If the set as a whole is bland, then Series 2 on its own is even weaker. The base set checklist offers only a handful of HOFers or future HOFers like Maddux, Boggs, Gwynn, Sandberg and Guerrero. There's no rookies to be had. Not a single one.
How's that for a stellar introduction. I know I'd want to take the stage after that one. Time to tear in.
321. Robb Nen - One of the dominant closers for the era. Pictured in a solid action shot, albeit one that's been done many times over.
This is what I loved about Stadium Club. There's a lot of good action shots out there on cards. But how many tell a story? This one's all about the fans. The kiddies have a "Holy, cow I might get a ball." fear about them. The lady, well I think she's yelling something else I won't write here. And Mr. Sunglasses Around the Neck, I can't see the face but the hands flung up in the air make me think you're on the verge of peeing them there shorts. Classic stuff.
381. Gary Sheffield - Stadium Slugger - This is definitely the pack for the Marlins fan
s out there. Eleven years ago this would have been a sweet pack seeing as how the Fish would go on to win the World Series then proceed to be dismantled. The Stadium Slugger subset is the easy-to-find shortprint subset in the series.
So far it's all National Leaguers. But not so fast
200. Ivan Rodriguez - Nice action shot, poor framing. I'm wanting to see more of the play rather than the field.
369. Mark Loretta - Trivia tidbit from the back of the card for all you Loretta stalkers - "Swatted .356 after the sixth inning" [presumably in 1996]. Give the stats guy a raise.
334. Mark Langston - Man the Angels have changed their official name in the last decade. Take a peek on your 2008 Upper Deck cards. They're simply referred to as the Angels.
357. Orel Hershiser is a classy guy.
Well the melodramatics of the Vander Wal saved this pack from being a routine mix of great photos, solid design and boring most everything else for Stadium Club. Hopefully the remaining couple of packs I have sitting here will be a little better.