Topps Teases Return of Stadium Club Baseball
Is Stadium Club Baseball making a comeback? It looks that way after Topps posted the following image on their Facebook page:
The last Stadium Club Baseball set was released in 2008. A high hobby price, confusing numbering and a lack of pop contributed to its struggles.
When it debuted in 1991, Stadium Club was an instant hit. Strong photography became a hallmark for the then high-end brand, which was also originally printed on Kodak paper.
But as the hobby evolved, the brand lost a lot of its excitement. Topps tried different things, but by the time the new millennium rolled around, it had lost a lot of its identity.
While the first revamp in 2008 brought back the photography focus, it too got lost in the shuffle. Hobby packs, which promised a hit, were $25. Not helping matters was the fact that there weren't a lot of strong signers. With the emergence of Evan Longoria and Clayton Kershaw, it's a little better but it's still tough to justify the high cost. The set failed and Stadium Club was re-retired.
Topps hasn't released any details for 2014 Stadium Club Baseball yet. It's possible it might just be an insert.
Are you excited for the return of Stadium Club? What are you hoping for if it is a set once again?