Stupid Inserts Part III: 2001 Fleer Game Time “New Order”

2001FleerGameTimeNewOrderJasonGiambi2001FleerGameTimeNewOrderJasonGiambi2Hate to be all negative and what not, but what the hell was Fleer thinking when they created this card? This is a 2001 Fleer Game Time “New Order” die-cut insert featuring Jason Giambi. Don’t get me wrong, the card looks pretty cool. I dig the die-cut job, and the holofoil on the right side looks nice.

But what the hell is the point here? Look at the lineup card filled out to the left. It’s for “Oakland,” and shows Giambi in the No. 3 hole, which is where he hit at the height of his career, particularly with the A’s. What’s “New” about that?

It looks like Fleer tried to create a “New” all-star-type lineup with Andruw Jones hitting leadoff, Nomar Garciaparra batting second, Giambi third, and Manny Ramirez cleanup, followed by Sammy Sosa, Ivan Rodriguez, Darin Erstad, Scott Rolen and Pokey Reese. Problems: Of the guys listed, only Giambi ever played for Oakland. and secondly, FIVE of the guys are not even in this friggin insert set, a 15-card billing that features all of the usual heavy hitters, but nowhere to be found are: Andruw, I-Rod, Erstad, Rolen and Pokey. Interesting, no?

Oh, an who the hell is Don Latham, the guy who is listed here as Manager? Was this HIS fantasy team back in 2000?

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