2003 Sweet Spot Classics

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Description

2003 Sweet Spot Classics is a 150-card set released by Upper Deck in March, 2003. As the name suggests, the product focuses (almost) exclusively on retired players. The base set includes a 30-card (cards #91-#120) Teddy Ballgame subset and a 30-card (#121-#150) Yankee Heritage subset. The Teddy Ballgame and Yankee Heritage subsets are serial-numbered to 1941 and 1500 copies, respectively.

Each 12-pack Hobby box will yield one serial-numbered Teddy Ballgame and one Yankee Heritage subset card, one Game Jersey or Pinstripes card and two manufactured Patch Cards. Every other box will contain a Sweet Spot Autograph card on a simulated leather ball.

Inclusion of Hideki Matsui

As a last-minute addition to the Sweet Spot Classics product, Upper Deck included a card of then-recent New York Yankees signing Hideki Matsui into the base set. Card #75, originally intended for Rod Carew, with withdrawn and replaced by Matsui, whose card was serial-numbered to 1999 copies. Despite this late "rookie" addition, Matsui's card does not fit the definition of a "true" Rookie Card as Sweet Spot Classics was not licensed by the MLBPA and does not feature any other active players.

It should be noted that several Rod Carew base cards did emerge from packs, but a set is considered complete without one.

Distribution

12 packs per box, five cards per pack (MSRP: $10). 16 boxes per case. Hobby only.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 150 - 5:1
short set 89 - 5:1
Hideki Matsui "rookie" 1 1999 ?
Teddy Ballgame 30 1941 1:12
Yankee Heritage 30 1500 1:12
Hideki Matsui Red 1 500 ?
Hideki Matsui Blue 1 250 ?
Hideki Matsui Silver 1 25 ?
Patch Cards 83 - 1:6
Game Jersey 30 - 1:16
Pinstripes 12 - 1:40
Autographs Blue Ink 16 - A
Autographs Black Ink 35 varies A
Autographs Red Ink 35 25 A
Autographs Yankee Greats Blue Ink 23 - A
Autographs Yankee Greats Black Ink 36 varies A
Autographs Yankee Greats Red Ink 35 25 A
Autographs Yankee Greats Matsui Exchange 1 50 A

A: Odds of finding an autograph: 1:24/packs.

Checklist

Base Set

1 Al Hrabosky

2 Al Lopez

3 Andre Dawson

4 Bill Buckner

5 Billy Williams

6 Bob Feller

7 Bob Lemon

8 Bobby Doerr

9 Cecil Cooper

10 Cal Ripken, Jr.

11 Carlton Fisk

12 Catfish Hunter

13 Chris Chambliss

14 Dale Murphy

15 Gaylord Perry

16 Dave Kingman

17 Dave Parker

18 Dave Stewart

19 David Cone

20 Dennis Eckersley

21 Don Baylor

22 Don Sutton

23 Duke Snider

24 Dwight Evans

25 Dwight Gooden

26 Earl Weaver

27 Early Wynn

28 Eddie Mathews

29 Enos Slaughter

30 Ernie Banks

31 Fred Lynn

32 Fred Stanley

33 Gary Carter

34 George Foster

35 Hal Newhouser

36 George Kell

37 Harmon Killebrew

38 Hoyt Wilhelm

39 Jack Morris

40 Jim Bunning

41 Jim Gilliam

42 Jim Leyritz

43 Jimmy Key

44 Joe Carter

45 Joe Morgan

46 John Montefusco

47 Johnny Bench

48 Johnny Podres

49 Jose Canseco

50 Juan Marichal

51 Keith Hernandez

52 Ken Griffey, Sr.

53 Kirby Puckett

54 Kirk Gibson

55 Larry Doby

56 Lee May

57 Lee Mazzilli

58 Lou Boudreau

59 Mark McGwire

60 Maury Wills

61 Mike Pagliarulo

62 Monte Irvin

63 Nolan Ryan

64 Orlando Cepeda

65 Ozzie Smith

66 Paul O'Neill

67 Pee Wee Reese

68 Phil Niekro

69 Ralph Kiner

70 Red Schoendienst

71 Richie Ashburn

72 Rick Ferrell

73 Robin Roberts

74 Robin Yount

75a Hideki Matsui XRC 1999

75b Rod Carew ERR

76 Rollie Fingers

77 Ron Cey

78 Tom Seaver

79 Sparky Anderson

80 Stan Musial

81 Steve Garvey

82 Ted Williams

83 Tom Lasorda

84 Tony Gwynn

85 Tony Perez

86 Vida Blue

87 Warren Spahn

88 Bob Gibson

89 Willie McCovey

90 Willie Stargell


Teddy Ballgame

Each Teddy Ballgame card is serial-numbered to 1941 copies.

91 Ted Williams

92 Ted Williams

93 Ted Williams

94 Ted Williams

95 Ted Williams

96 Ted Williams

97 Ted Williams

98 Ted Williams

99 Ted Williams

100 Ted Williams

101 Ted Williams

102 Ted Williams

103 Ted Williams

104 Ted Williams

105 Ted Williams

106a Ted Williams

106b Ted Williams

107 Ted Williams

108 Ted Williams

109 Ted Williams

110 Ted Williams

111 Ted Williams

112 Ted Williams

113 Ted Williams

114 Ted Williams

115 Ted Williams

117 Ted Williams

118 Ted Williams

119 Ted Williams

120 Ted Williams


Yankee Heritage

Each Yankee Heritage card is serial-numbered to 1500 copies.

121 Babe Ruth

122 Bucky Dent

123 Casey Stengel

124 Dave Righetti

125 Dave Winfield

126 Dick Tidrow

127 Dock Ellis

128 Don Mattingly

129 Hank Bauer

130 Jim Bouton

131 Jim Kaat

132 Joe DiMaggio

133 Joe Torre

134 Lou Piniella

135 Mel Stottlemyre

136 Mickey Mantle

137 Mickey Rivers

138 Phil Rizzuto

139 Ralph Branca

140 Ralph Houk

141 Roger Maris

142 Ron Guidry

143 Ruben Amaro

144 Sparky Lyle

145 Thurman Munson

146 Tommy Henrich

147 Tommy John

148 Tony Kubek

149 Whitey Ford

150 Yogi Berra


Parallels

Upper Deck printed three parallels of the Hideki Matsui base card (#75). These are the only parallels in this product.

  • Red (serial-numbered to 500 copies)
  • Blue (serial-numbered to 250 copies)
  • Silver (serial-numbered to 25 copies)

Manufactured Patches

Patch Cards

Scattered among the set are some cards that have an actual piece of game used memorabilia (GU).

BR1 Babe Ruth 350

BR2 Babe Ruth

BR3 Babe Ruth 150

BW1 Billy Williams

CF1 Carlton Fisk

CF2 Carlton Fisk 150

CH1 Catfish Hunter 350

CH2 Catfish Hunter

CH3 Catfish Hunter 39

CH4 Catfish Hunter 50

CR1 Cal Ripken, Jr.

CR2 Cal Ripken, Jr. GU 75

CR3 Cal Ripken, Jr. 150

DS1 Duke Snider

DS2 Duke Snider 150

DS3 Duke Snider 350

DS4 Duke Snider GU 25

DS5 Duke Snider 150

DS6 Duke Snider 150

EB1 Ernie Banks

FL1 Fred Lynn

FL2 Fred Lynn 350

FL3 Fred Lynn 150

FL4 Fred Lynn 50

GF1 George Foster 350

GF2 George Foster

HM1 Hideki Matsui

JB1 Johnny Bench

JB2 Johnny Bench GU 150

JB3 Johnny Bench 150

JD1 Joe DiMaggio

JD2 Joe DiMaggio 50

JD3 Joe DiMaggio 350

JD4 Joe DiMaggio 150

JM1 Joe Morgan

JM2 Joe Morgan 350

JM3 Joe Morgan 150

JM4 Joe Morgan GU 150

JM5 Joe Morgan 100

KG1 Kirk Gibson

KG2 Kirk Gibson 350

KP1 Kirby Puckett

KP2 Kirby Puckett GU 40

MC1 Mark McGwire

MC2 Mark McGwire 350

MC3 Mark McGwire GU 9

MM1 Mickey Mantle

MM2 Mickey Mantle 150

MM3 Mickey Mantle 150

MM4 Mickey Mantle 150

MM5 Mickey Mantle 7

NR1 Nolan Ryan

NR2 Nolan Ryan 350

NR3 Nolan Ryan 150

NR4 Nolan Ryan GU 105

OS1 Ozzie Smith

OS2 Ozzie Smith 350

OS3 Ozzie Smith GU 150

OS4 Ozzie Smith 100

OS5 Ozzie Smith 100

RM1 Roger Maris

RM2 Roger Maris 350

RM3 Roger Maris 150

RM4 Roger Maris 50

RY1 Robin Yount

RY2 Robin Yount GU 150

RY3 Robin Yount 350

SG1 Steve Garvey

SG2 Steve Garvey 350

SG3 Steve Garvey GU 150

SG4 Steve Garvey 50

SG5 Steve Garvey 50

TG1 Tony Gwynn

TG2 Tony Gwynn GU 150

TG3 Tony Gwynn 350

TW1 Ted Williams

TW2 Ted Williams 350

WS1 Willie Stargell

WS2 Willie Stargell GU 137

WS3 Willie Stargell 150

WS4 Willie Stargell 50

YB1 Yogi Berra

YB2 Yogi Berra 350

YB3 Yogi Berra 150


Autographs & Game-Used

Game Jersey

AD Andre Dawson SP

CC Cecil Cooper

CF Carlton Fisk

CR Cal Ripken, Jr.

DM Dale Murphy

DP Dave Parker PANTS

DS Duke Snider SP

EB Ernie Banks SP

FL Fred Lynn

GC Gary Carter SP

GF George Foster

HK Harmon Killebrew

JB Johnny Bench

JC Jose Canseco

JG Jim Gilliam

JM Joe Morgan PANTS

JP Johnny Podres

KP Kirby Puckett

LM Lee May

MM Mark McGwire

NR Nolan Ryan

OS Ozzie Smith

RC Ron Cey

RF Rollie Fingers

RY Robin Yount

SG Steve Garvey

SM Stan Musial SP

TG Tony Gwynn

TW Ted Williams SP

WS Willie Stargell SP


Pinstripes

BR Babe Ruth SP PANTS

CS Casey Stengel

DE Bucky Dent

DG Dwight Gooden PANTS

DM Don Mattingly PANTS

DR Dave Righetti

JB Jim Bouton

JD Joe DiMaggio SP

MM Mickey Mantle SP

PR Phil Rizzuto

TM Thurman Munson SP

YB Yogi Berra


Autographs

NOTE: All autographs are signed on a leather-like substrate with a ball-point pen. Collectors should be advised that such signatures have been known to fade over time.

Blue Ink

NOTEs:

  • As opposed to the Black and Red Ink cards, none of the Blue Ink cards (with the exception of Ted Williams) are serial-numbered.
  • All cards with an asterisk are believed to be in greater supply; SP are in lesser supply.
  • The Ted Williams card is a cut autograph which is serial-numbered to nine copies.

AD Andre Dawson

AH Al Hrabosky SP

BB Bill Buckner SP

CF Carlton Fisk

CR Cal Ripken, Jr.

DB Don Baylor SP

DM Dale Murphy

DS Dave Stewart

KG Ken Griffey, Sr.

KP Kirby Puckett

OC Orlando Cepeda *

SN Duke Snider

TG Tony Gwynn

TW Ted Williams CUT 9

DE Dennis Eckersley

DE Dwight Evans *


Black Ink

Each Autographs Black Ink is hand-numbered to the production figures listed below and also available in a Red Ink parallel which is serial-numbered to 25 copies.

AD Andre Dawson 75

AH Al Hrabosky 100

AT Alan Trammell 173

BB Bill Buckner 85

BW Billy Williams 173

CR Cal Ripken, Jr. 38

DB Don Baylor 50

DE Dwight Evans 100

DP Dave Parker 113

DS Don Sutton 123

EB Ernie Banks 73

GC Gary Carter 173

GF George Foster 173

GI Kirk Gibson 173

HK Harmon Killebrew 73

JB Johnny Bench 73

JC Joe Carter 123

JM Joe Morgan 169

JP Johnny Podres 173

KG Ken Griffey, Sr. 100

KH Keith Hernandez 173

KP Kirby Puckett 174

MM Mark McGwire "Maris '61" 73

MW Maury Wills 173

OC Orlando Cepeda 34

PN Phil Niekro 173

RF Rollie Fingers 73

RR Robin Roberts 173

RY Robin Yount 73

SG Steve Garvey 173

SN Duke Snider 100

TG Tony Gwynn 101

TP Tony Perez 51

TS Tom Seaver 74

JM Jack Morris 123


Autographs Yankee Greats

Blue Ink

NOTES:

  • As opposed to the Black and Red Ink cards, none of the Blue Ink cards (with the exception of Mickey Mantle) are serial-numbered.
  • All cards with an asterisk are believed to be in greater supply; SP are in lesser supply.
  • The Mickey Mantle card is a cut autograph which is serial-numbered to seven copies.

BD Bucky Dent *

CC Chris Chambliss SP

DK Dave Kingman

DT Dick Tidrow

FS Fred Stanley

GU Ron Guidry

HB Hank Bauer SP

JB Jim Bouton

JK Jim Kaat

JL Jim Leyritz

JM John Montefusco

LM Lee Mazzilli

LP Lou Piniella SP

MM Mickey Mantle CUT 7

MP Mike Pagliarulo

PO Paul O'Neill

RA Ruben Amaro, Sr.

RB Ralph Branca

RH Ralph Houk

SL Sparky Lyle SP

TH Tommy Henrich SP

TJ Tommy John

JK Jimmy Key


Black Ink

Each Autographs Black Ink is hand-numbered to the production figures listed below and also available in a Red Ink parallel which is serial-numbered to 25 copies.

NOTE: Randomly inserted into packs were 50 exchange cards good for a Hideki Matsui Autographs Yankee Greats card. 25 of the cards would be signed in black ink, the other 25 in red ink -- although the exchange card did not state which card the collector would receive. Collectors had until March 13, 2006 to redeem their card.

CC Chris Chambliss 101

DC David Cone 74

DE Dock Ellis 174

DG Dwight Gooden 74

DK Dave Kingman 100

DM Don Mattingly 74

DR Dave Righetti 173

DT Dick Tidrow 101

DW Dave Winfield 25

FS Fred Stanley 101

GU Ron Guidry 100

HB Hank Bauer 75

HM Hideki Matsui EXCH 25

JB Jim Bouton 100

JC Jose Canseco 73

JD Joe DiMaggio 5

JK Jim Kaat 100

JL Jim Leyritz 100

JM John Montefusco 100

JT Joe Torre 73

LM Lee Mazzilli 100

LP Lou Piniella 100

MP Mike Pagliarulo 99

MR Mickey Rivers 73

MS Mel Stottlemyre 73

PO Paul O'Neill 100

PR Phil Rizzuto 173

RA Ruben Amaro, Sr. 100

RB Ralph Branca 100

RH Ralph Houk 100

SL Sparky Lyle 100

TH Tommy Henrich 100

TJ Tommy John 100

TK Tony Kubek 123

YB Yogi Berra 73

JK Jimmy Key 100


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