Break – 1994 Stadium Club Series 1

Stats

base cards: 187 of 270 – 69.3% complete (73 duplicates/triplicates)
Golden Rainbow (1:1): 24 of 270 – 8.9%
Dugout Dirt (1:6): 3 of 4 – 75% (1 duplicate)
First Day Issue (1:24): 1 of 270 – 0.4%
Super Team Cards (1:24): 1 of 28 – 4%

Some base cards with backs

The base cards in this set have great variety. I don’t know the story behind the Gant beefcake shot, but the others are all strong. The backs are very busy.

The set includes a number of subsets, most of which are just scattered throughout the base cards. The subsets that highlight a single player just have a special logo on the front. Examples include ML Debut, Award Winner, and HR Club.

Other subsets that are distinctive in their own right are the Tale of 2 Players and Topps 3 Trios sets.

Inserts and parallels

1994 TSC has two parallels. Golden Rainbow is one-per-pack and has the player’s last name and Stadium Club logo in gold foil. First Day Issue is one-per-box and has a special foil stamp.

Dugout Dirt is an insert seeded at four per box. The fronts are like the Golden Rainbow cards (but with a different pose), and the backs are kind of silly cartoons about the player’s achievements.

The last insert is the Super Team Card set – one per box. Finally, one more insert card… Almost every pack contained an information card describing some aspect of the 1994 TSC set. There are ten information cards in all, and some of the topics include subsets, inserts, and parallels.

Comments

  • collation
    Collation was OK. Of the 270 different possible cards in Series 1, the 260 base cards in this box gave 187 different cards. Statistically you’d expect just 167 different cards. In that regard, I did alright with this box. However, these packs are anything but random. Here are some traits of each pack that I opened.

    • The second card in the pack was always the Golden Rainbow parallel card.
    • Cards 6 & 7 and 12 & 13 were always oriented backwards relative to the other cards.
    • Cards 8 & 11 were always the exact same card, so every pack had a double base card.
    • Card 5 was always the information card except…
    • The two one-per-box cards were in the packs in place of the information card. Those packs technically contained 13 collectible cards instead of 12.
    • All four Dugout Dirt cards were in the fourth pack from the top and the first card in the pack.
  • subsets
    I like the card designs, but a little something special for the subsets would be nice. Just a logo splashed on open part of the card doesn’t quite cut it.
  • inserts and parallels
    These are all great except the Dugout Dirt cards. Dugout Dirt has a total of 12 cards with each series claiming just four. Since the cards are seeded into every sixth pack, one box can give you a complete set. I picked up three of the four with an extra Ripken. This isn’t a huge deal, but I think inserts should be less common than the base cards. Dugout Dirt cards are more common. To top it off, I think the Dugout Dirt cards are stupid looking. Cartoon cards can work, but these don’t.
  • base card fronts
    After ripping on the Dugout Dirt cards for being juvenile, I must admit that I love the overall design of the 1994 TSC set. This set screams the 1980s. From the label maker font of the player’s last name to the ransom note torn paper look, these cards make me feel like I’m in high school again. These cards remind me of the show Freaks and Geeks, a show make in the late 90s but set in 80s. They say “garage band” to me. If you’re not my age, I could see that these cards might seem ridiculous. To me, however, the look is perfect.
  • base card backs
    I don’t card much for the backs, but the player ratings did catch my eye. In fact, I looked at the back of every card to see how the different players stack up. The highest number I found was a 9.9. Among other 9.9s, Bonds and Griffey both had a 9.9 for batting. Eckersley had a 9.9 for control. If the highest number is a 9.9, what would you expect the lowest number to be? I would guess 0.0 or 0.1 for a 10-point scale. Did anybody have a 0.1? – No. 1.0? – no. 2.0? – no. 3.0? – no. The lowest number I found was a 4.0 for Brad Pennington’s pitching control. The card back also mentioned his 10-game losing streak. Ouch. For comparison, Cecil Fielder garnered a 4.5 for running. Grade inflation at its best.

Conclusion

An awesome box. Granted, this is only the fifth box I’ve broken. Still, I have to believe that this box will compare well to the other breaks I’ll do. The only downer was the bizarre was the packs were put together. Each pack should not contain doubles of base cards. Otherwise, this was a great box, and I’m looking forward to breaking a Series 2 box.

Detailed list of pack contents

Back left stack (packs listed from top to bottom)
Pack 1: 85, RG236, 189, 180, I4, 102, 110, 174, 236, 71, 174, 188, 42
Pack 2: 263, RG9, 223, 269, I9, 268, 26, 109, 124, 4, 109, 225, 242
Pack 3: 196, RG165, 79, 263, I1, 128, 218, 66, 144, 55, 66, 68, 54
Pack 4: DD4, RG132, 27, 249, I3, 153, 49, 229, 134, 100, 229, 137, 67
Pack 5: 98, RG216, 33, 217, I5, 170, 233, 129, 47, 119, 129, 27, 83
Pack 6: 188, RG118, 68, 148, I7, 148, 267, 139, 118, 223, 139, 164, 94

Back right stack
Pack 1: 99, RG222, 127, 237, I9, 259, 106, 37, 135, 157, 37, 53, 57
Pack 2: 56, RG22, 28, 24, I1, 195, 181, 20, 221, 204, 20, 39, 86
Pack 3: 8, RG267, 258, 131, I6, 191, 248, 186, 121, 123, 186, 182, 84
Pack 4: DD1, RG69, 60, 246, I8, 187, 216, 250, 69, 236, 250, 184, 63
Pack 5: 109, RB58, 118, 247, I10, 93, 258, 228, 145, 124, 228, 225, 164
Pack 6: 164, RG218, 181, 260, I2, 48, 165, 210, 150, 144, 210, 68, 200

Front left stack
Pack 1: 96, RG34, 128, 183, I7, 79, 262, 135, 11, 140, 135, 160, 1
Pack 2: 21, RG97, 29, 172, I9, 21, 5, 221, 97, 122, 211, 107, 116
Pack 3: 119, RG17, 157, 232, I1, 141, 126, 121, 2, 209, 121, 158, 194
Pack 4: DD3, RG175, 213, 104, I3, 266, 198, 69, 224, 199, 69, 80, 162
Pack 5: 238, RG59, 32, 111, I5, 171, 253, 145, 59, 138, 145, 149, 30
Pack 6: 45, RG41, 236, 176, I7, 235, 205, 150, 143, 10, 150, 254, 188

Front right stack
Pack 1: 243, RG25, 207, 33, ST19, 112, 239, 11, 125, 35, 11, 115, 114
Pack 2: 166, RG131, 249, 77, FDI249, 117, 212, 97, 36, 238, 97, 95, 136
Pack 3: 247, RG147, 87, 264, I6, 264, 62, 2, 147, 257, 2, 40, 22
Pack 4: DD1, RG40, 122, 117, I8, 77, 251, 224, 146, 231, 224, 44, 78
Pack 5: 155, RG166, 170, 112, I10, 33, 265, 59, 166, 207, 59, 91, 7
Pack 6: 61, RG115, 82, 168, I5, 193, 240, 143, 214, 192, 143, 25, 31

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2 responses to “Break – 1994 Stadium Club Series 1

  1. That’s a great review with a hell of a lot of information. I have some packs of those that I am going to rip on my Pack Rip Cafe in the near future.

    • Thank you. I don’t write that much on all my box breaks. It helps when you like the cards. It’s easy to write about a fun break, and this box was a great time.

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