Topps Stadium Club is known for its sharp, full-bleed photography, crisp, often-creative action shots and on-card autographs. The 2019 version will again showcase those qualities when the product is released in late June.
A hobby box will contain 16 packs, with eight cards in each pack. Topps is promising two autograph cards per hobby box, and there will the usual assortment of parallels and inserts.
2019 Topps Stadium Club Base Set
The base set, with 300 cards, will feature current stars, rookies and greats from the past. There are several tweaks to this year’s design, particularly with the player’s name. They’re displayed in a larger, bolder serif font, with the team name underneath in the same font, but in smaller letters. Last year’s set featured a more subdued, sans serif nameplate with a much larger team name.
There will be plenty of parallels, including hobby-exclusive Black and White, and 1/1 Gold Rainbow Foilboard. Other parallels include Black Foil, Red Foil, Rainbow Foilboard (numbered to 25), Photographer’s Proof and First Day Issue. A parallel case hit will be the Members Only card.
Chrome parallels return for the third straight year and will fall one per hobby box. Additional parallels include a Chrome Refractor, a Chrome Orange refractor (numbered to 99), a 1/1 Chrome SuperFractor that is a hobby-exclusive pull, and a Chrome Gold Minted parallel that is a case hit.
Stadium Club Inserts
Collectors who remember Stadium Club from the 1990s will be familiar with some of the inserts in this year’s offering. The venerable Beam Team insert is back, featuring 25 different subjects; collectors can expect to pull one of these inserts per hobby box. Power Zone, another insert with a history that dates to the 1990s, will focus on home run hitters.
New to the mix are Warp Speed, an insert that showcases the game’s fastest players; and Emperors of the Zone, which honors MLB’s top pitchers. Both inserts, particularly Warp Speed, have a 1990s feel to them, with aggressive circular patterns that feature a player’s photograph inserted into the middle of the card.
Each of these inserts have Black parallels (numbered to 99), Orange (50) and Gold Rainbow (1/1). Red parallels will be a case hit.
Another insert that is a case hit is Instavision, which singles out 10 of the game’s top players with chrome refractor technology. This insert also will have parallels: Red (numbered to 50), Black (25), Orange (10) and Gold Rainbow (1/1).
Exclusive to hobby boxes, Stadium Club will debut box toppers, falling one per box. The box toppers will feature oversized base card variations of 50 players representing baseball’s past, present and future. These large cards will also have autographed versions, hand-numbered to 50.
Stadium Club Autographs
With two autographs per hobby box, the signature cards in Stadium Club are a popular pull. What makes the cards more attractive is that they are hard-signed.
The base autographs are featured on a card with a full-bleed photograph. There are parallels, too: Red Foil (numbered to 50) and Black Foil (25). There are also a pair of hobby exclusive items, with Rainbow Foil numbered to 10 and Gold Rainbow (1/1).
Co-Signers will feature signatures from two different players. These are limited to 10 copies of less, and the on-card signatures have a Gold Rainbow parallel that is a 1/1 exclusive to the hobby product.
The popular Beam Team insert also has signature cards, numbered to 15 or fewer. Autographs are numbered 10 or less for the Power Zone and Emperors of the Zone inserts. Lone Star Signature cards will be numbered to 25 or less. These signature cards also come in Orange parallels (numbered to 5) and hobby-exclusive Gold Rainbow Foil numbered 1/1.
You can see past cards from Stadium Club for sale and auction on eBay here.