Chasing dreams: the 2000 Greats of the Game autograph set
For more than a decade, I’ve been drawn to the greatness of the 2000 Greats of the Game autograph set. I think I’ve shared the story before, but the very first pack of this product that I opened in 2000 contained the ONE card I really wanted from the set: Nolan Ryan. Yeah, I called my shot. And yes, you’ve heard this before because I know for a fact that I’ve written about it before.
I toyed with the idea over the years of collecting the set. It’s a gorgeous set, I know it’s highly collectible, and in my opinion, the checklist is absolutely stellar. There are a few “duds” but that’s beside the point. Most of the least-desirable cards can be had relatively cheap.
Well, it’s official, I’m declaring my war on the 2000 Greats of the Game gold-border auto set … with one exception, that Derek Jeter autograph that is limited to 150 copies.
Here’s my issue with the card: It was a redemption only and was not released until 2001. And not only is it a year older, it appears to have been made with a glossy card stock. Eff that! Part of the charm of the 2000 set is the smooth non-glossy texture. It’s hard to describe, but it kind of feels like vellum paper.
Anyhow, I’ve added an updated list and made it public so that you can see what exactly I am missing. Surprisingly, I am already more than half way to the set … although once I get to the short prints, I’ll be looking at some pretty pricey cards. Lucky me.