2002 Topps parallel sets

26 05 2015

Topps was back down to just 3 parallel sets in 2002 – and again, only one could be pulled from packs.  The other 2 were packaged as specific factory sets.

Topps Gold – 660 cards (1:19 s1, 1:12 s2 – #/2002)

2002 Topps s1 box Gold Mulder Smoltz

Topps Gold was back for its second straight year and its fourth time overall.  And back for good, as Topps is still running out gold borders, though now it’s just a color change whereas in 2002 it was a shiny foil border.  Numbering Topps Gold to the current year is a trend Topps has kept to this day.  There were 58 cards that didn’t have gold parallels – basically any of the full bleed subsets and the Barry Bonds 73 HR card.

Topps Home Team Advantage and Limited Factory sets

Additionally, there are 2 other parallels available in factory set form.  Limited Edition factory sets were again made, with a similar idea as the old Tiffany sets, with only 1,950 sets produced.  These cards are stamped with the words “Limited Edition” in the bottom right and come on thicker card stock.

2002 Topps Limited Edition Smoltz

2002 Topps Limited Edition Factory set

Home Team Advantage factory sets have something similar – they are stamped with a “Home Team Advantage” logo.  The HTA factory sets come with the last 5 draft pick cards (retail sets had the first 5).

2002 Topps HTA Smoltz

2002 Topps Factory set HTA

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