Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Recapturing My Youth: 2001 Donruss

Man, what a difference a year can make.  A year ago, my goal was to put a decent dent in my 2001 Donruss Stat Line set.  The set is (relatively) small.  But the fact that each card is serial numbered, many to some pretty low quantities, and nearly a decade and a half old made reality set in.

Love it as I might, completion isn't realistic.  So new goal?


Shameless, gleeful hoarding.

I'll still pick up any card from this set when I can at a decent price.  But realistically coming anywhere close to assembling a set just isn't going to happen.

And that's alright.

 2001 Donruss was probably the first set I really fell in love with.  At first, it was the nostalgia of a beloved brand returning to the hobby in the same year I was returning to the hobby.  I am and always have been a sucker for nostalgia.
 But as I started opening the product, it quickly became obvious this was a gem.  Ignore the Pujols and Ichiro hysteria that would ensue.
 For $1.99, the packs had an array of serial numbered and foily cards.  That wasn't something that many, if any, packs at that price could offer then.  The packs had a real bang for its buck.
 And then there were the Retro packs of 1999 and 2000 style cards.  A pack within a pack.  You know what that means?  The suspense of ripping two foil packs for a mere $2.
 The set is one that still brings back fond memories for me.  As it seems to for other collectors as well, since the set still seems to sell well.

But that's ok.  Even if I never become some super master set collector Jedi for 2001 Donruss, I'm more than happy to hoard each and every cards I can into my collection.  Just like I would have in 2001.


  1. I'm a huge sucker for nostalgia too. I still think the cards I collected as a kid are the coolest in my collection even though they hold almost no value today.

  2. If I ever get around to digging through boxes at my parents house I'll probably find some of these. If stat lines are in there they are yours.