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MLB Showdown was produced for five years with many different types of cards and different editions. All of this information is detailed below. Search all these cards using our MLB Showdown scouting reports.

MLB Showdown 2000

MLB Showdown 2000 Base Set

  • 62 Premium Foil Cards
  • 400 Common Cards
  • 55 Strategy Cards
The 2000 Base Set was released in 1st and unlimited editions and package in booster packs, draft packs and two-player starter sets.

MLB Showdown 2000 Pennant Run Set

  • 20 Premium Foil Cards
  • 130 Common Cards
  • 25 Strategy Cards
  • 4 Insert Cards
The 2000 Pennant Run Expansion Set was released in July and took into account many of the trades and rookies not reflected in the Base Set. Like the Base Set, the Pennant Run Expansion was released in 1st and Unlimited Editions. The Pennant Run Expansion was packaged in booster packs.

MLB Showdown 2000 Spring Training Promo Cards (34)

The Spring Training Promo cards were distributed regionally to card stores. The cards were given out for in store promotions and league play. Several of the Spring Training Promos had very limited release and are very rare.

MLB Showdown 2000 Home Run Hitter Promo Cards (14)

The Home Run Hitter cards were released throughout the MLB season with 14 cards in all making up the set. Home Run Hitter cards were given for participation in MLB Showdown League play. These cards feature many of the best power hitters in the game. Similar to other promo cards, the statistics on these card are identical to the regular cards found in booster packs and draft packs.

MLB Showdown 2000 Pennant Run Promo Cards (8)

The Pennant Run Promo cards were found in an issue of Top Deck Magazine. One of eight Pennant Run Promo cards were randomly inserted in each Top Deck magazine. Therefore, it would take at least eight magazines to make a complete set of cards.

MLB Showdown 2001

MLB Showdown 2001 Base Set

  • 62 Premium Foil Cards
  • 400 Common Cards
  • 75 Strategy Cards
The MLB Showdown 2001 Base Set was released on April 2, 2001 in 1st and unlimited editions. The cards are packaged in booster packs, draft packs and two-player starter sets.

MLB Showdown 2001 Pennant Run Set

  • 25 Premium Foil Cards
  • 150 Common Cards
  • 25 Strategy Cards
The Pennant Run set was released on July 16th, 2001. Unlike previous versions of MLB Showdown, there is no differentiation between 1st and unlimited editions.

MLB Showdown 2001 Promo Cards (34)

The MLB 2001 Promo cards are distributed regionally to card stores. The cards are given out for in store promotions and league play.

MLB Showdown 2001 Ace Pitchers(16)

These cards feature many of the great pitchers in the game. Ace Pitcher cards are given out for participation in MLB Showdown League play.

MLB Showdown 2002

MLB Showdown 2002 Base Set

  • 56 Premium Foil Cards
  • 300 Common Cards
  • 50 Strategy Cards

MLB Showdown 2002 Trading Deadline Set

  • 25 Premium Foil Cards
  • 125 Common Cards
  • 25 Strategy Cards

MLB Showdown 2002 Pennant Run Set(Super Season subset)

  • 25 Premium Foil Cards
  • 125 Common Cards
  • 25 Strategy Cards

MLB Showdown 2002 All-Star Game

  • 25 American League Cards
  • 25 National League Cards
  • See product description for other great items included.
MLB Showdown 2002 has 3 different expansions instead of just 2 in previous years. The MLB Showdown 2002 Base Set is the first set for 2002 and was released on April 29, 2002. This set features 356 player cards(56 foil and 300 common) and 50 strategy cards. The Trading Deadline expansion was released at the end of July with player 150 cards (25 foil and 125 common) and 25 strategy cards. The third expansion, Pennant Run was released in September and has 125 player cards with the Super Season subset. There are also 25 strategy cards in the Pennant Run set. Finally, the MLB Showdown 2002 All-Star Game Card Game is like a starter set in that it contains everything you and a friend need to play the game. However, MLB Showdown 2002 All-Star Game Card Game has 50 new player cards in their All-Star uniforms plus it comes with a collectors box and checklists for all three expansions in 2002.

There are several changes in the packaging of the cards for MLB Showdown 2002. First the two-player starter sets do not contain strategy cards, except the 2002 All-Star Game Starter. Strategy cards are available only in booster packs and draft packs this year. Second, there are 56 foils in the Base Set with 6 of these foils randomly distributed in the 2-Player Starter Sets. Each MLB Showdown 2002 2-Player Starter Set comes with 2 randomly inserted Foil cards. The 6 foil cards available in the 2-Player Starter Sets are as follows:

  • #19 Luis Gonzalez
  • #27 Marcus Giles
  • #107 C.C. Sabathia
  • #233 Mariano Rivera
  • #304 Kazuhiro Sasaki
  • #309 Jim Edmonds
The other 50 foil cards are found in booster packs or draft packs. Finally, MLB Showdown 2002 Base Set does not have 1st and unlimited editions. It is just called the Base Set edition. The same is true for the Trading Deadline Expansion.

MLB Showdown 2003

MLB Showdown 2003 Base Set

  • 54 Premium Foil Cards
  • 250 Common Cards
  • 50 Strategy Cards

MLB Showdown 2003 Packaged Product

  • 2 Player Starter Sets
  • Booster Packs
  • Draft Packs
  • Booster Boxes

Each two player starter set contains everything you and a friend need to play the game including two foil cards and a bonus booster pack. Each booster back contains 9 cards (7 player & 2 strategy cards) and approximately 1 in 3 packs contains a foil. Draft packs contain 60 cards (15 player & 45 strategy). Each draft pack contains 1 holographic foil card. Booster boxes contain 36 booster packs.

MLB Showdown 2003 Starter Set Foils

  • Kazuhisa Ishii
  • Mike Mussina
  • Mike Piazza
  • Torii Hunter

The MLB Showdown 2003 Base Set is the first set for 2003 and was released on March 7th 2003. This set features 304 player cards(54 foil and 250 common) and 50 strategy cards.

MLB Showdown 2003 Trading Deadline

The MLB Showdown 2003 Trading Deadline set features 145 player cards (25 foils and 120 common) and 25 strategy cards. The set was released on June 27th, 2003. This set also features Rookie Season cards. Rookie Season cards are based on the statistics of a player's rookie season.

MLB Showdown 2003 Pennant Run

The MLB Showdown 2003 Pennant Run set features 125 player cards (25 foils and 100 common) and 25 strategy cards. There are Super Season and Cooperstown Collection subsets. The Super Season cards are based on the statistics of past seasons in which a player had an exceptional year. The Cooperstown Collection cards feature some of the best players in the history of MLB like Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson and Nolan Ryan. The set was released on August 29th, 2003.

MLB Showdown 2004

MLB Showdown 2004 Base Set

  • 50 Premium Foil Cards
  • 298 Common Cards
  • 50 Strategy Cards

Each two player starter set contains everything you and a friend need to play the game including two foil cards and 30 common cards. Each booster back contains 11 cards (8 player & 3 strategy cards) and approximately 1 in 3 packs contains a foil. Draft packs contain 60 cards (15 player & 45 strategy). Each draft pack contains 1 holographic foil card. Booster boxes contain 36 booster packs.

The MLB Showdown 2004 Base Set is the first set for 2004 and was released on March 26th 2004. This set features 348 player cards(50 foil and 298 common) and 50 strategy cards.

MLB Showdown 2004 Trading Deadline

The Trading Deadline release day is July 2nd, 2004. The Trading Deadline expansion features 125 player cards and 25 strategy cards. The player cards feature the Rookie Season, Super Season, and Hall of Fame subsets.

MLB Showdown 2004 Pennant Run

The MLB Showdown 2004 Pennant Run expansion was released on September 17th, 2004 and features 125 player cards and 25 strategy cards. The player cards feature the Cooperstown Collection subset with great players like Jim Palmer of the 1975 Baltimore Orioles and Whitey Ford of the 1961 New York Yankees. The set also features updated player statistics and uniforms for great players like Alex Rodriguez, Eric Gagne, Ichiro, Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez and Albert Pujols.

MLB Showdown 2005

MLB Showdown 2005 Base Set

  • Starter
  • Booster Box
  • Booster Pack

Each two player starter set contains everything you and a friend need to play the game including two foil cards and 30 common cards. Each booster back contains 11 cards (8 player & 3 strategy cards) and approximately 1 in 3 packs contains a foil. Booster boxes contain 36 booster packs.

The MLB Showdown 2005 Base Set is the first set for 2005 the release date was March 25th, 2005. This set features 348 player cards(50 foil and 298 common) and 50 strategy cards.

MLB Showdown 2005 Trading Deadline

  • Booster Box
  • Booster Pack

The Trading Deadline release date was July 29th, 2005. The 2005 Trading Deadline set contains 168 player cards with traded players in their new uniforms and Hall of Fame player cards. There are 25 strategy cards to expand your player's abilities and a duplicate set of foil strategy cards. The set also contains Hall of Fame greats like Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Nolan Ryan and Harmon Killebrew.


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