After shock wins in the Qualifying and Preliminary final against the South Australian Teams, the magpies made it into the Grand Final against Brisbane. The contest was proposed as a Victorian Team against the Interstate Team (with an unfair salary cap) and the Victorian Sports Minister, Justin Madden, an old Carlton player, implored all Victorians to barrack for the “Pies”. The weather was terrible with a maximum temperature of 9 degrees C and hail predicted. The game was tight with the scores fluctuating all day. In the end the Lions ran out 9 point winners. Nathan Buckley won the Norm Smith Medal for Best on the Ground. A cover by “Coversplease” is shown in the banner.
A Set of 22 Souvenir Covers for the Collingwood Magpies gallant defeat in the AFL Grand Final was released by “Covers Please”. All covers were postmarked The MCG 30th September 2002 (the Monday after the victory). 16 of the covers have the player Personalised-stamp while the other six players (Johnson, Steinford, Scotland, Clement, Betharis and McKee) did not appear on the Magpies P-stamp sheet and are on covers with an ordinary stamp.
First Class Collectables issued Cinderella Covers for the some of the Collingwood team members.