacks have 10 different players with a special foil stamp and are #'d to 5.

My overall thoughts are very positive. The base cards are very worthwhile, the inserts look nice,  and on-card autographs are a bonus. My only problem is the price point. I think its just a tad, yes a tad, bit high. With the checklist being so deep with players, you could get autographs from top notch talent and then some not so much. With my success rate on it, I am more likely to pull the lesser talent. I would like to see this product more about the $60 range. 

But, Stadium Club overall is a worthy look. Not everyone will be a fan because the big hits may not be there as often (there are big hits to find but much tougher odds then a lot of products), but it has it's following and for those of us who like to reminisce, this is a good product to do that with.

Now it's time for the giveaway!
It's as easy as can be to enter to win this card:
  1. Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to host this/these nice giveaways with. Follow them on all social media sites and visit their site, HERE, as well.
  2. ***VERY IMPORTANT***MUST BE A U.S. RESIDENT to enter or have a shipping address in the U.S. Shipping costs have gone haywire and I can't afford to ship everywhere.This is always hard to do as I appreciate all readers but I hope you all understand non-U.S. readers.
  3. Random winner will be chosen after 7 randoms
  4. Card may be shipped PWE. I like to forewarn on this.
  5. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling me ONE PRO AND ONE CON OF THE PRODUCT.
  6. EARN AN EXTRA ENTRY FOR SHARING THIS CONTEST ON YOUR BLOG AND/OR ON TWITTER. Make sure to leave your link in comments too so I can count it. If not, I won't be able to give you the credit. Commenting with it is very important or you WILL LOSE OUT an extra entry!
  7. Sport Card Collectors or it's owner (person who runs the blog), WILL NOT be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged mail. Sorry had to add this in since someone tried to scam me once about this.
  8. Contest starts today, ends on August 11th 2016. Winner will be announced in a separate post on August 12th 2016
  9. Don't forget to thank the above sponsor of this contest and I won't mind a thank you as well :)
Good luck to all that enter and thanks for reading!

30 comments:

  1. Thanks for the contest! Stadium Club always has some pretty cool photos. It can run a bit pricey per card, though, for those trying to build the set.

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  2. Thanks for the contest. Stadium Club is pretty much the only set I think about putting together every year. As Defgav said it gets a little pricey per card if you buy the box, but it is top notch quality.

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  3. Very quality cards and the photos are all awesome. Truly a labor of love for this product. Only con is that in the few loose packs I've pulled, I've gotten a lot of duplicates.

    Thanks for hosting the contest!

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  4. Thanks for the contest!

    Pro - The pictures for the card are fantastic. Easily the best looking photos of any set so far.
    Con - Some of the inserts like the Contact Sheet and Beam Team don't look very pretty, in my opinion.

    Here is my tweet:

    https://twitter.com/cubsfan_4/status/760904783796445185

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  5. Love the photos. Real crisp. Looking to open some packs soon

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  6. Love the photos. Real crisp. Looking to open some packs soon

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  7. The Pro is i have always loved this set. The Con that the price is a little high.
    @JGfan24ever

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  8. This product uses the best photography since Upper Deck. The only thing I don't like is the lack of value. It's a bit expensive and doesn't contain a ton of inserts.

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  9. Pro-very nice cards, and the on-card signatures only improve the look. Maybe now that they only need to concentrate on baseball, this will get better. Right, Panini? (Yeah right...)

    Con-Where are the Super Team Cards?!?!?! (anyone from the early 90's remembers how fun it was to cheer for a team because of these! Still have my Braves set at home-practically glued together because of the glossy cards).

    @mikeyz84 on Twitter

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  10. Great product
    Pro - LOVE the pictures. Seriously, the base cards are awesome, and two autos per box is pretty good
    Con - Yes, a LITTLE costly, but I think it's still worth it

    https://twitter.com/Zeldafanatic15/status/760973381306978304

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  11. Pro: It is Topps Stadium Club, I have always been a fan of this product.
    Con: A little bit pricey for Topps.

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    1. I forgot to add my tweet:

      https://twitter.com/scoochnew/status/761314187511341056

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  12. Pros: the picture on the base cards are amazing this year and last the black and white photos of the legends are amazing , two autos per box is great as well

    Cons : the price point is ok, but the lack of inserts and design of the inserts that have already been in bunt is not good for a higher end set.

    Thank to Topps for the donation and thanks you for the review and giveaway

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  13. First, thanks to Topps for the donation!

    Pros to the set: The photography (obviously)! Two autos in a box is nice as well.
    Cons: Price I guess, but for me, I'd rather have few unnecessary inserts and up the overall quality of autograph selection in the set. I don't people buy Stadium Club for the hits - and I'm 99% certain they don't buy the set for the inserts. Let the awesome photos do the talking in this set!

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  14. Thanks for the contest, would love to add the Heston to my Giants collection.

    Pro - has to be the photography and photo selection.

    Con - the player quality for the auto, really my only con

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  15. Thanks for the contest!

    Pro: Great Photography
    Con: I'd be really disappointed if I dropped $70something bucks and pulled signatures of Heston & Marte.

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  16. Pros - crystal clear beautiful collection
    Cons - again price, with two young collectors it makes it tough to purchase the stuff the really want on a consistent basis

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  17. Pro: Photo Quality and Selection
    Con: Hits are not that good.

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  18. Pro: love the glossy photos
    Con: I dont like the large letter graphics

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  19. Pro: It's got the nostalgia factor, and has stayed with full-bleed photos. Also the relatively small base set size.
    Con: Base card variations always bug me a little, because it feels like I need them to complete the base set, but realistically that will likely be prohibitively expensive. It's still better than SPs though.

    Promoted Here

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  20. I love the on card autos. Don't see that all the time and they really look nice. That Ketel is amazing! I don't like the glossy cards, kinda tough for IP autos. Really got to prep them.

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  21. Pro: Stadium Club is the best brand ever. There, I said it. And you can now get it at Target
    Con: Still a bit pricey. Do I sound cheap yet? This is usually the only con I can come up with.

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  22. Love the photos (pro)
    Con - the Aussie dollar lol

    OZ

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  23. Pro is the beauty of the product itself! This is set is so spectacular that i dont even care about the hits in the box! The complete set will make a phenomenal coffee table book to enjoy perusing!
    The con all the darn duplicates im getting trying to build this set! With only 300 base cards duplicates run rampant

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  24. Thanks for the contest and for the review!
    Pro: The photography
    Con: Backs are missing the unique stat breakdowns that were in the original releases.

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  25. PRO : THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY / CON : PRICE IS A TAD HIGH!

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  26. Pro usually some the best looking base of non top tier sets.
    Con, looking for a few more big hits.

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  27. Thanks for the contest & Topps for the box. Pro is the photography. Con is the quality of the auto checklist.

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  28. Thanks for the contest. Pro is the great photography with con being the product is a little pricey.

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  29. Dennis & Twitter Handle: @DennySportsCardAugust 11, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    Thank you for another great contest.

    Pro's: Great photo's on the cards. So many action pictures.
    Cons: Wished more autographs

    https://twitter.com/DennySportsCard/status/763685112982540289

    Thank you again.

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