Monday, July 9, 2018
A blaster of 2018 Stadium Club
Grocery shopping this past weekend, I took my customary check of the card area to see if there was anything to catch my eye. There usually isn't much, but this time there were 3 blasters of 2018 Stadium Club. Sure, why not.. I grabbed the one in the back (must be an old habit I picked up from buying the freshest milk in the case). Let's check 'er out.
Scored a few PC guys. I think Dimebox Nick ranked the Ichiro as his #1 card of the year so far. It's pretty majestic; happy to pull that one.
A few more nice photos. As for the design, I don't really care for the oversized position in the corner, and I'm disappointed that the "photo variation scourge" has now infected Stadium Club too. So now you gotta go back and check to make you you didn't pull a variation, which is kind of a pain. (I didn't pull a variation.)
I'm not collecting the set, so I've got some trade fodder for anyone who is.
I pulled a couple parallels, with a Corey Kluber sepia and a Dwight Gooden chrome.
Pointless inserts included a Bellinger (another PC guy for me) and a red parallel of Justin Upton. I believe insert parallels are a huge turn-off to collectors. Just ask Collecting Cutch. Chasing insert parallels causes you to die inside, that's just a fact.
Best card of the box was likely this Shonei Ohtani "Special Forces" insert. Seems like his collecting popularity has been a rollercoaster this year. He's back from the DL, but not pitching anymore for the time being. Guess we'll see if he can stay healthy and live up to the hype on the strength of his hitting alone. This is my 2nd card of him after pulling an insert of his from a Bowman Mega Box a few weeks back.
So there you have it. I always like to give at least a little sample of Stadium Club every year. I don't plan to buy anymore this year, but I could see myself picking up a discounted blaster at the card show at some point. Always a great looking product and fun break as long as you're not looking for a big hit.