Saturday, June 21, 2014

Completely Red: 1991 Stadium Club

Lawd have mercy, this set was so good when it came out. I think I might have actually dropped 4 or 5 Christmas money dollars a few times on packs of this back in the day. Twenty years later I found a dealer at a show selling packs 3/$1. Ah, the melancholy of our little hobby can be humbling. But no matter. Upper Deck thumped Topps pretty good in 1989 with their slick release, but 1991 Stadium Club blew everythng else out of the water. Full-bleed goodness. Foil. Cool photos. Well done. This is still better than most releases of late, honestly, both in design AND quality. It's baffling that 23 years later, this type of quality isn't standard.

The 600 card set produced 22 Reds, so there was only room for one rookie. The Chris Sabo card, celebrating a home run, is one of my favorite cards of all time. And be on the look out for a tremendous Joe Oliver mullett.


Cards - 22

RC's - 1 (Dan Wilson)

All Stars - 10 (Eric Davis, Rob Dibble, Chris Sabo, Paul O'Neill, Tom Browning, Mariano Duncan, Randy Myers, Norm Charlton, Jack Armstrong, Dan Wilson)

Hall of Famers - 1 (Barry Larkin)

Reds Hall of Famers - 5 (Eric Davis, Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo)

Business - In the front

Party - In the back


11 Jose Rijo
37 Eric Davis
68 Joe Oliver
92 Barry Larkin
113 Todd Benzinger
131 Rob Dibble
148 Bill Doran
165 Chris Sabo
187 Glenn Braggs
218 Paul O'Neill
235 Tom Browning
251 Mariano Duncan
275 Randy Myers
305 Norm Charlton
339 Hal Morris
371 Billy Hatcher
396 Tim Layana
510 Jack Armstrong
534 Jeff Reed
546 Herm Winningham
575 Chris Hammond
587 Dan Wilson RC

Go Reds.


  1. I remember them coming out. My son and myself bought many a pack

  2. Too bad about Jeff Reed serving time in prison that year.

  3. How can you not love that Joe Oliver mullet? The Reed card does look like he is in prison either that or a leaky basement. It's an odd image, but not necessarily a bad one.