Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Always Be Collecting: 2000 Fleer Tradition

2000 Fleer Tradition

Base Set: 450 cards + 50 Glossy exclusive "Prospects"
  • Dividends: 15 cards (1:6)
  • Grasskickers: 15 cards (1:30)
  • Hall's Well: 15 cards (1:30)
  • Ripken Collection: 10 cards (1:30)
  • Ten-4: 10 cards (1:18)
  • Who to Watch: 15 cards (1:3)
  • Fresh Ink: 37 Autographs (1:144, hobby exclusive)
  • Glossy Lumberjacks: 45 Bat Cards (one-per-Glossy Set, production varies from 30 to 809 copies)
Packaging: 36 pack, 10-card Hobby and retail waxboxes; Glossy factory sets.
Notable Cards: Ripken Collection inserts, Glossy Rookies.
Other Notes:
  • The product that single-handedly kicked off the "retro" themed craze of the 2000s.
  • Lauded as the best product of 2000.
  • Base set is a dead-ringer for 1954 Topps.
  • Cards printed on "shoebox gray" stock without any foil stamping or glossy coating.
  • 10,000 serial numbered "Glossy" factory sets produced. Each set included five of 50 Glossy exclusive Prospects (each card serial numbered to 1000) and a Lumberjack bat card.
  • Lumberjacks, the first game used element in Fleer/Fleer Tradition.
Full Set: $50 (NmMT)
Full Glossy Set (factory): $60 (NmMT)

2000 Fleer Tradition Update

Base Set: 149 cards
Autogamers: Mickey Mantle game jersey (1:80 sets)
Notable Cards: Johan Santana and Barry Zito RCs
Other Notes:
  • Card #50 (believed to be C.C. Sabathia) was pulled from the set after he was taken off the Indians 40-man roster.
Full Set (factory): $25 (NmMT)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is one of the reasons I briefly started collecting again in 2000. I love the retro stuff, but even it is still too expensive. No gloss, no gold, and it's MORE expensive than base? Ludicrous.