2001 Greats of the Game

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Description

2001 Greats of the Game is a 137-card set released by Fleer in March, 2001. Like the previous year's set, the set focuses on retired players, and each 24-pack Hobby box will yield three on-card autographs. A stripped-down version of the product was also released to retail outlets, with only one autograph per 20-pack box.

The set is also notable for featuring some of the first officially-licensed cards Negro League players. At the time, Fleer had a license with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Distribution

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

Retail: 20 packs per box, five cards per pack (MSRP: $2.99).

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 137 - 5:1 5:1
Retrospection 10 - 1:6 1:6
Dodger Blues 15 - 1:36 N/A
Feel the Game Classics 24 - 1:72 1:400
Autographs 93 - 1:8 1:20

Checklist

Promos

Beginning with the February, 2001 issue of Sports Cards Magazine, and continuing for the next five months, Fleer included a six-card promo sheet done in the style of the 2000 Greats of the Game set.

It should be noted that, whereas the Greats of the Game brand focused on retired players, all of the players included in this promo set were active at the time of printing.


Base Set

1 Roberto Clemente

2 George Anderson

3 Babe Ruth

4 Paul Molitor

5 Don Larsen

6 Cy Young

7 Billy Martin

8 Lou Brock

9 Fred Lynn

10 Johnny VanderMeer

11 Harmon Killebrew

12 Dave Winfield

13 Orlando Cepeda

14 Johnny Mize

15 Walter Johnson

16 Roy Campanella

17 Monte Irvin

18 Mookie Wilson

19 Elston Howard

20 Walter Alston

21 Rollie Fingers

22 Brooks Robinson

23 Hank Greenberg

24 Maury Wills

25 Rich Gossage

26 Leon Day

27 Jimmy Foxx

28 Alan Trammell

29 Dennis Martinez

30 Don Drysdale

31 Bob Feller

32 Jackie Robinson

33 Whitey Ford

34 Enos Slaughter

35 Rod Carew

36 Eddie Mathews

37 Ron Cey

38 Thurman Munson

39 Henry Kimbro

40 Ty Cobb

41 Rocky Colavito

42 Satchel Paige

43 Andre Dawson

44 Phil Rizzuto

45 Roger Maris

46 Bobby Bonds

47 Joe Carter

48 Christy Mathewson

49 Tony Lazzeri

50 Gil Hodges

51 Ray Dandridge

52 Gaylord Perry

53 Ernie Banks

54 Lou Gehrig

55 George Kell

56 Wes Parker

57 Sam Jethroe

58 Joe Morgan

59 Steve Garvey

60 Joe Torre

61 Roger Craig

62 Warren Spahn

63 Willie McCovey

64 James Bell

65 Frank Robinson

66 Richie Allen

67 Bucky Dent

68 George Foster

69 Hoyt Wilhelm

70 Phil Niekro

71 Buck Leonard

72 Preacher Roe

73 Yogi Berra

74 Joe Black

75 Nolan Ryan

76 Pop Lloyd

77 Lester Lockett

78 Paul Blair

79 Ryne Sandberg

80 Bill Perkins

81 Frank Howard

82 Hack Wilson

83 Robin Yount

84 Harry Heilmann

85 Mike Schmidt

86 Vida Blue

87 George Brett

88 Juan Marichal

89 Tom Seaver

90 Bill Skowron

91 Don Mattingly

92 Jim Bunning

93 Eddie Murray

94 Tom Lasorda

95 Pee Wee Reese

96 Bill Dickey

97 Ozzie Smith

98 Dale Murphy

99 Artie Wilson

100 Bill Terry

101 Jim Hunter

102 Don Sutton

103 Luis Aparicio

104 Reggie Jackson

105 Ted Radcliffe

106 Carl Erskine

107 Johnny Bench

108 Carl Furillo

109 Stan Musial

110 Carlton Fisk

111 Rube Foster

112 Tony Oliva

113 Hank Bauer

114 Jim Rice

115 Willie Mays

116 Ralph Kiner

117 Al Kaline

118 Billy Williams

119 Buck O'Neil

120 Tony Perez

121 Dave Parker

122 Kirk Gibson

123 Lou Piniella

124 Ted Williams

125 Steve Carlton

126 Dizzy Dean

127 Willie Stargell

128 Joe Niekro

129 Lloyd Waner

130 Wade Boggs

131 Wilmer Fields

132 Bill Mazeroski

133 Duke Snider

134 Joe Williams

135 Bob Gibson

136 Jim Palmer

137 Oscar Charleston


Inserts

Retrospection

RC1 Babe Ruth

RC2 Stan Musial

RC3 Jimmy Foxx

RC4 Roberto Clemente

RC5 Ted Williams

RC6 Mike Schmidt

RC7 Cy Young

RC8 Satchel Paige

RC9 Hank Greenberg

RC10 Jim Bunning


Autographs & Game-Used

Dodger Blues

Based on the popular "Yankee Clippings" insert from the previous year's product, Dodger Blues is exclusive to Hobby packs.

1 Walter Alston JSY

2 Walter Alston UNI

3 Roy Campanella BAT SP

4 Roger Craig JSY

5 Don Drysdale JSY

6 Carl Furillo JSY

7 Steve Garvey JSY

8 Gil Hodges UNI

9 Wes Parker BAT

10 Wes Parker JSY

11 Pee Wee Reese JSY

12 Jackie Robinson UNI SP

13 Preacher Roe JSY

14 Duke Snider BAT SP

15 Don Sutton JSY


Feel the Game Classics

1 Luis Aparicio BAT 200

2 George Brett JSY 300

3 Lou Brock JSY

4 Orlando Cepeda BAT 300

5 Whitey Ford JSY

6 Hank Greenberg BAT 300

7 Elston Howard BAT 300

8 Catfish Hunter JSY

9 Harmon Killebrew BAT

10 Roger Maris BAT

11 Eddie Mathews BAT

12 Willie McCovey BAT 200

13 Johnny Mize BAT

14 Paul Molitor JSY

15 Jim Palmer JSY

16 Tony Perez BAT

17 Brooks Robinson BAT 144

18 Babe Ruth BAT 250

19 Mike Schmidt JSY

20 Tom Seaver JSY

21 Enos Slaughter BAT 300

22 Willie Stargell JSY

23 Hack Wilson BAT

24 Harry Heilmann BAT


Autographs

This is a 94-card autographed partial-parallel of the base set. Some of the autographs packed out as redemptions, all of which expired March 1st, 2002, and are denoted in the checklist below. One of those cards that packed out as an exchange card was Willie Stargell who died before he was able to sign his cards. Fleer would fulfill Stargell's redemption with various other autographs. For other players, some but not all, of their autographs did pack out. Those players who have both live autographs and redemptions are indicated below.

NOTES

  • Paul Blair accidentally signed his name twice on some cards.
  • Bill Mazeroski's card has the logo of the Negro League Baltimore Elite Giants on the back.

Richie Allen

Sparky Anderson

Luis Aparicio EXCH

Ernie Banks 250

Hank Bauer

Johnny Bench 400

Yogi Berra 500

Joe Black

Paul Blair (Double-Signed)

Paul Blair

Vida Blue

Wade Boggs

Bobby Bonds

George Brett 247

Lou Brock 500

Jim Bunning SOME EXCH

Rod Carew

Steve Carlton

Joe Carter

Orlando Cepeda

Ron Cey SOME EXCH

Rocky Colavito

Roger Craig

Andre Dawson

Bucky Dent

Carl Erskine

Bob Feller

Wilmer Fields

Rollie Fingers SOME EXCH

Carlton Fisk SOME EXCH

Whitey Ford

George Foster

Steve Garvey 400

Bob Gibson

Kirk Gibson

Rich Gossage

Frank Howard

Monte Irvin

Reggie Jackson 400

Sam Jethroe EXCH

Al Kaline

George Kell

Harmon Killebrew SOME EXCH

Ralph Kiner

Don Larsen

Tommy Lasorda EXCH 400

Lester Lockett

Fred Lynn

Juan Marichal EXCH

Dennis Martinez

Don Mattingly

Willie Mays EXCH 100

Bill Mazeroski UER

Willie McCovey

Paul Molitor

Joe Morgan

Dale Murphy

Eddie Murray 140

Stan Musial 525

Joe Niekro

Phil Niekro

Tony Oliva

Buck O'Neil

Jim Palmer 600

Dave Parker

Tony Perez

Gaylord Perry SOME EXCH

Lou Pinella

Ted Radcliffe

Jim Rice

Phil Rizzuto EXCH 425

Brooks Robinson SOME EXCH

Frank Robinson

Preacher Roe

Nolan Ryan 650

Ryne Sandberg

Mike Schmidt 213

Tom Seaver

Bill Skowron

Enos Slaughter

Ozzie Smith

Duke Snider 600

Warren Spahn

Willie Stargell EXCH NO AU

Don Sutton

Joe Torre 500

Alan Trammell

Hoyt Wilhelm

Billy Williams

Maury Wills

Artie Wilson

Mookie Wilson

Dave Winfield 370

Robin Yount 400