2002 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures

Set Type: Insert
Card Dimensions: 2½” x 3½”
Additional Information: Cards were inserted in packs of 2002 Donruss Classics. The cards are essentially the same ones used in the regular Donruss Classics set, only with an autographed sticker applied to the front of the card and a serial number on the back. The Eric Junge card was not in the original release of Donruss Classics; instead, it was available in packs of 2002 Donruss Rookies. In the checklist below, the print run of each player’s card is listed in parenthesis after his name.

24
48
51
61
102
104
137
157
172
203
Brandon Duckworth (25)
Scott Rolen (15)
Bobby Abreu (25)
Robert Person (25)
Marlon Byrd (500)
Jorge Padilla (500)
Anderson Machado (500)
Steve Carlton (125)
Mike Schmidt (25)
Eric Junge (50)
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4 responses to “2002 Donruss Classics Significant Signatures

  1. Just wanted to let you know that I continue to really enjoy following along with your checklisting efforts. Out of pure curiousity – How do you pick which set to chronicle next? I really like that you’re jumping around between eras and sets.

    • Honestly, my method is to more or less a random one. Occasionally, I highlight a set because I either love it or find something really interesting about it that I wish to comment on. However, for the most part, it’s more a matter of what purchases are coming through the door or what catches my attention — for whatever reason. The only guiding principle I have is to keep bouncing around the eras as much as possible.

      I’m thinking, however, of doing a “request week” sometime soon. I haven’t forgotten that you asked about the Upper Deck 20th Anniversary set, and a few others have made requests as well.

  2. Brandon Duckworth, Robert Person and Eric Junge should be forced to sign an extra 450-475 of these since they fit more squarely in the camp of those who signed 500 than of those who signed 15 or 25.

    I wonder why Donruss had them sign a low number–did they see them as future stars?

    • To be fair to Duckworth, Person and Junge, these were autograph stickers that Donruss applied to the cards. Donruss was inserting Duckworth and Junge autographs into just about every set they made that year, so they were probably needing to be careful when slapping them onto cards. As for Person, he was the de facto staff ace following the Schilling trade, so he probably didn’t have to sign as many of the stickers as all the other prospects (especially since he hadn’t been a prospect for a few years, by that point).

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