Monday, June 23, 2014

Mark Prior Monday - 2002 E-X

In 2002, I had one foot in the hobby door, but I certainly wasn't buying things like E-x, a product put out by Fleer. According to Baseballcardpedia, packs of cards from this set ran $3-5 for just four cards. No thanks.

2002 E-X #140 Mark Prior
But that's not to say the cards themselves weren't any good. You can't really tell from the scan, but the card is kind of see through is the gray/white parts you see above. I still wouldn't buy packs but I won't hesitate to add the rest of the Cubs from the set. The jersey does seem kind of weird though. Is it not tucked in? I would think his waist is somewhere around the bottom so it should be gathered more. Something just seems off.

Also according to Baseballcardpedia, the set consists of 100 base cards, and a 39-card subset of rookies and prospects called "nEXt". The first 25 cards of nEXt are serial numbered while the remaining 14 are not. But Matt, you're saying to yourself, if there are 139 cards in the set, why is Mark Prior number 140?

I'm glad you asked. Apparently, card #133 was never made. It was supposed to be Drew Henson but Fleer's contract with him expired before the set's release.

Other Cubs from the base set include #5 Sammy Sosa, #34 Fred McGriff, #57 Moises Alou and #84 Jon Lieber. Sosa also has a couple of different relic cards.

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