Friday, January 3, 2014
Nostalgic Box Break: 1995 Stadium Club Series 1 (Part One)
So I did it again. Felt cardless. Hopeless. Bored. Amazon was open, I had nothing to do, I wasn't getting cards for Christmas. So, I pulled the trigger. And now, I'm about to open a third of the box onto the interwebs, and reveal the awesome results, as well as countless doubles.
I shouldn't waste any more time.
I figured out a new format for these posts. I'll show the entirety of the pack, doubles, inserts and all, and then I'll zero in on the highlights. This pack, obviously, had no doubles.
Also, there are especially marked Best Seat in the House inserts, which are a part of the base set. Greg Vaughn is the subject here, because he was apparently a big deal in 1995.
This year there's even more awesome photography, as evident in the Jay Bell card, and in the Derrick May card. The highlight would definitely be Eddie Murray's card, partially for his Hall of Fame status, but also because it's cool to see him slide.
I also got a card of Jeff "It's probably 600 grand by the time Obama takes it" Kent. And if you didn't get that reference, or if you don't watch Survivor, might I suggest looking here.
My highlight was Ivan Rodriguez, who is probably a Hall of Famer. I do not think he took steroids, and I think he's a great catcher, no doubt about it.
Annnd the doubles start rolling in.
I think everyone and their mother has seen that Rex Hudler card, so I'm not even gonna draw attention to it. It's funny, but it's overplayed on the blogs. It's like the 'Livin' La Vida Loca' of 1995 Topps Stadium Club.
Lou Frazier's card is a very nice sliding shot, as is Midre Cummings'.
David Segui's benefits from a tight zoom
Ron Karkovice is holding his catching gear, and it's a nice shot.
Charlie Hayes' is my favorite. A shame I'd only get to see it three million more times before the box was out.
Carlos Baerga, right as he was beginning to slide down the totem pole, and into the Mets' lineup.
Okay folks, let's imagine that the picture wasn't accidentally flipped upside down. All we need is Joseph Gordon Levitt and an Elevator shaft and we have a scene from Inception.
Todd Jones looks like he's about to kill someone. Luis Gonzalez and Brad Ausmus, both pre-stardom, look content. Tony Fernandez' shot is nice. Kevin Gross is auditioning for a part on CSI Miami, and Bob Wickman looks so uncool that it kinda hurts.
Will Clark, who was still riding pretty high in 1995.
Ozzie Guillen. Okay, I lied, he does make me want to shake my head.
Paul Wilson, whose eventual awfulness made Mets fans want to shake their heads.
Speaking of Mets fans, here's Mike Piazza, before he was a Dodger. I think he's a Hall of Famer too.
Barry Larkin is the lone Hall of Famer here, and his shot is pretty nice.
So, that's a third of the box, served upside down and with a side of brown carpet. Tomorrow I'll likely post Part 2, which has the big rookie I've been searching for.