Card I selected: #75 – Randy Johnson
2 years in a row, I actually have all the cards! The SuperChrome cards in ’98 and ’99 made it difficult, but the only tough thing in the next 2 years was the 2000 MVP card (which I found for McGwire). In 2001, there’s one more regular size card – Topps Gold was added and Topps gave its employees special cards in honor of their 50th anniversary. The MVP cards were gone. There’s also no oversize cards in 2001, so I’ve got the same number of Big Unit cards in 2001 that I had for Big Mac in 2000.
# of cards (including the Topps card): 8
The parallel sets in 2001 include:
- Home Team Advantage
- Opening Day
- Chrome Retrofractors
2001 Topps #75
2001 Topps Gold #75
Topps Gold was back in 2001 after a 7-year hiatus. These cards came a couple per box, and were numbered out of 2001. They were created as a kind of celebration of the 50th anniversary. Numbering Topps Gold to the current year is a trend Topps has kept to this day. The Gold border was much nicer back in 2001 – it was actually a raised foil that looks pretty nice.
2001 Topps Home Team Advantage #75
Cards from hobby factory sets got a stamp to special “Home Team Advantage” logo to designate them.
2001 Topps Limited #75
Limited Edition factory sets were made in the idea of the old Tiffany sets, coming in a wood box. The cards have a thicker gloss coating than the regular Topps cards, and are also stamped with the words “Limited Edition” at the bottom. It’s actually a little tough to see on this card, because the gold stamping doesn’t contrast against the sand on the pitcher’s mound.
2001 Topps Employee #75
Topps created a special factory set for employees in 2001 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the flagship baseball set. This looked the same as the retail factory set on the outside, except it had the employee logo stamp. The cards also had the employee logo stamp. These are thought to be very rare – around 150 sets.
2001 Topps Opening Day #29
Opening Day was back for the 4th time in 2001. Again, it’s a 165 card set that could only be found in retail outlets. As was the case in many of these early versions, I think the Opening Day card is a little more appealing. The border is blue instead of the weird green of the flagship set, and there is a foil Opening Day logo at the bottom. The photos are the same as the base Topps set. Naturally, the back has a different number. I really like the blue color on this one.
2001 Topps Chrome #57
Topps Chrome was here for its 6th year. Released in 2 series, Chrome was not a full reproduction of the regular Topps set – it was 660 cards. The front of the card reproduces the base set using Topps chromium technology and of course the logo is the Topps Chrome logo. The back of the card is the same as the regular set except for the Topps Chrome logo and slightly different copyright wording.
2001 Topps Chrome Retrofractor #57
Topps took a different spin on refractors in their anniversary year. They still came in 1 of every 12 packs of Topps Chrome, they have colorful, reflective shine on the front. But the back has a retro type cardboard, with the word “retrofractor” below the number on the card back.
Any sets I didn’t get: That’s all you could possibly get from 2001.
Other cards I would have liked to do: I wanted to get Curt Schilling, but he strangely wasn’t in Opening Day. So I went with his teammate instead. I’m sure there were some other ones, but going with one of those 2 guys in their World Series years seemed good.