2001 Leaf Rookies & Stars

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2001 Leaf Rookies & Stars is a 300-card set released in August, 2001. The set is divided into three 100-card subsets: 100 veterans and two, 100-card short-printed "rookie" subsets -- "Tier 1" which were seeded at the rate of 1:4/packs, and "Tier 2" which were 1:24/packs. While 2001 did have a strong rookie class (Albert Pujols, Ichiro, Mark Prior, Mark Teixeira and Travis Hafner), unfortunately, as with most 2001 products that relied on "gimmicked rookies," most of those strong RCs were placed in Tier 2 -- meaning that the odds of finding an Albert Pujols rookie in a box of 2001 Leaf Rookies & Stars were 1:100. The vast majority of Leaf Rookies & Stars's rookies either had their RCs issued in previous years, or had Major League careers of little consequence -- that is, if they even played in the Major's at all.

Each 24-pack Hobby box will yield either an autograph or a game-used card.

Distribution

Hobby boxes of 2001 Leaf Rookies and Stars contained 24 packs of 5 cards each. Overall the boxes contained 1 GU/AU per box along with 6 short printed rookies from cards 101-200 and 1 short printed rookie from 201-300. That means your chances are 1:100 to pull an Albert Pujols rookie card from a box. These boxes still sell for $75-$100 on EBay and even higher elsewhere.

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Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 300 - ? ?
short set 100 - ? ?
Tier 1 Rookies 100 - 1:4 1:4
Tier 2 Rookies 100 - 1:24 1:24
Longevity short set 100 50 ? ?
Longevity Rookies 200 25 ? ?
Dress for Success 25 - 1:96 1:96
Dress for Success Prime Cuts 25 50 ? ?
Slideshow 30 100 ? ?
Slideshow View Master 30 25 ? ?
Freshman Orientation 25 - 1:96 1:96
Freshman Orientation Class Officers 25 50 ? ?
Statistical Standouts 25 - 1:96 1:96
Statistical Standouts Super 25 50 ? ?
Players Collection 12 100 ? ?
Players Collection Quad 3 25 ? ?
Great American Treasures 20 varies 1:1120 1:1152
Triple Threads 10 100 ? ?
Autographs 76 - ? ?
Dress for Success Autographs 10 - ? ?
Slideshow Autographs 12 - ? ?
Freshman Orientation Autographs 21 100 ? ?
Statistical Standouts Autographs 10 - ? ?
Players Collection Autographs 3 - ? ?
Great American Treasures Autographs 4 - ? ?

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Promos

Two different sample sets were also released by DLP to hobby shops as a preview to the set. These cards are relatively rare with the Gold version being much more difficult to locate. Note that only cards 1-100 are included in the sample sets, no Pujols to chase in this group. The card fronts are identical to the base card fronts. The word "Sample" is stamped on the card back.

Base Set

Cards 101-200 were inserted at 1:4 and cards 201-300 were inserted at 1:24 packs (1 per box). This means you literally have a 1:100 shot per box of pulling the Pujols rookie.

A number of these cards had uncorrected errors, where the statistical header on the back of the card was swapped between pitchers and hitters. Did you know that Greg Maddux hit 200 doubles in 2000? Neither did I!

1 Alex Rodriguez

2 Derek Jeter

3 Aramis Ramirez

4 Cliff Floyd

5 Nomar Garciaparra

6 Craig Biggio

7 Ivan Rodriguez

8 Cal Ripken

9 Fred McGriff

10 Chipper Jones

11 Roberto Alomar

12 Moises Alou

13 Freddy Garcia

14 Bobby Abreu

15 Shawn Green

16 Jason Giambi

17 Todd Helton

18 Robert Fick

19 Tony Gwynn

20 Luis Gonzalez

21 Sean Casey

22 Roger Clemens UER - Batting Stat Headers

23 Brian Giles

24 Manny Ramirez

25 Barry Bonds

26 Richard Hidalgo

27 Vladimir Guerrero

28 Kevin Brown

29 Mike Sweeney

30 Ken Griffey Jr.

31 Mike Piazza

32 Richie Sexson

33 Matt Morris

34 Jorge Posada

35 Eric Chavez

36 Mark Buehrle

37 Jeff Bagwell

38 Curt Schilling

39 Bartolo Colon

40 Mark Quinn

41 Tony Clark

42 Brad Radke

43 Gary Sheffield

44 Doug Mientkiewicz

45 Pedro Martinez

46 Carlos Lee

47 Troy Glaus

48 Preston Wilson

49 Phil Nevin

50 Chan Ho Park

51 Randy Johnson

52 Jermaine Dye

53 Terrence Long

54 Joe Mays

55 Scott Rolen

56 Miguel Tejada

57 Jim Thome

58 Jose Vidro

59 Gabe Kapler

60 Darin Erstad

61 Jim Edmonds

62 Jarrod Washburn

63 Tom Glavine UER - Batting Stat Headers

64 Adrian Beltre

65 Sammy Sosa

66 Juan Gonzalez

67 Rafael Furcal

68 Mike Mussina

69 Mark McGwire

70 Ryan Klesko

71 Raul Mondesi

72 Trot Nixon

73 Barry Larkin

74 Rafael Palmeiro

75 Mark Mulder

76 Carlos Delgado

77 Mike Hampton

78 Carl Everett

79 Paul Konerko

80 Larry Walker

81 Kerry Wood

82 Frank Thomas

83 Andruw Jones

84 Eric Milton

85 Ben Grieve

86 Carlos Beltran

87 Tim Hudson

88 Hideo Nomo

89 Greg Maddux UER - Batting Stat Headers

90 Edgar Martinez

91 Lance Berkman

92 Pat Burrell

93 Jeff Kent

94 Magglio Ordonez

95 Cristian Guzman

96 Jose Canseco

97 J.D. Drew

98 Bernie Williams

99 Kazuhiro Sasaki

100 Rickey Henderson

Short-Printed Rookies (Tier 1)

101 Wilson Guzman RC

102 Nick Neugebauer

103 Lance Davis RC

104 Felipe Lopez

105 Toby Hall

106 Jack Cust

107 Jason Karnuth RC

108 Bart Miadich RC

109 Brian Roberts RC

110 Brandon Larson RC

111 Sean Douglass RC

112 Joe Crede

113 Tim Redding

114 Adam Johnson

115 Marcus Giles

116 Jose Ortiz

117 Jose Mieses RC

118 Nick Maness RC

119 Les Walrond RC

120 Travis Phelps RC

121 Troy Mattes RC

122 Carlos Garcia RC

123 Bill Ortega RC

124 Gene Altman RC

125 Nate Frese RC

126 Alfonso Soriano

127 Jose Nunez RC

128 Bob File RC

129 Dan Wright

130 Nick Johnson

131 Brent Abernathy

132 Steve Green RC

133 Billy Sylvester RC

134 Scott MacRae RC

135 Kris Keller RC

136 Scott Stewart RC

137 Henry Mateo RC

138 Timo Perez

139 Nate Teut RC

140 Jason Michaels RC

141 Junior Spivey RC

142 Carlos Pena

143 Wilmy Caceres RC

144 David Lundquist

145 Jack Wilson RC

146 Jeremy Fikac RC

147 Alex Escobar

148 Abraham Nunez

149 Xavier Nady

150 Michael Cuddyer

151 Greg Miller RC

152 Eric Munson

153 Aubrey Huff

154 Tim Christman RC

155 Erick Almonte RC

156 Mike Penney RC

157 Delvin James RC

158 Ben Sheets

159 Jason Hart

160 Jose Acevedo RC

161 Will Ohman RC

162 Erik Hiljus RC

163 Juan Moreno RC

164 Mike Koplove RC

165 Pedro Santana RC

166 Jimmy Rollins

167 Matt White RC

168 Cesar Crespo RC

169 Carlos Hernandez

170 Chris George

171 Brad Voyles RC

172 Luis Pineda RC

173 Carlos Zambrano

174 Nate Cornejo

175 Jason Smith RC

176 Craig Monroe RC

177 Cody Ransom RC

178 John Grabow RC

179 Pedro Feliz

180 Jeremy Owens RC

181 Kurt Ainsworth

182 Luis Lopez

183 Stubby Clapp RC

184 Ryan Freel RC

185 Duaner Sanchez RC

186 Jason Jennings

187 Kyle Lohse RC

188 Jerrod Riggan RC

189 Joe Beimel RC

190 Nick Punto RC

191 Willie Harris RC

192 Ryan Jensen RC

193 Adam Pettyjohn RC

194 Donaldo Mendez RC

195 Bret Prinz RC

196 Paul Phillips RC

197 Brian Lawrence RC

198 Cesar Izturis

199 Blaine Neal RC

200 Josh Fogg RC

Short-Printed Rookies (Tier 2)

201 Josh Towers RC

202 Tim Spooneybarger RC

203 Michael Rivera RC

204 Juan Cruz RC

205 Albert Pujols RC

206 Josh Beckett

207 Roy Oswalt

208 Elpidio Guzman RC

209 Horacio Ramirez RC

210 Corey Patterson

211 Geronimo Gil RC

212 Jay Gibbons RC

213 Orlando Woodards RC

214 David Espinosa

215 Angel Berroa RC

216 Brandon Duckworth RC

217 Brian Reith RC

218 David Brous RC

219 Bud Smith RC

220 Ramon Vazquez RC

221 Mark Teixeira RC

222 Justin Atchley RC

223 Tony Cogan RC

224 Grant Balfour RC

225 Ricardo Rodriguez RC

226 Brian Rogers RC

227 Adam Dunn

228 Wilson Betemit RC

229 Juan Diaz RC

230 Jackson Melian RC

231 Claudio Vargas RC

232 Wilkin Ruan RC

233 Justin Duchscherer RC

234 Kevin Olsen RC

235 Tony Fiore RC

236 Jeremy Affeldt RC

237 Mike Maroth RC

238 C.C. Sabathia

239 Cory Aldridge RC

240 Zach Day RC

241 Brett Jodie RC

242 Winston Abreu RC

243 Travis Hafner RC

244 Joe Kennedy RC

245 Rick Bauer RC

246 Mike Young

247 Ken Vining RC

248 Doug Nickle RC

249 Pablo Ozuna

250 Dustan Mohr RC

251 Ichiro Suzuki RC

252 Ryan Drese RC

253 Morgan Ensberg RC

254 George Perez RC

255 Roy Smith RC

256 Juan Uribe RC

257 Dewon Brazelton RC

258 Endy Chavez RC

259 Kris Foster RC

260 Eric Knott RC

261 Corky Miller RC

262 Larry Bigbie

263 Andres Torres RC

264 Adrian Hernandez RC

265 Johnny Estrada RC

266 David Williams RC

267 Steve Lomasney

268 Victor Zambrano RC

269 Keith Ginter

270 Casey Fossum RC

271 Josue Perez RC

272 Josh Phelps

273 Mark Prior RC

274 Brandon Berger RC

275 Scott Podsednik RC

276 Jorge Julio RC

277 Esix Snead RC

278 Brandon Knight RC

279 Saul Rivera RC

280 Benito Baez RC

281 Rob MacKowiak RC

282 Eric Hinske RC

283 Juan Rivera

284 Kevin Joseph RC

285 Juan A. Pena RC

286 Brandon Lyon RC

287 Adam Everett

288 Eric Valent

289 Ken Harvey

290 Bert Snow RC

291 Wily Mo Pena

292 Rafael Soriano RC

293 Carlos Valderrama RC

294 Christian Parker RC

295 Tsuyoshi Shinjo RC

296 Martin Vargas RC

297 Luke Hudson RC

298 Dee Brown

299 Alexis Gomez RC

300 Angel Santos RC

Parallels

A foil parallel set called the Longetivity set was also randomly inserted into packs. Cards 1-100 have 50 serial numbered sets and cards 101-300 have only 25 serial numbered sets.

Autographs & Game-Used

Autographs

A partial parallel set of 2001 Leaf Rookies and Stars. These cards feature sticker autographs of the player on the card. The cards are not serial numbered but have stated print runs between 50 - 250 copies per card. Most of the 76 players featured in the set had forgettable careers. The Pujols is far and away the most valuable card in the set. But the Travis Hafner, Mark Teixeira, Mark Prior and even to a lesser extent the Roy Oswalt cards also are sought after by collectors on the secondary market.

107 Jason Karnuth 250

110 Brandon Larson 100

117 Jose Mieses 250

118 Nick Maness 250

119 Les Walrond 250

122 Carlos Garcia 250

123 Bill Ortega 250

124 Gene Altman 250

125 Nate Frese 250

130 Nick Johnson 100

133 Billy Sylvester 250

135 Kris Keller 250

139 Nate Teut 250

140 Jason Michaels 250

143 Wilmy Caceres 250

145 Jack Wilson 100

151 Greg Miller 250

155 Erick Almonte 250

156 Mike Penney 250

157 Delvin James 250

161 Will Ohman 250

167 Matt White 250

180 Jeremy Owens 250

184 Ryan Freel 250

185 Duaner Sanchez 250

193 Adam Pettyjohn 100

194 Donaldo Mendez 100

196 Paul Phillips 250

197 Brian Lawrence 100

199 Blaine Neal 250

201 Josh Towers 100

203 Michael Rivera 250

204 Juan Cruz 100

205 Albert Pujols 50

207 Roy Oswalt 50

208 Elpidio Guzman 100

209 Horacio Ramirez 250

210 Corey Patterson 50

211 Geronimo Gil 250

212 Jay Gibbons 100

213 Orlando Woodards 250

215 Angel Berroa 100

216 Brandon Duckworth 100

218 David Brous 250

219 Bud Smith 50

221 Mark Teixeira 100

223 Tony Cogan 250

225 Ricardo Rodriguez 250

226 Brian Rogers 250

227 Adam Dunn 50

228 Wilson Betemit 100

231 Claudio Vargas 250

232 Wilkin Ruan 250

234 Kevin Olsen 250

236 Jeremy Affeldt 250

237 Mike Maroth 250

238 C.C. Sabathia 50

239 Cory Aldridge 250

240 Zach Day 250

243 Travis Hafner 250

244 Joe Kennedy 100

254 George Perez 250

256 Juan Uribe 250

257 Dewon Brazelton 100

261 Corky Miller 100

263 Andres Torres 100

265 Johnny Estrada 100

266 David Williams 250

270 Casey Fossum 250

273 Mark Prior 100

274 Brandon Berger 250

277 Esix Snead 250

282 Eric Hinske 250

292 Rafael Soriano 250

293 Carlos Valderrama 250

299 Alexis Gomez 250

Dress for Success

This insert set featured a game used jersey swatch and bat chip from some of the games biggest stars in 2001. The base set was inserted 1:96 (overall game used/autograph rate of 1 per box). None of these cards will have prime jersey pieces unless they are part of the Prime Cuts parallel set.

A parallel set featuring prime jersey swatches along with the bat chips were also inserted into packs. These cards were serial numbered to 50 sets. They also feature the words "Prime Cuts" on the front of the card.

Additionally some of the Dress for Success cards were also autographed (sticker) by the player featured on the card. Note- if an autographed version of the card exists, it is noted in the checklist below.

DFS-01 Cal Ripken

DFS-02 Mike Piazza

DFS-03 Barry Bonds

DFS-04 Frank Thomas

DFS-05 Nomar Garciaparra

DFS-06 Richie Sexson AUTO

DFS-07 Brian Giles AUTO

DFS-08 Todd Helton AUTO

DFS-09 Ivan Rodriguez

DFS-10 Andruw Jones

DFS-11 Juan Gonzalez

DFS-12 Vladimir Guerrero AUTO

DFS-13 Greg Maddux AUTO

DFS-14 Tony Gwynn

DFS-15 Randy Johnson

DFS-16 Jeff Bagwell AUTO

DFS-17 Kerry Wood AUTO

DFS-18 Roberto Alomar

DFS-19 Chipper Jones AUTO

DFS-20 Pedro Martinez

DFS-21 Shawn Green AUTO

DFS-22 Magglio Ordonez

DFS-23 Darin Erstad

DFS-24 Rafael Palmeiro

DFS-25 Edgar Martinez AUTO

Freshman Orientation

These cards showcase young players who are getting oriented into the major leagues. The cards featured game used memorabilia from the players including bat chips as well as pant, jersey and cap swatches. The cards were inserted at a rate of 1:96 packs. The Dunn, Pujols and Gibbons cards were short printed. None of these the regular Freshmen Orientation cards have prime pieces of jersey - only the Officers parallel set had prime pieces.

Additionally a Class Officers set also paralleled the main set and were printed to 50 serial numbered copies per card. The Officers set featured prime pieces of jersey. You can see the words "Class Officers" just to the left of the players name in the bottom right of the front of the card.

Also a group (21 out of 25) of the Freshmen Orientation cards were also autographed by the player. These sticker autographed cards were serial numbered to 100. The short printed autos are very rare, the Pujols sells for over $1000.

FO-1 Adam Dunn Bat AU SP

FO-2 Josh Towers Pants AU SP

FO-3 Vernon Wells Jsy

FO-4 Corey Patterson Pants AU SP

FO-5 Albert Pujols Bat AU SP

FO-6 Ben Sheets Jsy AU SP

FO-7 Pedro Feliz Bat AU

FO-8 Keith Ginter Bat AU

FO-9 Luis Rivas Bat AU

FO-10 Andres Torres Bat AU

FO-11 Carlos Valderrama Jsy AU

FO-12 Brandon Inge Jsy

FO-13 Jay Gibbons Cap AU

FO-14 Cesar Izturis Bat AU

FO-15 Marcus Giles Jsy AU

FO-16 Tsuyoshi Shinjo Jsy AU

FO-17 Eric Valent Bat AU

FO-18 David Espinosa Bat AU

FO-19 Aubrey Huff Jsy AU

FO-20 Wilmy Caceres Jsy AU

FO-21 Bud Smith Jsy AU SP

FO-22 Ricardo Rodriguez Pants AU

FO-23 Wes Helms Jsy AU

FO-24 Jason Hart Bat AU

FO-25 Dee Brown Jsy AU

Great American Treasures

These cards were some of the controversial from 2001. DLP took the next step, not just any game used memorabilia, but specific game used memorabilia. Collectors were a little shocked, it was one thing to cut up a Greg Maddux Jersey or a Frank Thomas bat, but another thing altogether to cut up a ball from the game Roger Maris hit his 61st home run. These cards are highly sought after by player collectors and game used collectors as the cards feature memorabilia from important moments in each of the players' careers.

These cards were inserted at a stated odds of 1:1,120 hobby and 1:1,152 retail. Cards are not serial numbered but have a stated print run from Donruss.

GT1 Barry Bonds Giants 517 HR Jsy 50

GT2 Magglio Ordonez White Sox HR Bat 200

GT3 Derek Jeter Yankees 1st Game Ball 25

GT4 Nolan Ryan Rangers 7th No-Hit Ball 25

GT5 Sammy Sosa Cubs June HR Ball 25

GT6 Tom Glavine Braves 96 WS Jsy 100

GT7 Ivan Rodriguez Rangers 99 MVP Bat 200

GT8 Pedro Martinez Red Sox 300 K Ball 25

GT9 Mark McGwire Cardinals 60 HR Ball 25

GT10 Ted Williams Red Sox 517 HR Ball 25

GT11 Ryne Sandberg Cubs 91 AS Bat 200

GT12 Barry Bonds Giants 500 HR Ball 25

GT13 Hideo Nomo Red Sox No-Hit Ball 25

GT14 Roger Maris Yankees 61 HR Ball 25

GT15 Ty Cobb Tigers 09 WS Ball 25

GT16 Harmon Killebrew Senators 570 HR Bat 50

GT17 Magglio Ordonez White Sox 00 AS Cap 100

GT18 Wade Boggs Red Sox WS Bat 200

GT19 Hank Aaron Braves 755 HR Cap 25

GT20 David Cone Yankees Perfect Game Ball 25

Players Collection

CalRipken, TonyGwynn and BarryBonds were the featured players in this set, with 5 game used cards per player. Each player had a bat, shoe, pant and jersey card each serial numbered to 100 copies. Also a quad card featuring all four game used pieces that was serial numbered to 25 copies per card.

PC-1 (Gwynn Bat), PC-6 (Ripken Jersey) and PC-7 (Ripken Bat) also had an autographed version that is extremely rare.

Slideshow

A revival of the Slideshow inserts from the mid-1990s, these cards feature game used jersey pieces of some of the games top players. The cards were randomly inserted into packs at 1:96 packs for the base level Slideshow cards. A number of the Slideshow are recorded as short prints in the Beckett Price Guide and are stated to have 100 copies per card.

View Master

The View Master Slideshow parallels are one of the more innovative sets in 2001, the first jumbo swatch cards ever produced. The jersey piece could be pulled out of the card revealing a much larger swatch than just what was framed in the card. This set paralleled all 30 cards in the Slideshow insert set.

Slideshow Autographs

Additionally some of the Slideshow cards also had autographed stickers placed on the cards. These cards are extremely rare and are not priced in the price guide, but generally sell for $100 for the low end players and $500-$700 (or more!) for the Pujols. Only 12 of the 30 cards have an autographed version and are noted in the checklist below. Below is a picture of the Sean Casey from this set.

Number Name Team SP? Auto?
S-1 Cal Ripken Orioles No No
S-2 Chipper Jones Braves Yes Yes
S-3 Jeff Bagwell Astros No No
S-4 Larry Walker Rockies No No
S-5 Greg Maddux Braves Yes Yes
S-6 Ivan Rodriguez Rangers No No
S-7 Andruw Jones Braves Yes Yes
S-8 Lance Berkman Astros Yes Yes
S-9 Luis Gonzalez Diamondbacks Yes Yes
S-10 Tony Gwynn Padres No No
S-11 Troy Glaus Angels Yes Yes
S-12 Todd Helton Rockies No No
S-13 Roberto Alomar White Sox No No
S-14 Barry Bonds Giants No No
S-15 Vladimir Guerrero Expos Yes Yes
S-16 Sean Casey Reds Yes Yes
S-17 Curt Schilling Diamondbacks Yes Yes
S-18 Frank Thomas White Sox No No
S-19 Pedro Martinez Red Sox No No
S-20 Juan Gonzalez Indians No No
S-21 Randy Johnson Diamondbacks No No
S-22 Kerry Wood Cubs Yes Yes
S-23 Mike Sweeney Royals No No
S-24 Magglio Ordonez White Sox No No
S-25 Kazuhiro Sasaki Mariners No No
S-26 Manny Ramirez Red Sox No No
S-27 Roger Clemens Yankees No No
S-28 Albert Pujols Cardinals Yes Yes
S-29 Hideo Nomo Red Sox No No
S-30 Miguel Tejada A's Yes Yes

Statistical Standouts

Triple Threads

The most highly sought after inserts in the 2001 Rookies and Stars set (after the Pujols autographs) are the Triple Thread inserts. These cards feature three game used jersey pieces from three different players who played together on the same team, either at the same time or at different points in the history of the franchise. Each card is serial numbered to 100 copies.

TT3 is a triple of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Yogi Berra and is highly sought after by collectors on the secondary market.

Number Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Team
TT-01 Pedro Martinez Manny Ramirez Nomar Red Sox
TT-02 Frank Robinson Cal Ripken Brooks Robinson Orioles
TT-03 Yogi Berra Lou Gehrig Babe Ruth Yankees
TT-04 Andre Dawson Ryne Sandberg Ernie Banks Cubs
TT-05 Warren Spahn Hank Aaron Eddie Mathews Braves
TT-06 Greg Maddux Chipper Jones Andruw Jones Braves
TT-07 Nolan Ryan Ivan Rodriguez Juan Gonzalez Rangers
TT-08 Lance Berkman Jeff Bagwell Craig Biggio Astros
TT-09 Rod Carew Harmon Killebrew Kirby Puckett Twins
TT-10 Luis Gonzalez Curt Schilling Randy Johnson D-Backs
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