2000 Fleer Baseball – Greats of the Game Autographs

I remember it well. Randomly inserted autographed cards inside packs of baseball cards. It started in 1990 with Upper Deck inserting Reggie Jackson into their packs. With Mr. October only signing 2500 copies collectors ripped packs in search of these diamonds in the rough. Upper Deck, seeing the results of their labor, quickly signed Nolan Ryan the following year in the same manner with the same limited number of copies. These were the sparks that ignited the flame. In 1994 Topps signed Hank Aaron and inserted randomly signed cards into packs of Archives. Upper Deck immediately ups the ante in 1994 by signing: Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mickey Mantle. If you can picture a charcoal grill for just a moment, we have the ignition at first then we have actual burning of charcoal briquettes taking hold and things are just starting to warm up.

The inserting of autographs into packs simmers for a while until 1997 when Donruss decides to invoke the me too clause and offers collectors a beautiful insert set, Donruss Elite Passing the Torch Autographs and the crazy cycle of competition turns white-hot. The design and quality of cards coulpled with an epic autograph checklist definitely caught and held the attention of collectors.

The way I recall it, the autographed card, hobby buzz peaked in 2000 when Fleer released this Greats of the Game product. I was heavy into doing card shows back then and it appeared to me anyways every show or local card shop I went to the buzz was these Greats of the Game Autographs. Everyone was asking for them and those who were lucky enough to have them were getting top dollar for them. I was bit by the bug as well and the overall design of the card and the amazing names on the checklist drew me to collect them, some day. When I started collecting again in 2014 one of the first sets I wanted to put together was this one.

These were randomly inserted into packs of Greats of the Game at a ratio of 1:6 packs. There are 93 cards in the set and it features some of the greatest players in major league history. Card fronts are the exact parallel of the base set minus the autograph of course. The card backs are unnumbered and only gives collectors a Certificate of Authenticity which states the item was signed under the supervision of Fleer. For that reason the card backs will not be displayed below. The majority of autographs are in black ink and collectors always suspected that some cards in the set were short printed. Fleer later confirmed those suspicions; we now know that Johnny Bench and Mike Schmidt are the scarcest cards in the set along with other short prints which will be identified on my checklist below in alphabetical order.

MY COLLECTION OF 2000 FLEER BASEBALL-GREATS OF THE GAME-AUTOGRAPHS


Luis Aparicio


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Don Baylor


Johnny Bench SP


Yogi Berra SP


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Bobby Bonds


Lou Boudreau


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George Brett SP


Lou Brock


Jim Bunning


Rod Carew


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Joe Carter SP


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Rocky Colavito


Dave Concepcion


Dave Concepcion Red Ink


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Andre Dawson


Dom DiMaggio


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Darrell Evans


Bob Feller


Whitey Ford SP


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Bob Gibson


Kirk Gibson


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Ron Guidry


Tommy Henrich SP


Frank Howard


Reggie Jackson SP


Ferguson Jenkins


Derek Jeter Mail-In/150


Tommy John


Davey Johnson


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Al Kaline

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George Kell


Ralph Kiner


Don Larson


Mickey Lolich


Juan Marichal


Eddie Mathews


Don Mattingly SP


Bill Mazeroski


Willie McCovey SP


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Paul Molitor


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Dale Murphy


Stan Musial SP


Ben Oglivie


Tony Oliva


Jim Palmer SP


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Gaylord Perry


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Kirby Puckett SP


Willie Randolph


Jim Rice


Dave Righetti


Phil Rizzuto SP


Brooks Robinson


Preacher Roe


Nolan Ryan


Mike Schmidt SP


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Herb Score


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Tom Seaver


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Enos Slaughter


Lee Smith


Ozzie Smith SP


Duke Snider SP


Warren Spahn SP


Willie Stargell


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Alan Trammel


Frank White


Hoyt Wilhelm


Maury Wills


Dave Winfield SP


Carl Yastrzemski


Robin Yount


Last Updated June 17, 2019

If you have any of the cards I’m missing and your willing to trade or sale please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Victor Roman Sr

I've been collecting for over thirty years. My goal is to inform and inspire collectors of cardboard. I believe there is nothing that holds its value better than rookie cards of Hall of Famers, nor is there anything more rewarding than learning the history of the All-Time Greats. I summarize it this way- LEARN. COLLECT. ENJOY.