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2002 SP Authentic

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2002 SP Authentic is a 230 card set was released in two separate series. The basic SP Authentic product (containing the first 170 cards) was issued in September, 2002. The final 60 cards (#171-#230) were distributed within packs of 2002 Upper Deck Rookie Update in mid-December, 2002. The product is notable for containing the first ever, certified autographed trading cards of Mark McGwire.

Cards #1-#90 featured veterans while cards #91-#170 were part of the Future Watch subset. Future Watch cards #91-#135 are serial-numbered to 1999 copies; while cards #136-#170 were signed by the player. Most of the autographed Future Watch cards were serial-numbered to 999 copies; while cards #146, #152 and #157 were printed to only 249 serial-numbered sets.

A typical 24-pack SP Authentic box should yield two Future Watch cards, one autographed Future Watch card, either an autographed Prospect or a Chirography card, at least one USA Future Watch insert, and a game jersey card.

There only notable rookies in the SP Authentic set are of Reed Johnson and Aaron Cook.

Rookie Update cards #201-#230 continued the Future Watch subset (focusing on rookies and prospects) and each card was serial-numbered to 1999.

Among the notable rookies in the Rookie Update series include Cliff Lee and Freddy Sanchez.


SP Authentic Series: 24 packs per box, five cards per pack (MSRP: $4.99). Hobby only.

Rookie Update Series: 15 packs per box, four cards per pack. Hobby only.


Old School Breaks

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Odds
Base 230 - ?
short set 90 - 5:1
Future Watch 45 1999 1:12
Autographed Future Watch 35 249 or 999 1:24
Rookie Update Series short set 30 - 1:1
Rookie Update Series Future Watch 30 1999 1:7
Limited 170 125 ?
Limited Gold 170 50 ?
USA Future Watch 22 1999 ?
Game Jersey 38 - 1:24
Game Jersey Gold 38 varies ?
Prospects Signatures 12 - 1:36
Chirography 27 - 1:72
Chirography Gold 25 varies ?
Big Mac Missing Link 5 25 ?
Signed Big Mac 10 varies ?
Excellence 1 25 ?
Sings of Greatness 1 one-of-one ?
Autographed Joe DiMaggio Poster Redemption 1 800 1:1100


Base Set

SP Authentic Series

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1 Troy Glaus

2 Darin Erstad

3 Barry Zito

4 Eric Chavez

5 Tim Hudson

6 Miguel Tejada

7 Carlos Delgado

8 Shannon Stewart

9 Ben Grieve

10 Jim Thome

11 C.C. Sabathia

12 Ichiro

13 Freddy Garcia

14 Edgar Martinez

15 Bret Boone

16 Jeff Conine

17 Alex Rodriguez

18 Juan Gonzalez

19 Ivan Rodriguez

20 Rafael Palmeiro

21 Hank Blalock

22 Pedro Martinez

23 Manny Ramirez

24 Nomar Garciaparra

25 Carlos Beltran

26 Mike Sweeney

27 Randall Simon

28 Dmitri Young

29 Bob Higginson

30 Corey Koskie

31 Eric Milton

32 Torii Hunter

33 Joe Mays

34 Frank Thomas

35 Mark Buehrle

36 Magglio Ordonez

37 Kenny Lofton

38 Roger Clemens

39 Derek Jeter

40 Jason Giambi

41 Bernie Williams

42 Alfonso Soriano

43 Lance Berkman

44 Roy Oswalt

45 Jeff Bagwell

46 Craig Biggio

47 Chipper Jones

48 Greg Maddux

49 Gary Sheffield

50 Andruw Jones

51 Ben Sheets

52 Richie Sexson

53 Albert Pujols

54 Matt Morris

55 J.D. Drew

56 Sammy Sosa

57 Kerry Wood

58 Corey Patterson

59 Mark Prior

60 Randy Johnson

61 Luis Gonzalez

62 Curt Schilling

63 Shawn Green

64 Kevin Brown

65 Hideo Nomo

66 Vladimir Guerrero

67 Jose Vidro

68 Barry Bonds

69 Jeff Kent

70 Rich Aurilia

71 Preston Wilson

72 Josh Beckett

73 Mike Lowell

74 Roberto Alomar

75 Mo Vaughn

76 Jeromy Burnitz

77 Mike Piazza

78 Sean Burroughs

79 Phil Nevin

80 Bob Abreu

81 Pat Burrell

82 Scott Rolen

83 Jason Kendall

84 Brian Giles

85 Ken Griffey, Jr.

86 Adam Dunn

87 Sean Casey

88 Todd Helton

89 Larry Walker

90 Mike Hampton

Future Watch

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Each Future Watch is serial-numbered to 1999 copies.

91 Brandon Puffer FW RC

92 Tom Shearn FW RC

93 Chris Baker FW RC*

94 Gustavo Chacin FW RC

95 Joe Orloski FW RC*

96 Mike A. Smith FW RC

97 John Ennis FW RC

98 John Foster FW RC

99 Kevin Gryboski FW RC

100 Brian Mallette FW RC

101 Takahito Nomura FW RC

102 So Taguchi FW RC

103 Jeremy Lambert FW RC*

104 Jason Simontacchi FW RC

105 Jorge Sosa FW RC

106 Brandon Backe FW RC

107 P.J. Bevis FW RC*

108 Jeremy Ward FW RC*

109 Doug Devore FW RC

110 Ron Chiavacci FW

111 Ron Calloway FW RC

112 Nelson Castro FW RC*

113 Deivis Santos FW

114 Earl Snyder FW RC

115 Julio Mateo FW RC

116 J.J. Putz FW RC

117 Allan Simpson FW RC

118 Satoru Komiyama FW RC

119 Adam Walker FW RC*

120 Oliver Perez FW RC

121 Cliff Bartosh FW RC

122 Todd Donovan FW RC*

123 Elio Serrano FW RC*

124 Pete Zamora FW RC*

125 Mike Gonzalez FW RC

126 Travis Hughes FW RC

127 Jorge De La Rosa FW RC

128 Anastacio Martinez FW RC

129 Colin Young FW RC*

130 Nate Field FW RC

131 Tim Kalita FW RC*

132 Julius Matos FW RC

133 Terry Pearson FW RC

134 Kyle Kane FW RC*

135 Mitch Wylie FW RC*

Autographed Future Watch

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136 Rodrigo Rosario FW AU RC 999

137 Franklyn German FW AU RC 999

138 Reed Johnson FW AU RC 999

139 Luis Martinez FW AU RC 999

140 Michael Crudale FW AU RC 999

141 Francis Beltran FW AU RC 999

142 Steve Kent FW AU RC 999

143 Felix Escalona FW AU RC 999

144 Jose Valverde FW AU RC 999

145 Victor Alvarez FW AU RC 999

146 Kazuhisa Ishii FW AU RC 249

147 Jorge Nunez FW AU RC* 999

148 Eric Good FW AU RC* 999

149 Luis Ugueto FW AU RC 999

150 Matt Thornton FW AU RC 999

151 Wilson Valdez FW AU RC 999

152 Hansel Izquierdo FW AU RC 249

153 Jaime Cerda FW AU RC 999

154 Mark Corey FW AU RC 999

155 Tyler Yates FW AU RC 999

156 Steve Bechler FW AU RC 999

157 Ben Howard FW AU RC 249

158 Anderson Machado FW AU RC 999

159 Jorge Padilla FW AU RC 999

160 Eric Junge FW AU RC 999

161 Adrian Burnside FW AU RC* 999

162 Josh Hancock FW AU RC 999

163 Chris Booker FW AU RC 999

164 Cam Esslinger FW AU RC* 999

165 Rene Reyes FW AU RC 999

166 Aaron Cook FW AU RC 999

167 Juan Brito FW AU RC 999

168 Miguel Ascencio FW AU RC 999

169 Kevin Frederick FW AU RC 999

170 Edwin Almonte FW AU RC 999

Rookie Update Series

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171 Erubiel Durazo

172 Junior Spivey

173 Geronimo Gil

174 Cliff Floyd

175 Brandon Larson

176 Aaron Boone

177 Shawn Estes

178 Austin Kearns

179 Joe Borchard

180 Russell Branyan

181 Jay Payton

182 Andres Torres

183 Andy Van Hekken

184 Alex Sanchez

185 Endy Chavez

186 Bartolo Colon

187 Raul Mondesi

188 Robin Ventura

189 Mike Mussina

190 Jorge Posada

191 Ted Lilly

192 Ray Durham

193 Brett Myers

194 Marlon Byrd

195 Vicente Padilla

196 Josh Fogg

197 Kenny Lofton

198 Scott Rolen

199 Jason Lane

200 Josh Phelps

Future Watch

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Each Future Watch is serial-numbered to 1999 copies.

201 Travis Driskill FW RC

202 Howie Clark FW RC

203 Mike Mahoney FW

204 Brian Tallet FW RC

205 Kirk Saarloos FW RC

206 Barry Wesson FW RC

207 Aaron Guiel FW RC

208 Shawn Sedlacek FW RC

209 Jose Diaz FW RC

210 Jorge Nunez FW

211 Danny Mota FW RC

212 David Ross FW RC

213 Jayson Durocher FW RC

214 Shane Nance FW RC

215 Wil Nieves FW RC

216 Freddy Sanchez FW RC

217 Alex Pelaez FW RC

218 Jamey Carroll FW RC

219 J.J. Trujillo FW RC

220 Kevin Pickford FW RC

221 Clay Condrey FW RC

222 Chris Snelling FW RC

223 Cliff Lee FW RC

224 Jeremy Hill FW RC

225 Jose Rodriguez FW RC

226 Lance Carter FW RC

227 Ken Huckaby FW RC

228 Scott Wiggins FW RC

229 Corey Thurman FW RC

230 Kevin Cash FW RC


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Each of the 170 SP Authentic Series cards (including the Future Watch and autographs) are available in the following parallels.

  • Limited (serial-numbered to 125 copies)
  • Limited Gold (serial-numbered to 50 copies)


USA Future Watch

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This 22-card set features members of the 2002 USA National Team. The design is similar to that of the base set Future Watch cards, but none are to be considered "true" rookies. Each card is serial-numbered to 1999 copies.

USA1 Chad Cordero

USA2 Philip Humber

USA3 Grant Johnson

USA4 Wes Littleton

USA5 Kyle Sleeth

USA6 Huston Street

USA7 Brad Sullivan

USA8 Bob Zimmermann

USA9 Abe Alvarez

USA10 Kyle Bakker

USA11 Landon Powell

USA12 Clint Sammons

USA13 Michael Aubrey

USA14 Aaron Hill

USA15 Conor Jackson

USA16 Eric Patterson

USA17 Dustin Pedroia

USA18 Rickie Weeks

USA19 Shane Costa

USA20 Mark Jurich

USA21 Sam Fuld

USA22 Carlos Quentin

Autographs & Game-Used

NOTE: All autograph and game-used cards listed below were inserted into SP Authentic packs.

Game Jersey

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J-AJ Andruw Jones

J-AP Andy Pettitte

J-AR Alex Rodriguez

J-BW Bernie Williams

J-BZ Barry Zito

J-CC C.C. Sabathia

J-CD Carlos Delgado

J-CJ Chipper Jones

J-CS Curt Schilling

J-DE Darin Erstad

J-GM Greg Maddux

J-GS Gary Sheffield

J-IR Ivan Rodriguez

J-IS Ichiro SP

J-JBA Jeff Bagwell

J-JBU Jeromy Burnitz SP

J-JE Jim Edmonds

J-JGO Juan Gonzalez

J-JGR Jason Giambi

J-JK Jason Kendall

J-JT Jim Thome

J-KG Ken Griffey, Jr. SP 95

J-KI Kazuhisa Ishii

J-MM Mark McGwire SP

J-MO Magglio Ordonez

J-MP Mike Piazza

J-MR Manny Ramirez

J-OV Omar Vizquel

J-PW Preston Wilson

J-RA Roberto Alomar

J-RC Roger Clemens

J-RJ Randy Johnson

J-RV Robin Ventura

J-SG Shawn Green

J-SR Scott Rolen

J-SS Sammy Sosa

J-TH Todd Helton

J-TS Tsuyoshi Shinjo


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Each of the 38 Game Jersey's is available in a Gold parallel. The Gold cards are serial-numbered to the player's uniform number and is listed below.

J-AJ Andruw Jones 25

J-AP Andy Pettitte 46

J-AR Alex Rodriguez 3

J-BW Bernie Williams 51

J-BZ Barry Zito 75

J-CC C.C. Sabathia 52

J-CD Carlos Delgado 25

J-CJ Chipper Jones 10

J-CS Curt Schilling 38

J-DE Darin Erstad 17

J-GM Greg Maddux 31

J-GS Gary Sheffield 11

J-IR Ivan Rodriguez 7

J-IS Ichiro Suzuki 51

J-JBA Jeff Bagwell 5

J-JBU Jeromy Burnitz 20

J-JE Jim Edmonds 15

J-JGO Juan Gonzalez 19

J-JGR Jason Giambi 25

J-JK Jason Kendall 18

J-JT Jim Thome 25

J-KG Ken Griffey, Jr. 30

J-KI Kazuhisa Ishii 17

J-MM Mark McGwire 25

J-MO Magglio Ordonez 30

J-MP Mike Piazza 31

J-MR Manny Ramirez 24

J-OV Omar Vizquel 13

J-PW Preston Wilson 44

J-RA Roberto Alomar 12

J-RC Roger Clemens 22

J-RJ Randy Johnson 51

J-RV Robin Ventura 19

J-SG Shawn Green 15

J-SR Scott Rolen 17

J-SS Sammy Sosa 21

J-TH Todd Helton 17

J-TS Tsuyoshi Shinjo 5


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Each Chirography is serial-numbered to the production figures listed below.

NOTE: Four players: Bret Boone, Tony Gywnn, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa, packed out as exchange cards which expired September 10, 2005.

AD Adam Dunn 348

AG Alex Graman 418

AR Alex Rodriguez EXCH 391

BB Barry Bonds 112

BBO Bret Boone EXCH 500

BZ Barry Zito 419

CF Cliff Floyd 313

CS C.C. Sabathia 442

DE Darin Erstad 80

DM Doug Mientkiewicz 478

FG Freddy Garcia 456

HB Hank Blalock 282

IS Ichiro 78

JB John Buck 427

JG Jason Giambi 244

JL Jon Lieber 462

JM Joe Mays 469

KG Ken Griffey, Jr. 238

MBR Milton Bradley 470

MBU Mark Buehrle 438

MM Mark McGwire 50

MS Mike Sweeney 265

RS Richie Sexson 483

SB Sean Burroughs 275

SS Sammy Sosa EXCH 247

TG Tom Glavine 376

TGW Tony Gwynn EXCH 75


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Each of the 27 players (except Bret Boone and Tony Gwynn) are available in a Gold parallel. The Gold cards are serial-numbered to the player's uniform number and listed below.

AD Adam Dunn 44

AG Alex Graman 76

AR Alex Rodriguez EXCH 3

BB Barry Bonds 25

BZ Barry Zito 75

CF Cliff Floyd 30

CS C.C. Sabathia 52

DE Darin Erstad 17

DM Doug Mientkiewicz 16

FG Freddy Garcia 34

HB Hank Blalock 12

IS Ichiro 51

JB John Buck 67

JG Jason Giambi 25

JL Jon Lieber 32

JM Joe Mays 25

KG Ken Griffey, Jr. 30

MBR Milton Bradley 24

MBU Mark Buehrle 56

MM Mark McGwire 25

MS Mike Sweeney 29

RS Richie Sexson 11

SB Sean Burroughs 21

SS Sammy Sosa EXCH 21

TG Tom Glavine 47

Prospects Signatures

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P-AG Alex Graman

P-BH Bill Hall

P-DM Dustan Mohr

P-DW Danny Wright

P-JC Jose Cueto

P-JDE Jeff Deardorff

P-JDI Jose Diaz

P-KH Ken Huckaby

P-MG Matt Guerrier (pictured as a White Sox)

P-MS Marco Scutaro (pictured as a Brewer)

P-ST Steve Torrealba

P-XN Xavier Nady

Big Mac Missing Link

These autographed Mark McGwire cards are all in the style of SP Authentic Chirography sets from 1998-2002. McGwire had never signed for a trading card company before coming to terms with Upper Deck in 2002. Each card is hand-numbered to 25 copies.

For some reason, Upper Deck decided to include a Missing Link card in the style of the 2002 Chirography set, even though a McGwire was already included in that set (see above).

MMC Mark McGwire 1998

MM Mark McGwire 1999

MAM Mark McGwire 2000

SP-MM Mark McGwire 2001

MAMC Mark McGwire 2002

Signed Big Mac

This set features 10 Mark McGwire autographed cards. Each card is serial-numbered to the production figures listed.

MM1 Mark McGwire 1

MM2 Mark McGwire 25

MM3 Mark McGwire 5

MM4 Mark McGwire 4

MM5 Mark McGwire 12

MM6 Mark McGwire 70

MM7 Mark McGwire 4

MM8 Mark McGwire 7

MM9 Mark McGwire 5

MM10 Mark McGwire 16


Randomly inserted into packs was an exchange card good for a card featuring six on-card autographs of Upper Deck spokemen. Only 25 exchange cards were produced and expired September 10, 2005.

AE Ken Griffey, Jr. / Sammy Sosa / Cal Ripken, Jr. / Jason Giambi / Mark McGwire / Ichiro EXCH 25

Signs of Greatness

Randomly inserted into packs, this "book" card features six autographs and only one copy was produced. An exchange card with a redemption deadline of September 10th, 2005 was placed into packs whereby the lucky collector received the card directly from Upper Deck via mail. The three dead players are all cuts; the three living players are on-card autographs.

SOG Babe Ruth / Joe DiMaggio / Mickey Mantle / Ken Griffey, Jr. / Sammy Sosa / Mark McGwire EXCH 1

Joe DiMaggio Autographed Poster

Randomly inserted into packs was an exchange card good for an autographed Joe DiMaggio poster. A total of 800 exchange cards were inserted into packs and expired August 8, 2005. DiMaggio died in 1999 and the posters were originally signed for Upper Deck Authenticated.

Hawaii Trade Conference Sign of the Times Duke Snider Autograph

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This Duke Snider autograph card was distributed by Upper Deck at the 2002 Hawaii Trade Conference. Each attendee received either this signed Duke Snider card or a signed card of NFL legend John Riggins, both of which were hand-numbered to 500 copies in blue ink -- although it should be noted that, unlike similar Hawaii Trade Conference giveaways, this card is not marked as having been distributed at the conference.