Buzz Break: 2000 Team Best Graded minor league baseball cards

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2000-team-best-graded-setsThe box: 2000 Team Best Graded minor league cards
Where to buy:
Check eBay

Packs per box: 18 plus one graded card (Packs: six 1998 Team Best Top Prospects Signature Series, six 1999 Team Best Player of the Year, six 2000 Team Best Rookies)
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 109

1998 base set completion: 
27 of 50 (54 percent)
Duplicates: 6
1999 base set completion: 
24 of 50 (48 percent)
Duplicates: 7
2000 base set completion: 
33 of 225 (15 percent)
Duplicates: 1

Base cards of note (1998) – Rick Ankiel, Eric Chavez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, Ruben Rivera, Jimmy Rollins, Vernon Wells

Base cards of note (1999) – Rick Ankiel, Josh Hamilton, Corey Patterson, Aaron Rowand, CC Sabathia, Jayson Werth

Base cards of note (2000) – John Lackey, Ben Sheets, Josh Hamilton, Barry Zito, Pat Burrell, Mark Mulder

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Insert/short-print cards: 4  (more in gallery below)
1998 Diamond Best (1) – Mike Lowell
1999 Player of the Year (1) – Adam Piatt
1999 Silver parallel (1) – George Lombard (/150)
Graded box-topper (1) – 1998 Team Best Diamond Best Rick Ankiel PSA 10 (only 130 cards as 10s out of 516 graded)

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Autographs: 7
1998 Team Best Autographs (2) – Frank Catalanotto, Bryan Hebson
1999 Team Best Autographs (3) – CC Sabathia, Ben Petrick, Adam Everett
2000 Team Best Autographs (2) – Chad Harville, Julio Lugo

What’s Buzz-worthy: Buzz picked this one up due to its sub-$15 price tag and was surprised by the format (I must’ve missed this one back then) and then the ripped results. The graded box-topper would have been a big card then and the ink, particularly from the 1999 wax, was impressive. (Not just the Sabathia as Petrick has an interesting story and Everett was a long-time MLB player.) This was a mixer of three Team Best products toward the end of its run as a minor-league card-maker that emphasized autographs pretty heavily in its boxes. These days, many of those promising prospects’ autos are pocket change but there are a few stars within each of those checklists. All in all, this is a rip that’s just for fun — a look back at the baseball card world of nearly 20 years ago — and it will be the first of a handful of these breaks we’ll spotlight here. … The lone drawback on these types of boxes is that in some packs (but not all) the glossed cards do stick together causing slight surface damage. Not one of the autographs was damaged, which was a big, big plus.

Product Grade: B
Box Grade:
 A+ (especially at that time)
Fun Grade: A

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