The reason that this card is great is the fact that it can be tied to a specific memorable event from Shaffer's career. Last year, Shaffer the majority of the season with the Durham Bulls, but he had a chance to play a little with the Rays in September. Shaffer's first hit came in the form of a home run against the White Sox. The dugout was great and is the subject of this Richie Shaffer card.
In a season where the Durham Bulls and the Rays missed the playoffs, in my opinion this was one of the best moments of last season. I am glad that Topps chose this picture and moment to use on Shaffer's card in this year's Stadium Club set.
Beyond the Shaffer autograph, I also picked up the Stadium Club autograph of former Durham Bulls pitcher Alex Colome.
Colome had been looking for a role the past few years, but has fit into a nice groove as the team's closer. It's good to see him settle down and find a little bit of success at the Major League level.