2001 Topps HD Derek Jeter
The 2001 Topps HD set is a 120 card set which features some heavy card stock and great photography. The product was actually introduced in 2000 and ran for two years before Topps pulled the plug. I believe that Topps intended for this set to be sort of a high end Stadium Club set, but I do not remember the boxes being that expensive (70ish range at the time of the release) and even today can be found cheaply on the secondary market. There is a mix of rookies and veterans in the set, but there is no Ichiro and no Pujols, so for a 2001 set the rookies are not really that important.
2001 Topps 20/20 Roberto Alomar
There were a few straight forward inserts in the Topps HD set including Images of Excellence and the 20/20 set pictured above. The Images of Excellence set features Hall of Famers and the 20/20 set is a die cut featuring current players. Both sets can be found cheaply on Ebay and have some great photography. Worth a look.
My Favorite Cards:
I usually pick a single card, but for the Topps HD set I could only narrow it down to a list of two. Five or six years ago the list would have been longer and it was also tough for me to ignore the Images of Excellence Nolan Ryan card featuring a sweet picture of him in a rainbow Astros jersey. So, I will go with the lesser of my two favorite cards first.
2001 Topps HD Rick Ankiel
Why were there Rick Ankiel cards after 2001, but before 2007? Definitely a player with a few too many cards floating around, but after his stellar rookie season Ankiel was deserving of seeing a few cards. I always really liked this Topps HD card which did a great job of capturing Ankiel in the middle of his wind up. It was fun to watch Ankiel pitch for a year and half, strike out more than a batter an inning, and generally dominate his competition until his famed meltdown in the 2000 NL Divisional Series. Luckily, Topps actually put a second cool Ankiel card in this set which also needed a little bit of time on my blog.
2001 Topps HD Rick Ankiel Clear Autographs
Interesting that Ankiel got a sweet autographed card with a picture of him hitting long before he became a full time position player, but this is my favorite card in this set. One of my first undertakings as a collector of autographs was to put together a complete master set of autographs and game used relics for a set. I tried a few unsuccessfully during the 2000 calendar year, but first managed the feat with this set. There are actually very few autographs and relics in the set. More importantly, after buying one box of this product I pulled the best autograph in the set (at the time) belonging to Marlins prospect Adrian Gonzalez. The other three autographs, Ankiel, Todd Helton, and Mark Quinn were pretty easy to find. The relics too. Most of the relics are younger players with a Steve Finley and Jeremy Burnitz sprinkled in to the mix. Not a very difficult set to complete, but a great first stepping stone for my collection. The autographs are on transparent cards with on-card autos. The relics are also on clear cards.
2001 Topps HD Ramon Hernandez Jersey Card
Unfortunately, I broke apart my relics set at some point in 2007 for a few trades. I have not really attempted to reassemble the set, but might post that as a challenge for myself in the next week or two. It would be fun for old times sake.