2002 Topps Traded & Rookies scans

13 06 2015

The 2002 Traded set was the third time Topps sold its Update set exclusively in packs – and there was no looking back to boxed sets.  Of course, one of the problems with this set is that the first 110 cards were short printed, so I don’t have nearly enough of the set to do a proper scan post.

I do have most of the rookies/prospects sections, so I’ll start there.  The biggest rookie card didn’t seem like such a big deal in the first 6 or 7 years after the set came out – but then Jose Bautista became the biggest slugger in the game when he knocked 54 homers in 2010.

2002 Topps Traded Jose Bautista

The more notable rookie card in the first few years was Dontrelle Willis, who started out with the Cubs but made his name when he won the Rookie of the Year for the 2003 World Champion Marlins – and nearly won the Cy Young 2 years later.  Willis officially retired earlier this year.

2002 Topps Traded Dontrelle Willis

And Jason Bay was the third of a “big 3” rookie cards as far as this set goes.  I didn’t get this card in my box, unfortunately.

2002 Topps Traded Jason Bay RC

There are a few other rookie cards of note behind those big 3.

2002 Topps Traded rookie cards

There are some other solid players who are in the prospect portion of the set – but their cards aren’t official rookie cards.  Mark Teixeira had his first Topps card in this set – though he’d had a few Upper Deck cards in 2001, so it’s not viewed as his rookie card.  I don’t have this card yet.

2002 Topps Traded Teixeira

For the 3 players below, this was also their first Topps card.  However, they had all had cards in 2001 from other companies, so Topps Traded wasn’t their rookie card.  Neither of these players really lived up to their potential, but Wily Mo Pena hit the farthest ball I’ve ever seen live.

2002 Topps Traded Prior Henson Willy Mo

Adrian Gonzalez was in the set as a prospect as well, but he had his rookie card back in 2000 Topps Traded as a draft pick.

2002 Topps Traded Adrian Gonzalez

Michael Cuddyer and Jack Cust were 4 years removed from their first Topps rookie card – both were featured in 1998 Topps on draft pick cards.

2002 Topps Traded Cust Cuddyer

There are 5 Hall of Famers in this set, but for the second straight year, Rickey Henderson was the only HOF-er in the  regular portion of the set.  Sitting with exactly 3,000 hits, the all-time runs record and (temporarily) the all-time walks record, Henderson left San Diego to sign with Boston in the 2002 offseason.

2002 Topps Traded Rickey Henderson

27 years after he broke the color barrier as a skipper, Frank Robinson was also in the set as the Montreal Expos new manager – he was appointed when baseball took over running that franchise.  Since these cards are short printed – I got the Henderson above, but not the Robinson below.

2002 Topps Traded Frank Robinson

Additionally, there were 4 guys in the “Who Would Have Thought” portion of the set who reside in Cooperstown.  Wade Boggs is the only player from this subset I didn’t pull, but I do have Nolan Ryan, Reggie Jackson and Roberto Alomar.

2002 Topps Traded Who Would Have Thought HOFer

2002 Topps Traded Boggs WWHT

Here are the other 6 cards from the Who’d Have Thought subset.

2002 Topps Traded Who Would Have Thought

I’m still missing 120 cards to this set – so I don’t have the cards to do all the scans I’d like.  But here are the 8 cards that were most notable out of the traded players.

2002 Topps Traded veteran scans

Tim Raines, Jesse Orosco Carlos Baerga and Jose Rijo were the typical “hanging on at the end” guys

2002 Topps Traded Tim Raines

There were some other notable acquisitions who had a significant impact – the most notable long-term impact was definitely from Scott Rolen, who would lead the evil Cardinals to a World title and 2 pennants.

2002 Topps Traded Scott Rolen

Gary Sheffield had one ridiculous year in Atlanta (.330/39/132)…

2002 Topps Traded Sheffield

and Bartolo Colon (10-4 in the second half, 20-8 overall).

2002 Topps Traded Colon

Reggie Sanders also had a pretty big impact on the San Francisco team – he ended up playing in his second straight World Series by moving from the Diamondbacks to the Giants.

2002 Topps Traded Reggie Sanders

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2 responses

15 06 2015
matthewturnage

It’s a shame Mark Prior’s arm didn’t last longer. He had the best pitching performance I’ve seen in person, striking out 16 Brewers in 8 innings in 2003. Of course, it was a wasted performance because Joe Borowski gave up a single, a walk, and a homer to the first three batters he faced in the ninth for the loss.

Coincidentally, I saw another player in your post (Matt Clement) pitch on the South Side against the White Sox the next day. I always thought he was a really solid #3 or 4 guy, and I enjoyed watching him pitch.

15 06 2015
chuckneo

They had a really good staff in the early-mid 00’s.

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