2001 Topps Gallery

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2001 Topps Gallery hobby box

Description

2001 Topps Gallery is a 151 card, all-painted, set issued in April 2001. The set consists of a 100-card short set (Cards #1-49 and #51-#101). Cards #102-#141 make up a Prospects and Rookies subset with Prospects issued one every 2.5 packs and rookies 1:3.5 packs. Cards #142-#150 were issued one every five packs.

The only prominent rookie in the set (that was included in packs) was Albert Pujols.

Willie Mays #50

Before the product's release, Topps announced that Willie Mays's card (#50 in the set) would not be available in packs. Instead, the card was given away as part of a promotion with Topps's Home Team Advantage (HTA) Hobby stores. In order to get the missing Mays card, which shows Mays in a posed shot holding a bat on his shoulder, collectors had to show a complete 149-card Topps Gallery set to their participating HTA dealer, who would then make the collector's set "complete" by issuing them their missing Mays card. Collectors had until October 24, 2001, to complete their sets and receive their Mays card.

However, in a move that was not announced until after the product's release, randomly seeded into retail packs of 2001 Topps Gallery was a completely different Willie Mays card, also sequentially-numbered as #50. This card, which shows a "head-and-shoulders" portrait, was printed in roughly the same quantities as the other "Legends" short-prints (cards #142-#150).

Due to the fact that many HTA dealers sold their Mays allocations on eBay rather than participate in Topps's promotion, and that not much retail wax was produced, the retail Mays is believed to be scarcer than the HTA version. A set is considered complete with either card.

Ichiro Suzuki #151

Randomly inserted into packs as a late addition, was a redemption card good for a rookie card (#151) of Ichiro Suzuki. Half of the cards were produced with English text and the other half in Japanese. A set is considered complete with either one. All Ichiro exchange cards expired June 30th, 2003.

Distribution

Hobby/Retail: 24 packs per box, six cards per pack (MSRP: $3). Eight boxes per Hobby case.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 151 - ? ?
short-set 100 - 5:1 5:1
Prospects 30 - 1:2.5 1:2.5
Rookies 20 - 1:3.5 1:3.5
Legends 9* - 1:5 1:5
Press Plates 150 four-for-each 1:1347 ?
Bucks 1 - 1:102 1:102
Heritage 10 - 1:12 1:12
Star Gallery 10 - 1:8 1:8
Autographs 6 - 1:232 ?
Heritage Game Jersey 5 - 1:133 ?
Heritage Autograph Game Jersey 2 25 1:16,313 ?
Originals Game Bat 15 - 1:133 ?
Team Topps Legends Autograph 5 - 1:286 ?

* The retail-exclusive Willie Mays #50 card was seeded alongside the Legends.

Checklist

Base Set

2001 Topps Gallery #13: Pat Burrell

1 Darin Erstad

2 Chipper Jones

3 Nomar Garciaparra

4 Fernando Vina

5 Bartolo Colon

6 Bob Higginson

7 Antonio Alfonseca

8 Mike Sweeney

9 Kevin Brown

10 Jose Vidro

11 Derek Jeter

12 Jason Giambi

13 Pat Burrell

14 Jeff Kent

15 Alex Rodriguez

16 Rafael Palmeiro

17 Garret Anderson

18 Brad Fullmer

19 Doug Glanville

20 Mark Quinn

21 Mo Vaughn

22 Andruw Jones

23 Pedro Martinez

24 Ken Griffey, Jr.

25 Roberto Alomar

26 Dean Palmer

27 Jeff Bagwell

28 Jermaine Dye

29 Chan Ho Park

30 Vladimir Guerrero

31 Bernie Williams

32 Ben Grieve

33 Jason Kendall

34 Barry Bonds

35 Jim Edmonds

36 Ivan Rodriguez

37 Javy Lopez

38 J.T. Snow

39 Erubiel Durazo

40 Terrence Long

41 Tim Salmon

42 Greg Maddux

43 Sammy Sosa

44 Sean Casey

45 Jeff Cirillo

46 Juan Gonzalez

47 Richard Hidalgo

48 Shawn Green

49 Jeromy Burnitz

50h Willie Mays SP HTA (posed w/ bat)

50r Willie Mays RETAIL (portrait)

51 Dave Justice

52 Tim Hudson

53 Brian Giles

54 Robb Nen

55 Fernando Tatis

56 Tony Batista

57 Pokey Reese

58 Ray Durham

59 Greg Vaughn

60 Kazuhiro Sasaki

61 Troy Glaus

62 Rafael Furcal

63 Magglio Ordonez

64 Jim Thome

65 Todd Helton

66 Preston Wilson

67 Moises Alou

68 Gary Sheffield

69 Geoff Jenkins

70 Mike Piazza

71 Jorge Posada

72 Bob Abreu

73 Phil Nevin

74 John Olerud

75 Mark McGwire

76 Jose Cruz

77 David Segui

78 Neifi Perez

79 Omar Vizquel

80 Rick Ankiel

81 Randy Johnson

82 Albert Belle

83 Frank Thomas

84 Manny Ramirez

85 Larry Walker

86 Luis Castillo

87 Johnny Damon

88 Adrian Beltre

89 Cristian Guzman

90 Jay Payton

91 Miguel Tejada

92 Scott Rolen

93 Ryan Klesko

94 Edgar Martinez

95 Fred McGriff

96 Carlos Delgado

97 Barry Zito

98 Mike Lieberthal

99 Trevor Hoffman

100 Gabe Kapler

101 Edgardo Alfonzo


Prospects

102 Corey Patterson

103 Alfonso Soriano

104 Keith Ginter

105 Keith Reed

106 Nick Johnson

107 Carlos Pena

108 Vernon Wells

109 Roy Oswalt

110 Alex Escobar

111 Adam Everett

112 Jimmy Rollins

113 Marcus Giles

114 Jack Cust

115 Chin-Feng Chen

116 Pablo Ozuna

117 Ben Sheets

118 Adrian Gonzalez

119 Ben Davis

120 Eric Valent

121 Scott Heard


Rookies

122 David Parrish RC*

123 Sean Burnett

124 Derek Thompson

125 Tim Christman RC

126 Mike Jacobs RC

127 Luis Montanez RC

128 Chris Bass RC*

129 Will Smith RC

130 Justin Wayne RC

131 Shawn Fagan RC*

132 Chad Petty RC

133 J.R. House

134 Joel Pineiro

135 Albert Pujols RC

136 Carmen Cali RC

137 Steve Smyth RC

138 John Lackey

139 Bob Keppel RC

140 Dominic Rich RC*

141 Josh Hamilton


Legends

142 Nolan Ryan

143 Tom Seaver

144 Reggie Jackson

145 Johnny Bench

146 Warren Spahn

147 Brooks Robinson

148 Carl Yastrzemski

149 Al Kaline

150 Bob Feller


Ichiro Suzuki Redemption Card

151a Ichiro Suzuki (English) EXCH RC

151b Ichiro Suzuki (Japan) EXCH RC

NNO Ichiro Suzuki (English)

NNO Ichiro Suzuki (Japan)


Parallels

A set of four Press Plates were randomly inserted into packs for all base cards except the Ichiro redemptions. It is unknown if plates were issued for the retail-exclusive Willie Mays card.

Inserts

Bucks

Randomly inserted into packs is a Johnny Bench card done in the style of the 1962 Topps Bucks set. For all intents and purposes, it is a $5 gift certificate good for any purchase at Topps' on-line store. The gift certificate expired November 7, 2001.

Heritage

For the third consecutive year, Topps Gallery featured an insert of 10 players done in the style of a classic Topps set; in this case 1965 Topps.

GH1 Todd Helton

GH2 Greg Maddux

GH3 Pedro Martinez

GH4 Orlando Cepeda

GH5 Willie McCovey

GH6 Ken Griffey, Jr.

GH7 Alex Rodriguez

GH8 Derek Jeter

GH9 Mark McGwire

GH10 Vladimir Guerrero


Star Gallery

SG1 Vladimir Guerrero

SG2 Alex Rodriguez

SG3 Derek Jeter

SG4 Nomar Garciaparra

SG5 Ken Griffey, Jr.

SG6 Mark McGwire

SG7 Chipper Jones

SG8 Sammy Sosa

SG9 Barry Bonds

SG10 Mike Piazza


Autographs & Game-Used

Autographs

NOTE: Rick Ankiel's autograph packed-out as an exchange card, which expired June 30, 2003.

GA-AG Adrian Gonzalez (B)

GA-AR Alex Rodriguez (A)

GA-BB Barry Bonds (A)

GA-IR Ivan Rodriguez (A)

GA-PB Pat Burrell (C)

GA-RA Rick Ankiel EXCH (C)


Heritage Game Jersey

NOTE: Randomly inserted into packs was a "Mystery Relic" exchange card. Vladimir Guerrero would ultimately be fulfilled by this card, which expired June 30, 2003.

GHR-GM Greg Maddux

GHR-OC Orlando Cepeda

GHR-PM Pedro Martinez

GHR-VG Vladimir Guerrero EXCH

GHR-WM Willie McCovey


Heritage Game Jersey Autographs

Each card is serial-numbered to 25 copies.

NOTE:Orlando Cepeda's card packed-out as an exchange card, which expired June 30, 2003.

GHRA-OC Orlando Cepeda EXCH

GHRA-WM Willie McCovey


Originals Game Bat

NOTE: Randomly inserted into packs were two "Mystery Bat" exchange cards. Jason Giambi and Sammy Sosa would ultimately be fulfilled by these cards, which expired June 30, 2003.

GR-AG Adrian Gonzalez

GR-AJ Andruw Jones

GR-BW Bernie Williams

GR-DE Darin Erstad

GR-JD Jermaine Dye

GR-JG Jason Giambi EXCH

GR-JK Jason Kendall

GR-JFK Jeff Kent

GR-PR Pokey Reese

GR-PW Preston Wilson

GR-RA Roberto Alomar

GR-RP Rafael Palmeiro

GR-RV Robin Ventura

GR-SG Shawn Green

GR-SS Sammy Sosa EXCH


Team Topps Legends Autographs

See 2001 Team Topps Legends Autographs.