Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1993 Upper Deck Series 2 MLB jumbo (Hour 9)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 9.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1993 Upper Deck Series 2 baseball cards (jumbo box)
The cost now: 
The cost then: $55.80 ($2.79 per pack … printed on every pack)

What was found inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 27
Cards in this box: 540
Base set completion: Sorry … not sorting this one! (Set was not completed.)
Duplicates: Plenty.
Triplicates: Yep.
Quadplicates: Yep.

Notables on base cards: Derek Jeter, Frank Thomas, Carlos Delgado, Cliff Floyd, Tim Raines, Darryl Strawberry, Greg Maddux, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson, Wade Boggs, Fred McGriff, Will Clark, Robin Yount, Kirby Puckett, Dave Winfield, Cal Ripken Jr., Juan Gonzalez, Albert Belle, Dale Murphy, Paul Molitor, Sammy Sosa, Randy Johnson, Roberto Alomar, Jeff Bagwell, Dennis Eckersley, Chipper Jones … and many more on the Team Stars subset cards

Rookie Cards — Pete Janicki, Ray McDavid, Midre Cummings, Chad Mottola, John Burke, Derek Jeter, John Cummings, Jose Martinez, Matt Walbeck, Tony Tarasco, Domingo Martinez, Greg McMichael, Mike Lansing, Graeme Lloyd, Steve Reed, Scott Pose, Ken Ryan, Darrell Sherman (Congratulations if you remember many of these beyond Jeter.)

Inserts: 22 (all in gallery below with some subset/base cards)
On Deck With … (20) –
Jim Abbott (3), Carlos Baerga, Albert Belle, Jose Canseco, Will Clark (2), Dennis Eckersley, Cecil Fielder (3), Tony Gwynn, Eric Karros (2), Mark McGwire (2), Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Andy Van Slyke
Future Heroes (1) – Juan Gonzalez
Then & Now holograms (1) – Dennis Eckersley

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: Simply put, 1993 Upper Deck Series 2 is really all about the chase of one card — the Derek Jeter RC — and that can come with some frustration as these highly glossed cards have very soft cardboard and peeling them apart without damage can be an issue. It can be done, though, if you carefully peel and pop the cards apart using the edges instead of warping them slightly. (Do that and there will be snowstorms on your cardboard.) Sorting these is also a challenge days later as they still stick together, too. … Jumbo boxes are fun in that they include one On Deck insert in every pack — though collation there was particularly brutal just like it was in the hunt for Jeter. The Captain was found in this box — a card free of damage save for a couple spots on the bottom edge (it would still likely grade well) — but it wasn’t without drama as he wasn’t found until the 16th pack. Meanwhile, some of the Top Prospects in his subset weren’t found at all while some were found as many as four times. The highlights here beyond Jeter are some very strong photos — front and back — as well as a number of full-bleed subset cards that pop out from the white-bordered cards. Aside from value (1989 wins there thanks to Ken Griffey Jr.’s Rookie Card), this might be the strongest standard set of the early Upper Deck years. Series 2 will be tougher and a tad more pricey to find in general but if you can rip a jumbo box it’s worth it for the added inserts. If you just want a guaranteed shot at a clean Jeter for grading, you might consider busting a factory set, though be wanted that those also stick together badly, too.

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

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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One thought on “Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1993 Upper Deck Series 2 MLB jumbo (Hour 9)

  1. Brian Jakovina April 16, 2017 / 9:53 am

    This is just one of the nicest looking baseball sets of all time in my opinion.
    The base card photography and graphics are beautiful.


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