Buzz Break: 2003 Playoff Piece of the Game baseball cards (hobby box)

2003-Playoff-Piece-of-Game-boxFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at

The box: 2003 Playoff Piece of the Game baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: Wherever you can find it this reasonably priced ($49).

Packs per box: 6 (plus one bonus topper pack)
Cards per pack: 1
Cards in this box: 7
Base set completion: 
4 of 179 (2 percent)
Duplicates: 0

2003-Playoff-Piece-of-Game-2Autographs/Memorabilia: 7
Piece of the Game Materials (3) – Shawn Green, Mark Prior, Kazuhisa Ishii (box-topper bonus pack)
Piece of the Game Materials (numbered) (1) – Jeff Bagwell (/199)
Piece of the Game Materials Silver (1) – Curt Schilling (/75)
Player Collection (1) – Preston Wilson (/100)
Piece of the Game Materials Autographs (1) – Matt Williams

What’s Buzz-worthy: To those who were heavy buyers of this product back in the day, they may not remember it that fondly — at least via the different view of today with memorabilia cards. But a $20 pack with a guaranteed memorabilia card inside — and possibly one that’s autographed — was fun for a collector on a budget like Buzz was back then. It’s a lot more fun at the price Buzz found it at today — $49 for the box. … Each box is guaranteed to include one autograph and two numbered memorabilia cards inside, and this one delivered one and three. Had this box been opened back then, some of the names would have stood out a lot more than today. Overall, ignoring what these cards might sell for now, it still felt like a fun break ripping into each miniature FedEx style envelope with a clear-cellophane card wrapped inside. … One nice touch to help make this box feel less complicated than it was? A printed checklist at the front of the box detailing the set and which parallels were which and noting that there are prime cards to chase in here, too. … The potential autographs in 2003 Playoff Piece of the Game are impressive — Albert Pujols, Chipper Jones, Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Randy Johnson, Rickey Henderson, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Cal Ripken Jr., Sammy Sosa and Tony Gwynn are the biggest — though there are others who aren’t bad. (And, yes, given the time since this release there are some bad autos, too.) All in all, at this price this one felt like a comfortable rip at the price, though it’s clear that cards have come a long way — even in 13 years.

Product Grade: A-
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

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