2001 Donruss Classics

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Description

2001 Donruss Classics is a 198-card set. It is best known for being one of the first products that successfully combined current players and rookies with retired Hall of Famers, and its "Minibox" packaging.

Each 18-pack Hobby box came packaged as two, nine-pack miniboxes. Each minibox should yield two serial-numbered base cards, one game-used memorabilia card, and either a second memorabilia card or an autograph.

The base set consists of a 100 card short set, 50 Rookies each serial-numbered to 585 copies, and 48 Legends all numbered to 1755. Cards #162 (Sandy Koufax) and #185 (Robin Roberts) were supposed to be removed from the final product due to licensing issues (Upper Deck had signed Koufax to an exclusive contract), but some Koufax and Roberts cards did make their way into packs. The set is considered complete without either.

Distribution

  • Hobby: Two nine-pack miniboxes per box, 6 cards per pack (MSRP: $11.99).
  • Retail Blasters: Eight packs per box (MSRP: $19.99), three cards per pack.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 198 - ? ?
short set 100 - 6:1 3:1
Rookies 50 585 1:18 ?
Legends 48 1755 1:6 ?
Timeless Tributes 198 100 ? ?
Benchmarks 25 - 1:18 1:72
Stadium Stars 25 - 1:18 1:72
Legendary Lumberjacks 50 - 1:18 1:72
Timeless Treasures 5 - 1:420 1:1680
Combos Singles 30 100 ? ?
Combos Doubles 15 50 ? ?
Significant Signatures 83 - 1:18 ?
Benchmarks Autographs 9 25 ? ?
Stadium Stars Autographs 8 25 ? ?
Legendary Lumberjacks Autographed 26 25 ? ?

Checklist

Base Set

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The base set is a 198 card set. The first 100 cards are veteran major league baseball players. Cards 101-200 were short printed. Cards 101-150 (Rookies) are serial numbered to 585. Cards 151-198 (Legends) are serial numbered to 1755.

1 Alex Rodriguez

2 Barry Bonds

3 Cal Ripken, Jr.

4 Chipper Jones

5 Derek Jeter

6 Troy Glaus

7 Frank Thomas

8 Greg Maddux

9 Ivan Rodriguez

10 Jeff Bagwell

11 Cliff Floyd

12 Todd Helton

13 Ken Griffey, Jr.

14 Manny Ramirez

15 Mark McGwire

16 Mike Piazza

17 Nomar Garciaparra

18 Pedro Martinez

19 Randy Johnson

20 Rick Ankiel

21 Rickey Henderson

22 Roger Clemens

23 Sammy Sosa

24 Tony Gwynn

25 Vladimir Guerrero

26 Kazuhiro Sasaki

27 Roberto Alomar

28 Barry Zito

29 Pat Burrell

30 Harold Baines

31 Carlos Delgado

32 J.D. Drew

33 Jim Edmonds

34 Darin Erstad

35 Jason Giambi

36 Tom Glavine

37 Juan Gonzalez

38 Mark Grace

39 Shawn Green

40 Tim Hudson

41 Andruw Jones

42 Jeff Kent

43 Barry Larkin

44 Rafael Furcal

45 Mike Mussina

46 Hideo Nomo

47 Rafael Palmeiro

48 Scott Rolen

49 Gary Sheffield

50 Bernie Williams

51 Bob Abreu

52 Edgardo Alfonzo

53 Edgar Martinez

54 Magglio Ordonez

55 Kerry Wood

56 Adrian Beltre

57 Lance Berkman

58 Kevin Brown

59 Sean Casey

60 Eric Chavez

61 Bartolo Colon

62 Johnny Damon

63 Jermaine Dye

64 Juan Encarnacion

65 Carl Everett

66 Brian Giles

67 Mike Hampton

68 Richard Hidalgo

69 Geoff Jenkins

70 Jacque Jones

71 Jason Kendall

72 Ryan Klesko

73 Chan Ho Park

74 Richie Sexson

75 Mike Sweeney

76 Fernando Tatis

77 Miguel Tejada

78 Jose Vidro

79 Larry Walker

80 Preston Wilson

81 Craig Biggio

82 Fred McGriff

83 Jim Thome

84 Garret Anderson

85 Russell Branyan

86 Tony Batista

87 Terrence Long

88 Brad Fullmer

89 Rusty Greer

90 Orlando Hernandez

91 Gabe Kapler

92 Paul Konerko

93 Carlos Lee

94 Kenny Lofton

95 Raul Mondesi

96 Jorge Posada

97 Tim Salmon

98 Greg Vaughn

99 Mo Vaughn

100 Omar Vizquel


Rookies

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Each Rookie is serial-numbered to 585 copies.

101 Aubrey Huff

102 Jimmy Rollins

103 Cory Aldridge RC

104 Wilmy Caceres RC*

105 Josh Beckett

106 Wilson Betemit RC

107 Timo Perez

108 Albert Pujols RC

109 Bud Smith RC

110 Jack Wilson RC

111 Alex Escobar

112 Johnny Estrada RC

113 Pedro Feliz

114 Nate Frese RC*

115 Carlos Garcia RC*

116 Brandon Larson RC

117 Alexis Gomez RC

118 Jason Hart

119 Adam Dunn

120 Marcus Giles

121 Christian Parker RC

122 Jackson Melian RC*

123 Endy Chavez RC

124 Adrian Hernandez RC

125 Joe Kennedy RC

126 Jose Mieses RC*

127 C.C. Sabathia

128 Eric Munson

129 Xavier Nady

130 Horacio Ramirez RC

131 Abraham Nunez

132 Jose Ortiz

133 Jeremy Owens RC*

134 Claudio Vargas RC

135 Corey Patterson

136 Andres Torres RC

137 Ben Sheets

138 Joe Crede

139 Adam Pettyjohn RC

140 Elpidio Guzman RC*

141 Jay Gibbons RC

142 Wilkin Ruan RC

143 Tsuyoshi Shinjo RC

144 Alfonso Soriano

145 Nick Johnson

146 Ichiro Suzuki RC

147 Juan Uribe RC

148 Jack Cust

149 Carlos Valderrama RC

150 Matt White RC*


Legends

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Each Legend is serial-numbered to 1755 copies.

NOTES:

  • It is currently believed that card #162 does not exist.
  • According to this blog entry, card #185 of Robin Roberts does exist, however they are rare as they were pulled from production due to a licensing issue.

151 Hank Aaron

152 Ernie Banks

153 Johnny Bench

154 George Brett

155 Lou Brock

156 Rod Carew

157 Steve Carlton

158 Bob Feller

159 Bob Gibson

160 Reggie Jackson

161 Al Kaline

162 Sandy Koufax

163 Don Mattingly

164 Willie Mays

165 Willie McCovey

166 Joe Morgan

167 Stan Musial

168 Jim Palmer

169 Brooks Robinson

170 Frank Robinson

171 Nolan Ryan

172 Mike Schmidt

173 Tom Seaver

174 Warren Spahn

175 Robin Yount

176 Wade Boggs

177 Ty Cobb

178 Lou Gehrig

179 Luis Aparicio

180 Babe Ruth

181 Ryne Sandberg

182 Yogi Berra

183 Roberto Clemente

184 Eddie Murray

185 Robin Roberts

186 Duke Snider

187 Orlando Cepeda

188 Billy Williams

189 Juan Marichal

190 Harmon Killebrew

191 Kirby Puckett

192 Carlton Fisk

193 Dave Winfield

194 Whitey Ford

195 Paul Molitor

196 Tony Perez

197 Ozzie Smith

198 Ralph Kiner

199 Fergie Jenkins

200 Phil Rizzuto


Parallels

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The main parallel set is called Timeless Tributes. It parallels the entire 198 card set and each card is serial numbered to 100 copies. The cards were randomly inserted into all packs. It is currently believed that no copies of Timeless Tributes exist for #162 and #185.

Chicago Collection

Collectors who opened a sealed box of 2001 Donruss Classics at Donruss-Playoff's corporate booth at the March, 2002 Chicago Sun-Times cardshow would receive a "Chicago Collection" parallel. Chicago Collection parallels the 100 card short set, which each card serial-numbered to five and having a unique foil stamp.

Autographs & Game-Used

2001 Donruss Classics hobby boxes were among the most prolific boxes in terms of game used insert cards of any baseball card set up until that point with at least 3 game used cards and 1 autographed card per 18 pack hobby box. Many of the high end inserts were issued as exchange cards that could be redeemed until September 10, 2003.

Benchmarks

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The 24-card set was inserted 1:18 hobby and 1:72 retail packs. Each card features a piece of a dugout bench from the recently-demolished Three Rivers Stadium.

NOTE: Cards BM-11, BM-19, and BM-24 all packed out as exchange cards which expired September 10th, 2003. Both BM-11 (Willie Stargell) and BM-24 (Hank Aaron) are very rare but it is believed that card BM-19 -- rumored to have been Sandy Koufax -- does not exist.

BM1 Todd Helton

BM2 Roberto Clemente

BM3 Mark McGwire

BM4 Barry Bonds

BM5 Bob Gibson

BM6 Ken Griffey, Jr.

BM7 Frank Robinson

BM8 Greg Maddux

BM9 Reggie Jackson

BM10 Sammy Sosa

BM11 Willie Stargell

BM12 Vladimir Guerrero

BM13 Johnny Bench

BM14 Tony Gwynn

BM15 Mike Schmidt

BM16 Ivan Rodriguez

BM17 Jeff Bagwell

BM18 Cal Ripken, Jr.

BM19

BM20 Kirby Puckett

BM21 Frank Thomas

BM22 Joe Morgan

BM23 Mike Piazza

BM24 Hank Aaron

BM25 Andruw Jones


Autographs

Each Benchmarks Autographs packed out as redemptions which expired September 10th, 2003. All cards are serial-numbered to 25 copies.

BM5 Bob Gibson

BM7 Frank Robinson

BM9 Reggie Jackson

BM12 Vladimir Guerrero

BM13 Johnny Bench

BM15 Mike Schmidt

BM20 Kirby Puckett

BM22 Joe Morgan

BM25 Andruw Jones


Legendary Lumberjacks

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These game used bat cards were inserted into 2001 Donruss Classics at a rate of 1:18 Hobby packs and 1:72 retail packs. None of the cards are serial numbered, however Donruss did release print runs for the cards that were short printed. Additionally some of the cards were available only as exchange cards and are noted as such in the checklist below.

This set features some of the first game used memorabilia pieces of Hack Wilson, Rogers Hornsby, Nellie Fox, Jimmie Foxx, Ty Cobb and Lou Gehrig. Overall the checklist of players is fairly extensive (39 of the 50 players are in the Hall of Fame) but with the low print runs of the Gehrig and Ruth cards along with the fact that several of the cards were only available as exchange cards, completing this set can be quite challenging.

LL1 Hack Wilson

LL2 Chipper Jones

LL3 Roger Hornsby

LL4 Nellie Fox

LL5 Ivan Rodriguez

LL6 Jimmy Foxx

LL7 Hank Aaron

LL8 Yogi Berra

LL9 Ernie Banks

LL10 George Brett

LL11 Ty Cobb

LL12 Roberto Clemente

LL13 Carlton Fisk

LL14 Reggie Jackson

LL15 Al Kaline

LL16 Harmon Killebrew

LL17 Ralph Kiner

LL18 Roger Maris

LL19 Eddie Mathews

LL20 Ted Williams

LL21 Willie McCovey

LL22 Eddie Murray

LL23 Joe Morgan

LL24 Frank Robinson

LL25 Tony Perez

LL26 Mike Schmidt

LL27 Ryne Sandberg

LL28 Duke Snider

LL29 Willie Stargell

LL30 Billy Williams

LL31 Dave Winfield

LL32 Robin Yount

LL33 Barry Bonds

LL34 Stan Musial

LL35 Johnny Bench

LL36 Orlando Cepeda

LL37 Todd Helton

LL38 Frank Thomas

LL39 Juan Gonzalez

LL40 Cal Ripken, Jr.

LL41 Rafael Palmeiro

LL42 Troy Glaus

LL43 Vladimir Guerrero

LL44 Paul Molitor

LL45 Tony Gwynn

LL46 Rod Carew

LL47 Lou Brock

LL48 Wade Boggs

LL49 Babe Ruth

LL50 Lou Gehrig


Autographs

Each Legendary Lumberjacks Autograph packed out as a redemption which expired September 10th, 2003. All cards are serial-numbered to 25 copies.

LL7 Hank Aaron

LL8 Yogi Berra

LL9 Ernie Banks

LL10 George Brett

LL13 Carlton Fisk

LL14 Reggie Jackson

LL15 Al Kaline

LL16 Harmon Killebrew

LL17 Ralph Kiner

LL21 Willie McCovey

LL22 Eddie Murray

LL23 Joe Morgan

LL24 Frank Robinson

LL25 Tony Perez

LL26 Mike Schmidt

LL27 Ryne Sandberg

LL28 Duke Snider

LL30 Billy Williams

LL31 Dave Winfield

LL32 Robin Yount

LL34 Stan Musial

LL35 Johnny Bench

LL36 Orlando Cepeda

LL44 Paul Molitor

LL47 Lou Brock

LL48 Wade Boggs


Stadium Stars

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The 24-card set was inserted 1:18 hobby and 1:72 retail packs. Each card features a piece of a seat from a demolished stadium the player once played in. Overall, the set is very similar to the Benchmarks set, just with a slightly different checklist and smaller wood chip swatches.

NOTE: The Honus Wagner card SS-16 was inserted as an exchange card which expired September 10th, 2003.

SS1 Babe Ruth

SS2 Cal Ripken, Jr.

SS3 Brooks Robinson

SS4 Tony Gwynn

SS5 Ty Cobb

SS6 Vladimir Guerrero

SS7 Lou Gehrig

SS8 Nomar Garciaparra

SS9 Sammy Sosa

SS10 Reggie Jackson

SS11 Alex Rodriguez

SS12 Derek Jeter

SS13 Willie McCovey

SS14 Mark McGwire

SS15 Chipper Jones

SS16 Honus Wagner

SS17 Ken Griffey, Jr.

SS18 Frank Robinson

SS19 Barry Bonds

SS20 Yogi Berra

SS21 Mike Piazza

SS22 Roger Clemens

SS23 Duke Snider

SS24 Frank Thomas

SS25 Andruw Jones


Autographs

Each Stadium Stars Autograph packed out as a redemption which expired September 10th, 2003. All cards are serial-numbered to 25 copies.

SS3 Brooks Robinson

SS6 Vladimir Guerrero

SS10 Reggie Jackson

SS11 Alex Rodriguez

SS13 Willie McCovey

SS18 Frank Robinson

SS20 Yogi Berra

SS23 Duke Snider


Timeless Treasures

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Each Timeless Treasures card features a piece of game-used memorabilia that is dated to a specific game the player participated in.

TT1 Mark McGwire

TT2 Babe Ruth

TT3 Harmon Killebrew

TT4 Derek Jeter

TT5 Barry Bonds


Combos

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Each single-player Combo card is serial-numbered to 100 copies; while dual-player Combos are numbered to 50.

1 Roberto Clemente

2 Willie Stargell

3 Babe Ruth

4 Lou Gehrig

5 Hank Aaron

6 Eddie Mathews

7 Johnny Bench

8 Joe Morgan

9 Robin Yount

10 Paul Molitor

11 Steve Carlton

12 Mike Schmidt

13 Stan Musial

14 Lou Brock

15 Yogi Berra

16 Phil Rizzuto

17 Ernie Banks

18 Billy Williams

19 Don Mattingly

20 Wade Boggs

21 Jackie Robinson

22 Duke Snider

23 Frank Robinson

24 Brooks Robinson

25 Orlando Cepeda

26 Willie McCovey

27 Ryne Sandberg

28 Andre Dawson

29 Harmon Killebrew

30 Rod Carew

31 Roberto Clemente / Willie Stargell

32 Babe Ruth / Lou Gehrig

33 Hank Aaron / Eddie Mathews

34 Johnny Bench / Joe Morgan

35 Robin Yount / Paul Molitor

36 Steve Carlton / Mike Schmidt

37 Stan Musial / Lou Brock

38 Yogi Berra / Phil Rizzuto

39 Ernie Banks / Bernie Williams

40 Don Mattingly / Wade Boggs

41 Jackie Robinson / Duke Snider

42 Brooks Robinson / Frank Robinson

43 Orlando Cepeda / Willie McCovey

44 Andre Dawson / Ryne Sandberg

45 Harmon Killebrew / Rod Carew


Autograph

Each Combos Autograph packed out as a redemption which expired September 10th, 2003. All single-player cards are serial-numbered to fifteen copies; while dual-player cards were numbered to ten.

CC11 Steve Carlton

CC12 Mike Schmidt

CC17 Ernie Banks

CC18 Billy Williams

CC23 Frank Robinson

CC24 Brooks Robinson

CC36 Steve Carlton / Mike Schmidt

CC39 Ernie Banks / Bernie Williams

CC40 Don Mattingly / Wade Boggs

CC42 Brooks Robinson / Frank Robinson


Significant Signatures

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83 of the short-printed base cards are paralleled in this set. The stated odds were 1:18 packs or approximately 1 per hobby box. Cards numbered 101-150 have sticker autographs while cards numbered 151-200 are hand signed. A very large number of these cards were inserted as exchange cards which expired September 10th, 2003.

NOTES:

  • Although these cards have the familiar "BANG" graphic on the reverse side, none of these cards are serial-numbered.
  • Redemptions for #162 Sandy Koufax were switched for a card of Nolan Ryan in an Astros uniform after no agreement could be reached with Koufax.
  • Similarly Ron Santo was substituted for #185 Robin Roberts.

101 Aubrey Huff

103 Cory Aldridge

105 Josh Beckett

106 Wilson Betemit

107 Timo Perez

108 Albert Pujols

110 Jack Wilson

111 Alex Escobar

112 Johnny Estrada

113 Pedro Feliz

114 Nate Frese

115 Carlos Garcia

116 Brandon Larson

118 Jason Hart

119 Adam Dunn

120 Marcus Giles

121 Christian Parker

126 Jose Mieses

127 C.C. Sabathia

129 Xavier Nady

130 Horacio Ramirez

131 Abraham Nunez

132 Jose Ortiz

133 Jeremy Owens

134 Claudio Vargas

135 Corey Patterson

136 Andres Torres

137 Ben Sheets

138 Joe Crede

139 Adam Pettyjohn

140 Elpidio Guzman

141 Jay Gibbons

142 Wilkin Ruan

144 Alfonso Soriano

145 Nick Johnson

147 Juan Uribe

149 Carlos Valderrama

151 Hank Aaron

152 Ernie Banks

153 Johnny Bench

154 George Brett

155 Lou Brock

156 Rod Carew

157 Steve Carlton

158 Bob Feller

159 Bob Gibson

160 Reggie Jackson

161 Al Kaline

162 Nolan Ryan

163 Don Mattingly

164 Willie Mays

165 Willie McCovey

166 Joe Morgan

167 Stan Musial

168 Jim Palmer

169 Brooks Robinson

170 Frank Robinson

171 Nolan Ryan

172 Mike Schmidt

173 Tom Seaver

174 Warren Spahn

175 Robin Yount

176 Wade Boggs

179 Luis Aparicio

181 Ryne Sandberg

182 Yogi Berra

184 Eddie Murray

185 Ron Santo

186 Duke Snider

187 Orlando Cepeda

188 Billy Williams

189 Juan Marichal

190 Harmon Killebrew

191 Kirby Puckett

192 Carlton Fisk

193 Dave Winfield

194 Whitey Ford

195 Paul Molitor

196 Tony Perez

197 Ozzie Smith

198 Ralph Kiner

199 Fergie Jenkins

200 Phil Rizzuto