Collecting Donruss Ichiro - 2001

DONRUSS / PLAYOFF / LEAF 2001



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Donruss 2000 Rookie #95.
    (Base card. All but a few — less than 10 — were destroyed, and those were given to selected Donruss workers. None of these are stamped with a serial number.) $500 - $750

Donruss 2000 Rookie - Career Stat Line: 182 Doubles #95.
    (All but a few — reportedly seven — were destroyed, and those were given to selected Donruss workers. Originally intended to be numbered to 182. Each lucky recipient then picked their own four-digit (i.e., date) serial number. Pictured here is one of the numbered cards: No. 6991, which is simply a meaningful date [June 9, 1991] chosen by the employee to whom this card was given. Also pictured is the only known unnumbered example of this card. The 182 doubles reflects his six-year (1994-1999) total in Japan with the Orix Blue Wave.) $750 - $1,000

Donruss 2000 Rookie - Season Stat Line: 21 Home Runs #95.
    (All but three were destroyed. One was kept by James McCay, and other two by selected Donruss workers — one of whom should have been Kimberly Ammons (see notes below). Originally intended to be numbered to 21, but none of the three surviving cards were ever numbered. The 21 home runs refers to his 1999 season in Japan with the Orix Blue Wave.) $800 - $1,200

NOTES: The above three "2000 Rookie" cards — one base and two parallels — were produced on the sly by workers at Donruss. Their production manager knew nothing about these three until they were discovered in 2001 by James McCay, Senior Manager of Customer Service and Redemptions/Replacements. Because they were unauthorized products, outside the scope of their license (and apparently conflicting with Upper Deck's license), McCay, with Kimberly Ammons, personally destroyed all but just few of each.

Rumors of another Season Stat Line parallel have been heard; however, McCay is absolutely positive that only the three listed above exist!

Since Ichiro was not a Major League Rookie until 2001, he obviously could not have been included in any MLB 2000 series — and he was not. This "2000" series did not come out until 2001. When first released, exchange card No. 95 was Ben Sheets, of the Milwaukee Brewers. In May or June, the above three Ichiro cards, all using No. 95, were discovered.

Donruss Classics - Timeless Tributes #146.
    (100 numbered cards made.) $350 - $450

Donruss Classics #146.
    (585 numbered cards made.) $100 - $200

Donruss Classics #146.
    (No card number and edition size (i.e., ###/585) is shown, Area where those numbers should appear is blank.) $300 - $400

Donruss Classics #146. Error Card.
    (Incorrectly numbered "013/535." Should read 013/585; however, because of the mistake there is no 013/585 card — only 013/535! This is the only one in the run with this type error. Who says 13 is not a lucky number?) $500 - $600

Donruss Elite Turn of the Century Die-Cut #195.
   (1000 numbered cards made; however, this listing is only for numbers 0001 through 0100.) $250 - $350

Donruss Elite #195.
   (1000 numbered cards made; however, this listing is only for numbers 0101 through 1000.) $150 - $200

Donruss Elite Aspirations Die-Cut #195.
    (49 numbered cards made. Edition number is 100 minus player's jersey number. 100 - 51 = 49.) $900 - $1,200

Donruss Elite Aspirations Die-Cut #195. Error Card.
    (Should be numbered to 49, but edition number is missing.) $1,000 - $1,500

Donruss Elite Status Gold Die-Cut #195.
    (51 numbered cards made. Edition number matches player's jersey number.) $800 - $1,100

Donruss Elite Status Die-Cut #195. Error Card.
    (Should be numbered to 51, but edition number is missing.) $1,000 - $1,500

Donruss Rookie Career Stat Line #195.
    (106 numbered cards made. "20th Anniversary" stamped in silver foil.) $350 - $500

Donruss Rated Rookie Season Stat Line #195.
    (153 numbered cards made. "20th Anniversary" stamped in silver foil.) $250 - $350

Donruss Rated Rookie #195.
    (2001 numbered cards made. "20th Anniversary" stamped in silver foil.) $125 - $135

Donruss Rated Rookie #195. Replacement card.
    (No sequential number on back. "20th Anniversary" stamped in silver foil.) $150 - $200

Donruss Baseball's Best 2001 Boxed Set - Gold.
    (Includes three Ichiro cards. 99 sequentially numbered 330-card "Coupon Sets" made. Available by mail for $104.99 and a Redemption Card) $700 - $1,000

Donruss Rookie Diamond Kings Gold #RDK-5.
    (From "Baseball's Best" box set, 99 made with gold foil stamp. Card itself is not sequentially numbered.) $100 - $150

Donruss The Rookies Gold #104.
    (From "Baseball's Best" box set, 99 made with gold foil stamp. Card itself is not sequentially numbered.) $100 - $150

Donruss Rated Rookie Gold #195.
    (From "Baseball's Best" box set, 99 made with gold foil stamp. Card itself is not sequentially numbered.) $100 - $150

Donruss Baseball's Best 2001 Boxed Set - Silver.
    (Includes three Ichiro cards. 499 sequentially numbered 330-card "Coupon Sets" made. Available by mail for $104.99 and a Redemption Card) $275 - $375

Donruss Rookie Diamond Kings Silver #RDK-5.
    (From "Baseball's Best" box set, 499 made with silver foil stamp. Card itself is not sequentially numbered.) $25 - $50

Donruss The Rookies Silver #104.
    (From "Baseball's Best" box set, 499 made with silver foil stamp. Card itself is not sequentially numbered.) $25 - $50

Donruss Rated Rookie Silver #195.
    (From "Baseball's Best" box set, 499 made with silver foil stamp. Card itself is not sequentially numbered.) $25 - $50

Donruss Baseball's Best 2001 Boxed Set - Bronze.
    (Includes three Ichiro cards. 999 sequentially numbered 330-card "Coupon Sets" made. Available by mail for $104.99 and a Redemption Card) $150 - $200

Donruss Rookie Diamond Kings Bronze #RDK-5.
    (From "Baseball's Best" box set, 999 made with bronze foil stamp. Card itself is not sequentially numbered.) $10 - $15

Donruss The Rookies Bronze #104.
    (From "Baseball's Best" box set, 999 made with bronze foil stamp. Card itself is not sequentially numbered.) $10 - $15

Donruss Rated Rookie Bronze #195.
    (From "Baseball's Best" box set, 999 made with bronze foil stamp. Card itself is not sequentially numbered.) $10 - $15

Donruss The Rookies Boxed Set.
    (Includes only Ichiro card #104. 101-card set. Available by mail for $24.99 and a Redemption Card) $25 - $40
    (Rookie Diamond Kings insert can be any of five different ones. LIsting above reflects set with an insert for either C.C. Sabathia, Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Albert Pujols, or Roy Oswalt.)

Donruss The Rookies Boxed Set.
    (Includes Ichiro card #104 AND RDK-5. 101-card set. Available by mail for $24.99 and a Redemption Card) $50 - $75
    (Rookie Diamond Kings insert can be any of five different ones. LIsting above reflects set with the Ichiro RDK insert. Only by opening the box can it be known which insert is included. Sealed boxes, with a one in five chance of having the Ichiro card, sell in the $30 to $50 range.)

Donruss Baseball's Best - Rookie Diamond Kings #RDK-5.
    (From "The Rookies" box set.) $10 - $15

Donruss Baseball's Best - The Rookies #104.
    (From "The Rookies" box set.) $10 - $15

Playoff Absolute Rookie - Spectrum Game Used Base "SAMPLE" #195.
    $1,000 - $2,000

Playoff Absolute Rookie - Spectrum Game Used Base #195.
    (25 numbered cards made.) $500 - $1,000

Playoff Absolute Rookie Game Used Base #195.
    (700 numbered cards made.) $300 - $400

Playoff Boss Hoggs Game Used Ball #BH-8. Numbered 1 through 25.
    (25 numbered cards made. Holo-foil stamped.) $800 - $1,000

Playoff Ball Hoggs Game Used Ball #BH-8. Numbered 26 through 75.
    (50 numbered cards made.) $500 - $600

Donruss Studio 2001 #186.
    (700 numbered cards made.) $200 - $300

Donruss Studio 2001 Proof #186.
    (25 numbered cards made.) $500 - $1,000

Leaf Certified Freshman Fabric Game Used Base #146.
    (200 numbered cards made.) $200 - $300

Leaf Certified Freshman Fabric Game Used Base #146. Sample.
    (Has "Sample" printed in the area on back side where edition number would be. Not numbered, though reportedly only 1 made for submission to MLB. We'll list it as such until we learn of another.) $1500 - $2,500

Leaf Certified Freshman Fabric Game Used Base Mirror Red #146.
    (75 numbered cards made.) $300 - $500

Leaf Certified Freshman Fabric Game Used Base Mirror Gold #146.
    (25 numbered cards made.) $700 - $1,000

Leaf Certified Freshman Fabric Game Used Base Mirror Gold #146. Sample.
    (Has "Sample" printed in the area on back side where edition number would be. Not numbered, though reportedly only 1 made for submission to MLB. We'll list it as such until we learn of another.) $1500 - $2,500

Donruss Signature Rookie Silver #146.
    (330 numbered cards made.) $200 - $400

Donruss Signature Rookie Proof Gold #146.
    (25 numbered cards made.) $500 - $1,000

Donruss Signature Rookie #146. 2002 Hawaii Trade Conference Edition.
    (10 numbered cards made for select distribution at the February 2002 Hawaii Trade Conference. Packaged in special holder, and has event logo in gold foil on card and cover.) $800 - $1,200

Leaf Rookies & Stars Statistical Standouts - Game On Deck Circle. #SS-1
    $125 - $175

Leaf Rookies & Stars Super Statistical Standouts - Game On Deck Circle. #SS-1
    (50 numbered cards made.) $400 - $600

Leaf Rookies & Stars Rookie Card #251.
    $75 - $125

Leaf Rookies & Stars Longevity #251.
    (25 numbered cards made.) $500 - $750

Leaf Limited Rookie Authentic Game Used Base #374.
    (100 numbered cards made.) $250 - $350

Leaf Limited Rookie Authentic Game Used Base #374. MLB Sample.
    (Has "Sample" printed in the area on back side where edition number would be. Not numbered, though reportedly only 1 made for submission to MLB. We'll list it as such until we learn of another.) $1,500 - $2,500

Donruss Class of 2001 Scrapbook. Game Used Ball #SB-22
    (75 numbered cards made.) $200 - $300

Donruss Class of 2001 Yearbook. #YB-22
    $10 - $20

Donruss Class of 2001 Rookie Phenoms - First Class #251.
    (50 numbered cards made.) $275 - $325 -

Donruss Class of 2001 Rookie Phenoms #251.
    (625 numbered cards made.) $55 - $65

Donruss Class of 2001 Authentic Team Rookie #RT-07.
    (1875 cards made, though not numbered.) $20 - $30

Donruss Class of 2001 Dominators #DM-9.
    $3 - $5

Donruss Class of 2001 Dominators - Game Used Ball #DM-9.
    (50 numbered cards made.) $250 - $300

Donruss Class of 2001 Rookie Crusade #RC-47.
    (300 numbered cards made.) $35 - $55

Donruss Class of 2001 Final Rewards - A.L. Most Valuable Player #RW2.
    $10 - $20

Donruss Class of 2001 Final Rewards - A.L. Most Valuable Player - Game Used Ball #RW2.
    (50 numbered cards made.) $250 - $300

Donruss Class of 2001 Final Rewards - A.L. Rookie of the Year #RW5.
    $10 - $20

Donruss Class of 2001 Final Rewards - A.L. Rookie of the Year - Game Used Ball #RW5.
    (50 numbered cards made.) $250 - $300

Donruss Class of 2001 Authentic Team Rookie - Game Ball #RT-07.
    (50 numbered cards made.) $200 - $250

All cards on this page are 2001 issues, even ones stamped with "Donruss Fan Club 2002."

Donruss Fan Club 2002 #147.
    $3 - $5

Donruss Fan Club 2002 #147. Diamond 1/1 Edition.
    (1 numbered card made. Silver foil stamped.) $20 - $30

Donruss Fan Club 2002 #147. Gods of the Game Platinum 1/1 Edition.
    (1 numbered card made. Silver foil stamped. Issued in 2003. Click Here for the complete 162-card list making up this series.) $20 - $30

Donruss Fan Club 2002 #147. USA 1/1 Edition.
    (1 numbered card made, issued in 2003. Gold foil stamped.) $20 - $30

Donruss Fan Club 2002 Credits #147.
    (100 numbered cards made.) $75 - $125

Donruss Fan Club 2002 Die-Cut #147.
    $8 - $12

Best of Donruss Fan Club 2002 Chrome #147.
    (On the "Best Of" edition, much of the front side displays a chrome foil effect.) $8 - $12

Best of Donruss Fan Club 2002 League Leaders - 242 Hits #LL-24.
    (300 numbered cards made.) $40 - $60

Best of Donruss Fan Club 2002 League Leaders Materials - Game Used Ball - 242 Hits #LL-24.
    (51 numbered cards made.) $200 - $300

Best of Donruss Fan Club 2002 League Leaders - .350 Average #LL-43.
    (300 numbered cards made.) $40 - $60

Best of Donruss Fan Club 2002 League Leaders Materials - Game Used Ball - .350 Average #LL-43.
    (51 numbered cards made.) $200 - $300

Best of Donruss Fan Club 2002 Craftsmen #C-1.
    (300 numbered cards made.) $25 - $50

Best of Donruss Fan Club 2002 Master Craftsmen - Game Used Ball #C-1.
    (51 numbered cards made.) $200 - $300

Donruss Fan Club 2002 Fan Club Favorites #293.
    $5 - $8

Donruss Fan Club 2002 Fan Club Favorites #293. Gem Emerald 1/1 Collection.
    (1 numbered card made, issued in 2003. Green foil stamped.) $20 - $30

Best of Donruss Fan Club 2002 Fan Club Favorites #293.
    (2025 numbered cards made.) $15 - $20

Best of Donruss Fan Club 2002 Fan Club Favorites - Spotlight #293.
    (100 numbered cards made.) $75 - $125

Donruss Fan Club 2002 Franchise Features #FF-39.
    $5 - $10

Donruss Fan Club 2002 Franchise Features #FF-39.
    (300 numbered cards made.) $25 - $35

2001 Donruss Fan Club Franchise Features #FF-39. National Sports Collectors Convention Edition.
    (Special embossed logo on front. 5 numbered cards made for a redemption program at the 23rd National Convention, in August 2002. Click Here for the complete card list in this series.) $200 - $300

Donruss Fan Club 2002 Franchise Features - Game Used Ball #FF-39.
    (51 numbered cards made.) $200 - $300

Donruss Fan Club 2002 Franchise Features - Game Used Ball #FF-39. National Sports Collectors Convention Edition.
    (Special embossed logo on front. 1 numbered card made for a redemption program at the 23rd National Convention, in August 2002. Click Here for the complete card list in this series.) $300 - $500

Donruss Bobble Head - Doll and Card.
    (1,000 numbered bobble head dolls and cards made.) $75 - $125

Donruss Bobble Head - Card (Card Only).
    (1,000 numbered cards made. Originally packaged with a bobble head doll.) $20 - $30

Donruss Bobble Head - Doll and Card.
    (2,000 numbered bobble head dolls and cards made.) $40 - $60

Donruss Bobble Head - Card (Card Only).
    (2,000 numbered cards made. Originally packaged with a bobble head doll.) $10 - $15

All prices shown are for Near-Mint to Mint condition. Cards graded and sealed may sell for more than is shown here, as can those for Game Used Base and Ball swatches that are multi-color (logos, stitching, etc.) or show wear (scuffs, stains, etc.).

  

THE ILLUSTRATED ICHIRO CARDOGRAPHY

PART ONE: CARDS MADE IN THE U.S.A.


Donruss 2001
Donruss 2002
Donruss 2003
Fleer 2001
Fleer 2002
Fleer 2003
Topps 2001
Topps 2002
Topps 2003
Upper Deck 2001
Upper Deck 2002
Upper Deck 2003
Other
Brands

Factory-issued One of One Cards Cards with Authentic Ichiro Signature

 

PART TWO: CARDS MADE IN JAPAN AND ELSEWHERE


BBM
(Japan)
Calbee
(Japan)
Takara
(Japan)
Upper Deck
(Japan)
Other
Brands

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