2001 eTopps

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Description

2001 eTopps (stylized with a small "e" and a capital "T") was issued beginning in September, 2001. eTopps was distributed and marketed directly to the collectors via the internet with cards initially offered for sale exclusively at the eTopps website (www.eTopps.com).

Starting in late September, every week for about three months Topps released IPO's (aka Initial Player Offerings) on a handful of new eTopps cards. Eventually 75 2001 eTopps baseball cards were available. A pre-determined number of "shares" were given for each player based upon Topps estimation of player popularity (e.g. they offered 10,000 Ichiro I.P.O.'s and only 4000 for Rafael Furcal) at a price per card ranging from $3.50 to $9.50 per card - again based on perceived popularity. The one week IPO period was the only time these cards were ever offered for sale by Topps and Topps would only printed the exact amount of cards that were ordered during that window of time. Thus, even though Topps had offered 4000 shares of Jeff Bagwell, only 485 copies were ordered -- thus that’s all they printed.

Collectors then had the option to have their cards held by Topps whereby they could automatically trade them to other collectors (much like one would buy and sell stocks) on the eTopps "floor" on thepit.com (which Topps spent $5.7 million to acquire), a special section of eBay created for this product, or have the card mailed to them.

However, most collectors never fully accepted the "virtual trading card" concept and most I.P.O.'s didn't come close to selling out.

In January, 2012, Topps suspended the eTopps program; however, collectors will still be able to sell and trade the cards on eBay and the eTopps website, and still have their cards delivered to them for a nominal fee.

With the values of most eTopps cards not worth the shipping and handling fees, all eTopps cards that were produced, but never delivered, remain in a warehouse in Delaware.

Checklist

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NOTES

  • Topps initially planned on issuing 150 eTopps cards in 2001, but only made half that amount. Therefore, the set is skip-numbered.
  • The production figures listed below were announced by Topps shortly after each card's I.P.O., but each card is NOT serial-numbered.

1 Nomar Garciaparra 1315

2 Chipper Jones 674

3 Jeff Bagwell 485

4 Randy Johnson 1499

7 Adam Dunn 4197

8 J.D. Drew 767

9 Larry Walker 420

10 Edgardo Alfonzo 338

11 Lance Berkman 595

12 Tony Gwynn 828

13 Andruw Jones 908

15 Troy Glaus 862

17 Sammy Sosa 2487

21 Darin Erstad 664

22 Barry Bonds 1567

27 Derek Jeter 1041

29 Curt Schilling 2125

30 Roberto Alomar 448

31 Luis Gonzalez 1104

32 Jimmy Rollins 1307

34 Joe Crede 1050

39 Sean Casey 537

46 Alex Rodriguez 2212

47 Tom Glavine 437

50 Jose Ortiz 738

51 Cal Ripken, Jr. 2201

52 Bob Abreu 677

55 Alex Escobar 931

56 Ivan Rodriguez 698

59 Jeff Kent 452

62 Rick Ankiel 752

65 Craig Biggio 410

66 Carlos Delgado 398

68 Greg Maddux 1031

69 Kerry Wood 1056

71 Todd Helton 978

72 Mariano Rivera 824

73 Jason Kendall 672

75 Scott Rolen 498

76 Kazuhiro Sasaki 5000

77 Roy Oswalt 915

78 C.C. Sabathia 1974

83 Brian Giles 400

87 Rafael Furcal 646

88 Mike Mussina 793

89 Gary Sheffield 359

92 Mark McGwire 2908

94 Tsuyoshi Shinjo 3000

99 Jose Vidro 443

100 Ichiro Suzuki 10000

105 Manny Ramirez 1074

109 Juan Gonzalez 558

112 Ken Griffey, Jr. 2398

114 Tim Hudson 663

115 Nick Johnson 1217

118 Jason Giambi 897

122 Rafael Palmeiro 464

124 Vladimir Guerrero 854

125 Vernon Wells 349

127 Roger Clemens 1462

128 Frank Thomas 834

129 Carlos Beltran 489

130 Pat Burrell 1253

131 Pedro Martinez 1038

132 Mike Piazza 1379

135 Luis Montanez 5000

140 Sean Burroughs 5000

141 Barry Zito 843

142 Bobby Bradley 5000

143 Albert Pujols 5000

144 Ben Sheets 1713

145 Alfonso Soriano 1699

146 Josh Hamilton 5000

147 Eric Munson 5000

150 Mark Mulder 4335