Saturday, December 21, 2013
A box of 1994 Stadium Club Series 2 (Part 1)
If somebody handed me a hundred dollars and told me I could only spend it on cards, the one thing I WOULDN'T do would be to spent it all on modern flagship. I mean, the wax of the 2000's and 2010's are fun, but they're not...fun to open, or fun to reminisce upon. That's why if I'm getting an older box of cards, I seek out a fun set, one I'm going to have a good time opening.
So, when I got a surplus of Amazon money over the holidays, I felt like I needed to get at least one Stadium Club box.
Why, exactly? I ripped two vintage boxes of Stadium Club two years ago. A box of 1993, and a box of 1996. I adored both sets, and enjoyed the quality, the photography, the design, and countless other things. And also, because Amazon sells them relatively cheap.
There were a few years' boxes up for grabs, but I figured that if I were getting Stadium Club, and if I were getting a FUN box, then I had to get a FUN design. And the 1994 design always spoke to me as a fun one, as it was so 90's it wasn't funny.
So, I bought the box, and it came in the mail last weekend. And I'm gonna open it with you all. I mean...I'm gonna open it, and you're gonna see what I got, via my crappy camerawork.
24 packs. 12 cards per pack.
For the record, when I display my findings, I'll divide them into three main categories- dummy cards, cards of people I've never heard of/doubles, and cards that, if I were collecting cards in 1994, I would put in my binder. There are a few notable rookies in this set, but they're not actual rookie cards. They are, however, damn close.
My discards here included Jose Bautista, Phil Clark, and Scott Cooper.
Already we have our first double in Phil Clark. Exactly one pack in, as well. Also, a rookie card of Turk Wendell, which tells you how impressive the 1994 rookie class turned out to be. And I have indeed heard of Appier, I just think that photo is a bit boring.
Three packs, three Phil Clark cards. Not even kidding. Great job, Topps.
Already you can see how the collation in this box is going to be. The collation is the one thing I don't miss about 90's boxes.
More doubles, plus Ramon Martinez.
Most amuzing of the boring shots of John Valentin, at the height of his 90's popularity. Basically, he's the Kevin Youkilis of the 1990's, without the slumping-in-the-Bronx part, or the last-minute-career-renaissance-in-Japan part.
One of our discards is Candy Maldonado. I imagine by this point everyone had come to their senses about Candy Maldonado. And the Indians, in that matter.
The discards include Rob Natal, a Marlins catcher who I have never heard of. It's justifiable, too, because I honestly forget who's playing catcher for them now.
Well, I'll stop at 8 for today, but overall, the best of this box is yet to come. Trust me.