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2003 Flair Greats

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Description

2003 Flair Greats is a 133-card set released exclusively to Hobby outlets in December, 2002. The product is an extension of Fleer's popular "Greats of the Game" line and, as the name suggests, the design is identical to that of the 2002 Flair base set. Each 20-pack Hobby box will yield two game-used memorabilia cards and one oversized Sweet Swatch Classic box topper.

The final 38 cards in the base set are exclusive to specially-marked, regionally distributed, "Home Team" boxes. Each four-box Home Team case came with three regular Hobby boxes and one "Home Team" box. Each Home Team box contains one randomly inserted pack that has four short-printed Home Team base cards plus one Home Team pack-exclusive game-used memorabilia card. There are five Home Team subsets: Red Sox (cards #96-102), Dodgers (cards #103-110), Giants (cards #111-117), Yankees (cards #118-125), and Cardinals (cards #126-133).

Distribution

Hobby: 20 packs plus one Sweet Swatch card per box, five cards per pack (MSRP: $4.99). 12 boxes per case.

Home Team: 20 packs plus one Sweet Swatch card per box, five cards per pack (MSRP: $4.99). 3 boxes plus one Home Team box per case. Hobby only.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 133 - ?
short set 95 - 4:1
Home Team 38 - 4:1h
Ballpark Heroes 9 - 1:10
Classic Numbers 13 - 1:20
Greats of the Grain 9 50 ?
Classic Numbers Game Used 11 - 1:24
Classic Numbers Game Used Patch 11 25 ?
Classic Numbers Dual Game Used 8 250 ?
Cut of History Game Used 27 - 1:10
Cut of History Game Used Gold 26 100 ?
Cut of History Autographs 6 varies ?
Bat Rack Classics Trios 8 300 ?
Bat Rack Classics Quads 5 150 ?
Home Team Cuts Game Used 17 - 1:20h
Home Team Cuts Game Used Dual 5 varies ?h
Ozzie Smith Hall of Fame Postmark 1 2002 ?
Ozzie Smith Hall of Fame Postmark Autograph 1 202 ?
Sweet Swatch Classic Bat 12 varies *
Sweet Swatch Classic Bat Image 4 varies *
Sweet Swatch Classic Bat Image Autographs 4 40 *
Sweet Swatch Classic Jersey 17 varies *
Sweet Swatch Classic Patch 16 varies *
Sweet Swatch Classic Patch Masterpiece 16 one-of-one *

h: Exclusive to Home Team packs.
*: One Sweet Swatch card per sealed Hobby box.

Checklist

Promo

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An Al Kaline card was issued to promoted the set.

Base Set

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  • 1 Ozzie Smith
  • 2 Red Schoendienst
  • 3 Harmon Killebrew
  • 4 Ralph Kiner
  • 5 Johnny Bench
  • 6 Al Kaline
  • 7 Bobby Doerr
  • 8 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 9 Enos Slaughter
  • 10 Phil Rizzuto
  • 11 Luis Aparicio
  • 12 Pee Wee Reese
  • 13 Richie Ashburn
  • 14 Ernie Banks
  • 15 Earl Weaver
  • 16 Whitey Ford
  • 17 Brooks Robinson
  • 18 Lou Boudreau
  • 19 Robin Yount
  • 20 Mike Schmidt
  • 21 Bob Lemon
  • 22 Stan Musial
  • 23 Joe Morgan
  • 24 Early Wynn
  • 25 Willie Stargell
  • 26 Yogi Berra
  • 27 Juan Marichal
  • 28 Rick Ferrell
  • 29 Rod Carew
  • 30 Jim Bunning
  • 31 Fergie Jenkins
  • 32 Steve Carlton
  • 33 Larry Doby
  • 34 Nolan Ryan
  • 35 Phil Niekro
  • 36 Billy Williams
  • 37 Hal Newhouser
  • 38 Bob Feller
  • 39 Lou Brock
  • 40 Monte Irvin
  • 41 Eddie Mathews
  • 42 Rollie Fingers
  • 43 Gaylord Perry
  • 44 Reggie Jackson
  • 45 Bob Gibson
  • 46 Robin Roberts
  • 47 Tom Seaver
  • 48 Willie McCovey
  • 49 Hoyt Wilhelm
  • 50 George Kell
  • 51 Warren Spahn
  • 52 Catfish Hunter
  • 53 Dom DiMaggio
  • 54 Joe Medwick
  • 55 Johnny Pesky
  • 56 Steve Garvey
  • 57 Harry Heilmann
  • 58 Dave Winfield
  • 59 Andre Dawson
  • 60 Jimmie Foxx
  • 61 Buddy Bell
  • 62 Gabby Hartnett
  • 63 Babe Ruth
  • 64 Dizzy Dean
  • 65 Hank Greenberg
  • 66 Don Drysdale
  • 67 Gary Carter
  • 68 Wade Boggs
  • 69 Tony Perez
  • 70 Mickey Cochrane
  • 71 Bill Dickey
  • 72 George Brett
  • 73 Honus Wagner
  • 74 George Sisler
  • 75 Walter Johnson
  • 76 Ron Santo
  • 77 Roy Campanella
  • 78 Roger Maris
  • 79 Kirby Puckett
  • 80 Alan Trammell
  • 81 Don Mattingly
  • 82 Ty Cobb
  • 83 Lou Gehrig
  • 84 Jackie Robinson
  • 85 Billy Martin
  • 86 Paul Molitor
  • 87 Duke Snider
  • 88 Thurman Munson
  • 89 Luke Appling
  • 90 Ernie Lombardi
  • 91 Rube Waddell
  • 92 Travis Jackson
  • 93 Joe Sewell
  • 94 King Kelly
  • 95 Heinie Manush

Home Team

Red Sox

These cards are exclusive to Red Sox Home Team boxes.

  • 96 Bobby Doerr
  • 97 Johnny Pesky
  • 98 Wade Boggs
  • 99 Tony Conigliaro
  • 100 Carlton Fisk
  • 101 Rico Petrocelli
  • 102 Jim Rice

Dodgers

These cards are exclusive to Dodgers Home Team boxes.

  • 103 Al Lopez
  • 104 Pee Wee Reese
  • 105 Tommy Lasorda
  • 106 Gil Hodges
  • 107 Jackie Robinson
  • 108 Duke Snider
  • 109 Don Drysdale
  • 110 Steve Garvey

Giants

These cards are exclusive to Giants Home Team boxes.

  • 111 Hoyt Wilhelm
  • 112 Juan Marichal
  • 113 Monte Irvin
  • 114 Willie McCovey
  • 115 Travis Jackson
  • 116 Bobby Bonds
  • 117 Orlando Cepeda

Yankees

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These cards are exclusive to Yankees Home Team boxes.

  • 118 Whitey Ford
  • 119 Phil Rizzuto
  • 120 Reggie Jackson
  • 121 Yogi Berra
  • 122 Roger Maris
  • 123 Don Mattingly
  • 124 Babe Ruth
  • 125 Dave Winfield

Cardinals

These cards are exclusive to Cardinals Home Team boxes.

  • 126 Bob Gibson
  • 127 Enos Slaughter
  • 128 Joe Medwick
  • 129 Lou Brock
  • 130 Ozzie Smith
  • 131 Stan Musial
  • 132 Steve Carlton
  • 133 Dizzy Dean

Inserts

Ballpark Heroes

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  • 1 Nolan Ryan
  • 2 Babe Ruth
  • 3 Honus Wagner
  • 4 Ty Cobb
  • 5 Ernie Banks
  • 6 Mike Schmidt
  • 7 Duke Snider
  • 8 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 9 Stan Musial

Classic Numbers

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  • 1 Jackie Robinson
  • 2 Willie McCovey
  • 3 Brooks Robinson
  • 4 Reggie Jackson
  • 5 Ozzie Smith
  • 6 Johnny Bench
  • 7 Yogi Berra
  • 8 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 9 George Brett
  • 10 Thurman Munson
  • 11 Joe Morgan
  • 12 Nolan Ryan
  • 13 Steve Carlton

Greats of the Grain

Each Greats of the Grain features an image of the player burned into a (non-game used) piece of wood. All are serial-numbered to 50 copies.

  • 1 George Brett
  • 2 Ty Cobb
  • 3 Lou Gehrig
  • 4 Eddie Mathews
  • 5 Don Mattingly
  • 6 Stan Musial
  • 7 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 8 Babe Ruth
  • 9 Mike Schmidt

Autographs & Game-Used

Classic Numbers Game Used

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Each Classic Numbers Game Used is also available in a Patch parallel, which is serial-numbered to 25 copies.

  • Johnny Bench JSY
  • Yogi Berra PANTS 75
  • George Brett JSY
  • Steve Carlton JSY
  • Willie McCovey JSY 125
  • Joe Morgan PANTS 200
  • Thurman Munson PANTS
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. JSY
  • Nolan Ryan JSY
  • Ryne Sandberg JSY
  • Ozzie Smith JSY

Dual

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Each Classic Numbers Game Used Dual is serial-numbered to 250 copies.

  • Johnny Bench / Thurman Munson JSY / PANTS
  • Yogi Berra / Thurman Munson PANTS / PANTS
  • Yogi Berra / Cal Ripken, Jr. PANTS / JSY
  • George Brett / Nolan Ryan JSY / JSY
  • Willie McCovey / Johnny Bench JSY / JSY
  • Joe Morgan / Ryne Sandberg PANTS / JSY
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. / Ozzie Smith PANTS / JSY
  • Nolan Ryan / Steve Carlton JSY / JSY

Cut of History

Game Used

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Each Cut of History Game Used card is also available in a Gold parallel, which is serial-numbered to 100 copies.

  • Wade Boggs JSY 250
  • Steve Carlton PANTS
  • Gary Carter JSY
  • Dennis Eckersley JSY
  • Hank Greenberg BAT 100
  • Catfish Hunter JSY 200
  • Reggie Jackson BAT
  • Fergie Jenkins PANTS
  • Roger Maris JSY 250
  • Billy Martin PANTS
  • Willie McCovey PANTS
  • Joe Medwick BAT
  • Eddie Murray JSY
  • Graig Nettles BAT
  • Phil Niekro PANTS
  • Paul O'Neill JSY
  • Jim Palmer PANTS
  • Kirby Puckett BAT
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. PANTS
  • Tom Seaver PANTS
  • Hoyt Wilhelm JSY
  • Early Wynn JSY
  • Alan Trammell JSY
  • Alan Trammell BAT
  • Luis Aparicio JSY
  • Frank Baker BAT SP
  • Buddy Bell BAT

Autographs

  • Johnny Bench 161
  • Steve Carlton 506
  • Dom DiMaggio 402
  • Tony Kubek 161
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. 155
  • Alan Trammell 211

Bat Rack Classics

Trios

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Each Bat Rack Classics Trios is serial-numbered to 300 copies.

NOTE: The Dave Parker/Willie Stargell card only has two bat pieces.

  • Tommie Agee / Jerry Grote / Bud Harrelson
  • Johnny Bench / Joe Morgan / Tony Pereez
  • Hank Greenberg / Harry Heilmann / George Kell
  • Reggie Jackson / Don Mattingly / Dave Winfield
  • Eddie Mathews / Paul Molitor / Robin Yount
  • Eddie Murray / Cal Ripken, Jr. / Brooks Robinson
  • Dave Parker / Willie Stargell
  • Ryne Sandberg / Ron Santo / Billy Williams

Quads

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Each Bat Rack Classics Quads is serial-numbered to 150 copies.

  • Don Mattingly / Brooks Robinson / Cal Ripken, Jr. / Joe Morgan
  • Willie McCovey / Eddie Murray / Eddie Mathews / Reggie Jackson
  • Hank Greenberg / Don Mattingly / Tony Perez / Willie Stargell
  • Ryne Sandberg / Ron Santo / Billy Williams / Andre Dawson
  • Paul Molitor / Dave Winfield / Robin Yount / Cal Ripken, Jr.

Home Team Cuts Game Used

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Home Team Cuts Game Used is exclusive to each team's respective Home Team packs.

  • Red Schoendienst PANTS 200 Cardinals
  • Ozzie Smith BAT Cardinals
  • Joe Medwick BAT 250 Cardinals
  • Tommy Lasorda JSY 150 Dodgers
  • Pee Wee Reese PANTS 75 Dodgers
  • Steve Garvey JSY Dodgers
  • Duke Snider PANTS Dodgers
  • Juan Marichal PANTS Giants
  • Bobby Bonds BAT Giants
  • Willie McCovey PANTS 200 Giants
  • Wade Boggs JSY 250 Red Sox
  • Carlton Fisk JSY Red Sox
  • Jim Rice BAT Red Sox
  • Billy Martin PANTS Yankees
  • Roger Maris JSY 150 Yankees
  • Reggie Jackson BAT Yankees
  • Dave Winfield BAT Yankees

Dual

  • Red Schoendienst / Joe Medwick PANTS / BAT 125 Cardinals
  • Pee Wee Reese / Duke Snider PANTS / PANTS 100 Dodgers
  • Bobby Bonds / Willie McCovey BAT / PANTS 100 Giants
  • Carlton Fisk / Jim Rice JSY / BAT 100 Red Sox
  • Billy Martin / Reggie Jackson PANTS / BAT 175 Yankees

Ozzie Smith Hall of Fame Postmark

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This unique Ozzie Smith card features an authentic postmark from the Cooperstown, NY post office, and was cancelled July 28, 2002 -- the day Smith was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The card is serial-numbered to 2002 copies, with an autographed version serial-numbered to 202 also available.

Sweet Swatch Classic

One oversized Sweet Swatch Classic card was inserted into each Hobby box as a box topper.

Bat

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  • Johnny Bench 175
  • George Brett 320
  • Jose Canseco 175
  • Orlando Cepeda 165
  • Andre Dawson 310
  • Reggie Jackson 155
  • Eddie Mathews 185
  • Don Mattingly 340
  • Willie McCovey 155
  • Kirby Puckett 165
  • Pee Wee Reese 165
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. 305
Image

Sweet Swatch Classic Bat Image features an image of the player burned into the bat piece and is serial-numbered to the production figures listed below. An autographed parallel is also available, each serial-numbered to 40 copies, is also available.

  • Johnny Bench 36
  • Tony Kubek 35
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. 42
  • Alan Trammell 44

Jersey

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NOTE: A Sweet Swatch Classic Jersey card of Don Drysdale appeared on the checklist provided by Fleer, but has never surfaced on the secondary market -- even after Fleer's 2005 bankruptcy. More than likely, it does not exist.

  • Johnny Bench 410
  • George Brett 384
  • Jose Canseco 1329
  • Jerry Coleman 528
  • Andre Dawson 335
  • Carlton Fisk 1200
  • Gil Hodges 545
  • Juan Marichal 385
  • Don Mattingly 880
  • Paul Molitor 592
  • Jim Palmer 335
  • Kirby Puckett 445
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. 557
  • Nolan Ryan 590
  • Ryne Sandberg 374
  • Robin Yount 340
  • Tom Seaver 385

Patch

Each Sweet Swatch Classic Patch is also available in a one-of-one Masterpiece parallel.

  • Johnny Bench 59
  • George Brett 53
  • Jose Canseco 177
  • Jerry Coleman 37
  • Andre Dawson 58
  • Carlton Fisk 51
  • Juan Marichal 48
  • Don Mattingly 106
  • Paul Molitor 96
  • Jim Palmer 63
  • Kirby Puckett 72
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. 69
  • Nolan Ryan 60
  • Ryne Sandberg 40
  • Tom Seaver 66
  • Robin Yount 66