The 1995 Topps hobby boxes have the usual 36 packs. This year, Topps is calling them “Power Packs”. Each series 1 Power Pack has 15 cards, while each series 2 Power Pack has 13 cards.
The complete base set has 660 cards, 396 in series 1 and 264 in series 2.
The promotions for series 1 are: Hobby exclusive includes ’95 Stadium Club baseball 1st day issue cards randomly packed. Now more cards per pack. Every card foil stamped. Spectra Light insert card in every pack with complete ’94 Cyberstats. Find “Own the Game” instant win cards and win an MLB passport! Randomly packed, no purchase necessary, see pack for details.
The promotions for series 2 are: “Every card foil stamped” with a “Spectra Light insert card in every pack… with complete ’94 Cyberstats”. Also, randomly packed League Leader cards and Finest cards.
As many of you remember, the 1994 baseball season was plagued by a players strike. It marked a turning point in baseball with declining interest in the game and many angry sports fans shunning baseball and turning to football. It also marked a sharp decline in the baseball card industry, as many collectors simply stopped collecting at this time.
In the 1995 cards, Topps introduced “Cyberstats”, which are prorated statistics on the backs of the cards, showing what kind of numbers the players might have put up if the strike hadn’t taken place.
As for the hobby box itself, Topps finally got rid of the retail pack price label that was on every hobby box until 1994. Another nice touch is the cardboard insert inside the series 2 box to keep the packs from sliding all over the place (and possibly getting damaged).
There are no notable rookies in this set, but there are a number of nice cards to be found. The cards to look for in series 1 are the Babe Ruth 100th Birthday card, Barry Bonds, Derek Jeter, and Roger Clemens. In series 2, we’ll be looking for Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, Nomar Garciaparra, and Cal Ripken.
There are only 3 insert sets in 1995 Topps. These are Cyberstats, Finest, and League Leaders. Additionally, series 1 has randomly inserted Stadium Club 1st day of issue cards.
Series 1 odds per pack: Stadium Club 1st Day Issue 1:36; Own the Game instant win 1:120
Series 2 odds per pack: Cyberstats 1:1; League Leaders 1:6; Finest 1:36.
The best cards I could possibly get out of these 1995 Toplps boxes are: Cal Ripken Stadium Club 1st Day of Issue, Hideo Nomo Stadium Club 1st Day of Issue, Cal Ripken Cyberstats, Barry Bonds Finest, and Barry Bonds League Leaders. Stay tuned to see if I get any of these!