2001 Upper Deck MVP Ivan Rodriguez/Alex Rodriguez Dual Bat Card
While the 2001 Rangers were a pretty good offensive team with the two Rodriguezs, Raffy Palmeiro, Ruben Sierra, Michael Young, and Rusty Greer the team finished in last place 16 games below .500. I guess signing ARod for 250 million then letting Darren Oliver and Rick Helling anchor your rotation is not a great idea. Anyway, I have spent some time over the years collecting the relic cards from this set, batting gloves and dual bat pieces, and have whittled my checklist down to a Raffy card.
If it weren't a busy week I would scan all the cards, batting gloves too, and post them. However, I do work a job that pays money and I have an Open House tomorrow night. Might be nice to be prepared. So, instead of a whole set, I bring you my five favorite dual bat cards from the 2001 Upper Deck MVP set.
2001 Upper Deck MVP Chipper Jones/Rafael Furcal Dual Bat Card
A future Hall of Famer, and former Durham Bull, in the person of Chipper Jones and a shortstop from the Cardinals 2011 World Championship team. What's not to love?
2001 Upper Deck MVP Carlos Delgado/Jose Vidro Dual Bat Card
Anytime you can find a cool Expos card is a good day. Anytime you can find a cool Expos card without Dawson, Carter, or Vlad is double cool. Not sure I dig Delgado, but if Upper Deck had done an Orlando Cabrera/Jose Vidro card the awesome meter might have exploded.
2001 Upper Deck MVP Jose Canseco/Ken Griffey Jr. Dual Bat Card
I really have a nice collection of Griffey cards for a non-Griffey collector. Then I have this conversation piece with Griffey and Canseco.
2001 Upper Deck MVP Frank Thomas/Sammy Sosa Dual Bat Card
There are not many Sosa relics, or Sosa autographs, floating around out there. I like this one with Frank Thomas and the two good Chicago players from the time. I could have also put the Magglio/Frank Thomas card here too, but Sosa.
2001 Upper Deck MVP Kerry Wood/Rick Ankiel Dual Bat Card
Neither really lived up to the hype, but it's a really sweet card. I like that Ankiel is hitting even though he would have been a pitcher at this point in his career.