I bought my 2001 Topps Traded over 2 years ago, from Dave & Adam’s Card World. I bought it in July 2012, and I was between posting about 1995 Topps and 1996 at that point. So I knew it would be a little while – but probably not quite this long!
This box was not cheap to say the least. It’s the second most expensive box I’ve purchased as part of the project. The 1980 Topps box was the most expensive – and it was another level. This one was $170 at the time. I think I could get one for cheaper now (whereas the 1980 Topps boxes are actually 3-4x what I paid back in 2010). The box is up there because of one thing – the Albert Pujols rookie card. It’s the white whale in this product. You could get the Topps rookie card of Pujols and/or a Topps Chrome card of Pujols. Plus there is an opportunity for the Topps Gold parallel and the retrofractor.
It’s worth pointing out; you are not going to get the full set in this box. First off, it’s a box with two products in it. There is Topps Traded. And also Topps Chrome Traded. There are 2 Topps Chrome cards in every box, so out of the 240 cards in this box – only 192 are Topps flagship cards.
As expected – I got no doubles in this box, but unfortunately I didn’t get the coveted Pujols rookie card. Or the Ichiro Traded Chrome card that only exists in Chrome Traded since he wasn’t allowed in Chrome Topps. But I did get 6 Topps Gold cards – which are shown below. I’m going to keep that Tom Seaver, but the rest are up for trade! Interesting – I got two of the same Gold card! They were back to back numbering, too – 348 and 349 out of 2001.
I got 48 Chrome cards, which is what the odds say. I got 2 Retrofractors, also what the odds say. But none of them were Pujols!
1 got one “buyback”, which was a Topps Traded card of Joel Davis. Apparently it’s some pretty steep odds for me to have pulled it – but this card doesn’t do me any good. It’s a Topps Traded card of a guy who went 8-14 in his career!
As you’re told, I got 1 relic in this box. This was a rookie relic of Jason Young, a prospect for the Rockies who was drafted by the Rockies in 2000 out of Stanford. He went 0-3 with a 9.71 ERA in his career – not too great! But he didn’t have a card in the base Topps Traded set, so this relic was his first MLB card ever. I’m not sure how many cards like this there were, so it’s kind of interesting. This card is an MLB 2001 card. But if you look at Beckett – his RC is considered to be 2002 Bowman.
Last is the 1 standard insert set. It’s called “Who Would Have Thought”. Now I think this insert set is a great idea, but it looks so much like the base set that you’d think it was a subset. I’d have done something where the two pictures of each player was a version of their card the year before he got traded and the year after. Just an idea on my part – but these are still cool cards.
Stats for the box:
24 packs per box * 10 cards per pack (-1 for the relic) = 239 cards
2 Chrome Retrofractors
178 of the 265 card series. (67.2% set completion)
6 Gold 50th Anniversary
1 Vintage Original
3 Who Would Have Thought
1 Rookie Relic (Jason Young)