Saturday, June 10, 2017

Old School Box Breaks: 2002-03 Fleer Premium Basketball Hobby Box

Trying another Fleer box from the 2002-03 season. Again, the allure of game used cards is close to non existent save for patches/logomans, but in 2002, they were still very much in demand, so card companies started cranking them out like regular insert cards. It's crazy how short a time span it went from a game used card being a "holy grail" pull at 1:2500 packs to just a few years later being a 1:6 pack pull. Despite the easier odds, it was still the beginning stages of overproduction so pulling a game used card of a superstar still was considered a big hit here. It's definitely an interesting time seeing right before your eyes the devaluation of the Game Used Card. Anyways, not really anything too earth shattering to pull here. Possibly an MJ Ruby parallel would probably be the best pull in the entire set. Yao, Manu, and Amare rookies can be pulled too and they are numbered to 1,500, with Ruby parallels as well.

Basic Set Info 
84 Base Cards
11 All Rookie Team
15 All NBA Team
30 Premium Rookies (numbered to 1,500)

Emerald Parallels (numbered to 300)
Ruby Parallels (numbered to 100)
Skylines (numbered to 2,500)
Skylines Ruby (numbered to 100)
Prime Time (Numbered to 1,500)
Prime Time Ruby (Numbered to 100)
Premium Power (Numbered to 1,000)
Premium Power Ruby (Numbered to 100)
Triple Threats (Numbered to 250)
Triple Threats Ruby (Numbered to 100)
Prime Time Memorabilia (1:20)
Prime Time Memorabilia Ruby (Numbered to 100)
A Cut Above Memorabilia (1:25)
A Cut Above Memorabilia Ruby (numbered to 100)
Court Collection Memorabilia (1:40)
Court Collection Memorabilia Ruby (numbered to 100)
Premium Gear Memorabilia (1:72)
Premium Gear Memorabilia Ruby (Numbered to 100) 

Here we go!

Michael Jordan Base

Emerald Parallel
Lamond Murray (#127/300)
Wally Szczerbiak (#52/300)
Donyell Marshall (#19/300)
Richard Jefferson (#119/300)

Ruby Parallel

Kwame Brown (#51/100)
Jermaine O'Neal All NBA (#35/100)

Allen Iverson (#384/2500)
Michael Jordan (#1863/2500)
Amare Stoudemire (#64/2500)

Skylines Ruby Parallel
Jared Jeffries (#98/100)

Premium Prospects
Qyntel Woods (#0591/1500)
Chris Wilcox (#737/1500)
Yao Ming Redemption (Arghh..forgot that Fleer would make some of their base rookies REDEMPTIONS..even though it's just a plain ol' card!!)

Premium Power
Chris Webber (#634/1000)

Prime Time
Stephon Marbury (#701/1500)

Prime Time Memorabilia (1:20)

Stephon Marbury Game Worn Shooting Shirt

Court Collection (1:40)
Shawn Marion Game Worn Shorts

A Cut Above (1:25)
Quentin Richardson Game Worn Jersey

Premium Gear (1:72)
Morris Peterson Game Worn Warmups

Overall Thoughts: This would have been a so so break back in 2002-03. Shawn Marion and Stephon Marbury still had some hobby love back then so it was hit and miss with the memorabilia cards. Pulling a serial numbered Jordan insert, a serial numbered Amare Rookie insert and a Yao rookie (still can't believe Fleer couldn't just ya know.....MAKE THE DAMN CARD!!) would've been good. Wish the ruby and emerald parallels would've at least had one superstar player. I'd say a pretty average break for the time, but definitely fun! Here's a look at the hits.


Top 5 Pulls of 2017

#1- 2016 Donruss Optic Gold Vinyl Cam Newton 1/1
#2- 16-17 Donruss Optic Jaylen Brown Rookie Signatures
#3- 16-17 Donruss Optic Larry Bird The Champ Is Here Gold Holo (#4/10)
#4- 2016 Donruss Optic Derrick Henry Rated Rookie Autograph (#43/150)
#5- 2016 Donruss Optic Kenneth Dixon Rated Rookie Holo Autograph   Redemption (# to 99)


  1. Oh man... that sucks about the Yao. I understand rookie redemptions when it's an early release product and they don't know who has been drafted. But this is obviously not the case. Seems like Fleer used this redemption program as a gimmick.

    1. I remember pulling a roger mason jr rookie redemption out of fleer genuine back in the day..most boring redemption i EVER pulled lol