Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1994 Fleer Baseball

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“It’s A Whole New Ball Game.” That’s the tagline Fleer touted on the box of their 1994 flagship release. They weren’t lying. 1994 Fleer Baseball marked the start of the company’s insert-heavy releases in the sport. Gone were the countless subsets. While Major League Prospects, League Leaders and Pro Vision cards stuck around, they were now insert cards with unique designs, not just subset cards that looked very similar to the base set.

1994 Fleer Baseball Box

In all, 1994 Fleer Baseball showcases 12 different insert sets, almost doubling 1993’s number.

If that wasn’t enough, Fleer also highlighted the 1993 American League Rookie of the Year, Tim Salmon, with 2,000 autographs. 

1994 Fleer Baseball Box Break

Cards per pack: 15
Packs per box: 36
Price paid: $32

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Pack 1 highlights:

Vinny Castilla, Craig Biggio, Trevor Hoffman, Frank Thomas & Bobby Bonilla All-Stars (1:2 packs). While very easy to pull, I really like these All-Star inserts.

Pack 2:

Bo Jackson, Chuck Finley & Carlos Baerga Pro-Visions (1:12 packs). Was there any better early-’90s insert than Pro-Visions?

Pack 3:

Mike Greenwell, Lance Johnson & Jeff McNeely Major League Prospects (1:6 packs)

Pack 4:

Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, Robin Ventura & Barry Bonds All-Stars (1:2 packs)

Pack 5:

Jay Bell, Travis Fryman & Lenny Dykstra Team Leaders

Pack 6:

Dante Bichette & John Smoltz All-Stars (1:2 packs)

Pack 7:

Jeff Bagwell, Tony Gwynn, Andre Dawson & Tim Salmon Award Winners (1:37 packs)

Pack 8:

A flying Carlos Baerga, Jack McDowell, Kirk Gibson & Gary Sheffield All-Stars (1:2 packs)

Pack 9:

Mike Piazza & Dan Miceli Major League Prospects (1:6 packs)

Pack 10:

Brett Butler/Tony Gwynn, Cliff Floyd, Rafael Palmeiro/Juan Gonzalez, Rickey Henderson (everyone remembers Rickey as a Blue Jay, right?), Kirby Puckett/Chuck Knoblauch, Rich “Goose” Gossage & Tom Glavine All-Stars (1:2 packs)

Pack 11:

Ivan Rodriguez & Mike Lieberthal Major League Prospects (1:6 packs)

Pack 12:

Kirby Puckett, Rafael Palmeiro & Andres “Big Cat” Galarraga All-Stars (1:2 packs)

Pack 13:

Kevin Brown, Will Clark, Mike Piazza/Eric Karros & Barry Bonds League Leaders (1:17 packs)

Pack 14:

Brady Anderson & Darren Daulton All-Stars (1:2 packs)

Pack 15:

Ozzie Guillen & Bobby Bonilla Team Leaders

Pack 16:

Andres Galarraga, Eric Davis, Ken Caminiti, Tim Raines, Mo Vaughn, Cal Ripken, Jr. & David Cone Smoke ‘n Heat (1:36 packs). Cone, the 1994 AL Cy Young Award winner, remains extremely underrated in my book. 

Pack 17:

Jim Edmonds, Roger Clemens & John Burkett All-Stars (1:2 packs)

Pack 18:

Barry Bonds, John Kruk, Ellis Burks, John Valentin & Albie Lopez Major League Prospects (1:6 packs)

Pack 19:

Sammy Sosa, Kevin Mitchell & Duane Ward All-Stars (1:2 packs). 1993 was Ward’s only All-Star appearance in a nine-year major league career. He finished the 1993 season with a league-leading 45 saves and 70 games finished.

Pack 20:

Fernando Valenzuela, Mike Mussina & Cal Ripken, Jr. Team Leaders

Pack 21:

Albert Belle & Greg Vaughn All-Stars (1:2 packs). Forgotten slugger Greg Vaughn made his first All-Star team in 1993, finishing the season with his first of four 30-home run seasons. 

Pack 22:

Kenny Lofton, Tim Salmon, Javier Lopez & Roger Salkeld Major League Prospects (1:6 packs)

Pack 23:

Edgar Martinez, Kevin Brown, Mike Piazza/Eric Karros & Frank Thomas All-Stars (1:2 packs)

Pack 24:

Greg Vaughn, Omar Vizquel, Roberto Alomar, Tom Glavine & Chuck Carr League Leaders (1:17 packs)

Pack 25:

Jose Canseco, Jeff Kent, Bobby Bonilla & Ivan Rodriguez All-Stars (1:2 packs). Pudge Rodriguez played in his second All Star Game in 1993. He would be an All-Star 14 times in his Hall of Fame career.

Pack 26:

McGriff/Gant/Justice, Tino Martinez, Paul Molitor & David Justice Team Leaders

Pack 27:

Joe Girardi, Chuck Knoblauch & Cal Ripken Jr. All-Stars (1:2 packs)

Pack 28:

Joe Carter, Mark McGwire & Scott Sanders Major League Prospects (1:6 packs). By now, like me, you’re probably wondering if there are any big names in the Major League Prospects set. The 35-card insert set only has a couple — Carlos Delgado & Chipper Jones.

Pack 29:

John Olerud/Paul Molitor, Nolan Ryan, Robin Yount, John Smoltz, Gary Sheffield & Bryan Harvey All-Stars (1:2 packs)

Pack 30:

David Justice & Mike Piazza Pro-Visions (1:12 packs)

Pack 31:

Mike Mussina/Jack McDowell, Rondell White & Tony Gwynn All-Stars (1:2 packs). Gwynn would finish the strike-shortened 1994 season with a .394 batting average. That is the closest anyone has come to hitting .400 since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941.

Pack 32:

Dave Stewart, Darryl Strawberry & Mike Piazza Award Winners (1:37 packs)

Pack 33:

Ruben Sierra & Marquis Grissom All-Stars (1:2 packs)

Pack 34:

Alan Trammell/Lou Whitaker, Dwight Gooden, Juan Gonzalez, Dave Winfield, Larry Walker & Ryne Sandberg Team Leaders

Pack 35:

Greg Maddux, Mark Grace & Grace All-Stars (1:2 packs). Mark Grace was an All-Star just three times in a 16-year career. Grace finished his career with 2,445 hits and a .303 average. 

Pack 36:

Bernie Williams, Fred McGriff & Marquis Grissom Team Leaders

Lastly, the McGriff card back. Fred would go on to hit 265 more home runs, finishing his career seven short of 500. 

1990s Fleer sets are a fun rip. Of all the insert sets, my favorite has to be Pro-Visions. I also dig All-Stars and Smoke ‘N Heat inserts in 1994 Fleer Baseball. Some of the others don’t look all that great, but it was definitely a step in the right direction. The inserts continued to improve in the ensuing years.

There are no notable rookies to chase in this one, as Alex Rodriguez is found in the 1994 Update set. I grabbed this one back in May and boxes can still be found right around this price. At under $1 a pack, it is well worth it.

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Want more installments of Shane Salmonson’s Cheap Wax Wednesday? Check out his other breaks in the archives.

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3 comments

  1. JDonovan 4 March, 2021 at 00:35

    I always thought that Duane Ward All Star card was weird. The American flag in the background of the team from Canada. I get that Fleer was trying to be patriotic (or jingoistic if you are cynical), but it seems really insulting to Canadians to me.

  2. Paul Angilly 4 March, 2021 at 10:16

    These are just some nice-looking cards. I really miss the days of being able to get nice cards like this at a reasonable price.

  3. John S. 6 March, 2021 at 15:24

    I opened a box of this a few years ago and was hoping to pull one of the metallic looking Smoke N’ Heat or Tim Salmon inserts. I didn’t get either but pulled the all-rookie exchange card (1:200 packs) instead. Maybe you can do a jumbo box rip of Ultra series 1 & 2 from that year? I really digged those inserts, especially the on-base leaders.

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