2000 Finest

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Description

2000 Finest is a 288 card, dual series set. Series One was released in April 2000 as a 148-card set. Series Two product was released in July 2000 as a 140-card set.

The set includes 179-player cards, 20 Rookie Cards (cards 101-120) each serial numbered to 2000 and 20 second series Rookie Cards (cards 247-266) each serial numbered to 3000, 15 Features/Futures subset cards (cards 121-135), 10 Counterparts subset cards (numbers 267-276), and 20 Gems subset cards (numbers 136-145 and 277-286). The set also includes two versions of card number 146 Ken Griffey Jr. wearing his Reds uniform (a portrait and action shot).

Rookie Cards were seeded at a rate of 1:23 hobby/retail packs and 1:6 HTA packs. Features and Counterparts subset cards were inserted one every eight hobby and retail packs and one every three HTA packs. Gems subset cards were inserted one every 24 hobby and retail packs and one every nine HTA packs.

Finally, 20 "Graded Gems" exchange cards were randomly seeded into packs (10 per series). The lucky handful of collectors that found these cards could send them into Topps for a complete Gems subset, each of which was professionally graded "Gem Mint 10" by PSA.

Distribution

Hobby/Retail: 24 packs per box, six cards per pack (MSRP: $4.99)

HTA: 12 packs per box, 13 cards per pack (MSRP: $10)

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby/Retail Odds HTA Odds
Base 287 - ? ?
short-set 201 - ? ?
Rookies (S1) 20 2000 1:23 1:6
Rookies (S2) 20 3000 1:13 1:5
Features (S1) 15 - 1:8 1:3
Counterparts (S2) 10 - 1:8 1:3
Gems 20 - 1:24 1:9
Short-Set Refractors 201 - 1:24 1:9
Rookie Refractors (S1) 20 500 1:93 1:23
Rookie Refractors (S2) 20 1000 1:49 1:11
Features Refractors (S1) 15 - 1:96 1:40
Counterparts Refractors (S2) 10 - 1:96 1:40
Gems Refractors 20 - 1:288 1:120
Short-Set Gold Refractors 201 - 1:240 1:100
Rookie Gold Refractors (S1) 20 100 1:368 1:187
Rookie Gold Refractors (S2) 20 100 1:448 1:120
Features Refractors (S1) 15 - 1:960 1:400
Counterparts Refractors (S2) 10 - 1:960 1:400
Gems Refractors 20 - 1:2880 1:1200
Graded Gems Redemption (S1) 1 10 N/A 1:9344
Graded Gems Redemption (S2) 1 10 N/A 1:8157
Ballpark Bounties 30 - 1:24 1:12
For the Record 30 varies 1:71 1:33
Going the Distance 12 - 1:24 1:12
Dreamcast 10 - 1:36 1:13
Moments 4 - 1:9 1:4
Moments Refractors 4 - 1:20 1:9
Autographed Moments Refractors 4 - 1:425 1:196

Checklist

Promos

These five Pre-Production cards were distributed to dealers and the Hobby media.

PP1 Brian Jordan

PP2 Bernie Williams

PP3 Pat Burrell

PP4 Corey Myers ROOK

PP5 Derek Jeter GEMS


Base Set

Series One

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1 Nomar Garciaparra

2 Chipper Jones

3 Erubiel Durazo

4 Robin Ventura

5 Garret Anderson

6 Dean Palmer

7 Mariano Rivera

8 Rusty Greer

9 Jim Thome

10 Jeff Bagwell

11 Jason Giambi

12 Jeromy Burnitz

13 Mark Grace

14 Russ Ortiz

15 Kevin Brown

16 Kevin Millwood

17 Scott Williamson

18 Orlando Hernandez

19 Todd Walker

20 Carlos Beltran

21 Ruben Rivera

22 Curt Schilling

23 Brian Giles

24 Eric Karros

25 Preston Wilson

26 Al Leiter

27 Juan Encarnacion

28 Tim Salmon

29 B.J. Surhoff

30 Bernie Williams

31 Lee Stevens

32 Pokey Reese

33 Mike Sweeney

34 Corey Koskie

35 Roberto Alomar

36 Tim Hudson

37 Tom Glavine

38 Jeff Kent

39 Mike Lieberthal

40 Barry Larkin

41 Paul O'Neill

42 Rico Brogna

43 Brian Daubach

44 Rich Aurilia

45 Vladimir Guerrero

46 Luis Castillo

47 Bartolo Colon

48 Kevin Appier

49 Mo Vaughn

50 Alex Rodriguez

51 Randy Johnson

52 Kris Benson

53 Tony Clark

54 Chad Allen

55 Larry Walker

56 Freddy Garcia

57 Paul Konerko

58 Edgardo Alfonzo

59 Brady Anderson

60 Derek Jeter

61 John Smoltz

62 Doug Glanville

63 Shannon Stewart

64 Greg Maddux

65 Mark McGwire

66 Gary Sheffield

67 Kevin Young

68 Tony Gwynn

69 Rey Ordonez

70 Cal Ripken, Jr.

71 Todd Helton

72 Brian Jordan

73 Jose Canseco

74 Luis Gonzalez

75 Barry Bonds

76 Jermaine Dye

77 Jose Offerman

78 Magglio Ordonez

79 Fred McGriff

80 Ivan Rodriguez

81 Josh Hamilton

82 Vernon Wells

83 Mark Mulder

84 John Patterson

85 Nick Johnson

86 Pablo Ozuna

87 A.J. Burnett

88 Jack Cust

89 Adam Piatt

90 Rob Ryan

91 Sean Burroughs

92 D'Angelo Jimenez

93 Chad Hermansen

94 Robert Fick

95 Ruben Mateo

96 Alex Escobar

97 Wily Mo Pena

98 Corey Patterson

99 Eric Munson

100 Pat Burrell


Rookies

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NOTES

  • Each Rookie card is serial-numbered to 2000 copies.
  • This was one of Topps's first attempts to include Major League "rookie" cards of recent draft picks and prospects in a non-Bowman product. Unfortunately, most players in this subset (as designated by the "RC*" tag) retired without ever playing in a Major League game.

101 Michael Tejera RC

102 Bobby Bradley RC*

103 Larry Bigbie RC

104 B.J. Garbe RC*

105 Josh Kalinowski RC*

106 Brett Myers RC

107 Chris Mears RC

108 Aaron Rowand RC

109 Corey Myers RC*

110 John Sneed RC*

111 Ryan Christianson RC*

112 Kyle Snyder RC

113 Mike Paradis RC*

114 Chance Caple RC*

115 Ben Christensen RC*

116 Brad Baker RC*

117 Rob Purvis RC*

118 Rick Asadoorian RC*

119 Ruben Salazar RC*

120 Julio Zuleta RC


Features

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121 Alex Rodriguez / Ken Griffey, Jr.

122 Nomar Garciaparra / Derek Jeter

123 Mark McGwire / Sammy Sosa

124 Randy Johnson / Pedro Martinez

125 Ivan Rodriguez / Mike Piazza

126 Manny Ramirez / Roberto Alomar

127 Chipper Jones / Andruw Jones

128 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Tony Gwynn

129 Jeff Bagwell / Craig Biggio

130 Barry Bonds / Vladimir Guerrero

131 Nick Johnson / Alfonso Soriano

132 Josh Hamilton / Pat Burrell

133 Corey Patterson / Ruben Mateo

134 Larry Walker / Todd Helton

135 Rey Ordonez / Edgardo Alfonzo


Gems

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136 Derek Jeter

137 Alex Rodriguez

138 Chipper Jones

139 Mike Piazza

140 Mark McGwire

141 Ivan Rodriguez

142 Cal Ripken, Jr.

143 Vladimir Guerrero

144 Randy Johnson

145 Jeff Bagwell


Ken Griffey, Jr. Cincinnati Reds

These two Ken Griffey, Jr. cards were a late addition to Finest Series One and were printed to commemorate his trade to the Cincinnati Reds. One was taken during a press conference introducing Griffey to the Cincinnati media and shows him holding a Reds jersey. The other was taken in Spring Training shagging a fly ball. Both of these cards are sequentially-numbered as card #146; however, both were produced in roughly the same quantities as any of the non-short-printed base cards. A set is considered complete with both.

146a Ken Griffey, Jr. (Action)

146b Ken Griffey, Jr. (Press Conference)


Series Two

147 Andruw Jones

148 Kerry Wood

149 Jim Edmonds

150 Pedro Martinez

151 Warren Morris

152 Trevor Hoffman

153 Ryan Klesko

154 Andy Pettitte

155 Frank Thomas

156 Damion Easley

157 Cliff Floyd

158 Ben Davis

159 John Valentin

160 Rafael Palmeiro

161 Andy Ashby

162 J.D. Drew

163 Jay Bell

164 Adam Kennedy

165 Manny Ramirez

166 John Halama

167 Octavio Dotel

168 Darin Erstad

169 Jose Lima

170 Andres Galarraga

171 Scott Rolen

172 Delino DeShields

173 J.T. Snow

174 Tony Womack

175 John Olerud

176 Jason Kendall

177 Carlos Lee

178 Eric Milton

179 Jeff Cirillo

180 Gabe Kapler

181 Greg Vaughn

182 Denny Neagle

183 Tino Martinez

184 Doug Mientkiewicz

185 Juan Gonzalez

186 Ellis Burks

187 Mike Hampton

188 Royce Clayton

189 Mike Mussina

190 Carlos Delgado

191 Ben Grieve

192 Fernando Tatis

193 Matt Williams

194 Rondell White

195 Shawn Green

196 Hideki Irabu

197 Troy Glaus

198 Roger Cedeno

199 Ray Lankford

200 Sammy Sosa

201 Kenny Lofton

202 Edgar Martinez

203 Mark Kotsay

204 David Wells

205 Craig Biggio

206 Ray Durham

207 Troy O'Leary

208 Rickey Henderson

209 Bobby Abreu

210 Neifi Perez

211 Carlos Febles

212 Chuck Knoblauch

213 Moises Alou

214 Omar Vizquel

215 Vinny Castilla

216 Javy Lopez

217 Johnny Damon

218 Roger Clemens

219 Miguel Tejada

220 Carl Everett

221 Matt Lawton

222 Albert Belle

223 Adrian Beltre

224 Dante Bichette

225 Raul Mondesi

226 Mike Piazza

227 Brad Penny

228 Kip Wells

229 Adam Everett

230 Eddie Yarnall

231 Matt LeCroy

232 Jason Tyner

233 Rick Ankiel

234 Lance Berkman

235 Rafael Furcal

236 Dee Brown

237 Gookie Dawkins

238 Eric Valent

239 Peter Bergeron

240 Alfonso Soriano

241 Adam Dunn

242 Jorge Toca

243 Ryan Anderson

244 Jason Dellaero

245 Jason Grilli

246 Milton Bradley


Rookies

NOTES

  • All Rookies are serial-numbered to 3000 copies -- in increase from the first series.
  • As with Series One, most of these players (RC*) never made it to the Big Leagues.

247 Scott Downs RC

248 Keith Reed RC

249 Edgar Cruz RC*

250 Wes Anderson RC*

251 Lyle Overbay RC

252 Mike Lamb RC

253 Vince Faison RC*

254 Chad Alexander

255 Chris Wakeland RC

256 Aaron McNeal RC*

257 Tomo Ohka RC

258 Ty Howington RC*

259 Javier Colina RC*

260 Jason Jennings

261 Ramon Santiago RC

262 Johan Santana RC

263 Quincy Foster RC*

264 Junior Brignac RC*

265 Rico Washington RC

266 Scott Sobkowiak RC


Counterparts

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267 Pedro Martinez / Rick Ankiel

268 Manny Ramirez / Vladimir Guerrero

269 A.J. Burnett / Mark Mulder

270 Mike Piazza / Eric Munson

271 Josh Hamilton / Corey Patterson

272 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Sammy Sosa

273 Derek Jeter / Alfonso Soriano

274 Mark McGwire / Pat Burrell

275 Chipper Jones / Cal Ripken, Jr.

276 Nomar Garciaparra / Alex Rodriguez


Gems

277 Pedro Martinez

278 Tony Gwynn

279 Barry Bonds

280 Juan Gonzalez

281 Larry Walker

282 Nomar Garciaparra

283 Ken Griffey, Jr.

284 Manny Ramirez

285 Shawn Green

286 Sammy Sosa


Parallels

All 287 base cards are available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractors
  • Gold Refractors

NOTES

  • Refractors and Gold Refractors for the Rookies, Features, Counterparts, and Gems subsets are short-printed; however, only the Rookies are serial-numbered.
  • Refractors for the Series One Rookie subset are serial-numbered to 500 copies, and the Series Two Rookies are serial-numbered to 1000 copies.
  • Gold Refractors for the Rookie Subset (both series) are serial-numbered to 100 copies.
  • All Gold Refractors have "deckled" edges.

Oversize Gems

This oversize set parallels the Gems subset. One oversize card was inserted as a box topper in each Hobby box. The first 10 cards are in Series One while the second ten are in Series Two. Refractor parallels were inserted into HTA boxes.

1 Derek Jeter

2 Alex Rodriguez

3 Chipper Jones

4 Mike Piazza

5 Mark McGwire

6 Ivan Rodriguez

7 Cal Ripken, Jr.

8 Vladimir Guerrero

9 Randy Johnson

10 Jeff Bagwell

11 Nomar Garciaparra

12 Ken Griffey, Jr.

13 Manny Ramirez

14 Shawn Green

15 Sammy Sosa

16 Pedro Martinez

17 Tony Gwynn

18 Barry Bonds

19 Juan Gonzalez

20 Larry Walker


Graded Gems Redemptions

Randomly inserted into HTA Jumbo boxes were ten redemption cards good for a complete professionally graded set of that series ten-card Gems subset. Each card was graded Gem Mint "10" by PSA. Collectors had until December 31st, 2001 to redeem their Graded Gems cards.

Inserts

Ballpark Bounties

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Cards #BB1-BB15 were inserted into Series One packs while #BB16-BB30 were in Series Two.

BB1 Chipper Jones

BB2 Mike Piazza

BB3 Vladimir Guerrero

BB4 Sammy Sosa

BB5 Nomar Garciaparra

BB6 Manny Ramirez

BB7 Jeff Bagwell

BB8 Scott Rolen

BB9 Carlos Beltran

BB10 Pedro Martinez

BB11 Greg Maddux

BB12 Josh Hamilton

BB13 Adam Piatt

BB14 Pat Burrell

BB15 Alfonso Soriano

BB16 Alex Rodriguez

BB17 Derek Jeter

BB18 Cal Ripken, Jr.

BB19 Larry Walker

BB20 Barry Bonds

BB21 Ken Griffey, Jr.

BB22 Mark McGwire

BB23 Ivan Rodriguez

BB24 Andruw Jones

BB25 Todd Helton

BB26 Randy Johnson

BB27 Ruben Mateo

BB28 Corey Patterson

BB29 Sean Burroughs

BB30 Eric Munson


Going the Distance

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GTD1 Tony Gwynn

GTD2 Alex Rodriguez

GTD3 Derek Jeter

GTD4 Chipper Jones

GTD5 Nomar Garciaparra

GTD6 Sammy Sosa

GTD7 Ken Griffey, Jr.

GTD8 Vladimir Guerrero

GTD9 Mark McGwire

GTD10 Mike Piazza

GTD11 Manny Ramirez

GTD12 Cal Ripken, Jr.


For the Record

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For this Series One insert, each player has three cards that are serial-numbered to the distance to left (version A), center (B), and right field (C) in their home stadium.

FR1A Derek Jeter 318

FR1B Derek Jeter 208

FR1C Derek Jeter 314

FR2A Mark McGwire 330

FR2B Mark McGwire 402

FR2C Mark McGwire 330

FR3A Ken Griffey, Jr. 331

FR3B Ken Griffey, Jr. 405

FR3C Ken Griffey, Jr. 327

FR4A Alex Rodriguez 331

FR4B Alex Rodriguez 405

FR4C Alex Rodriguez 327

FR5A Nomar Garciaparra 310

FR5B Nomar Garciaparra 390

FR5C Nomar Garciaparra 302

FR6A Cal Ripken, Jr. 333

FR6B Cal Ripken, Jr. 410

FR6C Cal Ripken, Jr. 318

FR7A Sammy Sosa 355

FR7B Sammy Sosa 400

FR7C Sammy Sosa 353

FR8A Manny Ramirez 325

FR8B Manny Ramirez 410

FR8C Manny Ramirez 325

FR9A Mike Piazza 338

FR9B Mike Piazza 410

FR9C Mike Piazza 338

FR10A Chipper Jones 335

FR10B Chipper Jones 401

FR10C Chipper Jones 330


Dream Cast

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This ten-card Series Two set features cards made using the Dufex printing technology. These were the first Dufex cards released by Topps and the first released by any company since the 1998 bankruptcy of Pinnacle Brands.

DC1 Mark McGwire

DC2 Roberto Alomar

DC3 Chipper Jones

DC4 Derek Jeter

DC5 Barry Bonds

DC6 Ken Griffey, Jr.

DC7 Sammy Sosa

DC8 Mike Piazza

DC9 Pedro Martinez

DC10 Randy Johnson


Moments

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A Refractor and an Autographed Refractor (see below) parallel is also available.

FM1 Chipper Jones

FM2 Ivan Rodriguez

FM3 Tony Gwynn

FM4 Wade Boggs


Autographs & Game-Used

Autographed Moments Refractors

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FM1 Chipper Jones

FM2 Ivan Rodriguez

FM3 Tony Gwynn

FM4 Wade Boggs