Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shaquille O'Neal 1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team #21

I was able to snag the Member's Only version of Shaquille O'Neal's iconic Beam Team card from 1992-93 Stadium Club.

This is not inserted into packs as this was only available exclusively through the Topps Members Only Club or sold in complete factory set form for $199 with a total of 10,000 factory sets printed.

However, I'm disappointed as the only difference between the two cards is a stamp that says "Member's Only". It's barely noticeable and only found it through closer inspection.

Take a look and see if you can find the stamped logo. 

 Had a hard time eh? It's actually located just below the net

Side by side with the regular Beam Team card, there's not much difference at all. Can't complain much though as the cards are simply beautiful. Heck, in those days, these cards were gold!

In 1992, Shaq was a rookie taking the NBA by storm. When the Beam Team set was issued, everybody wanted it as it includes Michael Jordan and Shaq. The "Beam Team" cards commemorate Topps' 1993 sponsorship of a six-minute NBA laser animation show called Beams Above the Rim which premiered at the 1993 NBA All-Star Game.

The color action player photos on the fronts are bordered on two sides by an angled silver light beam border design with a light refracting pattern - which was well-ahead of its time.

Couple that with huge odds of 1:36 (in those days) and these cards were a hit.

Heck, the Shaq Beam Team card was selling for upwards of $100! It's safe to say that the set ushered in the era of insert cards and the Shaq Beam Tam is the grandaddy of them all.

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