Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 Topps Stadium Club Review: Minnesota Twins

Topps Stadium Club made it's big return in 2014 and Topps is bringing it back for 2015. Stadium Club was an important set to collectors in the 1990's and Topps stays true to those releases with stunning photography.

The base set includes 300 cards including parallels like White Foil (1:8 packs), Gold Foil (1:16 packs), hobby exclusive Black and White Foil (1:48), Foil Board (#/25) and Members Only (one per case). Packs will be available at retail stores this year after being a hobby exclusive last year.

49. Kurt Suzuki
61. Joe Mauer
131. Phil Hughes
159. Torii Hunter
277. Oswaldo Arcia
289. Danny Santana
293. Trevor May- RC

Minnesota is a little underrepresented in the base set with only seven cards available. It's disappointing to see the likes of Glen Perkins or Brian Dozier missing from another set. Young players like Arcia, Santana, and May continue to add to their collection of cards. Hunter gets his 2015 card in a Twins jersey that hasn't gone through Photoshop.

The Twins inserts in Stadium Club are few and far between but both Twins inserts come with autographed versions. The Kennys Vargas autograph market continues to be saturated. He seems to have an autograph card in almost every Topps release this season. The Base Card Autograph set has multiple versions including White (#/50), Gold (#/25), and Orange (1/1).

A Topps Twins set seems like it couldn't be complete without a Mauer inset for collectors to hunt. He's featured in the True Colors set which comes in refractors, gold refractors, electric refractors (#/25). There's also a very rare True Colors Autograph set with a Mauer autograph that is numbered out of five.

Overall, the photography and crisp look of Stadium Club offer something unique to trading card collectors. Mauer and Vargas continue to get the bulk of Topps attention but it would be nice to see players like Dozier and Perkins getting a little action. Twins fans will still like this product and they have a chance to find some very nice cards.

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