Stadium Club's resurrection is back in force for a second year, and now available in convenient pack form at your local big box retailer. Last year, the high rollers in this hobby didn't think it stacked up to the overpriced insanity of Museum Collection and the like, so Topps must have figured that it wasn't quite appropriate as a hobby-store-only product.
So I tossed a pack into my red handbasket and ended up with a dozen cards of full-bleed awesomeness.
|2015 Stadium Club #12 Giancarlo Stanton|
Stanton seems surprisingly forward in the batter's box, and if he tried to swing here, he definitely checked it.
|2015 Stadium Club #88 Chris Davis|
|2015 Stadium Club #136 Reggie Jackson|
Jackson is probably most well-known among casual fans for his performance in the 1977 World Series, but as this card points out, he had quite a successful run in Oakland before donning the pinstripes.
|2015 Stadium Club #35 Ryne Sandberg|
|2015 Stadium Club Legends Die Cut #LDC-04 Willie Mays|
Die-cut cards are hit or miss for me. Topps Chrome has been going way overboard in recent years, but this Mays is just about my speed. And the color-coding across this insert set is great, especially this copper-colored Giants card.
|2015 Stadium Club #13 Ernie Banks|
Other than the obvious Sammy Sosa, Banks is second all-time in Cubs home runs, so his baseball career is nothing to sneeze at, either. Unfortunately for both him and Ryno, neither ever competed in a World Series, but after the recent passing of Mr. Banks, this would be the perfect year for the Cubs to change that.