Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1994 Classic Baseball All-Star Edition
1994 Classic Baseball: All-Star Edition consists of 200 base cards. The release also has four insert sets, including autographs. While the checklist of signatures has just seven players, there are some notable names like Trot Nixon, Rondell White and Alex Rodriguez.
This set also features another person you may have heard of, Michael Jordan.
The box top features A-Rod playing for the Appleton (Wisconsin) Foxes. That franchise has since changed to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Each box is numbered, with a total of 99,940 boxes being produced.
Classic emerged as a baseball card brand in 1987. Their initial release included major league players, and the cards could be used to play a board game. They released similar sets in 1988, 1989 and 1990, including major leaguers. In 1991, though, Classic found a niche. In that year they started producing minor league sets. In addition to a full minor league release, they also produced team specific sets. You can find 1991 Classic Best team sets for everyone from the Appleton Foxes to the Yakima Bears.
1994 Classic Baseball All-Star Edition Box Break
Cards per pack: 10
Packs per box: 36
Price paid: $38
Pack 1 highlights:
Tony Clark, Johnny Damon & Frank Rodriguez Cream of the Crop (one in every pack)
Frank Rodriguez was a second round pick of the Red Sox selected out of a Brooklyn high school. He never quite lived up to the early hype, posting a 5.53 career major league ERA.
Todd Hollandsworth & Shannon Stewart Cream of the Crop
Armando Benitez & Terrell Wade Cream of the Crop
Ray Durham, LaTroy Hawkins & Makoto Suzuki Cream of the Crop. How many of you knew off the top of your head that Mac Suzuki’s real name is Makoto? Me, neither.
Trot Nixon, Andy Pettitte, Roger Cedeno & Rondell White Cream of the Crop
Torii Hunter & Shane Andrews Cream of the Crop
Jason Isringhausen, Calvin “Pokey” Reese & Charles Johnson Cream of the Crop
A slick fielder, Pokey was never dangerous at the plate. The two-time Gold Glove winner never hit over .300 at any level. Though he did try to make a return in 2005 and 2008, Reese was out of the majors for good following a 2004 World Series win with the Red Sox.
James Baldwin & Baldwin Cream of the Crop
Alex Rodriguez, J.R. Phillips Cream of the Crop & Kirkreit/Mitchell/Ogea Tri-Card /8,000
Brien Taylor, Ugueth Urbina & Midre Cummings Cream of the Crop
Selected first overall by the Yankees in the 1991 draft, Taylor was hyped from the start. He was Baseball America‘s #1 prospect after the draft and was supposed to be the next Yankees ace. He did have a stellar first year as a professional, boasting a 2.57 ERA over 27 minor league starts. It all went downhill from there, though, and he never pitched above the AA level.
Michael Tucker, Dmitri Young, Rondell White & Trot Nixon Cream of the Crop
Doug Glanville & Johnny Damon Cream of the Crop
Shannon Stewart & Shawn Green Cream of the Crop
Drafted in the first round of the 1992 draft, Shannon Stewart put together a very respectable career. Mostly known for his time in Toronto, Stewart played 14 major league seasons, finishing with a .297 career batting average and a .360 OBP.
Rondell White, Shawn Green & Todd Hollandsworth Cream of the Crop
Mike Lieberthal & Alex Rodriguez Cream of the Crop
Alex Ochoa & Charles Johnson Cream of the Crop
Johnson was one of the rare players that actually got drafted lower after attending college. He was originally drafted 10th overall by the Montreal Expos in 1989. Instead of signing, he opted to play at the University of Miami. He was drafted again at the end of the first round by the Marlins in 1992. Johnson was very good defensively, and won four straight NL Gold Glove Awards from 1995-1998.
Chan Ho Park & Phil Nevin Cream of the Crop
Rich Aurilia, Rey Ordonez & J.R. Phillips Cream of the Crop
Alex Rodriguez CL, Brad Radke, Michael Jordan & Chan Ho Park Cream of the Crop
It’s safe to say MJ was better at basketball than he was at baseball. He played just one season in the minors before returning to the NBA. During the 1994 AA season, Jordan hit just .202 in 127 games.
Derek Jeter, Edgar Renteria & Bill Pulsipher Cream of the Crop
Alex Rodriguez CL, Garret Anderson & Scott Ruffcorn Cream of the Crop
Derrek Lee & Brooks Kieschnick Cream of the Crop
Derrek Lee was selected out of high school in the first round of the 1993 draft. He was a good major league player over a 15-year career. During his best season, 2005, Lee led the NL in batting average (.335), hits (199), doubles (50), slugging (.662) & OPS (1.080). He finished third in the NL MVP voting. You may have heard of the 2005 NL MVP — Albert Pujols.
Billy Wagner, Chan Ho Park & Terrell Wade Cream of the Crop
Andy Pettitte, Roger Cedeno & Terrell Wade Cream of the Crop
Charles Johnson, Terrell Wade Cream of the Crop (three packs in a row with Wade?), Kirk Presley Bonus Baby /9,994 & Trot Nixon Bonus Baby /9,994
Terrell Wade was a fast riser in the Braves farm system. Wade pitched at three different levels in 1993, posting a 2.44 ERA and 208 strikeouts over 27 minor league starts. He was never able to repeat this success in the majors, and pitched in just 61 major league games.
Johnny Damon, Michael Jordan & Shawn Green Cream of the Crop
Pokey Reese & Rondell White Cream of the Crop
Dmitri Young & Todd Hollandsworth Cream of the Crop
Dmitri Young at least was a big baseball card collector. Young had an intense focus to his collection, acquiring only PSA 10 Rookie Cards. He auctioned off nearly 500 PSA 10 RCs in 2012. The crown jewel? A PSA 10 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente RC. That card sold for $432,690. I bet Young wishes he had held out another nine years. Why? A PSA 9 copy sold in March for $1.1 million. That PSA 10 copy Young had in his collection still is the only one in existence.
Alex Rodriguez Checklist & Derek Jeter Cream of the Crop
Trot Nixon, Billy Wagner & Charles Johnson Cream of the Crop
I really hope someday Billy Wagner gets elected to the Hall of Fame. He is making progress, receiving 46.4% of the vote in the last balloting (75% gets a player elected). Wagner pitched 16 major league seasons, finishing his career with a 2.31 ERA, 422 saves, and a 0.998 WHIP. He retired on top of his game, having just completed the 2010 season posting a 1.43 ERA and earning 37 saves.
Shawn Green & Phil Nevin Cream of the Crop
Shannon Stewart & J.R. Phillips Cream of the Crop
Derek Lowe & Chan Ho Park Cream of the Crop
Garret Anderson, Ray Durham, Rondell White & Bill Pulsipher Cream of the Crop
Garret Anderson made his major league debut in 1994, batting .385 in five games. He never stopped hitting, and played 17 years in the majors. The outfielder finished his career with a .293 average, collecting 2,529 hits.
Scott Ruffcorn Cream of the Crop
Garret Anderson and yet another Terrell Wade Cream of the Crop
Lastly, the Jeter card back. Aside from the power (Jeter only hit 260 career home runs), the scouting report on Derek was spot on.
I did not pull an autograph, which was to be expected. According to some quick math, it looks like autos are found just once in every six or seven boxes. That is all right though as I still enjoyed this product.
There are plenty of notable names featured on minor league teams. What is more fun than seeing A-Rod with FOXES across the front of his jersey? It also doesn’t hurt finding a couple Michael Jordan cards in a box, either.
I really appreciate how the base cards feature both the minor league and major league affiliate logos. Oftentimes it is tough to line up minor league teams with their parent clubs.
At just over $1 per pack, this one was well worth the price!
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