In 2002 the Studio set added 100 more cards over the previous year, up to 250. And the number of Cubs cards was bumped up to eleven. With 9/11 still fresh in everyone's mind, the cards featured an American flag (yet, four of the Cubs are Dominican, and one is Venezuelan). The film negative has a nice shot of Chicago's skyline.
Ten of the eleven Cubs sat down for a studio pose. Do you want to guess which player was too busy,...couldn't be bothered...or for whatever reason, didn't get a studio shot?
Four of the cards were rookie cards numbered to 1500. So once again, I had to pay a little more for some unheard of guys (Steve Smith, Francis Beltran), one sort of known guy (Juan Cruz), and one well-know disappointment (Mark Prior).
The backs of the cards no longer contain the interesting facts and personal tidbits about the players. Instead, they just have the usual baseball card banter. Too bad!
So without any witty comments on the cards, I'm going to be boring today and just show the cards.
Only Sammy's card wasn't a studio pose.