Until last week, when I found a box of 1992 Topps Stadium Club, Series 3. I was able to pick it up for $1.53, with $5.50 for shipping. I've talked about how much I like the '92 Stadium Club here. I figure that with a box of 36 packs, with 15 cards per pack, it's pretty certain that I'll complete the Series 3 set. There aren't really any "hits", besides the "Member's Choice" cards, which all look pretty nice, so there won't be any real surprises as I open it up.
For a little taste, here's a few pics of the first pack I opened today. Oh that sweet, sweet first pack...
First off, former Padre backstop, Mark Parent #623! I like that the back shows their rookie card. This would be as close as I get to pulling a Padre card in this pack.
Nolan Ryan, "Member's Choice" #605. I already have this card, and it's one of the ones I treasured as a kid. My grandpa was raised in the Ft. Worth area of Texas, so he taught me to be a big Nolan Ryan fan. Love this card.
Gil Heredia #895 (Giants)
Up next, #676, Bill Pulsipher. Can't tell what team he's on? It's obviously a very trendy, fashionable beach softball league, where the players look stylish on and off the field.
Oh, nevermind. He's a pitcher for the Mets.
Checklist #900. Sweet. Has the names of the Gwynn brothers (Tony and Chris) and future Padres Archi Cianfrocco and Jody Reed.
Kevin Seitzer #820 (Brewers)
Dick Schofield #738 (Mets)
This guy will help you win that scrabble game when you have 11 letters and your only vowels are i's and y's. It's like his parents knew his last name would be unpronounceable, so they gave him an easy first name. #748
Willie Blair #813 (Astros)
Duane Ward #781 (Blue Jays)
1992 Topps Stadium Club Membership offer. Eight-year old me could only dream.
Probably the best picture of the whole pack. Gotta love The Kid in his gear (RIP). By my count, this would've been his 17th year in the league (his rookie card was in 1975). #845.
Torey Lovullo #809 (Yankees)
Roger McDowell #804 (Dodgers)
Mike Gallego #627 (Yankees)
There is an extremely small handful of Dodger players that I like. For almost all of them, their redeeming quality was that they also played for the Padres at some point in their career. One of the exceptions was Tom Candiotti #875. Knuckleballers rule.
I think Raul Mondesi may be the only other exception.
Well, there you have it. Pack #1 in the books. Not too shabby, considering that it ended with two Yankees and two Dodgers. This will probably be the only pack that I do this for, but I thought it'd be a good introduction to what'll be showing up here for the next few days, at least. This is only the third box of cards I've ever bought (the other two were 1992 Fleer Ultra, at a swap meet, and 1992 Pinnacle, on eBay). Every time I open a box like this, I think of how ballistic eight-year old me would be. 36 packs of baseball cards? All at once? After all this time, it still sounds pretty fun to me, too.