Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 2003 Upper Deck Victory Baseball


For those of you that have been following along with this series you know that I switch from baseball breaks to football breaks after the end of the World Series.

So, this week’s 2003 Upper Deck Victory break marks the end of baseball for the season. Next week will kick off football, which will continue through to February!

2003 Upper Deck Victory Baseball Box Break

Cards per pack: 6
Packs per box: 36
Price paid: $20

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Pack 1 highlights:

Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez & Miguel Tejada Clutch Players (1 in every 5 packs). Upper Deck went with a different card stock in this set, the cards feel more like an UNO card than a normal baseball card, with rounded corners.

Pack 2:

Juan Gonzalez, Carlos Delgado, Edgar Martinez Tier 1 Parallel (one in each pack) & Miguel Tejada True Gamers (1:10 packs)

Pack 3:

Mike Mussina, Andruw Jones, Roy Oswalt, J.D. Drew, Gary Sheffield Tier 1 & Carlos Delgado Clutch Players (1:5 packs)

Pack 4:

Miguel Tejada, Trot Nixon, Barry Bonds, Adrian Beltre, Nick Johnson Tier 1 & Barry Bonds Run Producers (1:10 packs)

Pack 5:

Richie Sexson, Carl Everett, Barry Zito & Nomar Garciaparra Tier 1

Pack 6:

Garret Anderson, Shannon Stewart, Sammy Sosa, Jim Thome, Bobby Abreu Tier 1 & Jason Giambi Solid Hits (1:4 packs)

Pack 7:

Mo Vaughn, Lance Berkman, Jose Vidro, Jeff Bagwell Tier 2 (1:8 packs) & J.D. Drew Laying it on the Line (1:5 packs)

Pack 8:

Gary Sheffield, Alex Rodriguez, J.T. Snow Tier 1 & Shawn Green Run Producers (1:10 packs)

Pack 9:

John Smoltz, Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds Tier 2 (1:8 packs) & Albert Pujols Solid Hits (1:4 packs)

Pack 10:

Jeff Bagwell, Shea Hillenbrand (Shea used to sponsor a tiger at a zoo not far from where I grew up. He did fairly regular autograph signings there, but I never did make it to one.), Derek Jeter Tier 1 & Alfonso Soriano Laying it on the Line (1:5 packs)

Pack 11:

Luis Gonzalez, Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran, Matt Morris Tier 1 & Mike Piazza Solid Hits (1:4 packs)

Pack 12:

Paul Konerko & Todd Helton Tier 1

Pack 13:

Todd Helton, Freddy Garcia, Jason Giambi, Randy Johnson, Brett Myers Tier 2 (1:8 packs) & Curt Schilling Clutch Players (1:5 packs)

Pack 14:

Mark Prior, Mark McGwire, Freddy Garcia Tier 1 & Lance Berkman Run Producers (1:10 packs)

Pack 15:

Greg Maddux, Albert Pujols, Jorge Posada, Rafael Palmeiro, Scott Rolen Tier 1 & Jason Giambi Winning Formula (1:20 packs)

Pack 16:

Scott Rolen, Edgar Martinez, Troy Glaus, Roger Clemens, Jacque Jones Tier 1 & Chipper Jones Difference Makers (1:20 packs)

Some of the inserts have some shiny foil elements on the backs of the cards.

Pack 17:

Manny Ramirez, Tim Salmon, Maglio Ordonez, Torii Hunter, Mo Vaughn Tier 1 & Alex Rodriguez Laying it on the Line (1:5 packs)

Pack 18:

Mike Piazza, Bernie Williams, Darin Erstad, Roberto Alomar, Lance Berkman Tier 1 & Tim Hudson Clutch Players (1:5 packs)

Pack 19:

Edgar Martinez, Frank Thomas, Roger Clemens, Troy Glaus, Hideo Nomo Tier 2 (1:8 packs) & Darin Erstad Solid Hits (1:4 packs)

Pack 20:

Nomar Garciaparra, Carl Crawford, Hideo Nomo, Kerry Wood Tier 1 & Nomar Garciaparra Laying it on the Line (1:5 packs)

Pack 21:

Gary Sheffield, Carl Crawford, Hideo Nomo, Luis Gonzalez Tier 1 & Shawn Green Solid Hits (1:4 packs)

Pack 22:

Bobby Abreu, Nomar Garciaparra, Jim Edmonds, Kazuhisa Ishii Tier 1 & Vladimir Guerrero True Gamers (1:10 packs)

Pack 23:

Bobby Abreu, Jim Edmonds & Jason Kendall Tier 1

Pack 24:

Luis Gonzalez, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Mussina Tier 1 & Scott Rolen Solid Hits (1:4 packs)

Pack 25:

Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran, Andruw Jones Tier 1 & Jorge Posada Clutch Players (1:5 packs)

Pack 26:

Todd Helton, Paul Konerko, Miguel Tejada Tier 1 & Alex Rodriguez True Gamers (1:10 packs)

Pack 27:

Mike Sweeney, Larry Walker, Ben Sheets, Jimmy Rollins, Matt Lawton Tier 2 (1:8 packs) & Jim Thome Solid Hits (1:4 packs)

Pack 28:

Roy Oswalt, J.D. Drew, Mark Buehrle, Mark Buehrle Tier 1, Vladimir Guerrero Solid Hits (1:4 packs) & Rafael Palmeiro Clutch Players (1:5 packs)

Pack 29:

Lance Berkman, Scott Rolen, Jose Vidro & Austin Kearns Tier 1

Pack 30:

Curt Schilling, Alfonso Soriano, Frank Thomas Tier 1 & Darin Erstad Laying it on the Line (1:5 packs)

Pack 31:

Hideki Matsui RC, Derek Lowe, Eric Chavez, Richie Sexson Tier 1 & Jeff Bagwell Clutch Players (1:5 packs)

Pack 32:

Kerry Wood, Jason Kendall, Shawn Green, Ben Grieve, Sean Burroughs Tier 1 & Alfonso Soriano Solid Hits (1:4 packs)

Pack 33:

Ken Griffey, Jr., Tim Hudson, Vladimir Guerrero, Carl Everett Tier 1 & Mike Piazza Run Producers (1:10 packs)

Pack 34:

Mark Prior, Chipper Jones, Ichiro Suzuki & Garret Anderson Tier 1

Pack 35:

Adam Dunn, Pat Burrell, Pedro Martinez, Shannon Stewart Tier 1, J.D. Drew Solid Hits (1:4 packs) & Andruw Jones Tier 3 (539/650)

Pack 36:

Mark Buehrle, Jason Giambi, Randy Johnson, Trot Nixon Tier 1, Vladimir Guerrero Laying it on the Line (1:5 packs) & Curt Schilling Difference Makers (1:20 packs)

Lastly, a card back. You may notice the STRIKEOUT on the bottom, and that goes along with the game associated with this product.

There was a game play element on the cards, though I never have tried to actually play it.

This product was loaded with inserts and parallels. I did pull at least one of each insert, but missed out on two different parallels, the Purple (/50) and Red (/25).

This was the last year Upper Deck made this product. I don’t think collectors were thrilled with the rounded corners and the thin card stock. But, it’s still a fun product to open if you can find it cheap, and it is loaded with inserts.

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Want more installments of Shane Salmonson’s Cheap Wax Wednesday? Check out his other breaks in the archives. He also has lots more on his website,


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