2001 Baseball Cards
The New York Yankees got back on track in 2001, winning their fourth title in five seasons. 2001 was also a big year for baseball cards as two rookies took the league by storm. Albert Pujols gave the league a new power-hitting star and Ichiro lead the league in batting average. Both would go on to be named rookie of the year in their respective leagues, and Ichiro was also named NL MVP. The two have been stars ever since and their card values continue to climb.
Still reeling from the 9/11 attacks, the baseball world was once again captivated by a home run chase. This time, Barry Bonds obliterated the record set by Mark McGwire, while on his way to 72 home runs. Like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa before him, Bonds’ card values took off. And also like McGwire and Sosa, steroid allegations now cloud his legacy and his card values have fallen sharply.
Although many 2001 baseball products maintain good values, this was the year that Bowman Chrome asserted its dominance on the baseball hobby. 2001 Bowman Chrome Baseball is one of the greatest sets in modern baseball card history and alerted collectors to the power of the Bowman Chrome brand. The clear top rookie players were Albert Pujols and Ichiro. Jose Reyes is also a popular rookie option but injuries have derailed his progress.
2001 Baseball Card Set Information, Checklists, and Price Comparisons. Browse the Top Baseball Card Sets from 2001.
The 2001 Bowman Baseball card set is arguably the best modern Bowman set ever produced thanks to rookie cards of Albert Pujols, Justin Morneau and Jose Reyes.
2001 Bowman Chrome Baseball elevated the Bowman Chrome brand to a whole new level thanks to a phenomenal cast of rookie cards led by Albert Pujols and Ichiro.
2001 SPx Baseball includes autographed rookie cards from two of the game’s all-time greats — Ichiro Suzuki and Albert Pujols. The multi-tiered set includes tons of numbered rookies, autographs and jersey cards.
2001 Topps Baseball features a 790-card base set that is highlighted by rookie cards of Ichiro, Jake Peavy, and Travis Hafner.
2001 Topps Heritage Baseball launched one of the most popular baseball card brands. Done in the style of 1952 Topps, it also solidified retro-themed sets as a hobby mainstay.
One could definitely make a case for 2001 Topps Traded Chrome and 2001 Topps Traded Baseball being the strongest Topps Traded / Update series sets ever released by Topps thanks to a checklist that includes rookie cards of Albert Pujols, Ichiro, Jose Reyes, and Justin Morneau.
2001 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Baseball upped the ante on high-end sets at the time. Besides having one of two autographed Ichiro Suzuki rookie cards, the Japanese sensation has a memorabilia card in every box.