You're darn right I had wings that day.
Next month, we have Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th, and Elephant Appreciation Day on the 22nd. Something to look forward to. You may or may not "celebrate" these holidays, and you're unlikely to be getting a paid day off for any of them, but if you're reading this, you ought to know that today is National Baseball Card Day!
This probably explains why the Rockies TV team were talking cards during the game yesterday in the bottom of the 5th. They opened and compared their haul from a few packs of 2016 Topps, and play-by-play announcer Drew Goodman regaled us with tales of pulling Willie Mays cards, "flipping" cards, and learning back in the early '80s that a prized Ozzie Smith rookie card was worth much less than he and his friends thought it was. Color analyst and former Rockie Ryan Spilborghs reminisced about stale gum, and his unopened Upper Deck set with Ken Griffey, Jr.'s rookie card, which he incorrectly said was 1991.
So in honor of this momentous occasion, there's no better time to see the highlights from a blaster of 2016 Stadium Club, making a strong case for the best Topps product three years running.
|2016 Stadium Club #167 Micah Johnson|
Pretty much everyone has compared this year's Stadium Club to 1997 Fleer, and at a glance, it is very similar. The fonts are a little different, Stadium Club uses silver foil instead of gold, and 1997 Fleer lists the position.
|1997 Fleer #339 Jeff Bagwell|
The difference mainly comes in on feel. 1997 (and 1996) Fleer used an unusual matte finish that's very distinctive. Stadium Club cards are at least twice as thick, and while in a page or display case these might be hard to tell apart, when it's in your hand, it couldn't be easier.
|2016 Stadium Club #146 Johnny Bench|
Autograph shots and an imminent play at the plate? No wonder this brand is so great.
|2016 Stadium Club #294 Jackie Robinson|
The photo looks way better in its original form, capturing the essence of Ebbets Field in one of its final years. There's an ad for 1956 Chevrolet on the outfield wall, so the move to L.A. was just a few years away. Chevrolet still maintains an advertising relationship with Major League Baseball, giving away shiny new GM products to MVPs of both the All-Star Game and World Series. Other car and gasoline ads line the wall, and something that you won't see at ballparks anymore, a tobacco ad.
|2016 Stadium Club #6 Brandon Phillips|
|2016 Stadium Club #3 Matt Kemp|
|2016 Stadium Club #113 Andrew McCutchen|
|2016 Stadium Club #142A Corey Seager (RC)|
|2016 Stadium Club #93 C.J. Wilson|
|2016 Stadium Club #227 Robin Yount|
Good to see he has a helmet by his side. That sport can be dangerous otherwise.
|2016 Stadium Club Contact Sheet #CS-7 Miguel Cabrera|
Allow me to nitpick a bit. If this really were a set of negatives from a roll of film, the colors would be inverted. I do like the checkmark over the bottom photo, as though that were the one selected from the roll. But that's not actually the photo used on Cabrera's card in the main set, which would have really tied this insert set in to the master product better.
|2016 Stadium Club Gold #98 Ian Kinsler|
|2016 Stadium Club Black #229 Babe Ruth|
Thanks for reading, and enjoy your National Baseball Card Day!