Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 2000 Topps Series 1 Baseball Jumbo
Wait, 2000 was 20 years ago? That can’t be right.
I’ve confirmed, 2000 was, in fact, 20 years ago. Crazy.
Back then, Topps released Series 1 in December, 1999. Now, we wait until February! Topps then went on to release Series 2 in April, 2000. There was no Update set in 2000, as Topps Update & Highlights didn’t make its debut until 2005. There was the 2000 Topps Traded box set, though, that features some notable Rookie Cards including Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez, and Adam Wainwright.
The 2000 Topps Baseball set highlights Hank Aaron and Mark McGwire, a couple of Home Run Kings. Randomly inserted were reprint cards of McGwire’s 1985 Topps USA card and reprints of Hank Aaron’s 1954-1976 Topps cards. The Aaron reprints were split between the two series, with the odd years inserted in Series 1 and even years inserted in Series 2.
2000 Topps Series 1 Baseball Jumbo Box Break
Cards per pack: 40
Packs per box: 12
Price paid: $49
The box started with a jumbo box topper. There were eight different toppers in each series. I just happened to pull Hank Aaron!
Pack 1 base:
Bret Saberhagen, Roberto Alomar, Jim Edmonds, Larry Walker, Fred McGriff, Derek Jeter, Vladimir Guerrero, Jeff Kent, Dwight Gooden & Alex Rodriguez
Pack 1 subsets & inserts:
Tony Gwynn Magic Moments, Tom Glavine Postseason Highlights & Todd Helton 21st Century Topps (1 in every 5 jumbo packs)
Pack 2 base:
Tony Gwynn, Frank Thomas, Hideo Nomo, Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada, Mark McGwire, Chipper Jones, Juan Gonzalez, Edgar Martinez, Gary Sheffield & Jose Canseco
Pack 2 subsets & inserts:
David Cone Season Highlights, Rickey Henderson 20th Century Best, Roger Clemens CB, Hank Aaron Reprint (1:5 packs) & Jeff Bagwell Power Players (1:2 packs)
Pack 3 base:
Ivan Rodriguez, Jason Kendall, Hank Aaron, Matt Williams, Wade Boggs, Brown/Patterson/Berkman Prospects & Durazio/Burrell/Johnson PROS
Pack 3 subsets & inserts:
Chris Singleton SH, Fernando Tatis SH (his son looks to be a much better player), Wade Boggs MM, Bernie Williams PH, Craig Biggio All-Topps (1:3 packs) & Manny Ramirez Power Players (1:2 packs)
Pack 4 base:
Jose “Lima Time” Lima, Dante Bichette, Jeff Bagwell, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, Magglio Ordonez, Jose Canseco, Carlos Beltran, Rey Ordonez, Pedro Martinez (I now own 45 copies of this one, and that seems like the perfect number to own), Ken Caminiti, Curt Schilling, Carlos Delgado & Barry Larkin
Pack 4 subsets & inserts:
Jose Jimenez SH, Roger Clemens CB, Hank Aaron MM, Chipper Jones Power Players (1:2 packs) & Jeff Bagwell Perennial All-Stars (1:5 packs)
Pack 5 base:
Mike Lowell, Billy Wagner, Cal Ripken, Jr., Ben Grieve & Greg Vaughn
Pack 5 subsets & inserts:
Todd Helton SH, Cal Ripken, Jr. MM, Pedro Martinez PH (I only have 18 of these), Greg Maddux All-Topps (1:3 packs) & Gabe Kapler Autograph (1:92 packs). Autographs were tough pulls back in 2000, even tougher than today.
Pack 6 base:
Mark Grace, Lopez/Ozuna/Soriano PROS, Eric Davis, Frank Thomas, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines, Derek Jeter, Sammy Sosa, Jorge Posada, Jason Giambi, Rickey Henderson, Kenny Lofton & David Cone
Pack 6 subsets & inserts:
Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez PH, Mark McGwire CB & Sean Casey 21st Century Topps (1:5 packs)
Pack 7 base:
Barry Larkin, Carlos Delgado, Dante Bichette, Jeff Bagwell, John Smoltz, Magglio Ordonez, Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Ken Caminiti & Pedro Martinez
Pack 7 subsets & inserts:
Jose Jimenez SH, Tony Gwynn MM, Rickey Henderson CB, Ken Griffey, Jr. Perennial All-Stars (1:5 packs) & Sammy Sosa Power Players (1:2 packs)
Pack 8 base:
Mike Lowell, Mike Mussina, Billy Wagner & Cal Ripken, Jr.
Pack 8 subsets & inserts:
Todd Helton SH, Tom Glavine PH, Mariano Rivera PH, Hank Aaron Chrome Reprint (1:16 packs) & Tony Gwynn Hands of Gold (1:5 packs)
Pack 9 base:
Frank Thomas, David Cone, Roy Halladay, Tim Raines, Sammy Sosa, Jorge Posada, Jason Giambi, Rickey Henderson, Hideo Nomo (remember when he played for the Brewers? Me neither.), Kenny Lofton & Lopez/Ozuna/Soriano PROS
Pack 9 subsets & inserts:
Mark McGwire MM, Roger Clemens CB, Scott Rolen 21st Century Topps (1:5 packs) & Juan Gonzalez Power Players (1:2 packs)
Pack 10 base:
Roberto Alomar, Larry Walker, Fred McGriff, Jose Vidro, Vladimir Guerrero, Orlando Cabrera & Doc Gooden
Pack 10 subsets & inserts:
Mark McGwire CB, Pedro Martinez PH, McGwire All-Topps (1:3 packs) & McGwire ‘85 Topps USA Reprint (1:8 packs). Now that was definitely a McGwire hot pack!
Pack 11 base:
Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada, Mark McGwire, Chipper Jones, Juan Gonzalez, Adrian Beltre, Edgar Martinez, Troy Glaus, Gary Sheffield & Tony Gwynn
Pack 11 subsets & inserts:
David Cone SH, Orlando Hernandez PH, Mark McGwire MM, Hank Aaron Reprint (1:5 packs) & Jose Canseco Power Players (1:2 packs)
Pack 12 base:
Mike Mussina, Ivan Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez, Hank Aaron, Wade Boggs, Jeff Kent & Brown/Patterson/Berkman PROS
Pack 12 subsets & inserts:
Chris Singleton SH, Fernando Tatis SH, Lance Johnson CB, Tom Glavine PH, Mike Piazza All-Topps (1:3 packs) & Barry Bonds Hands of Gold (1:5 packs)
Lastly, the Hank Aaron card back. Now this is a card back. Check out all the career stats goodness. It’s hard to believe Aaron managed to hit 755 career home runs while never hitting more than 47 in a single season. Even more impressive, Hank had a .305 career batting average and never struck out more than 97 times in a season.
Overall, this was a fun break. 2000 Topps Baseball is loaded with Hall of Famers, and some more guys I still think will get in (Schilling, Clemens, Bonds, maybe Billy Wagner).
There are some nice looking inserts in this one, as well, my favorite being the Hands of Gold die-cut cards.
I also really like the Hank Aaron reprints. I wish Topps still did this, picking a legend to highlight every year, and insert all of their Topps cards as reprints. I love pulling those since I most likely won’t ever own all of the vintage versions.
Quite possibly the best part about opening a Series 1 box, though, is that means baseball is right around the corner. It can’t get here soon enough!
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