2001 Sweet Spot

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Description

2001 Sweet Spot was the debut of a new brand by Upper Deck. The 150-card base set was distributed in two series.

The first 90 cards were released in February as part of the Sweet Spot product, with the last 30 cards making up the Sweet Beginnings subset. Each Sweet Beginnings card is serial-numbered to 1000 copies.

Each 18-pack Hobby box will yield one Game Worn Jersey card, one Game Used Bat card, either one Sweet Spot Signature card or one Game Used Base card. Each Hobby box will also contain one Pinstripe Exclusives: Joe DiMaggio Bonus pack.

The final 60 cards were issued in December in the Upper Deck Rookie Update product, with another 30 Sweet Beginnings cards -- this time numbered to 1500.

Distribution

Hobby: 18 packs plus one, three-card Joe DiMaggio Pinstripe Exclusives pack per box, four cards per pack (MSRP: $2.99). Hobby only.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 150 - ?
short set (Sweet Spot Series) 90 - 4:1
Sweet Beginnings (Sweet Spot Series) 30 1000 ?
short set (Rookie Update Series 30 - ?
Sweet Beginnings (Rookie Update Series) 30 1500 ?
Big League Challenge 20 - 1:6
Players Party 10 - 1:12
Game Jersey 20 - 1:18
Game Bat 19 - 1:18
Game Base Level 1 16 - *
Game Base Level 2 13 50 *
Signatures 52 ? *

* Odds of finding a Game Base or Sweet Spot Signature: 1:18/packs.

Checklist

Base Set

Sweet Spot Series

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1 Troy Glaus

2 Darin Erstad

3 Jason Giambi

4 Tim Hudson

5 Ben Grieve

6 Carlos Delgado

7 David Wells

8 Greg Vaughn

9 Roberto Alomar

10 Jim Thome

11 John Olerud

12 Edgar Martinez

13 Cal Ripken, Jr.

14 Albert Belle

15 Ivan Rodriguez

16 Alex Rodriguez

17 Pedro Martinez

18 Nomar Garciaparra

19 Manny Ramirez

20 Jermaine Dye

21 Juan Gonzalez

22 Dean Palmer

23 Matt Lawton

24 Eric Milton

25 Frank Thomas

26 Magglio Ordonez

27 Derek Jeter

28 Bernie Williams

29 Roger Clemens

30 Jeff Bagwell

31 Richard Hidalgo

32 Chipper Jones

33 Greg Maddux

34 Richie Sexson

35 Jeromy Burnitz

36 Mark McGwire

37 Jim Edmonds

38 Sammy Sosa

39 Randy Johnson

40 Steve Finley

41 Gary Sheffield

42 Shawn Green

43 Vladimir Guerrero

44 Jose Vidro

45 Barry Bonds

46 Jeff Kent

47 Preston Wilson

48 Luis Castillo

49 Mike Piazza

50 Edgardo Alfonzo

51 Tony Gwynn

52 Ryan Klesko

53 Scott Rolen

54 Bob Abreu

55 Jason Kendall

56 Brian Giles

57 Ken Griffey, Jr.

58 Barry Larkin

59 Todd Helton

60 Mike Hampton UER


Sweet Beginnings

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Each Sweet Beginnings card is serial-numbered to 1000 copies.

61 Corey Patterson

62 Ichiro Suzuki RC

63 Jason Grilli

64 Brian Cole

65 Juan Pierre

66 Matt Ginter

67 Jimmy Rollins

68 Jason Smith RC

69 Israel Alcantara

70 Adam Pettyjohn RC

71 Luke Prokopec

72 Barry Zito

73 Keith Ginter

74 Sun Woo Kim

75 Ross Gload

76 Matt Wise

77 Aubrey Huff

78 Ryan Franklin

79 Brandon Inge

80 Wes Helms

81 Junior Spivey RC

82 Ryan Vogelsong

83 John Parrish

84 Joe Crede

85 Damian Rolls

86 Esix Snead RC

87 Rocky Biddle

88 Brady Clark

89 Timo Perez

90 Jay Spurgeon


Rookie Update Series

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91 Garret Anderson

92 Jermaine Dye

93 Shannon Stewart

94 Ben Grieve

95 Juan Gonzalez

96 Bret Boone

97 Tony Batista

98 Rafael Palmeiro

99 Carl Everett

100 Mike Sweeney

101 Tony Clark

102 Doug Mientkiewicz

103 Jose Canseco

104 Mike Mussina

105 Lance Berkman

106 Andruw Jones

107 Geoff Jenkins

108 Matt Morris

109 Fred McGriff

110 Luis Gonzalez

111 Kevin Brown

112 Tony Armas, Jr.

113 John Vander Wal

114 Cliff Floyd

115 Matt Lawton

116 Phil Nevin

117 Pat Burrell

118 Aramis Ramirez

119 Sean Casey

120 Larry Walker


Sweet Beginnings

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Each Sweet Beginnings Update Series card is serial-numbered to 1500 copies.

121 Albert Pujols RC

122 Johnny Estrada RC

123 Wilson Betemit RC

124 Adrian Hernandez RC

125 Morgan Ensberg RC

126 Horacio Ramirez RC

127 Josh Towers RC

128 Juan Uribe RC

129 Wilken Ruan

130 Andres Torres RC

131 Brian Lawrence RC

132 Ryan Freel RC

133 Brandon Duckworth RC

134 Juan Diaz RC

135 Rafael Soriano RC

136 Ricardo Rodriguez RC

137 Bud Smith RC

138 Mark Teixeira RC

139 Mark Prior RC

140 Jackson Melian RC*

141 Dewon Brazelton RC

142 Greg Miller RC*

143 Billy Sylvester RC*

144 Elpidio Guzman RC*

145 Jack Wilson RC

146 Jose Mieses RC*

147 Brandon Lyon RC

148 Tsuyoshi Shinjo RC

149 Juan Cruz RC

150 Jay Gibbons RC


Inserts

Big League Challenge

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BL1 Mark McGwire

BL2 Richard Hidalgo

BL3 Alex Rodriguez

BL4 Shawn Green

BL5 Frank Thomas

BL6 Chipper Jones

BL7 Rafael Palmeiro

BL8 Troy Glaus

BL9 Mike Piazza

BL10 Andruw Jones

BL11 Todd Helton

BL12 Jason Giambi

BL13 Sammy Sosa

BL14 Carlos Delgado

BL15 Barry Bonds

BL16 Jose Canseco

BL17 Jim Edmonds

BL18 Manny Ramirez

BL19 Gary Sheffield

BL20 Nomar Garciaparra


Players Party

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PP1 Derek Jeter

PP2 Randy Johnson

PP3 Frank Thomas

PP4 Nomar Garciaparra

PP5 Ken Griffey, Jr.

PP6 Carlos Delgado

PP7 Mike Piazza

PP8 Barry Bonds

PP9 Sammy Sosa

PP10 Pedro Martinez


Joe DiMaggio Pinstripe Exclusives

See 2001 Upper Deck Pinstripe Exclusives.

Autographs & Game-Used

Game Jersey

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NOTE: Despite the fact that the product was released two months before Opening Day, Sweet Spot contained what Upper Deck claimed was the first "game-used jersey" card of Ichiro Suzuki (worn in "an official Major League Baseball game", no less!) When it was pointed out that there was no way possible that Ichiro's Game Jersey card could have been from an actual Major League game, UD issued a statement that the jersey in question was worn in a 1999 Spring Training game, when Ichiro was a guest player for the Mariners.

J-AJ Andruw Jones

J-AR Alex Rodriguez

J-BB Barry Bonds

J-CJ Chipper Jones

J-CR Cal Ripken, Jr.

J-DS Duke Snider

J-FT Frank Thomas

J-IR Ivan Rodriguez

J-IS Ichiro Suzuki

J-JC Jose Canseco

J-JD Joe DiMaggio

J-KG Ken Griffey, Jr.

J-MM Mickey Mantle

J-NR Nolan Ryan

J-RC Roger Clemens

J-RC Roberto Clemente

J-RJ Randy Johnson

J-SM Stan Musial

J-SS Sammy Sosa

J-WM Willie Mays


Game Bat

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B-AJ Andruw Jones

B-AR Alex Rodriguez

B-BB Barry Bonds

B-CR Cal Ripken, Jr.

B-FT Frank Thomas

B-GS Gary Sheffield

B-HA Hank Aaron

B-IR Ivan Rodriguez

B-JC Jose Canseco

B-JD Joe DiMaggio

B-KG Ken Griffey, Jr.

B-MM Mickey Mantle

B-NR Nolan Ryan

B-RA Rick Ankiel

B-RJ Reggie Jackson

B-SM Stan Musial

B-SS Sammy Sosa

B-TC Ty Cobb

B-WM Willie Mays


Game Base

NOTE: Each Sweet Spot Game Base features a chunk of a base used in a game the player's depicted played in. Each base is game-dated.

Level 1

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B1-BD Jeff Bagwell / Jermaine Dye

B1-BH Barry Bonds / Todd Helton

B1-CP Roger Clemens / Mike Piazza

B1-GD Vladimir Guerrero / Carlos Delgado

B1-GRA Ken Griffey, Jr. / Manny Ramirez

B1-GRO Tony Gwynn / Ivan Rodriguez

B1-HG Jeffrey Hammonds / Troy Glaus

B1-JG Chipper Jones / Nomar Garciaparra

B1-JGI Randy Johnson / Jason Giambi

B1-JP Mike Piazza / Derek Jeter

B1-MG Mark McGwire / Ken Griffey, Jr.

B1-MP Mark McGwire / Timo Perez

B1-RJ Alex Rodriguez / Derek Jeter

B1-RR Scott Rolen / Cal Ripken, Jr.

B1-SR Gary Sheffield / Alex Rodriguez

B1-ST Sammy Sosa / Frank Thomas


Level 2

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Each Sweet Spot Game Base Level 2 is serial-numbered to 50 copies.

B2- STO Sammy Sosa / Frank Thomas / Magglio Ordonez

B2-BDH Jeff Bagwell / Jermaine Dye / Richard Hidalgo

B2-BHK Barry Bonds / Todd Helton / Jeff Kent

B2-GDM Vladimir Guerrero / Carlos Delgado / Raul Mondesi

B2-GRP Tony Gwynn / Ivan Rodriguez / Rafael Palmeiro

B2-GRT Ken Griffey, Jr. / Manny Ramirez / Jim Thome

B2-HGH Jeff Hammonds / Troy Glaus / Todd Helton

B2-JGC Randy Johnson / Jason Giambi / Eric Chavez

B2-JGJ Chipper Jones / Nomar Garciaparra / Andruw Jones

B2-MGE Mark McGwire / Ken Griffey, Jr. / Jim Edmonds

B2-PJW Mike Piazza / Derek Jeter / Bernie Williams

B2-RRB Scott Rolen / Cal Ripken, Jr. / Albert Belle

B2-SRM Gary Sheffield / Alex Rodriguez / Edgar Martinez


Signatures

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One of the more innovative inserts of the era, Sweet Spot Signatures are signed on a piece of leather made to look like the "sweet spot" of a baseball (red stitching and all) -- hence the name of the product. Most of these leather swatches were not from an actual baseball; however, for some of the deceased players, UD cut up a signed baseball and slapped the leather piece on a card.

NOTES

  • Upper Deck announced production figures for some of the cards shortly after the product's release; however, none of the cards are serial-numbered.
  • Roger Clemens and Willie Mays packed out as redemptions, which expired November 8th, 2001.
  • Three players (Albert Belle, Pat Burrell and Rafael Furcal) have live autographs and redemptions.
  • Forty of Joe DiMaggio's 150 cards have a "Yankee Clipper" notation.

S-AB Albert Belle PART EXCH

S-AH Art Howe

S-AJ Andruw Jones

S-AR Alex Rodriguez 154

S-AT Alan Trammell

S-BB Buddy Bell

S-BM Bill Madlock

S-BR Babe Ruth 1

S-BV Bobby Valentine

S-CB Chris Chambliss

S-CD Carlos Delgado

S-CJ Chipper Jones

S-DB Don Baylor

S-DB Dusty Baker

S-DE Darin Erstad

S-DJ Davey Johnson

S-DL Davey Lopes

S-FT Frank Thomas

S-GS Gary Sheffield

S-HM Hal McRae

S-IR Ivan Rodriguez 150

S-JB Jeff Bagwell 214

S-JC Jose Canseco

S-JD Joe DiMaggio 110

S-JDa Joe DiMaggio "Yankee Clipper" 40

S-JG Jason Giambi

S-JG Joe Garagiola

S-JR Jim Rice

S-KG Ken Griffey, Jr. 100

S-LP Lou Piniella

S-MB Milton Bradley

S-ML Mike Lamb

S-MM Mickey Mantle 10

S-MW Matt Williams

S-NR Nolan Ryan

S-PB Pat Burrell PART EACH

S-PO Paul O'Neill

S-RAI Roberto Alomar

S-RAN Rick Ankiel

S-RC Roger Clemens EXCH

S-RF Rafael Furcal PART EXCH

S-RJ Randy Johnson

S-RV Robin Ventura

S-SG Shawn Green

S-SM Stan Musial

S-SS Sammy Sosa 148

S-TC Ty Cobb 1

S-TGL Troy Glaus

S-TGW Tony Gwynn

S-TH Tim Hudson

S-TL Tony LaRussa

S-WM Willie Mays EXCH


Rookie Update Ichiro Rookie Buyback Autographs

Upper Deck bought-back four copies of Ichiro's Sweet Sport Sweet Beginnings card (#92), had Ichiro sign them, and randomly inserted them into packs of Rookie Update. Each is hand-numbered to 50 copies -- for the aggregate number of Ichiro cards UD bought back for this promotion -- and features a UD Authentic hologram.