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

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. It is currently believed that card #162 does not exist.

According to this collectorempire blog entry, http://collectorempire.com/2012/03/17/2001-donruss-classics-robin-roberts-185/, card #185 of Robin Roberts does exist, however they are rare as they were pulled from production due to a licensing issue.


Card# Card Name Team
1 Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers
2 Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
3 Cal Ripken Jr Baltimore Orioles
4 Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves
5 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
6 Troy Glaus Anaheim Angels
7 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox
8 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves
9 Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers
10 Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros
11 Jose Canseco Anaheim Angels
12 Todd Helton Colorado Rockies
13 Ken Griffey Jr Cincinnati Reds
14 Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
15 Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals
16 Mike Piazza New York Mets
17 Nomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox
18 Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox
19 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks
20 Rick Ankiel St. Louis Cardinals
21 Rickey Henderson San Diego Padres
22 Roger Clemens New York Yankees
23 Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs
24 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres
25 Vladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos
26 Kazuhiro Sasaki Seattle Mariners
27 Roberto Alomar Cleveland Indians
28 Barry Zito Oakland Athletics
29 Pat Burrell Philadelphia Phillies
30 Harold Baines Chicago White Sox
31 Carlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays
32 J.D. Drew St. Louis Cardinals
33 Jim Edmonds St. Louis Cardinals
34 Darin Erstad Anaheim Angels
35 Jason Giambi Oakland Athletics
36 Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves
37 Juan Gonzalez Cleveland Indians
38 Mark Grace Arizona Diamondbacks
39 Shawn Green Los Angeles Dodgers
40 Tim Hudson Oakland Athletics
41 Andruw Jones Atlanta Braves
42 Jeff Kent San Francisco Giants
43 Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds
44 Rafael Furcal Atlanta Braves
45 Mike Mussina New York Yankees
46 Hideo Nomo Boston Red Sox
47 Rafael Palmeiro Texas Rangers
48 Scott Rolen Philadelphia Phillies
49 Gary Sheffield Los Angeles Dodgers
50 Bernie Williams New York Yankees
51 Bobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies
52 Edgardo Alfonzo New York Mets
53 Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners
54 Magglio Ordonez Chicago White Sox
55 Kerry Wood Chicago Cubs
56 Adrian Beltre Los Angeles Dodgers
57 Lance Berkman Houston Astros
58 Kevin J. Brown Los Angeles Dodgers
59 Sean Casey Cincinnati Reds
60 Eric Chavez Oakland Athletics
61 Bartolo Colon Cleveland Indians
62 Johnny Damon Oakland Athletics
63 Jermaine Dye Kansas City Royals
64 Juan Encarnacion Detroit Tigers
65 Carl Everett Boston Red Sox
66 Brian Giles Pittsburgh Pirates
67 Mike Hampton Colorado Rockies
68 Richard Hidalgo Houston Astros
69 Geoff Jenkins Milwaukee Brewers
70 Jacque Jones Minnesota Twins
71 Jason Kendall Pittsburgh Pirates
72 Ryan Klesko San Diego Padres
73 Chan Ho Park Los Angeles Dodgers
74 Richie Sexson Milwaukee Brewers
75 Mike Sweeney Kansas City Royals
76 Fernando Tatis Montreal Expos
77 Miguel Tejada Oakland Athletics
78 Jose Vidro Montreal Expos
79 Larry Walker Colorado Rockies
80 Preston Wilson Florida Marlins
81 Craig Biggio Houston Astros
82 Fred McGriff Tampa Bay Devil Rays
83 Jim Thome Cleveland Indians
84 Garret Anderson Anaheim Angels
85 Russell Branyan Cleveland Indians
86 Tony Batista Toronto Blue Jays
87 Terrence Long Oakland Athletics
88 Brad Fullmer Toronto Blue Jays
89 Rusty Greer Texas Rangers
90 Orlando Hernandez New York Yankees
91 Gabe Kapler Texas Rangers
92 Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox
93 Carlos Lee Chicago White Sox
94 Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians
95 Raul Mondesi Toronto Blue Jays
96 Jorge Posada New York Yankees
97 Tim Salmon Anaheim Angels
98 Greg Vaughn Tampa Bay Devil Rays
99 Mo Vaughn Anaheim Angels
100 Omar Vizquel Cleveland Indians
101 Aubrey Huff Tampa Bay Devil Rays
102 Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
103 Cory Aldridge Atlanta Braves
104 Wilmy Caceres Anaheim Angels
105 Josh Beckett Florida Marlins
106 Wilson Betemit Atlanta Braves
107 Timo Perez New York Mets
108 Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals
109 Bud Smith St. Louis Cardinals
110 Jack Wilson Pittsburgh Pirates
111 Alex Escobar New York Mets
112 Johnny Estrada Philadelphia Phillies
113 Pedro Feliz San Francisco Giants
114 Nate Frese Chicago Cubs
115 Carlos Garcia Los Angeles Dodgers
116 Brandon Larson Cincinnati Reds
117 Alexis Gomez Kansas City Royals
118 Jason Hart Oakland Athletics
119 Adam Dunn Cincinnati Reds
120 Marcus Giles Atlanta Braves
121 Christian Parker New York Yankees
122 Jackson Melian Cincinnati Reds
123 Endy Chavez Kansas City Royals
124 Adrian Hernandez Boston Red Sox
125 Joe Kennedy Tampa Bay Devil Rays
126 Jose Mieses Milwaukee Brewers
127 C.C. Sabathia Cleveland Indians
128 Eric Munson Detroit Tigers
129 Xavier Nady San Diego Padres
130 Horacio Ramirez Atlanta Braves
131 Abraham Nunez Florida Marlins
132 Jose Ortiz Oakland Athletics
133 Jeremy Owens San Diego Padres
134 Claudio Vargas Florida Marlins
135 Corey Patterson Chicago Cubs
136 Andres Torres Detroit Tigers
137 Ben Sheets Milwaukee Brewers
138 Joe Crede Chicago White Sox
139 Adam Pettyjohn Detroit Tigers
140 Elpidio Guzman Anaheim Angels
141 Jay Gibbons Baltimore Orioles
142 Wilken Ruan Montreal Expos
143 Tsuyoshi Shinjo New York Mets
144 Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees
145 Nick Johnson New York Yankees
146 Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners
147 Juan Uribe Colorado Rockies
148 Jack Cust Arizona Diamondbacks
149 Carlos Valderrama San Francisco Giants
150 Matt White Tampa Bay Devil Rays
151 Henry Aaron Atlanta Braves
152 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs
153 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
154 George Brett Kansas City Royals
155 Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals
156 Rod Carew Minnesota Twins
157 Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies
158 Bob Feller Cleveland Indians
159 Bob Gibson St. Louis Browns
160 Reggie Jackson New York Yankees
161 Al Kaline Detroit Tigers
162
163 Don Mattingly New York Yankees
164 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants
165 Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants
166 Joe L. Morgan Cincinnati Reds
167 Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals
168 Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles
169 Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
170 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles
171 Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers
172 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
173 Tom Seaver New York Mets
174 Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves
175 Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers
176 Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox
177 Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers
178 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees
179 Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox
180 Babe Ruth New York Yankees
181 Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs
182 Yogi Berra New York Yankees
183 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
184 Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles
185
186 Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers
187 Orlando Cepeda San Francisco Giants
188 Billy Williams Chicago Cubs
189 Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants
190 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins
191 Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins
192 Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox
193 Dave Winfield San Diego Padres
194 Whitey Ford New York Yankees
195 Paul Molitor Milwaukee Brewers
196 Tony Perez Cincinnati Reds
197 Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals
198 Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates
199 Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs
200 Phil Rizzuto New York Yankees

Parallels

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

The 24-card set was inserted 1:18 hobby and 1:72 retail packs. Each card features a wood chip from a dugout bench from a major league stadium. BM-11 Willie Stargell, BM-19, and BM-24 Hank Aaron were all packed out as exchange cards. Both BM-11 and BM-24 are very rare but it is believed that card BM-19 does not exist. The set was also partially paralleled with 9 autographed cards. The autographs were all packed out as exchange cards and a total of 25 sets were printed (according to Donruss).

  • AU = Autographed parallel
Card# Card Name Team AU
BM-1 Todd Helton Colorado Rockies
BM-2 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
BM-3 Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals
BM-4 Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
BM-5 Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals AU
BM-6 Ken Griffey Jr Cincinnati Reds
BM-7 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles AU
BM-8 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves
BM-9 Reggie Jackson New York Yankees AU
BM-10 Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs
BM-11 Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates
BM-12 Vladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos AU
BM-13 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
BM-14 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres
BM-15 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies AU
BM-16 Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers
BM-17 Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros
BM-18 Cal Ripken Jr Baltimore Orioles
BM-19
BM-20 Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins AU
BM-21 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox
BM-22 Joe L. Morgan Cincinnati Reds AU
BM-23 Mike Piazza New York Mets
BM-24 Henry Aaron Atlanta Braves
BM-25 Andruw Jones Atlanta Braves AU

Price Report

  • Apirl 2010 (from eBay)
    • Johnny Bench - $7
    • Barry Bonds - $5

Combos

Price Report

  • Apirl 2010 (from eBay)
    • Babe Ruth $250

Legendary Lumberjacks

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.

It should also be noted that some of the short printed cards do not carry a price in the Beckett OPG, typically these are the least rare of the short prints (Ripken, Mathews, etc). They typically sell for $10-$20.

Card# Card Name Team Print Run
LL-1 Hack Wilson Chicago Cubs 244
LL-2 Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves
LL-3 Rogers Hornsby St. Louis Cardinals 301
LL-4 Nellie Fox 300
LL-5 Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers
LL-6 Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Athletics 300
LL-7 Henry Aaron Milwaukee Braves
LL-8 Yogi Berra New York Yankees
LL-9 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs 300
LL-10 George Brett Kansas City Royals
LL-11 Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers 100
LL-12 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates 100
LL-13 Carlton Fisk Chicago White Sox
LL-14 Reggie Jackson New York Yankees
LL-15 Al Kaline Detroit Tigers
LL-16 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins
LL-17 Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates
LL-18 Roger Maris New York Yankees 275
LL-19 Eddie Mathews Milwaukee Braves 400
LL-20 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 300
LL-21 Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants
LL-22 Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles
LL-23 Joe L. Morgan Cincinnati Reds
LL-24 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles
LL-25 Tony Perez Cincinnati Reds
LL-26 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
LL-27 Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs
LL-28 Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers
LL-29
LL-30 Billy Williams Chicago Cubs
LL-31 Dave Winfield New York Yankees
LL-32 Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers
LL-33 Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
LL-34 Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals 300
LL-35 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
LL-36 Orlando Cepeda San Francisco Giants
LL-37 Todd Helton Colorado Rockies
LL-38 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox
LL-39 Juan Gonzalez Texas Rangers
LL-40
LL-41 Rafael Palmeiro Texas Rangers
LL-42 Troy Glaus Anaheim Angels
LL-43
LL-44 Paul Molitor Milwaukee Brewers 400
LL-45 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres
LL-46 Rod Carew Minnesota Twins
LL-47 Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals
LL-48 Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox
LL-49 Babe Ruth New York Yankees 60
LL-50 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees 100

Price Report

  • May 2009 (from eBay)
    • Babe Ruth card - $165.00
    • Mike Schmidt - $6.00
    • Duke Snider - $10.00
    • Ralph Kiner - $7.50
    • Barry Bonds - $13.00 (did not sell)
  • Apirl 2010 (from eBay)
    • Wade Boggs - $5.50
    • Eddie Mathews - $13.00
    • Ty Cobb $- $75
    • George Brett - $7.50
    • Hank Aaron - $20

Stadium Stars

The 24-card set was inserted 1:18 hobby and 1:72 retail packs. Each card features a wood chip from a dugout bench from a major league stadium. Overall, the set is very similar to the Benchmarks set, just with a slightly different checklist and smaller wood chip swatches. The Honus Wagner card SS-16 was inserted as an exchange card. 8 of the cards were also paralleled with an autographed version that were inserted as exchange cards only. 25 of each autographed card was produced according to Donruss.

Price Report

  • May 2009
    • Reggie Jackson $13.00
    • Ken Griffey Jr. $13.00
    • Lou Gehrig - $22.50
  • Apirl 2010 (from eBay)
    • Ty Cobb - $25
    • Frank Robinson - $5
    • Ty Cobb - $14


Number Player Team EXCH AU
SS1 Babe Ruth Yankees SP
SS2 Cal Ripken Orioles
SS3 Brooks Robinson Orioles AU
SS4 Tony Gwynn Padres SP
SS5 Ty Cobb Tigers
SS6 Vladimir Guerrero Expos SP AU
SS7 Lou Gehrig Yankees SP
SS8 Nomar Garciaparra Red Sox
SS9 Sammy Sosa Cubs SP
SS10 Reggie Jackson Yankees SP AU
SS11 Alex Rodriguez Rangers AU
SS12 Derek Jeter Yankees
SS13 Willie McCovey Giants SP AU
SS14 Mark McGwire Cardinals
SS15 Chipper Jones Braves
SS16 Honus Wagner Pirates
SS17 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners
SS18 Frank Robinson Orioles AU
SS19 Barry Bonds Giants SP
SS20 Yogi Berra Yankees SP AU
SS21 Mike Piazza Mariners SP
SS22 Roger Clemens Yankees
SS23 Duke Snider Dodgers SP AU
SS24 Frank Thomas White Sox
SS25 Andruw Jones Braves

Significant Signatures

The other parallel set for 2001 Donruss Classics was the Significant Signatures set. 83 of the cards numbered 101-200 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. 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.

Card# Card Name Team Short Prints
101 Aubrey Huff Tampa Bay Devil Rays
103 Cory Aldridge Atlanta Braves
105 Josh Beckett Florida Marlins -SP-
106 Wilson Betemit Atlanta Braves
107 Timo Perez New York Mets
108 Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals
110 Jack Wilson Pittsburgh Pirates
111 Alex Escobar New York Mets
112 Johnny Estrada
113 Pedro Feliz San Francisco Giants
114 Nate Frese Chicago Cubs
115 Carlos Garcia Los Angeles Dodgers
116 Brandon Larson Cincinnati Reds
118 Jason Hart Oakland Athletics
119 Adam Dunn Cincinnati Reds -SP-
120 Marcus Giles Atlanta Braves
121 Christian Parker New York Yankees
126 Jose Mieses Milwaukee Brewers
127 C.C. Sabathia Cleveland Indians
129 Xavier Nady San Diego Padres
130 Horacio Ramirez Atlanta Braves
131 Abraham Nunez Florida Marlins
132 Jose Ortiz Oakland Athletics
133 Jeremy Owens San Diego Padres
134 Claudio Vargas Florida Marlins
135 Corey Patterson Chicago Cubs -SP-
136 Andres Torres Detroit Tigers
137 Ben Sheets Milwaukee Brewers -SP-
138 Joe Crede Chicago White Sox
139 Adam Pettyjohn Detroit Tigers
140 Elpidio Guzman Anaheim Angels
141 Jay Gibbons Baltimore Orioles
142 Wilken Ruan Montreal Expos
144 Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees -SP-
145 Nick Johnson New York Yankees -SP-
147 Juan Uribe Colorado Rockies
149 Carlos Valderrama San Francisco Giants
151 Henry Aaron Atlanta Braves -SP-
152 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs
153 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds -SP-
154 George Brett Kansas City Royals -SP-
155 Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals
156 Rod Carew Minnesota Twins
157 Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies
158 Bob Feller Cleveland Indians
159 Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals
160 Reggie Jackson New York Yankees -SP-
161 Al Kaline Detroit Tigers
162 Nolan Ryan New York Mets -SP-
163 Don Mattingly New York Yankees
164 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants -SP-
165 Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants
166 Joe L. Morgan Cincinnati Reds
167 Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals -SP-
168 Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles
169 Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
170 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles
171 Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers -SP-
172 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
173 Tom Seaver New York Mets
174 Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves
175 Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers -SP-
176 Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox -SP-
179 Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox
181 Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs
182 Yogi Berra New York Yankees
184 Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles
185 Ron Santo Chicago Cubs
186 Duke Snider Brooklyn Dodgers
187 Orlando Cepeda San Francisco Giants
188 Billy Williams Chicago Cubs
189 Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants
190 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins
191 Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins -SP-
192 Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox
193 Dave Winfield San Diego Padres -SP-
194 Whitey Ford New York Yankees
195 Paul Molitor Milwaukee Brewers -SP-
196 Tony Perez Cincinnati Reds
197 Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals -SP-
198 Ralph Kiner Pittsburgh Pirates
199 Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs
200 Phil Rizzuto New York Yankees

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