Hope everyone is doing well. Summer break has finally reached the APTBNL offices, with only a trickle of posts so far in July. I too am one of the posters taking some days off, when I realized I should put a post out there to not only commemorate the All-Star Game, but to mark year 42 of my existence. I've only made 2 posts on my day of days, and while Allen & Ginter is coming out and there's a fancy new kid-focus Topps set out there as well, I'd rather put up a pack of 2018 Topps Stadium Club!
I was able to snag a rack pack last week. I was hoping to get a blaster box and claim it to The Wifey as a birthday gift, but they were all gone this morning. Anyway, here's what I got:
#73 - George Springer
#218 - Jimmie Sherfy (RC)
Some bloggers have negative comments on the enlarged team name and position, but the vast majority still approve of the shots used for the players. I agree that the team name does appear to be harder to read depending on the picture used.
#278 - Marwin Gonzalez
#256 - Reggie Jackson
Sorry for the blurriness on this shot. Here is the checklist for those who are interested.
#64 - Ender Inciarte
#270 - Carlos Carrasco
Even regular shots look cooler on Stadium Club card stock!
#85 - Josh Reddick
#SF-JA - Jose Altuve
I believe Special Forces is a new insert this year. It comes 1 in 4 packs. Yes, half of the cards in the pack so far are Astros.
#280 - Harrison Bader (RC)
#300 - Hideki Matsui
That Bader card could have been much more awesome if the ball was in the shot.
#190 - Ian Happ
#74 - Ichiro
I'm assuming Ichiro would get a card in 2019 for this year's stats, but if not, this is a pretty cool final card for the future HOFer.
Here are some backs because birthday:
FYI, the seats change color to match the team.
Anyway, that's the pack. Hope everyone enjoys the All-Star Game, and thanks for reading!