Saturday, December 9, 2017
Stadium Club - Luminous Triumvirate
I have two brothers-in-law who also collect cards. I mentioned one in my last post about Black Friday. The other one lives a little farther away, but he has a nice collection of graded Cal Ripken, Jr. cards and lower-grade tobacco cards (T206s, etc.). About a month ago, his mother (my mother-in-law) asked me to help her pick out some small presents for him, so we went on COMC and found some newer serial-numbered Ripkens that I knew he didn't have. Since she was placing an order anyway, the shipping would be free for me if I snuck a few cards onto her order.
The picture at the top is from 2016 Stadium Club - These are the Luminous Triumvirate cards. Each of these is Die-Cut, but then when you put them together they become a larger picture. These are all chromed-out and look great in-person. I've had my eyes on these ever since they came out and felt this was the right time to pull the trigger. I spent WAY too much on the Salvy, but he's the middle-card in the triptych and was the last one available on COMC. I don't regret it. :-) LoCain, Salvy, and K-Mo were all integral pieces in our 2015 World Series Championship.
The picture below shows the triumvirate from 2015 Stadium Club -- Salvy once again serves as the hub, Hosmer is on the left, and the right is covered by ?? Oh no! I'm still missing one of these guys!
The card in question is T-8C - Alex Gordon from 2015 Stadium Club. It was not for-sale on COMC at the time of my order, but it looks like there is a listing for one now. If any of you have one for trade, please let me know.
They didn't make these in 2017, but I think these are a GREAT concept for Topps to continue implementing. Die cuts are awesome, anyway, but then when you have 3 to chase, it adds that much more of a treasure-hunting aspect to it. The task is hard, but not impossible.