Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Topps Stadium Club - Thank you Target!

You never know what you might find at the big box stores...

Yesterday, I headed to the mall to purchase my final Christmas present (I can't believe I'm done shopping either). On the way back, I decided I ought to reward myself for being so diligent in my shopping so I stopped in at Target to see what baseball card goodies I could find.

Most of the packs looked "searched", so I avoided those. Instead, I picked up a retail box of Topps Stadium Club (the more of this set I buy, the more of it I want). I took the single $19.99 box up to the counter and prepared to charge it to my credit card. The cashier was completely disconnected from her job...she mumbled $23.16 and I swiped my card without paying attention (apparently I was also disconnected from reality).

As I walked back to my car, it slowly dawned on me that I just paid $3.17 in taxes (that's almost 16%!) Needless to say, I wasn't happy - but it was cold and I figured oh well...however, a quick look at the receipt turned my disappointment into "wow!" It seems I was mistaken - I got charged $2.99 for the box, not $19.99... Apparently the cashier said three sixteen, not twenty-three sixteen as I thought I heard.

Now, that wasn't the only good news for me with the box. You see, I almost never pull autographs. I probably bought 20 Allen & Ginter retail boxes and at least 2 hobby boxes this year, all without seeing a single autograph. I bought countless retail boxes of Goudey without an auto (though I did pull one auto of Noah Lowry in my hobby box of Goudey...of course you are guaranteed an auto with hobby boxes of Goudy...)

With that in mind, I said to myself "I bet I pull an autograph from this box, despite the horrendous odds, it's been that kind of box."

Lo and behold, I was correct (and seriously, who says "lo and behold" anyway...I don't even know where that came from as I typed it.)

I pulled a gorgeous Beam Team autograph of Delwyn Young.

Scans don't do these cards justice - I love the stained glass effect, if you hold them up to the light you can see through the cards. I absolutely want to collect more of these.

As for the rest of the box, nothing spectacular. I got a nifty shot of Albert Pujols (nifty in the fact that it is basically a shot of infield dirt). Albert's card is one of seven First Day Issue cards in the box (one per pack).

I also pulled a card of Chipper Jones that was interesting in that the shot appears to be of Chipper (failing) to break up a double play. I say failing because it appears the two Pittsburgh Pirates in the background are running back to their dugout.
Quick question for other collectors out there. Is there a first day issue version of each card? Is there more than one first day issue per card - because in my limited buying I have two different first day issues of J.R. Towles.

See my want list for the cards I'm missing from the set.

2008 Topps Stadium Club cards I have for trade (update 12/10/08):
Regular issue: 4 (2), 7, 11 (2), 13, 17, 22, 25, 26, 29 (2), 31, 32, 37, 55, 59, 61, 65, 68, 76, 77, 79, 83, 89, 98, 101 (2), 104 (2), 106, 109, 112, 115, 116, 118, 124, 130, 149


steveisjewish said...

hey man - love the beam team cards - i have pulled one of those and another redemption out of target blasters - we might have to work on some trades to help each other with this set... ill check out your want list in the next few days

Anonymous said...

Delwyn Young -- the forgotten one among the Dodgers' young hitters. Nice pull!

FanOfReds said...

Steve: Sounds good - let me know!

freeandylaroche: Indeed, I don't know a lot about Delwyn, but the cards nice enough I don't even care!

night owl said...

Nice Dodger auto! Apparently, Delwyn signs his name without moving his hand from left to right.

Lester's Legends said...

Nice holiday find.

PAB said...

I've pulled two first day issues of Towles and a couple other rookies. I'm pretty sure there are two variations of each rookie. When you go on to a site like Sports lots they have them labled as A & B versions. I couldn't tell you which of the cards is the A card or B card.

Crazy Canton Cuts said...

dig the Young card

man, you got your shopping done?

I barely have done a thing, lol

AlbuqwirkE said...

It is a Festivus miracle!

Thanks for the tip!!!

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