November 22, 2009

Reconsidering '08 Stadium Club

Nearly everyone has commented on the excellent photography of the 2009 Topps set but the real quality sea change happened earlier in the 2008 Stadium Club set. Now, I know Topps messed up the set with the autographed rookie cards that don't have a corresponding base cards and the insanely limited and confusing parallel cards but the photography alone on the base cards makes this set a winner in my book.

#80 Ryan Braun


#5 Russ Martin


#82 Manny Ramirez


#62 Joba Chamberlain


#16 Jake Peavy


Also, without a doubt my favorite autographs from 2008 are the Beam Team autos. If you haven't actually seen one of these in person they are semi-transparent and look exactly like stained glass.

Felix Pie Beam Team Autograph

2 comments:

Play at the Plate said...

I agree about the photography from that set. I've purchased four or five discounted blasters and love them. The wacky divisible by three cards are the problem most people have with that set. I pulled a John Lackey auto like that Felix Pie one. It looks nice.

FanOfReds said...

To add to the wackyness:
I've bought enough TSC blasters to know that there are:
Regular Beam Team Autos (with the nice colored stained glass)
Gold Beam Team Autos (with gold only, no pretty colors)
and craziest of all, Black and White Beam Team autos which are, you guessed it, black and white...completely destroying what is cool about the Beam Teams (and they are rare to boot!)