2002 Topps Traded and Rookies Baseball marks the second straight year the late-season set included both Topps and Topps Chrome cards. Jose Bautista is the key rookie card.
2002 Baseball Cards
2002 saw the Anaheim Angels defeat the San Francisco Giants in seven games to win the title. While 2002 baseball cards did not feature any true rookie superstars like 2001, there was still a good overall mix of rookie cards to keep collectors happy. Once again, Topps products were the clear favorite and Bowman Chrome continued to the be product of choice for rookie collectors. Rookie card options from 2002 include Joe Mauer, David Wright, Jose Bautista and Joey Votto.
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2002 Topps Baseball is highlighted by the Joe Mauer rookie card. The set also has 73 different Barry Bonds home run variations, honoring his single-season record.
One of the premier baseball card sets of the early millennium, 2002 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball includes both regular Bowman and Bowman Chrome in the same package. Key rookies in the set include Curtis Granderson, Joey Votto, Cole Hamels, Nick Swisher and James Loney.
A stellar rookie crop led by autographs of Joe Mauer and David Wright make 2002 Bowman Chrome Baseball another desirable set. Refractors, X-fractors and Gold Refractors further fuel the chase.