Old School Hits: 2001 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Home Opener Souvenirs
In the past, I’ve stated my dislike for game-used base and ball cards for a couple reasons. First, the players have no personal connection to these kinds of items (just about everyone in that game will touch the item in one way or another). Second, the certificate of authenticity on the back does not always guarantee that the ball/base was from a game that the depicted player participated in. What kind of nonsense is that??
Today, I will showcase one set that gets the concept of the base/ball relics right. Inserted into every box of 2001 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia, Home Opener Souvenirs feature game-used base swatches (and rare ball swatches) from the 2001 Home Openers of several Major League teams. These cards are game-dated and come in four variations:
Single (one base swatch): numbered to 400
Double (two base swatches): numbered to 200
Triple (three base swatches): numbered to 75
Home Run (three base swatches and one ball swatch): numbered to 25
Check out this Home Run card of Magglio Ordonez on eBay.
That Ordonez represents just one of fifty cards in this set. For the player collectors out there, several players, such as Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez, and Albert Pujols (among others) appear on more than one card.
However, the best part of these cards isn’t found on the front, it’s on the back! Each back gives the location, date, and score of each opener, with a little blurb about each game. If that’s not enough, there’s an actual picture of the base that was cut up in order to produce the memorabilia card. Here’s a nice big scan for you all to enjoy. Wouldn’t it be great if all game-used backs were this detailed?