Let’s meet our two contestants!
I’m Justin Pope, I’m a “Star Rookie” and card number 25 in the 2001 Upper Deck set.
I’m Damian Rolls, I’m a “Star Rookie” and card number 25 in the 2001 Upper Deck set.
This situation is something I had to deal with yesterday when I was organizing/purging my 2001 Upper Deck cards. In 2001, I probably bought more packs of Upper Deck Prospect Premieres than I bought of the regular set. I liked Prospect Premieres because it got me cards of players I didn’t already have cards for, and I could use them in my “40-man roster” binders.
Back in 2001 it wasn’t a problem; I knew which pack I pulled them from. But going back to them 12 years later and trying to figure out which cards were which? Yeah, it was a bit of a challenge.
An aside to the card companies: Please, please, please put a line of text on the back of each and every card, telling us which set it belongs to.
After sorting things out a bit, I realized the easiest method of telling them apart is looking for the stat line. The base set has stats, Prospect Premieres does not (because there was no Major League experience to list).
When you have the cards side-by-side and do a little “contrast and compare”, the other differences are more obvious. The foil on those Prospect Premieres cards are more of a bronze than gold, although it’s certainly not anything that jumps out at you.
The other differences I found are that the Prospect Premiere cards don’t have a MLBPA logo on the back, and don’t include the players uni number next to their position.
With all that information at hand, you can go back and tell that Justin Pope is from Prospect Premieres, and Damian Rolls is from the flagship Upper Deck set.
Now that we’ve sorted all that out, here are some 2001 Prospect Premieres cards of guys you may recognize…