Break – 1994 Stadium Club Series 2

Stats

base cards: 206 of 270 – 76.3% complete (58 duplicates)
Golden Rainbow (1:1): 24 of 270 – 8.9%
Dugout Dirt (1:6): 3 of 4 – 75%
First Day Issue (1:24): 1 of 270 – 0.4%
Bowman Preview (1:24): 1 of 10 – 10%

Some base cards with backs

As with Series 1, these are sharp cards. This is a nice set. Below are a couple samples of base cards – Richie Lewis and Lou Whitaker. (I was in school in Ann Arbor in the early-mid 90s and loved Lou Whitaker. Should he be in the Hall? No. Still, I liked the Trammel-Whitaker connection.) The cards feature lots of great action shots and some nice horizontal poses.

The backs of the cards, just like Series 1, have these great statistical ratings of how players perform in certain areas. I looked over a lot of these cards. Again, just like Series 1, the highest rating is 9.9 and the lowest is 4.0.

The set includes a number of subsets, most of which are just scattered throughout the base cards. Actually, the subset cards double for 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. These were covered in my Series 1 post, so I’ll skip them here.

Series 2 does include a couple new subsets – Quick Start and HR Leaders. The HR Leaders come from the different divisions of both the AL and NL. Unlike the other subsets, these cards are at the very end of the series, after the base cards and before the two checklist cards.

Inserts and parallels

Here are the Golden Rainbow and 1st Day Issue parallels. The backs are the exact same as the backs of the base cards. In fact, the Golden Rainbow parallel is a bit too parallel. They can be easy to overlook.


The Dugout Dirt inserts come four per box. My box had three. The front of Dugout Dirt look just like the Golden Rainbow cards (gold foil on the name), although the player pose is different. The backs, however, are completely different with a cartoon design.

Series 1 boxes had a Super Team insert. In Series 2, a Bowman Preview card replaces the Super Team cards.

Comments

  • collation
    The Series 1 packs had a lot of funny patterns, including having at least one duplicate in each pack. Series 2 dropped the duplicates (thankfully), but some traits are still clear.

    • Card 2 in the pack was always the Golden Rainbow parallel card and always turned around backwards.
    • Card 4 was always backward.
    • Card 5 was always either an information card or an insert. Inserts never showed up anywhere else 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
    I was hard on Dugout Dirt in Series 1, and I’ll continue in Series 2. The Dugout Dirt cards were always found in the first layer of packs in the box. I didn’t notice it at the time, but in Series 1 the Dugout Dirt cards were always in the fourth pack from the top. Finally, I was cheated out of a Dugout Dirt card in this box. Maybe cheated is too strong, but I’d rather get a Dugout Dirt card than another information card.
  • checklists
    Each series has two checklist cards at the end of the base set. In Series 1, the cards were numbers 269 and 270. In Series 2, the numbers should be 539 and 540. Apparently, there was rush in putting out Series 2 because the Series 2 checklists are numbered 269 and 270.

Conclusion

Topps apparently fixed the duplicate card problem in Series 1 and improved Series 2. I will always complain about this or that, but both boxes of 1994 Stadium Club have been fun to rip. I’ll take a break from Stadium Club for the next couple boxes before doing the Series 3 break.

Detailed list of pack contents

Back left stack (packs listed from top to bottom)
Pack 1: 350, GR392, 531, 473, DD8, 329, 436, 383, 492, 482, 324, 365, 355
Pack 2: 293, GR272, 400, 532, FDI348, 273, 403, 342, 401, 357, 323, 309, 412
Pack 3: 345, GR487, 337, 529, info3, 525, 275, 460, 518, 493, 316, 443, 411
Pack 4: 271, GR310, 387, 538, info7, 392, 277, 366, 487, 506, 446, 328, 326
Pack 5: 516, GR401, 504, 452, info7, 276, 344, 479, 458, 513, 368, 291, 438
Pack 6: 502, GR507, 283, 290, info2, 499, 435, 474, 483, 489, 375, 382, 440

Back right stack
Pack 1: 540, GR359, 373, 378, DD6, 386, 395, 405, 494, 425, 307, 370, 302
Pack 2: 422, GR394, 379, 419, info3, 306, 430, 330, 481, 465, 420, 359, 279
Pack 3: 346, GR539, 403, 515, info3, 533, 442, 294, 380, 495, 287, 399, 304
Pack 4: 275, GR291, 475, 528, info6, 427, 299, 482, 485, 390, 332, 295, 272
Pack 5: 331, GR449, 314, 466, info4, 522, 421, 357, 512, 467, 447, 310, 324
Pack 6: 292, GR443, 344, 522, info2, 466, 315, 493, 371, 471, 396, 413, 323

Front left stack
Pack 1: 456, GR277, 297, 321, info4, 406, 376, 485, 508, 404, 426, 379, 388
Pack 2: 343, GR419, 321, 456, BPV7, 520, 398, 512, 464, 462, 360, 346, 409
Pack 3: 322, GR447, 500, 286, info4, 455, 388, 371, 317, 491, 355, 391, 396
Pack 4: 497, GR357, 351, 356, info1, 369, 527, 385, 396, 383, 412, 314, 413
Pack 5: 416, GR466, 424, 468, info6, 526, 351, 372, 339, 342, 411, 292, 281
Pack 6: 463, GR420, 397, 341, info3, 524, 531, 308, 340, 460, 326, 312, 429

Front right stack
Pack 1: 408, GR330, 364, 480, DD7, 301, 293, 498, 449, 366, 438, 338, 428
Pack 2: 313, GR533, 376, 285, info6, 537, 490, 381, 278, 479, 440, 409, 438
Pack 3: 398, GR474, 431, 477, info4, 534, 387, 510, 363, 474, 302, 396, 393
Pack 4: 432, GR386, 282, 523, info5, 514, 516, 404, 394, 405, 279, 325, 402
Pack 5: 527, GR317, 517, 459, info5, 505, 352, 462, 519, 330, 304, 367, 426
Pack 6: 298, GR460, 334, 444, info7, 423, 540, 491, 481, 294, 272, 439, 360

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