2001 Topps Retro Inserts (Through the Years & Future Rookies)

13 02 2015

After issuing reprints of Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle, Topps went away from the single player theme for reprints for the first time since 1995.  However, they stayed with the idea of reprinting cards in honor of the 50th anniversary.  This year, the theme was done in 2 sets, a 50-card set called “Through the Years”, and in a 20-card set “Future Rookie Reprints”.

As always – odds below are for hobby packs.

Through the Years (50 cards, 1:8 series 1)

2001 Topps s1 Through the Years

The reprints are glossy with the 50th anniversary logo stamped on the front of the card.  I think the set has 1 card for every set through 1999, and 2 for 1952 – for some reason 2000 was left out.  Every 10 cards is organized by decade – i.e., cards #1-10 are the 1950’s, cards #41-50 are the 1990’s – but they aren’t chronological within each decade.

Unlike the single player reprint sets from previous years, there aren’t Chrome versions inserted in the regular Topps Flagship sets.  However, you can find Chrome and refractor versions in the Topps Chrome product.

Future Archives Rookie Reprints (20 cards, 5 per hobby factory sets)

Future Archives Gold Bordered Rookie Reprints (20 cards, 5 per HTA factory sets)

Future Archives Rookie Reprints (20 cards, 5 per Limited factory sets)

Future Archives Rookie Reprints were available in factory sets (5 cards per Hobby factory set).  Topps inserted rookie cards of current stars, with the theory being that they would someday be cards you’d insert into the Topps Archives product.  The cards have an Archives logo.

I’m actually not collecting these cards – I view them more as Topps Archives preview cards than Topps flagship cards.  Similar to the 1994 Topps Finest preview cards you could find in packs of the Flagship product.

2001 Archives Future Reserve Bonds



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