2000 Greats of the Game

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Description

2000 Greats of the Game is a 107-card set released by Fleer exclusive to Hobby outlets in late March, 2000. Fueled by a now-legendary collection of autographs, the Yankee Clippings game-used jersey cards, and the superior design of the base set, the product turned out to be one of the most popular releases of the 2000 calendar.

Each 24-pack Hobby box will yield four autographs.

Distribution

24 packs per box, six cards per pack (MSRP: $4.99). Hobby only.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 107 - ?
Retrospection 15 - 1:6
Autographs 93 - 1:6
Memorable Moments 4 varies ?
Yankees Clippings 15 - 1:48

Checklist

Promos

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P33 Nolan Ryan


Base Set

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1 Mickey Mantle

2 Gil Hodges

3 Monte Irvin

4 Satchel Paige

5 Roy Campanella

6 Richie Ashburn

7 Roger Maris

8 Ozzie Smith

9 Reggie Jackson

10 Eddie Mathews

11 Dave Righetti

12 Dave Winfield

13 Lou Whitaker

14 Phil Garner

15 Ron Cey

16 Brooks Robinson

17 Bruce Sutter

18 Dave Parker

19 Johnny Bench

20 Fernando Valenzuela

21 George Brett

22 Paul Molitor

23 Hoyt Wilhelm

24 Luis Aparicio

25 Frank White

26 Herb Score

27 Kirk Gibson

28 Mike Schmidt

29 Don Baylor

30 Joe Pepitone

31 Hal McRae

32 Lee Smith

33 Nolan Ryan

34 Bill Mazeroski

35 Bobby Doerr

36 Duke Snider

37 Dick Groat

38 Larry Doby

39 Kirby Puckett

40 Steve Carlton

41 Dennis Eckersley

42 Jim Bunning

43 Ron Guidry

44 Alan Trammell

45 Bob Feller

46 Dave Concepcion

47 Dwight Evans

48 Enos Slaughter

49 Tom Seaver

50 Tony Oliva

51 Mel Stottlemyre

52 Tommy John

53 Willie McCovey

54 Red Schoendienst

55 Gorman Thomas

56 Ralph Kiner

57 Robin Yount

58 Andre Dawson

59 Al Kaline

60 Dom DiMaggio

61 Juan Marichal

62 Jack Morris

63 Warren Spahn

64 Preacher Roe

65 Darrell Evans

66 Jim Bouton

67 Rocky Colavito

68 Bob Gibson

69 Whitey Ford

70 Moose Skowron

71 Boog Powell

72 Al Lopez

73 Lou Brock

74 Mickey Lolich

75 Rod Carew

76 Bob Lemon

77 Frank Howard

78 Phil Rizzuto

79 Carl Yastrzemski

80 Rico Carty

81 Jim Kaat

82 Bert Blyleven

83 George Kell

84 Jim Palmer

85 Maury Wills

86 Jim Rice

87 Joe Carter

88 Clete Boyer

89 Yogi Berra

90 Cecil Cooper

91 Davey Johnson

92 Lou Boudreau

93 Orlando Cepeda

94 Tommy Henrich

95 Hank Bauer

96 Don Larsen

97 Vida Blue

98 Ben Oglivie

99 Don Mattingly

100 Dale Murphy

101 Fergie Jenkins

102 Bobby Bonds

103 Dick Allen

104 Stan Musial

105 Gaylord Perry

106 Willie Randolph

107 Willie Stargell


Inserts

Retrospection

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1 Rod Carew

2 Stan Musial

3 Nolan Ryan

4 Tom Seaver

5 Brooks Robinson

6 Al Kaline

7 Mike Schmidt

8 Thurman Munson

9 Steve Carlton

10 Roger Maris

11 Duke Snider

12 Yogi Berra

13 Carl Yastrzemski

14 Reggie Jackson

15 Johnny Bench


Autographs & Game-Used

Autographs

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This 93-card insert features autographed cards of some of the greatest players in major league history. The card design closely parallels the base set, except of course for the player's signature. It is widely considered to be one of the most significant baseball card sets of the 21st Century.

NOTES:

  • Shortly after Greats of the Game was released, representatives at Fleer released cryptic details on a few cards confirming the widespread belief among collectors of suspected short-prints within the set. It's known that the two scarcest cards are Johnny Bench and Mike Schmidt with production for both believed to be in the 175-200 card range. In addition to the Schmidt and Bench short-prints, other SPs include (with estimated production runs): Kirby Puckett and Phil Rizzuto (around 200 copies each) Reggie Jackson (250), George Brett (275), Whitey Ford, Tommie Henrich, and Don Mattingly (300). Joe Carter, Stan Musial, Jim Palmer, Ozzie Smith, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, and Robin Yount were also SPed with production estimated in the 350-500 card range.
  • Whereas all cards were signed with a black Sharpie pen, Dave Concepcion signed some of his cards in red ink.
  • Herb Score mistakenly signed several of his base autographs with an "ROY '55" notation. Score was supposed to sign 55 purple-bordered Memorable Moments parallels (see below) with the notation.
  • A Yogi Berra card signed in blue ink is rumored to exist.
  • In 2004, a Fleer released an autographed Derek Jeter card done in the style of 2000 Greats of the Game. Over time, this card has been accepted by master set collectors as being part of the 2000 GotG Autographs set -- despite the fact that Jeter (or any other active player) did not appear in the 2000 GotG base set. The card was made available as a replacement for autograph exchange cards of other players that Fleer could not fulfill (lucky, them). Only 150 copies of this Jeter card were produced; however, the card is not serial-numbered. This card is NOT to be confused with a similar looking Jeter autographed card that was part of the 2001 Fleer Derek Jeter Legacy Collection. That card -- which has the same photograph as the 2004-issued card, has the Legacy Collection logo on the reverse side and a 2001 copyright date.
  • Following Stan Musial's death in 2013, his marketing company "Stan the Man, Inc." released "Player Sample" signed versions of his card. (Apparently, Fleer gave each signer a number of un-signed copies of their card to do with as they wished.) All cards were slabbed by BGS -- which notated their Stan the Man provenance on the slab's label -- and sold on the secondary market. While the card looks identical to Musial's pack-issued card, all the Player Sample examples were signed in blue ink as opposed to the normal black ink.
  • In 2014, Robert Edward Auctions sold a complete set including a Dave Concepcion red ink, a Herb Score "ROY '55" base autograph, and the Derek Jeter redemption card for $3851

Luis Aparicio

Hank Bauer

Don Baylor

Johnny Bench SP

Yogi Berra SP

Vida Blue

Bert Blyleven

Bobby Bonds

Lou Boudreau

Jim Bouton

Clete Boyer

George Brett SP

Lou Brock

Jim Bunning

Rod Carew

Steve Carlton

Joe Carter SP

Orlando Cepeda

Ron Cey

Rocky Colavito

Dave Concepcion

Dave Concepcion Red Ink

Cecil Cooper

Andre Dawson

Dom DiMaggio

Bobby Doerr

Darrell Evans

Bob Feller

Whitey Ford SP

Phil Garner

Bob Gibson

Kirk Gibson

Dick Groat

Ron Guidry

Tommy Henrich SP

Frank Howard

Reggie Jackson SP

Fergie Jenkins

Derek Jeter released in 2004 150

Tommy John

Davey Johnson

Jim Kaat

Al Kaline

George Kell

Ralph Kiner

Don Larsen

Mickey Lolich

Juan Marichal

Eddie Mathews

Don Mattingly SP

Bill Mazeroski

Willie McCovey SP

Hal McRae

Paul Molitor

Jack Morris

Dale Murphy

Stan Musial SP

Ben Oglivie

Tony Oliva

Jim Palmer SP

Dave Parker

Joe Pepitone

Gaylord Perry

Boog Powell

Kirby Puckett SP

Willie Randolph

Jim Rice

Dave Righetti

Phil Rizzuto SP

Brooks Robinson

Preacher Roe

Nolan Ryan

Mike Schmidt SP

Red Schoendienst

Herb Score

Herb Score ROY '55 notation

Tom Seaver

Moose Skowron

Enos Slaughter

Lee Smith

Ozzie Smith SP

Duke Snider SP

Warren Spahn SP

Willie Stargell

Bruce Sutter

Gorman Thomas

Alan Trammell

Frank White

Hoyt Wilhelm

Maury Wills

Carl Yastrzemski

Robin Yount SP

Dave Winfield SP


Memorable Moments

Each Memorable Moments card is an autographed parallel of the player's regular GotG autograph and is notated by the player with one of his career achievements. Each card is hand-numbered on the reverse side to the last two digits of the achievement's year. The fronts of these cards are purple-bordered instead of gold. Please note that Herb Score signed some of his base autograph cards with the "ROY '55" notation.

Ron Guidry CY 78

Nolan Ryan HOF 99

Herb Score ROY 55

Tom Seaver CY 69


Yankees Clippings

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This insert set features 15 cards that contain pieces of game-used jerseys of legendary New York Yankee players. This set represents one of the earliest attempts by manufacturers to incorporate a theme into a memorabilia-based insert. All cards feature jerseys EXCEPT for the Mantle card which features a pair of home, pin-striped game-used pants. There are also two different Willie Randolph cards, one with the home jersey, the other with an away jersey.

Billy Martin

Dave Righetti

Dave Winfield

Don Larsen

Don Mattingly

Elston Howard

Joe Pepitone

Mel Stottlemyre

Mickey Mantle

Reggie Jackson

Ron Guidry

Thurman Munson

Tommy Henrich

Tommy John

Willie Randolph

Willie Randolph (gray)