Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Stadium Club deja vu ... again

I read with interest Cardboard Junkie's account today of the two different Topps Stadium Club blasters that he had busted and how similar they were. That's because I bought an SC blaster yesterday, and noticed it was remarkably similar to dayf's blasters.

How similar? Well dayf listed a side-by-side, card-by-card account of each of his two blasters. I'm going to put my blaster up against those two. Dayf differentiated between his two blasters with red and green Christmas colors. I'm going to put my blaster in blue, because I always like blue lights at Christmas.

Here's the startling rundown:

1 Chase Utley
1 Chase Utley
1 Chase Utley

5 Russ Martin
5 Russ Martin
5 Russ Martin

6 Curtis Granderson 1st day
6 Curtis Granderson 1st day

9 Alfonso Soriano 1st day
9 Alfonso Soriano 1st day

13 Alex Rodriguez
13 Alex Rodriguez
13 Alex Rodriguez

14 Prince Fielder

15 Alex Gordon 1st day
15 Alex Gordon 1st day

16 Jake Peavy
16 Jake Peavy
16 Jake Peavy

23 Tom Glavine
23 Tom Glavine
23 Tom Glavine

28 Ryan Church
28 Ryan Church
28 Ryan Church

34 Brian Roberts
34 Brian Roberts
34 Brian Roberts

35 Ken Griffey Jr.
35 Ken Griffey Jr.
35 Ken Griffey Jr.

36 Troy Tulowitzki

38 Hunter Pence
38 Hunter Pence
38 Hunter Pence

41 Adrian Gonzalez
41 Adrian Gonzalez
41 Adrian Gonzalez

43 Felix Hernandez
43 Felix Hernandez
43 Felix Hernandez

44 Magglio Ordonez
44 Magglio Ordonez

48 John Lackey, 1st day

50 David Wright
50 David Wright
50 David Wright

51 Ichiro, 1st day

53 Josh Hamilton
53 Josh Hamilton
53 Josh Hamilton

56 Garrett Atkins
56 Garrett Atkins
56 Garrett Atkins (photographer's proof)

57 Joe Mauer
57 Joe Mauer
57 Joe Mauer

62 Joba Chamberlain
62 Joba Chamberlain
62 Joba Chamberlain

63 Kevin Youkilis, 1st day

64 Victor Martinez
64 Victor Martinez
64 Victor Martinez

74 Rich Harden
74 Rich Harden
74 Rich Harden

80 Ryan Braun
80 Ryan Braun
82 Manny Ramirez
82 Manny Ramirez

85 Matt Holliday
85 Matt Holliday
85 Matt Holliday

87 Jimmy Rollins, 1st day
87 Jimmy Rollins, 1st day

88 Hideki Matsui

92 Mickey Mantle
92 Mickey Mantle
92 Mickey Mantle

93 Ty Cobb, 1st day

99 Ted Williams, 1st day

100 Tom Seaver
100 Tom Seaver

109 Garrett Mock, RC
109 Garrett Mock, RC
109 Garrett Mock, RC

113 Jeff Clement, RC

119 Jed Lowrie, RC
119 Jed Lowrie, RC
119 Jed Lowrie, RC

125 Josh Banks, RC
125 Josh Banks, RC
125 Josh Banks, RC

126 Mitch Boggs, RC, 1st day

129 Elliot Johnson, RC, 1st day
129 Elliot Johnson, RC, 1st day

130 Brian Barton, RC, 1st day

131 Sean Rodriguez, RC

133 Chin-lung Hu, RC
133 Chin-lung Hu, RC
133 Chin-lung Hu, RC

135 Jeff Niemann, RC, 1st day

136 Jay Bruce, RC
136 Jay Bruce, RC
136 Jay Bruce, RC

141 Mike Aviles, RC, 1st day
141 Mike Aviles, RC, 1st day

142 Greg Smith, RC
142 Greg Smith, RC
142 Greg Smith, RC

143 Nick Blackburn, RC
143 Nick Blackburn, RC
143 Nick Blackburn, RC

144 Justin Ruggiano, RC, 1st day
144 Justin Ruggiano, RC, 1st day

145 Clay Buchholz, RC
145 Clay Buchholz, RC

146 German Duran, RC

147 Radhames Liz, RC, 1st day

And that is a nice example of how card companies are trying to make set-builders extinct. Out of three blasters, these are the only cards that were not duplicated:

14 Prince Fielder
36 Troy Tulowitzki
48 John Lackey, 1st day
51 Ichiro, 1st day
56 Garrett Atkins, photographer's proof
63 Kevin Youkilis, 1st day
88 Hideki Matsui
93 Ty Cobb, 1st day
99 Ted Williams, 1st day
113 Jeff Clement, RC
126 Mitch Boggs, RC, 1st day
130 Brian Barton, RC, 1st day
131 Sean Rodriguez, RC
135 Jeff Niemann, RC, 1st day
147 Radhames Liz, RC, 1st day

And eight of those came out of dayf's "green" blaster, which appears to be the most unique of the three, but that's not saying much.

I find it interesting that dayf ended up with two Manny Ramirez cards and I got NONE. Anyway, that puts the kibosh on me buying any more Stadium Club blasters.

6 comments:

  1. I noticed the same thing with some blasters I bought. However, you'll notice you probably haven't gotten any NON first day issue cards for any card with a number multiple of three... That said, you're basically choosing cards out of the 67 non divisible by three numbers (from the 1 - 100 base cards). The odds of having a lot of repeats is quite high when you think about it. I don't know what happened to the divisible by three cards, I've pulled a couple that are serially numbered, the rest have been 1st day issue only...

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  2. The more I look at this set, the worse it seems to get.

    First, it looks like the DiMaggio card got pulled, but cut-out frames seem to have made it into some packs.

    Now you're making a pretty convincing argument that a third of the set is short-printed.

    I need a Carlos Beltran (#66) card to finish my Mets team set, and I have 2 to pick from on eBay. (There has also been one completed sale.) A Beckett shop has one, but I think it's one of the ones on eBay. CheckOutMyCards has none.

    At this rate, I'm not going to miss Stadium Club if Topps kills it off again in 2009.

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  3. Of all card company shenanigans, poor collation is probably the most irritating. And that is POOR.

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  4. The "power of three" issue runs through the entire 150 (or 200) card checklist.

    I have a TON of 08 Stadium Club duplicates for trade, so get your want list(s) updated!

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  5. This reminds me of some late '90s Fleer packs. You could look at the first two cards in the pack to see if you had gotten that pack, yet.

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