Break – 1994 Select Series 2

Stats

base cards: 206 of 210 – 98.1% complete (80 duplicates/triplicates)
Crown Contenders (1:24): 1 of 10 – 10%
Rookie Surge Series 1 (1:48): 1 of 9 – 11%
Molitor MVP and Delgado ROY (1:360): 0 of 2 – 0%

Some base cards with backs

The bulk of the base set has a horizontal format. Two examples are shown below. I show more examples in a break of a Series 1 box. Most of the cards are a less distinctive than the Davis and Alomar cards.  The combination of two separate photos and the name down the middle makes the cards feel chopped up.

This is a card of Rex Hudler giving high fives to… My bad. This is actually a card of Chili Davis peering over the shoulder of Rex Hudler.

Here is Roberto Alomar. Roberto’s first cousin is The Flash.

The only subset is 1994 Rookie Prospects. These cards have a vertical format, and, while not particularly eye-catching, they do stand out next to the design of the other base cards. Every pack has at least one Rookie Prospect card. Most packs have two of these cards, and some packs have three or even four!

Below is Joey Hamilton’s Rookie Prospects card with the back. The writing on the backs of all cards is a little over the top. The Rookie Prospects cards are especially bad.

Inserts and parallels

Skills insert – SK5 Juan Gonzalez


Rookie Surge insert – RS10 Manny Ramirez


Comments

  • collation of main set
    The main set runs from 211 (Bonds) to 376 (Watson) – 166 cards in all. For this part of the base set, I would say that collation was, in a word, perfect. The box yielded all 166 cards with 55 duplicates (no triplicates). This is not what I expected given the less than desirable collation in the Series 1 box that I broke.
  • collation of 1994 Rookie Prospects subset
    The Rookie Prospects run from 377 to 416. I will throw the checklist cards (417-420) into this subset because the checklists and Rookie Prospects always came together in the packs. Since collation was perfect in the main set, I figured I would finish the subset too. Well, I was wrong. In this subset of 44 cards, I was missing four cards, and four cards showed up in triplicate. Dang. Getting 40 different cards is still better that you would expect for true random collation, but I feel gypped off after getting all the main set.
  • mystery of card #387
    Right in the middle of the Rookie Prospects subset is a card from the main set – #387 Greg Colbrunn. Was this card supposed to have the Rookie Prospects design? Did one of the Rookie Prospects flame out, forcing Select to slide a regular card in its place?

Conclusion

I’ll say that I like randomly collated boxes, but it sure is nice to pretty much complete a set with one box. After each stack of packs I updated my wife on how many different cards I was up to. A sarcastic “Great!” was her usual reply. I am bummed that I missed the complete set by four cards. I am not wild about the appearance of this set, but I’m way to close to not just complete the thing. I’ll try to trade for the last four base cards.

Detailed list of pack contents

Back left stack (packs listed from top to bottom)
Pack 1: 377, 349, 327, 368, 329, SK5, 391, 256, 272, 280, 297, 217
Pack 2: 318, 361, 341, 306, 343, 394, 411, 219, 261, 247, 234, 240
Pack 3: 333, 388, 320, 363, 366, 406, 417, 249, 242, 229, 221, 236
Pack 4: 364, 380, 382, 314, 357, 416, 400, 231, 254, 270, 278, 295
Pack 5: 384, 316, 359, 339, 304, 403, 408, 290, 237, 268, 232, 238
Pack 6: 352, 309, 371, 332, 387, 400, 416, 227, 259, 275, 283, 300

Back right stack
Pack 1: 332, 387, 319, 362, 342, 403, 420, 248, 241, 228, 220, 235
Pack 2: 374, 335, 390, 313, 356, 419, 408, 230, 222, 269, 277, 294
Pack 3: 383, 315, 358, 338, 303, 398, 412, 216, 289, 267, 253, 224
Pack 4: 351, 308, 370, 331, 386, 419, 414, 226, 258, 274, 282, 299
Pack 5: 322, 344, 353, 310, 372, 409, 396, 260, 292, 212, 285, 263
Pack 6: 336, 301, 375, 347, 325, 395, 405, 214, 287, 265, 251, 244

Front left stack
Pack 1: 382, 314, 357, 337, 302, 396, 406, 388, 266, 252, 245, 254
Pack 2: 350, 307, 369, 330, 385, 391, 403, 225, 257, 273, 281, 298
Pack 3: 306, 343, 352, 309, 371, 411, 393, 283, 300, 211, 284, 262
Pack 4: 367, 324, 346, 355, 312, 392, 402, 213, 286, 264, 250, 243
Pack 5: 376, 348, 326, 365, 328, 417, 414, 223, 255, 271, 279, 296
Pack 6: 317, 360, 340, 305, 379, 408, 397, 218, 291, 246, 233, 239

Front right stack
Pack 1: 305, 379, 351, 308, 370, 405, 416, 299, 219, 246, 261, 247
Pack 2: 366, 323, 345, 354, 311, 415, 399, 212, 285, 263, 249, 242
Pack 3: 375, 347, 325, 364, 380, RS10, 409, 231, 270, 278, 295, 215
Pack 4: 316, 359, 339, 304, 378, 398, 412, 217, 290, 268, 232, 238
Pack 5: 331, 386, 318, 361, 341, 400, 397, 234, 240, 227, 259, 275
Pack 6: 373, 334, 389, 321, 381, 413, 410, 229, 221, 236, 276, 293

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One response to “Break – 1994 Select Series 2

  1. john bateman

    This was the beginning of time where Card companies just made sets to make sets as they try to reach certain price brand to capture the consumers dollar

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