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