2002 Upper Deck SP Authentic
This 230 card set was released in two separate series. The basic SP Authentc product (containing cards 1-170) was issued in September, 2002. Update cards 171-230 were distributed within packs of 2002 Upper Deck Rookie Update in mid-December, 2002. SP Authentic packs were issued in five card packs with a $5 SRP. Boxes contained 24 packs and were packed five to a case. Cards numbered 1-90 featured veterans while cards number 91-135 were part of the Future Watch subset and were printed to a stated print run of 1999 serial numbered sets. Cards number 146,152 and 157 were printed to a stated print run of 249 serial numbered sets. Update cards 201-230 continued the Future Watch subset (focusing on rookies and prospects) and each card was serial numbered to 1999. Though pack odds for these cards was never released, we estimate the cards were seeded at an approximate rate of 1:7 Rookie Update packs. In addition, an exchange card with a redemption deadline of August 8, 2005, good for a signed Joe DiMaggio poster, was randomly inserted into SP Authentic packs. - 2006 Beckett Almanac of Baseball Cards and Collectibles, 11th Edition.
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