Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 2002 Upper Deck Vintage Baseball

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This week’s #CheapWaxWednesday break features a box of 2002 Upper Deck Vintage Baseball. This product has always been a confusing one for me. How Upper Deck was able to use the 1971 Topps design for this set is something I can’t explain. Hopefully someone else knows the answer to that mystery.

This box was an eBay cheap wax find.

2002 Upper Deck Vintage Baseball Box Break

Cards per pack: 10
Packs per box: 24
Price paid: $49

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The box and packs all feature the same picture of a smiling Griffey, showing off his braces!

Pack 1 highlights:

Shawn Green, Carlos Delgado CL, Ken Griffey, Jr. CL & Chipper Jones/Brian Jordan CL

Pack 2: 

Rafael Furcal, Derek Jeter, Abraham Nunez/Josh Beckett, Jim Thome PS & Edgar Martinez

Pack 3: 

Mark Buehrle, Juan Gonzalez, Troy Percival, Mike Mussina PS & Jorge Posada CL

Pack 4:

Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Jeff Bagwell, Andruw Jones PS & Ichiro Suzuki Day at the Park (1:23 packs)

Pack 5:

Magglio Ordonez, Manny Ramirez, Ben Sheets, Raul Mondesi & Curt Schilling PS

Pack 6: 

C.C. Sabathia, Mo “Hit Dog” Vaughn, Larry Walker, Orlando Cabrera (I once ran into Orlando at a grocery store and got the chance to shake his hand and say “thank you” for his contributions to the 2004 World Series champion Red Sox!), Mike Mussina & Randy Johnson PS

Pack 7:

Jason Giambi, Scott Rolen, Paul O’Neill, Juan Cruz/Mark Prior, Mark McGwire, Andruw Jones & Jorge Posada PS

Pack 8: 

Kerry Wood, Moises Alou, John Olerud, Ken Griffey, Jr., Barry Bonds CL, Tom Glavine PS & Mark McGwire Sandlot Stars (1:11 packs)

Pack 9:

Fred McGriff, Craig Biggio, Mark Mulder/Roger Clemens/Jamie Moyer, Jimmy Rollins & 2000 AL Rookie of the Year Kazuhiro Sasaki

Pack 10: 

Edgar Martinez PS, Barry Bonds & Ivan Rodriguez Night Gamers (1:11 packs)

Pack 11:

Adrian Beltre, Chipper Jones PS, Lance “Puma” Berkman & Mike Piazza CL

Pack 12: 

Alfonso Soriano, Kevin Brown, Curt Schilling PS & Alex Rodriguez/Jim Thome/Rafael Palmeiro

Pack 13: 

Ivan Rodriguez, Adam Dunn, Freddy Garcia/Mike Mussina/Joe Mays & J.D. Drew

Pack 14:

Jeff Kent, Mark Teixeira/Carlos Pena, Carlos Delgado, Curt Schilling/Matt Morris/Randy Johnson, Mariano Rivera, Mike Cameron & Vladimir Guerrero Sandlot Stars (1:11 packs)

Pack 15: 

Roy Oswalt, David Ortiz, Bret Boone PS, Tim Hudson & Cal Ripken, Jr. CL

Pack 16:

Albert Pujols, Carlos Beltran, Troy Glaus, Vladimir Guerrero & Jorge Posada

Pack 17:

Rafael Palmeiro, Carlos Lee, Roberto Alomar, Pedro Martinez (my 9th copy of this card in my Pedro collection), Jason Giambi PS & Barry Larkin

Pack 18:

Luis Gonzalez (I have always been a fan of Gonzalez because of his game winning hit in game 7 of the 2001 World Series to beat the hated Yankees), Robb Nen/Armando Benitez/Trevor Hoffman & Greg Maddux

Pack 19:

Mariano Rivera/Kazuhiro Sasaki/Keith Foulke (I had the chance to go hiking with Foulke last fall! Really cool experience!), Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Todd Helton, Jose Vidro/Vlad Guerrero CL & Manny Ramirez CL

Pack 20:

Trevor Hoffman, Jim Edmonds, Tim Salmon, Randy Johnson PS & Greg Maddux Night Gamers (1:11 packs)

Pack 21:

Jose Canseco, Tino Martinez, Curt Schilling & Larry Walker CL

Pack 22:

Omar Vizquel, Bobby Abreu, Randy Johnson/Curt Schilling/John Burkett, Dante Bichette, Alex Rodriguez CL, Darin Erstad & Bartolo Colon

Pack 23:

Matt Williams PS, Ichiro Suzuki & Miguel Tejada

Pack 24:

Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Tony Gwynn CL, Tom Glavine, Curt Schilling PS & Alex Rodriguez Day at the Park (1:23 packs)

Finally, a Randy Johnson card back. The backs in this set stayed true to the ‘71 Topps design. Are you still confused? I am too.

Unfortunately I didn’t hit any of the relic or autograph cards featured in this set. All are tough pulls!

Timeless Teams relics come in single player, triple, and quad versions, with odds from 1:144 packs to 1:288 packs for the triple and quad relics.

Aces game jersey cards are found 1:144 packs

Special Collection jerseys are found 1:144 packs

Lastly, Signature Combos dual autographs are limited to 100 copies each. I just might have to track a few of these down.

Overall, 2002 Upper Deck Vintage Baseball was a fun product to break. I have always liked the throwback sets, and this one certainly fits that bill, à la Topps Heritage. I would certainly give this one another shot!

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3 comments

    • Ryan Cracknell 27 April, 2021 at 21:48

      @Dave – Because magazines only have so much space, they’re limited mainly to newer sets. There’s the online price guide and annual books that cover everything or close to it as they don’t have the same space limitations.

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