It’s here! It is finally here ! The 2022 National Sports Collectors Convention begins today in Atlantic City. I haven’t been to a National since 2018 in Cleveland and have been looking forward to this one for a while now. So many cards in one room, it’s amazing. Now, while I will definitely be buying cards this week, the highlight for me is the people. Even if I don’t buy anything, it’s worth spending time with amateur friends and making new ones. If you’ve never been there, I strongly suggest you try to incorporate it into your plans at least once. Anyway, back to what you all came here for, cheap wax.
Upper Deck retired the Collector’s Choice brand in 1998, replacing it with 1999 UD Choice. The brand only lasted a year, however, with Upper Deck MVP somewhat taking the place of the valuable product once held by Collector’s Choice.
2000 Upper Deck MVP Baseball includes a base deck of 220 cards. There are three parallels to look for for each base card: Silver Script and Gold Script (/50) and Super Script (/25). There’s also an impressive checklist of in-game keepsake cards to be found in this one. They are difficult draws, however, and found about once in five squares.
2000 Upper Deck MVP Baseball Box Break
Cards per pack: ten
Packs per box: 28
Price paid: $50
Pack 1 Highlights:
Mark McGwire, Ken Caminiti, Tim Hudson, Ellis Burks, Ken Griffey, Jr., Sammy Sosa, Babe Ruth beats and Nolan Ryan Draw Your Own Map (1 of 6 Pack)
The Babe Ruth bat card is actually an entry form for the Upper Deck Collection Sweepstakes. These entry forms were found in 15 different products released in 2000 and early 2001. Each amazing keepsake piece pictured on these cards was gifted to a lucky collector.
Vinny Castilla, AJ Burnett, Luis Castillo, John Olerud, Don Drysdale Jersey, MLB 2001 L, Magglio Ordonez Silver Script (1:2 packs) and Cal Ripken, Jr. Pure Grit (1:6 packs)
Bobby Abreu, Roger Clemens, Paul Konerko, Vinny Castilla Silver Script (1:2 packs), Juan Marichal Jersey, MLB 2001 0 & Scott Rolen Pure Grit (1:6 packs)
I’ve always enjoyed Silver Script parallels. I just think they look crisp with the added silver accents. Check out this signature Vinny!
Moises Alou, Magglio Ordonez, Ivan Rodriguez, Jason Kendall, Albert Belle and Ty Cobb jersey
Mike Hampton, Kevin Brown, Reggie Jackson jersey and Jose Canseco Drawing Power (1:28 packs)
Hampton has pitched just one season in New York, going 15-10 and having a 3.14 ERA. He also won a Silver Slugger in 2000, batting .274 with eight RBIs.
Kerry Wood, Mo Vaughn, Marquis Grissom, Omar Vizquel, Juan Gonzalez, Eric Gagné, bat Babe Ruth, MLB 2001 0 & Moises Alou Silver Script (1:2 packs)
Rickey Henderson, Freddy Garcia, Jason Varitek, Varitek Silver Script (1:2 packs), MLB 2001 0 & Joe DiMaggio glove
A good side-by-side look of the base and the Silver Script parallel. These look really good. The two toughest parallels, Gold and Super Script, can be hard to track down these days.
Kenny Lofton, Jim Thome, Jeff Kent, Mark McGwire, Matt Williams, Babe Ruth beats, Nomar Garciaparra Second Season Standouts (1:6 packs) & Vernon Wells Scout’s Choice (1:14 packs)
Vernon Wells, Roy Halladay, Adrian Beltre, Fred McGriff, Bat Mickey Mantle and Orlando Hernandez Standout Second Season (1:6 packs)
Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez finished fourth in AL Rookie of the Year voting after the 1998 season. He went 12-4 with a 3.13 ERA. Ben Grieve won the award that year.
Bartolo Colon, Greg Vaughn, Paul O’Neill, Rick Ankiel, MLB 2001 M, Juan Marichal and Eric Milton Silver Script jersey (1:2 packs)
Dante Bichette, Mike Lowell, Miguel Tejada, Barry Larkin, Shannon Stewart Silver Script (1:2 packs), Eric Chavez, Lou Gehrig jersey and MLB 2001 1
Miguel Tejada finished in the top 20 in MVP voting every season between 2000 and 2006, winning the award in 2002.
Steve Finley, Troy Percival, Nomar Garciaparra Draw Your Own Card (1:6 Packs) and Reggie Jackson Jersey
Craig Biggio, Nomar Garciaparra, Sammy Sosa CL, Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, Bernie Williams, Pee Wee Reese jersey and Ivan Rodriguez Draw your own map (1:6 packs)
Pee Wee Reese only played 58 games in 1958, his last major league season.
Curt Schilling, Tino Martinez, Cal Ripken, Jr., Scott Rolen, Edgar Martinez, Bat Babe Ruth, MLB 2001 0, Mark McGwire Silver Script (1:2 packs) and Kevin Brown Pure Grit (1:6 packs)
Vladimir Guerrero, Andres Galarraga, Ryan Klesko, Rondell White, Derek Bell and Mickey Mantle Bat
Why do I like Rondell White? I have no idea. But he hit .307 in the 2000 season.
Trevor Hoffman, Gary Sheffield, Randy Johnson, Andruw Jones, Carlos Beltran, Tony Gwynn, Juan Marichal Jersey, MLB 2001 0 & Daryle Ward Silver Script (1:2 packs)
Jason Giambi, Kazuhiro Sasaki RC, Jose Canseco, Todd Helton, Frank Thomas, Lou Gehrig Jersey, MLB 2001 1 & Bartolo Colon Silver Script (1:2 packs)
Sasaki burst onto the MLB scene as a 32-year-old rookie in 2000. He would save 37 games for Seattle while posting a 3.16 ERA. He edged out Terrence Long to win the AL Rookie of the Year award.
Shawn Green, Carlos Delgado, Mariano Rivera, Jeff Bagwell, Troy Glaus, Derek Jeter, Reggie Jackson jersey and Derek Jeter Second Season Standouts (1:6 packs)
JD Drew, Mark Grace, Ken Griffey, Jr., Robin Ventura, Don Drysdale jersey, Cal Ripken, Jr. Prolifics (1:28 packs) and Kevin Millwood Second Season Standouts (1:6 packs)
The smooth-swinging Mark Grace was a very stable, but unspectacular, MLB player. He finished his career with 2,445 hits while posting a .303 batting average and a career OBP of .383.
Tim Salmon, Raul Mondesi, Brian Jordan, Mike Mussina, Bat Babe Ruth, MLB 2001 L & Todd Walker Silver Script (1:2 packs)
Greg Maddux, Cliff Floyd, Pedro Martinez, Mike Cameron, Barry Bonds, MLB 2001 B, Pee Wee Reese and Kip Wells Silver Script jersey (1:2 packs)
Martinez won his second straight AL Cy Young after the 2000 season. He finished the year with an outrageous 1.74 ERA. He also set a career low for WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) with a .737 rating.
Manny Ramirez, Luis Gonzalez, Sammy Sosa, Ellis Burks, Mark McGwire, Mickey Mantle Bat, Joe DiMaggio Draw Your Own Map (1:6 packs) and Adam Everett Scout’s Choice (1:14 packs)
Ben Grieve, Rafael Palmeiro, Bret Saberhagen, Carlos Lee, David Cone, Darin Erstad, Ty Cobb jersey and Mark McGwire Draw your own map (1:6 packs)
David Cone is pictured here celebrating his perfect game on July 18, 1999. Cone recorded 10 strikeouts in the ball game.
Garret Anderson, Roberto Alomar, Javy Lopez, Johnny Damon, David Wells, Joe DiMaggio Glove, MLB 2001 0, Ken Griffey, Jr. Pure Grit (1:6 packs) and Steve Finley Silver Script (1:2 packs)
Al Leiter, Mike Piazza, Larry Walker and Babe Ruth defeat
Piazza won 10 consecutive Silver Slugger awards from 1993 to 2002. During that time, he hit .322 with an average of 35 homers and 107 RBIs per season.
Ken Griffey, Jr., Paul Konerko, Roger Clemens, Pee Wee Reese Jersey, MLB 2001 1, Tino Martinez Silver Script (1:2 packs) and Ivan Rodriguez Pure Grit (1:6 packs)
Bobby Abreu, Mike Hampton, Ken Caminiti and Don Drysdale Jersey
Although Caminiti is best known for his batting, he won three consecutive Gold Glove awards on third base from 1995 to 1997.
Kerry Wood, Mo Vaughn, Omar Vizquel, Eric Gagne, Juan Gonzalez, Lou Gehrig Jersey, MLB 2001 0 & Troy O’Leary Silver Script (1:2 packs)
Finally, Juan Gonzalez’s card back. Juan-Gone was an absolute beast in the 90s.
It was a box of about $45 when it was released in 2000. As a kid it was probably quite pricey, but looking at where the prices of products are sold these days it would have been an absolute steal. It’s a fun break, with a good mix of parallels and inserts. The checklist used by the game is quite short and features a few big names. That luck alone might be enough for me to give this one another shot if I find it at a dealer table this week.
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