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.


Luis Aparicio


Don Baylor

Johnny Bench SP

Yogi Berra SP



Bobby Bonds

Lou Boudreau

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George Brett SP

Lou Brock

Jim Bunning

Rod Carew


Joe Carter SP



Rocky Colavito

Dave Concepcion

Dave Concepcion Red Ink


Andre Dawson

Dom DiMaggio

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Darrell Evans

Bob Feller

Whitey Ford SP


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


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


Kirby Puckett SP

Willie Randolph

Jim Rice

Dave Righetti

Phil Rizzuto SP

Brooks Robinson

Preacher Roe

Nolan Ryan

Mike Schmidt SP


Herb Score

Herb Score ROY ’55

Tom Seaver


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

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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.