2002 Finest

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Description

2002 Finest is a 110-card set released by Topps exclusive to Hobby outlets in the Summer of 2002. In a radical overhaul for the brand, the last ten cards in the base set make up an Autographed First Year Player subset -- the first time autographed cards were included in the base set. In addition, 2002 marked the debut of the "mini box" packaging Finest would be known for in future years. Each six-pack mini box would yield one Autographed First Year Player card.

Distribution

Three, six-pack mini boxes per box (MSRP: $36 mini box), five cards per pack. 12 boxes per case. Hobby only.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds per mini box
Base 110 - ?
short set 100 - ?
Autographed First Year Player 10 - 1:2 AU/GU
Refractor 110 499 1:2
X-Fractor 110 299 1:3
X-Fractor w/Protector 110 99 1:7
Jersey Relics 24 - 1:4 AU/GU
Bat Relics 15 - 1:12 AU/GU
Moments Autographs 15 - 1:3 AU/GU

AU/GU: Each mini box will yield either an autograph or Relic.

Checklist

Base Set

1 Mike Mussina

2 Steve Sparks

3 Randy Johnson

4 Orlando Cabrera

5 Jeff Kent

6 Carlos Delgado

7 Ivan Rodriguez

8 Jose Cruz, Jr.

9 Jason Giambi

10 Brad Penny

11 Moises Alou

12 Mike Piazza

13 Ben Grieve

14 Derek Jeter

15 Roy Oswalt

16 Pat Burrell

17 Preston Wilson

18 Kevin Brown

19 Barry Bonds

20 Phil Nevin

21 Aramis Ramirez

22 Carlos Beltran

23 Chipper Jones

24 Curt Schilling

25 Jorge Posada

26 Alfonso Soriano

27 Cliff Floyd

28 Rafael Palmeiro

29 Terrence Long

30 Ken Griffey, Jr.

31 Jason Kendall

32 Jose Vidro

33 Jermaine Dye

34 Bob Higginson

35 Albert Pujols

36 Miguel Tejada

37 Jim Edmonds

38 Barry Zito

39 Jimmy Rollins

40 Rafael Furcal

41 Omar Vizquel

42 Kazuhiro Sasaki

43 Brian Giles

44 Darin Erstad

45 Mariano Rivera

46 Troy Percival

47 Mike Sweeney

48 Vladimir Guerrero

49 Troy Glaus

50 So Taguchi RC

51 Edgardo Alfonzo

52 Roger Clemens

53 Eric Chavez

54 Alex Rodriguez

55 Cristian Guzman

56 Jeff Bagwell

57 Bernie Williams

58 Kerry Wood

59 Ryan Klesko

60 Ichiro

61 Larry Walker

62 Nomar Garciaparra

63 Craig Biggio

64 J.D. Drew

65 Juan Pierre

66 Roberto Alomar

67 Luis Gonzalez

68 Bud Smith

69 Magglio Ordonez

70 Scott Rolen

71 Tsuyoshi Shinjo

72 Paul Konerko

73 Garret Anderson

74 Tim Hudson

75 Adam Dunn

76 Gary Sheffield

77 Johnny Damon

78 Todd Helton

79 Geoff Jenkins

80 Shawn Green

81 C.C. Sabathia

82 Kazuhisa Ishii RC

83 Rich Aurilia

84 Mike Hampton

85 Ben Sheets

86 Andruw Jones

87 Richie Sexson

88 Jim Thome

89 Sammy Sosa

90 Greg Maddux

91 Pedro Martinez

92 Jeromy Burnitz

93 Raul Mondesi

94 Bret Boone

95 Jerry Hairston

96 Mike Rivera

97 Juan Cruz

98 Morgan Ensberg

99 Nathan Haynes

100 Xavier Nady


Autographed First Year Players

101 Nic Jackson AU RC*

102 Mauricio Lara AU RC*

103 Freddy Sanchez AU RC

104 Clint Nageotte AU RC

105 Beltran Perez AU RC

106 Garett Gentry AU RC* UER (mispelled "Garrett")

107 Chad Qualls AU RC

108 Jason Bay AU RC

109 Michael Hill AU RC*

110 Brian Tallet AU RC


Parallels

All 110 base cards (including the Autographed First-Year Player cards) are available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor (serial-numbered to 499 copies)
  • X-Fractor (serial-numbered to 299 copies)
  • X-Fractor w/Protector (serial-numbered to 99 copies)

NOTE: For the "X-Fractor w/Protector" cards, Topps brought back the much maligned peel-away "Protector" that was standard on all Finest cards from 1995-1999.

Autographs & Game-Used

Jersey Relics

FJR-AJ Andruw Jones

FJR-AR Alex Rodriguez

FJR-BB Barry Bonds

FJR-BO Bret Boone

FJR-CD Carlos Delgado

FJR-CJ Chipper Jones

FJR-CS Curt Schilling

FJR-FT Frank Thomas

FJR-GM Greg Maddux

FJR-HN Hideo Nomo

FJR-IR Ivan Rodriguez

FJR-JB Jeff Bagwell

FJR-LG Luis Gonzalez

FJR-LW Larry Walker

FJR-MG Mark Grace

FJR-MP Mike Piazza

FJR-PM Pedro Martinez

FJR-RA Roberto Alomar

FJR-RH Rickey Henderson

FJR-RP Rafael Palmeiro

FJR-SG Shawn Green

FJR-TG Tony Gwynn

FJR-TH Todd Helton

FJR-TS Tsuyoshi Shinjo


Bat Relics

FBR-AJ Andruw Jones

FBR-AP Albert Pujols

FBR-AR Alex Rodriguez

FBR-AS Alfonso Soriano

FBR-BB Barry Bonds

FBR-BO Bret Boone

FBR-BW Bernie Williams

FBR-CJ Chipper Jones

FBR-IR Ivan Rodriguez

FBR-LG Luis Gonzalez

FBR-MP Mike Piazza

FBR-NG Nomar Garciaparra

FBR-TG Tony Gwynn

FBR-TH Todd Helton

FBR-TS Tsuyoshi Shinjo


Moments Autographs

FMA-BG Bob Gibson

FMA-BR Bobby Richardson

FMA-BT Bobby Thomson

FMA-DL Don Larsen

FMA-DM Don Mattingly

FMA-FJ Fergie Jenkins

FMA-GG Goose Gossage

FMA-GP Gaylord Perry

FMA-JB Jim Bunning

FMA-JS Johnny Sain

FMA-LA Luis Aparicio

FMA-MS Mike Schmidt

FMA-RS Red Schoendienst

FMA-YB Yogi Berra

FMA-BRO Brooks Robinson