Awesome Inserts: 1992-93 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Trading cards have a history of tying in with different things. We see it most often with food-issue releases and other oddball sets. But what about a laser show? That was the inspiration of 1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team, one of the most popular basketball insert sets of the early 1990s.

Around the time the cards came out, Topps sponsored a laser show called “Beams Above the Rim.” It ran six minutes but didn’t include any Pink Floyd, one of the masters of early laser productions. Beams Above the Rim debuted at the All-Star Game before embarking on a multi-city tour to help promote the NBA.

If you’re going to make a card set based on a laser show, there has to be some sort of connection. That comes through with the most distinct design feature on the cards, the light beams that make up the side borders. It’s not nearly as fancy as some of the technological advances that would become common a few years later, but for the time, they stood out.

The 1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team checklist has 21 cards, the most of which are very strong. Nine of the 12 members of the 1992 Dream Team are in the set. But it’s the first and last cards that are the keys. Michael Jordan leads things off. At the end is Shaquille O’Neal. A rookie at the time, all of his 1992-93 cards were extremely hot back then.

Beam Team cards were included in Series 2 packs. Not the easiest to pull, they land 1:36 15-card packs.

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Values for the key 1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team cards have held up. While some of the lesser names can be found for a couple of dollars, Jordan and O’Neal are much more.

All 21 cards have Members Only parallels that were exclusive to a special factory set. The print run was 10,000 copies with the only noticeable difference being a hard-to-see “Members Only” stamp on the front.

1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team Members Only 1 Michael Jordan Arrow

1992-93 Topps Basketball has it’s own set of Beam Team cards. These have three players on the front and aren’t nearly as popular today.

The Beam Team became synonymous with Stadium Club. It stuck with the brand, reappearing several times over the years and branching out into other sports. But none are as popular as the one that started it all, 1992-93 Stadium Club Basketball.

Looking to add some 1992-93 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team cards to your collection? Here’s what’s currently listed on the Beckett Marketplace and eBay.

1992-93 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team Checklist

Click on the links to shop for specific cards on eBay.

1992-93 Topps Stadium Club Beam Team Gallery

1 Michael Jordan

1 Michael Jordan

2 Dominique Wilkins

2 Dominique Wilkins

3 Shawn Kemp

3 Shawn Kemp

4 Clyde Drexler

4 Clyde Drewler

5 Scottie Pippen

5 Scottie Pippen

6 Chris Mullin

6 Chris Mullin

7 Reggie Miller

7 Reggie Miller

8 Glen Rice

8 Glen Rice

9 Jeff Hornacek

9 Jeff Hornacek

10 Jeff Malone

10 Jeff Malone

11 John Stockton

11 John Stockton

12 Kevin Johnson

12 Kevin Johnson

13 Mark Price

13 Mark Price

14 Tim Hardaway

14 Tim Hardaway

15 Charles Barkley

1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team 15 Charles Barkley

16 Hakeem Olajuwon

16 Hakeem Olajuwon

17 Karl Malone

17 Karl Malone

18 Patrick Ewing

18 Patrick Ewing

19 Dennis Rodman

19 Dennis Rodman

20 David Robinson

1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team 21 Shaquille ONeal

21 Shaquille O’Neal

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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1 comment

  1. Joseph 2 July, 2017 at 21:53

    I bought a case of 1992-93 Stadium Club years ago with the intent of reselling it. After a few years I got bored one day and decided to bust it open instead.

    Glad I did.

    I ended up pulling a Beam Team cards of Drexler, Reggie Miller, Shawn Kemp, Mark Price, and one Michael Jordan!

    Didn’t pull a Shaq Beam Team, but that Jordan is one of the highlights of my collection.

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