2002 Topps Traded & Rookies Overview

9 06 2015

The 2002 Topps Traded & Rookies was again issued in pack form.  This was the third time it came in packs instead of a factory set (1995 & 2001 being the other years).  It’s really more like a series 3, with a focus on rookies, than an update set.  Around 2000, Topps had so many players in series 2 in new uniforms.  The 2002 Update packs again included Topps Traded Chrome.

2002 Topps Traded pack Griffey Willy Mo

275 cards in the set – up 10 cards from the year before, which is really because the Who Would Have Thought subset became a subset instead of an insert set.

  • Subsets:  Managers (#106-110), Prospects (#111-265), Who Would Have Thought (#266-275).  The first 110 cards are traded players and managers – and Topps made a strange decision to short print them.  Those cards came 1 per pack, and are going to be the hardest base cards to finish off my Lifetime Topps Project.
  • Set Design:  The set design is the same as the base 2002 set.  The back of the cards have a “T” suffix.
  • Packs:  Hobby and retail packs have 10 cards, the same as series 1 and series 2.  There are 24 packs per box (12 less than s1/s2).  I think the MSRP was $3.00; but it isn’t listed on the packs.  There were also HTA Jumbo packs with 35 cards per pack (10 packs per box).  The packs are silver with the words “2002 Topps Traded and Rookies Major League Baseball Cards” listed on the front, with notation that Topps Chrome is included.
  • Rookies:  The most notable rookie card has become Jose Bautista, but originally it was Dontrelle Willis.  Aside from that, there really aren’t a whole bunch of notable rookies.
  • Hall of Fame:  6 in total.  Rickey Henderson is the only Hall of Famer from the traded player portion of the set, while Frank Robinson is in the manager section.  Additionally, there are 4 guys in the “Who Would Have Thought” subset – Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson, Wade Boggs and Roberto Alomar.
  • Variations:  No variations.

2002 Topps Traded hobby box

The box features pictures of Cliff Floyd, Scott Rolen and Gary Sheffield in their new uniforms over a light blue box.  There are a lot of arrows in the busy background, with the wording “2002 Topps Traded and Rookies Major League Baseball Cards” in yellow.  Two rectangles at the bottom have ads for the Topps Chrome cards in the packs and the fact that you get 1 autograph or relic in each box.

Parallel sets

There was 1 parallel set – Topps Gold, which came back for good in 2001.  These cards were numbered out of 2002, coming 1:3 packs.

As I mentioned, this product came packaged along with Topps Chrome Traded; every pack had 2 Topps Chrome cards.  I don’t really think of these as parallel cards – they are more like a separate product.  The Topps Chrome cards had refractor and black refractor versions as well.

Insert sets

There are no insert sets aside from the parallels – fairly unusual for Topps at this point in time.

Autographs & Memorabilia

As the box tells you – there is one relic per pack.  But there are quite a few different types of autos and relics in this product.  The Rookie Relics and Traded Memorabilia have exactly the same design, so I’d hesitate to differentiate them other than the fact that the packs do so.

  • Team Topps Legends Autographs – various cards {out of 113 cards across 2001/2002 Topps products} (1:1,097)
  • Signature Moves – 26 cards (1:91)
  • Tools of the Trade Relics – 35 cards (1:33 bat / 1:426 jersey)
  • Hall of Fame Bat Relic – 1 card (1:1,533)
  • Farewell Bat Relic – 1 card (1:590)
  • Tools of the Trade Dual Relics – 3 cards (1:539)


Original Topps Traded cards were again inserted into packs; the odds were 1:24.




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