The combination of Topps Total and Upper Deck 40 Man eliminated a number of players that otherwise would not have appeared on cardboard with Boston. Players like Willie Banks, Darren Oliver, and Bob Howry only appeared in one of those two sets. A number of other players like Rey Sanchez, Doug Mirabelli, Lou Merloni, and Dustin Hermanson were rare, but managed to appear occasionally. As such, there were not a lot of players that did not get cards in 2002, and even fewer that made any sort of an impact.
None of these players played more than 25 games, so none were egregious absences. None of the six had been prior All Stars, though Agbayani and Andrews could be characterized as fan favorites for their first teams. Nelson played in the most games. If I had to pick one player that is the most disappointing miss, it would be Agbayani who is a player I kind of enjoyed watching on the Mets teams of the turn of the century.