Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1996 Topps Stadium Club Series 2 Football
With baseball season over, Cheap Wax Wednesday is switching over to football products for the remainder of the NFL season.
1996 Topps Stadium Club Football was split into two 180-card series. The base cards are borderless, and feature foil stamped names and Stadium Club logos. Both series shared a partial parallel set, Matrix. Card numbers 1-135 in Series 1 and cards 181-310 in Series 2 could be found in Matrix parallels. Each series contained it’s own list of insert sets to chase.
1996 Stadium Club Series 2 has multiple base designs. In addition to the regular base cards, any first-year players had a different orange foil Stadium Club logo. Not all of these cards in Series 2 are considered Rookie Cards, though. Some first-year players appeared in Series 1 as well. The big name RCs contained in Series 2 include Eddie George, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, Lawyer Milloy, and Ray Lewis.
1996 Topps Stadium Club Series 2 Football Box Break
Cards per pack: 7
Packs per box: 32
Price paid: $40
Pack 1 highlights:
Jake Reed, Derrick Brooks, Shannon Sharpe & Amani Toomer RC
Amani Toomer was a second round choice of the Giants in the 1996 draft. He spent his entire career in New York, racking up 9,497 receiving yards.
Curtis Martin, Kerry Collins & Jonathan Ogden
Joey Galloway & Marvin Harrison
Leeland McElroy RC
McElroy was an early second round Cardinals draft pick. He played just 30 NFL games, scoring three touchdowns.
Qadry Ismail & Neil O’Donnell
Brett Favre, Eddie Robinson & Derrick Brooks Matrix (1 in every 16 packs)
Willie McGinest, Chris Spielman & Jonathan Ogden New Age (1:32 packs)
Ogden was the fourth overall pick of the 1996 NFL draft. The Hall of Fame offensive lineman was selected to the Pro Bowl eleven times, and was named an All-Pro four times.
Bruce Smith, Marshall Faulk & Boomer Esiason
John Elway & Walt Harris RC
Trent Dilfer, Emmitt Smith & Daryl Gardener RC
Super Bowl winner Trent Dilfer threw more interceptions (129) in his career than touchdowns (113).
Rodney Hampton & Lawyer Milloy RC
Bobby Engram RC
James Stewart & Andre Rison
Andre “Bad Moon” Rison cleared 1,000 receiving yards in a season five times.
Marshall Faulk, Irving Fryar & NFL Playoff Box Card
You’ve probably all heard of Super Bowl squares. That is pretty much what these Playoff Box Cards were. If your card matched any of the scores from any playoff game that season, you were a winner. I checked the scores from that year’s playoffs. I would not have been a winner.
Wayne Chrebet & Jeff Graham
Darren Woodson, Kordell Stewart & Kevin Hardy
Strong safety Darren Woodson was selected to the Pro Bowl five straight seasons 1994-1998. He intercepted 14 passes during those five seasons, returning two for touchdowns.
Trent Dilfer, Kordell Stewart & Ray Mickens RC
John Elway & Danny Kanell RC
Steve Young, Bruce Smith & Eric Moulds
Speedster Eric Moulds finished just five receiving yards shy of 10,000 for his career.
Stepfret Williams RC
Cornelius Bennett & Jeff Blake Photo Gallery (1:24 packs)
Ben Coates & Bryan Cox
Playing tight end and wearing #87 for the Patriots before Gronk was out of diapers, Ben Coates caught 50 touchdown passes over nine seasons in New England.
Robert Brooks, Dan Marino & Ray Lewis RC
Steve Young, Raghib “Rocket” Ismail & John Mobley
Kerry Collins, Curtis Martin & Danny Kanell RC
Curtis Martin played 11 seasons in the NFL, all in the AFC East. He rushed for over 14,000 yards, and scored 100 (90 rushing and 10 receiving) touchdowns during his career.
Ray Mickens RC
Darren Woodson, Willie McGinest & Alex Van Dyke
Kordell “Slash” Stewart & Lawrence Phillips
Kordell Stewart was nicknamed Slash because of his ability to play multiple positions. Though mostly a quarterback in the NFL, Stewart did record 41 receptions, while also punting six times.
Derrick Brooks, Quinn Early & Emmitt Smith Matrix (1:16 packs)
These Matrix parallels are some of my favorite cards. Photos really do not do these cards justice.
Lawrence Phillips & Chris Warren Brace Yourself (1:32 packs)
Rodney Hampton, Shannon Sharpe & Alex Van Dyke
Lastly, the Shannon Sharpe card back. As you can see by the positional ranking, Shannon was one of the top pass-catching tight ends in 1995.
1990s Stadium Club Football is as fun to break as baseball. The inserts are all both really attractive and not that easy to pull. No insert in either series has better than 1:12 pack odds. Considering the Matrix checklist for Series 2 includes 130 cards, I did extremely well pulling two Hall of Famers in Derrick Brooks and Emmitt Smith.
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