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Drew Brees Rookie Cards Checklist and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Drew Brees

Date of Birth: 1/15/1979
Rookie Card Year: 2001
Investment Rating: 8.5


No longer overlooked in the NFL or the hobby, Drew Brees rookie cards are finally getting the attention they deserve.

A lock for the Hall of Fame, the quarterback enjoyed a successful start to his career with the San Deigo Chargers, but really saw his popularity take off as the face of the New Orleans Saints. A Super Bowl win brought big attention to the star player and his amazing productivity, and he continues to build on his values as he closes in on some of the all-time NFL records for QBs.

Drew Brees has nearly 70 rookie cards falling across all price ranges. The top three Drew Brees rookie cards are detailed below.

Top Drew Brees Rookie Cards

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2001 Playoff Contenders Drew Brees RC #124 Autograph (Print Run = 500)

Despite the higher print run, the 2001 Playoff Contenders Drew Brees rookie card has emerged as the clear favorite. The card is not serially numbered but the print run was revealed to be capped at 500 autographed cards. While the sticker autograph is not ideal, as one of only a handful of autographed Drew Brees rookie cards, it is easier to accept in this instance. Buoyed by the demand for Contenders Rookie Ticket autographs, this card has exploded in value over the years. There are rare unsigned versions, as well. These also carry huge values.

2001 SPx Drew Brees RC #101 Autographed Jersey (2 versions, each #/250)

SPx released two different rookie cards for Brees in 2001 and both are top draws for collectors. Each 2001 SPx Drew Brees rookie card is numbered to 250 and features a small jersey piece and trapped autograph. The cards have similar designs but are easy to tell apart. On one, Brees is on the left side of the card, holding the football out. The other has Brees on the right side of the card with a somewhat awkward grin, holding the ball with both hands. The background colors are another way to differentiate the two as one is red and the other is silver.

2001 Crown Royale Drew Brees RC #150 Autograph #/250

The 2001 Crown Royale Drew Brees rookie card features the iconic die-cut design of the product, which looks like an actual crown. Although the card shows Brees in his Purdue Boilermakers college jersey, it receives bonus points for having an on-card autograph. It is also numbered to just 250 copies. Given the die-cut style, they are difficult to find in mint condition.

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Rookie Cards

Drew Brees Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

  • 2001 Bowman #164
  • 2001 Fleer Focus #195 #/1850
  • 2001 Fleer Game Time #125 #/2001
  • 2001 Fleer Premium #214 #/2001
  • 2001 Fleer Tradition #402
  • 2001 Fleer Tradition Glossy #402
  • 2001 Hot Prospects #120
  • 2001 Leaf Rookies and Stars #202
  • 2001 NFL Showdown First and Goal #116
  • 2001 Pacific Dynagon Retail #102
  • 2001 Pacific Invincible Retail #289
  • 2001 Private Stock Retail #160
  • 2001 Quantum Leaf #202
  • 2001 Score #272
  • 2001 Stadium Club #159
  • 2001 Titanium Retail #195
  • 2001 Topps #328
  • 2001 Topps Gallery #115
  • 2001 Topps Heritage #116 #/1956
  • 2001 Ultra #260 #/2499
  • 2001 Upper Deck #206
  • 2001 Upper Deck MVP #287
  • 2001 Upper Deck Top Tier #226 #/1500
  • 2001 Upper Deck Victory #415
  • 2001 Upper Deck Vintage #251

Mid-Range Rookie Cards

  • 2001 Absolute Memorabilia #152 Jersey #/850
  • 2001 Bowman Chrome #144 #/1999
  • 2001 Bowman's Best #121 #/1499
  • 2001 Donruss Classics #102 #/475
  • 2001 Donruss Elite #102 #/500
  • 2001 Fleer Authority #/102 #/1350
  • 2001 Fleer Genuine #140 Jersey #/1000
  • 2001 Fleer Legacy #95 #/999
  • 2001 Leaf Certified Materials #134 Jersey #/400
  • 2001 Pacific Impressions #202 #/117
  • 2001 Pacific Invincible #289 Jersey #/299
  • 2001 Pacific Prism Atomic #188 #/506
  • 2001 Playoff Honors #203 Jersey #/725
  • 2001 Playoff Preferred #102 #/1150
  • 2001 Private Stock #160 #/200
  • 2001 Select #272 #/275
  • 2001 SP Game Used #93 Jersey #/500
  • 2001 Titanium Post Season #74 #/750
  • 2001 Topps Reserve #130 #/999
  • 2001 UD Game Gear #107 #/500
  • 2001 UD Graded #47 Action #/500
  • 2001 UD Graded #47 Portrait #/500
  • 2001 Upper Deck Legends #111 #/750
  • 2001 Upper Deck Pros and Prospects #95 #/1000
  • 2001 Upper Deck Rookie F/X #263F #/750
  • 2001 Vanguard #140 #/450

Premium Drew Brees Rookie Cards

Drew Brees Cards - 2001 Pacific RC

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Autograph Guide

Drew Brees Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Drew Brees's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. 

Drew Brees Cut Signature Exemplar

Drew Brees Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Drew Brees signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. However, depending on the type of item signed or in what setting, his signature characteristics can change.

Drew Brees Signature Characteristics

  1. The entire signature is written on about a 40-degree angle.
  2. The signature is defined by an oversized letter "D" and "B."
  3. The letter "D" is open at both the top and bottom.
  4. Two characters, one looking like the number "7", are implied to be the letters "r-e-w."
  5. The letter "B" is open in the back and resembles a number "3."
  6. Another character is used to infer the letters "r-e-e-s."
  7. He often inscribes his jersey number "9."

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

User Comments

  1. I have five trading cards that drew signed for me at his house! Two of them he signed with a 22k gold pin. Two of them he told me would be good someday. He is friend of family and I was wondering if they had any worth. Thanks
    Plus I have thousands of old trading cards and was wanting to know where do we take them for sale.

  2. I have a 2007 Drew Brees upper deck dimond collection #8 gold & siilver. I am trying to find out how much they would be worth

  3. trying to understand why a SP Authentic Brady – unsigned #1250 is considered (by some) to be the best…
    but for Brees SPA is a patch#800 (unsigned) and does not even make it to premium list here?
    also Brees TOPS Finest RCs go for very good $$ as they typically are grading high pretty consistently
    those are 2 I dont think should be considered as ‘Mid range’

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