Brian Urlacher Rookie Cards

Brian Urlacher was the type of football player that was expected to get a sack. He was expected to get the interception, the big hit and when it came to crunch time everyone expected him to make it happen. Why did they expect that? Because that’s what he consistently delivered.He was a linebacker with great hands and speed. Former coach Ron Rivera spoke with Writer Larry Mayer and said this about Brian, “…when necessary he would take over a game, because that’s what Hall of Famers do. When there was victory and praise he would give it to others. When there was blame to be placed he would take that on and that earned him the respect of his team mates.”

Drafted 9th overall in the 1st round of the 2000 Draft, Urlacher played all 13 seasons of his pro career with Chicago Bears. Also worth noting, he is the 34th Hall of Famer representing the Bears, most of any team in the NFL.

He is an 8x Pro Bowler and a 4x All-Pro recipient. He also won two prestigious awards: 2000 All-Pro Defensive Rookie of the Year and the 2005 All-Pro Defensive Player of the Year. His career stat line reads: Sacks 41.5 | Tackles 1040 | Interceptions 22 | Forced Fumbles 11.

Living near Chicago I was able to watch Brian’s entire career, I am a fan to say the least. Brian Urlacher has 49 official rookie cards and from my count 57 rookie parallels. That’s a total of 106 for you super collectors out there. For me, base set RC’s! Let’s take a look!

ROOKIE CARDS OF HALL OF FAMER BRIAN URLACHER


2000 Absolute, Card No. 161 (shop ebay)

Overall a really nice card design. I’m not a fan of the practice uniforms but the card back gives collectors something very unique, it gives the Chicago Bears 1st Round Draft Picks for the last 10 years. Rookie cards in this set were serial numbered to 3000. Parallels are Coaches Honors which offer silver holofoil and are serial numbered to 300. Players Honors parallel give us gold foil and are serial numbered to only 10.


2000 Black Diamond, Card No. 166 (shop ebay)

These Rookie Jersey Gems took the hobby by storm by offering collectors a swatch of players jersey and inserting them into the base set making them rookie cards. Overall card design is in the epic category, great photography, card stock, and colors. Card back doesn’t give us much but it does congratulate us! A must have in my collection. Parallel Black Diamond Gold exist and are serial numbered to 100.


2000 Bowman, Card No. 178 (shop ebay)

Brown and black borders make it challenging to find mint copies. Great action photo in front and card back gives us: in your face photo, player bio, commentary and stats. Parallel Bowman Gold offers collectors a gold foil finish and are serial numbered to 99.


2000 Bowman Chrome, Card No. 178 (shop ebay)

The Chrome offering mimics the design given to collectors in the standard paper Bowman, therefore concerns over dark borders carry over and the popular refractor parallels are available in this product as well and are serial numbered to 99.


2000 Bowman’s Best, Card No. 112 (shop ebay)

Card stock and quality are high. Great photography and design embody this card front and back and the rookie cards are serial numbered to only 1499. Acetate parallels exist and carry a premium because collectors have grown fond of all that shine with its refractor like technology which are also serial numbered to 250.


2000 Collectors Edge EG, Card No. 155 (shop ebay)

Not sure what the EG stands for in this product, all my research came up empty. I’m left to assume it represents “Edge Gold” due to the gold foil font the card front is made of. Card has good action photo on front but for me, personally that’s about it. There are no rookie parallels in this set.


2000 Collectors Edge Masters, Card No. 208 (shop ebay)

This is an interesting card design. Manufacturer calls it Dot Matrix Hologram technology. Seems like Brian is spinning inside of a cylinder. Card back however lacks eye appeal. Product also included the popular Holosilver parallel serial #’d to 1000 and Hologold’s #’d to 50.


2000 Collectors Edge Odyssey-Hobby, Card No. 110 (shop ebay)

This is a great looking card. Green, purple and gold foil highlight the front along with a great action photo of Urlacher. Card back isn’t too shabby either, lots of color, well thought out and balanced info brings it all together. Most importantly they are serial numbered to only 999 copies. Hologold Rookies is the lone parallel in this one serial  numbered to 500.


2000 Collectors Edge Odyssey-Retail, Card No. 110 (shop ebay)

If the hobby version didn’t exist this would be a great card. Even though it has great design, photography, and color it’s still seems like a watered down version of the hobby version. Why? All the foil has been removed from card front and they are not serial numbered. However, it’s still a RC of a HOF’er! There are no parallels in this offering.


2000 Collectors Edge Supreme, Card No. 190 (shop ebay)

This is a 190 card set, and guess who has the last card in the set? Our featured HOF’er of course. These are serial numbered to 2000 and the overall card design lacks ingenuity. In fact they even re-used the same photo they used in the Collectors Edge EG product. Card back has a fuzzy canvas look to it and the big white text box in the center has me scratching my head. BUT! It’s still a RC of a HOF’er. Holo-gold parallel exist and are serial numbered to 20.


2000 Collectors Edge T3-Hobby, Card No. 161 (shop ebay)

Overall theme of this card has me confused. I don’t know what the “T3” represents. I don’t know what the card design is about either, is this a foul pole? One positive is these are serial numbered to 999. Parallels are Holo-Platinum’s serial numbered to 500 and Holo-Reds serial numbered to 50. Ah Ha moment! Maybe the T3 signifies three tiers.


2000 Collectors Edge T3-Retail, Card No. 161 (shop ebay)

This retail version has much better eye appeal than its hobby counterpart. However, no serial numbers and no parallels.


2000 Donruss, Card No. 153 (shop ebay)

Dark borders front and back make it difficult to find mint copies of this thin papered beauty. Although I’m not a fan of practice photos everything else I really appreciate. Full photo of stadium in the back of card is genius and low serial numbers are always a plus. Parallels do exist; Stat Line Season serial numbered to 90 and Stat Line Career serial numbered to 3.


2000 Donruss Elite, Card No. 138 (shop ebay)

Photo doesn’t do it justice but this mirrored beauty has tremendous eye-appeal. However, I’m not a fan of college uniforms on NFL product. Card back can be challenging with dark borders on the sides but overall very nice and are serial numbered to 2000; surprisingly the first 500 of these are die-cut. Parallels include Aspirations serial numbered to 56 and Elite Status serial numbered to 54.


2000 E-X, Card No. 140 (shop ebay)

This one is an absolute stunner! Card stock is quality, card design unique, serial numbered to 1500 is perfect. Full action photo in the front is fantastic however, the reverse negative photo in the back is the only foul. One parallel is inserted, Essential Credentials Futures serial numbered to 25.


2000 Finest, Card No. 151 (shop ebay)

This card scores huge in every aspect. Card quality and design are a step above the rest. Card back gives player bio which includes draft info, full college stats and great overall card design with fabulous color. There are Gold Refractor parallels with deckle edge and serial numbered to 200.


2000 Fleer Focus, Card No. 209 (shop ebay)

Photography not the greatest on this one. It’s a practice photo with a coach or someone to his left taking up lots of card space – looks terrible. Card back gives us nothing to brag about and serial numbered to 3999 means there’s plenty to go around. However, it’s still a RC of a HOF’er. Parallel does exist, Draft Position, they took the players draft position and added 100. So this means Urlacher was drafted 9th in the first round so this parallel is serial numbered to 109.


2000 Fleer Gamers, Card No. 112 (shop ebay)

Overall a very nice card design front and back. I really appreciate how they replaced the identifier “rookie” with the term Next Gamers. This one is not serial numbered and neither is the only parallel in the set, Fleer Gamers Extra; it offers a gold foil front with the word EXTRA in bold font.


2000 Fleer Showcase, Card No. 131 (shop ebay)

Only 160 cards completes the Showcase set. Quality card stock and design features this rookie card serial numbered to 2000. Up close look into Urlacher’s eyes kinda creeps me out but other than that this is a must have. Parallels include Legacy in red foil serial numbered to 20. Also, Rookie Showcase First which mimics the base rookie but its horizontal and serial numbered to 250.


2000 Fleer Tradition, Card No. 309 (shop ebay)

Staying true to name Tradition goes old school with a dual portrait / action photo for the front and pure cardboard in the back. No serial numbers nor parallels for this one.


2000 Greats of the Game, Card No. 132 (shop ebay)

This 134 card set was most popular for its large autograph checklist of Hall of Famers and Pro-Bowlers. But cards 131-134 were added at the last second as redemptions and limited to only 500. This is definitely a hard one to find.


2000 Leaf Certified, Card No. 157 (shop ebay)

Dark borders make this one condition sensitive. Practice uniform is a negative but that silver foil explosion in the background makes up for it. Decent card back giving us everything a good card back should and serial numbered to 2000. Parallels include Mirror Red with no serial number and Mirror Gold which are serial numbered to 30.


2000 Leaf Limited, Card No. 423 (shop ebay)

Thick card stock and dark borders make this one difficult to find in mint condition. Beautiful card design that offers collectors a dated game worn jersey / football swatch. Card back fails to deliver player photo, bio, and stats but does deliver in being serial numbered to 1000. Parallels are the Limited Edition which have enhanced rainbow color and are serial numbered to 25.


2000 Leaf Rookies & Stars, Card No. 182 (shop ebay)

This is a 300 card set and features 160 rookies including 40 European Prospects. This large rookie checklist doesn’t fail to deliver in complete card design either; front and back this one is a beauty. Everything a great card should have is found right here and it’s serial numbered to 1000. Parallels include Longevity which has silver foil and serial numbered to only 30.


2000 Metal, Card No. 274 (shop ebay)

Made of cardboard but designed to look like metal this 300 card set has 50 short printed rookie cards that are in the horizontal position, rest of the set is in the vertical position. These SP rookies also have a bronze colored ink used in the front while the rest of the set uses a silver ink. Parallel – Emerald Green is not serial numbered, a shade of green runs across the top of card and on the back right below the card number you’ll see “E”.


2000 Pacific Prism Prospects, Card No. 116 (shop ebay)

This 200 card set features 100 rookies. Not a fan of any uniform other than the NFL so that’s a negative for me. The holofoil background gives an abundance of shine which is always a good thing. It’s serial numbered to 1000 and there are no parallels of this card.


2000 Paramount, Card No. 45 (shop ebay)

This card has a clean design with a twist. Card sits on white borders and color scheme is meant to match the color of their NFL team colors. The Chicago Bears are navy blue and orange so is the color scheme of this beauty. More of the same on card back however, stats are hard to read and there is no player bio. If you like parallels this is your set: Holo-Gold serial numbered to 130, Holo-Silver #’d to 85, Platinum Blue #’d to 75, Premiere Date has a gold foil seal and is serial numbered to 79. All parallels are stamped at card front.


2000 Playoff Contenders, Card No. 103 (shop ebay)

Now we’re getting into the big-boy cards with this premium product offered by Playoff. One of the most sought after rookie cards and one of the most valuable. Rookie Ticket theme offers on card autograph and NFL team colors throughout front and back of design which is absolute stunner of a card. BUT there’s that practice uniform again! Uggh! One parallel, Championship Ticket also autographed serial numbered to 100.


2000 Playoff Momentum, Card No. 137 (shop ebay)

Although Playoff seemed to use the photos from the same practice shoot this is a very nice looking card. Handsome card design with the browns, blues and silvers stamped with white lettering really give this one lots of eye-appeal. This base rookie is numbered to 750 and parallels include: Momentum O’s #’d to 10 and Momentum X’s #’d to 9.


2000 Quantum Leaf, Card No. 312 (shop ebay)

Full action photo portraying Urlacher in his college uniform. Silver foil background gives it a cool refractor-ish look. The base card rookies are un-numbered but if that’s your thing no worries there are multiple parallels in this one: Infinity Green #’d to 75; Infinity Red #’d to 35; Infinity Purple #’d to 15.


2000 Score, Card No. 288 (shop ebay)

Great action photo but college uniforms are a negative to me. However, I can appreciate the border colors matching the college uniform, gives it great eye appeal. Card back looks good too, overall for a basic paper product Score put out a great design. Parallels include: Final Score – stamped on right side of card front with enhanced gold foil #’d to 31. Score Card – stamped on right side of card front too with gold foil of course #’d to 2000.


2000 Skybox, Card No. 225 (shop ebay)

Full action photo with NFL uniform. Clean card design and the back has everything a great card back is supposed to have. There is a second rookie card included in the base set with the same card number 225H, these were included as short print horizontals and are serial numbered to 2000. Parallels: Star Rubies – red foil on card front and it’s NOT serial #’d. Star Rubies Extreme – gives us more red foil on card front and are #’d to 50.


2000 Skybox Dominion, Card No. 242 (shop ebay)

My least favorite rookie card of Mr. Urlacher. The hobby typically frowns on dual rookie cards then we have college uniforms with no team logos. The card back only gives commentary and that’s it. BUT! it is an official rookie card of a HOFer so for that reason alone I respect it. One parallel does exist in this set “Extra” it has a mirror background with gold foil font on card front and is NOT serial numbered.


2000 SP Authentic, Card No. 122 (shop ebay)

This premium product, white boarded beauty is a must have in my collection. Check out that Linebacker “watch yourself” pose. Clean, crisp card design front and back, serial numbered to only 1,250 copies. No parallels exist for this product.


2000 SPx, Card No. 134 (shop ebay)

Upper Deck was soaring high as they dominated the industry with offering collectors beautiful card designs such as these. However, in hindsight not a fan of the back of card. Reused photo from front and Congratulations for having me, that’s it. One parallel in this one, SPX Spectrum offers collectors red foil highlights on card front instead of silver and autograph serial #’d 25.


2000 Topps, Card No. 383 (shop ebay)

One of Topps best modern-day designs. Great photography, color scheme and lines give this one lots of eye-appeal and the card back has everything a legit card should have: photo, extended player bio, full college stats and good commentary. This is a must have in any collection. The lone parallel exists in the form of a complete sealed set with “Topps Collection” stamped in gold foil on card fronts. No serial numbered copies for these.


2000 Topps Chrome, Card No. 253 (shop ebay)

Not as clean as the Topps version. Something in the printing gave these card fronts a dark hazy look. However, they are serial numbered #’d to 1650. The popular refractor (rainbow holo-foil effect) parallels exist for these but are much harder to find because there #’d to 150.


2000 Topps Stars, Card No. 170 (shop ebay)

Wow! Umm! Yeah! However, it’s still a rookie card of a Hall of Famer. There is one parallel, Topps Stars Green which has green foil font in the cards front and are serial numbered to 99.


2000 UD Graded, Card No. 111 (shop ebay)

These are serial numbered to 1325 with no parallels. Not sure why they opted to use the same photo two times on the same side so I consider it a deign foul. The card back is not much to brag about either. A rare Upper Deck miscue for sure.


2000 UD Ionix, Card No. 97 (shop ebay)

This was a retail only product and shows Urlacher in his New Mexico University uniform, some are a fan of college uni’s on cards and others like myself are not. Overall, though a really nice looking card with a “futuristic” design. They are serial numbered to 2000 and there are no parallels in the set.


2000 Upper Deck, Card No. 251 (shop ebay)

Setting up like a tiger ready to pounce is the photo offered to collectors in this great design. They are not serial numbered but mint – gem mint copies are hard to come by due to the dark blue borders. Card back lacks photo but offers a clean basic design. Parallels are, Exclusives Silver #’d to 100 and Exclusives Gold #’d to 25.


2000 Upper Deck Encore, Card No. 251 (shop ebay)

Rockstars typically come back on stage for an encore and that’s what Upper Decks Encore offers collectors. Returning with a dark green-gold foil front and a green tinted background on the cards back. They are not serial numbered and there are no parallels.


2000 Upper Deck Gold Reserve, Card No. 179 (shop ebay)

This was a retail only product and offers collectors a premium product design. Rookie Action serial numbered to 2500 is showing Mr. Urlacher smiling and seemingly saying hello to the opposing quarterback, that would be intimidating. Card back gives a nice portrait and offers everything a good card back should have. There are no parallels.


2000 Upper Deck Legends, Card No. 105 (shop ebay)

In hindsight the theme of this one is really cool. The title “NFL Legends” immediately gets my attention. The subtitle, “Generation Y2K” really is in tune with that’s day news headlines as the Y2K scare, by the start of the football season, was realized as non-threatening. Then we have the card appropriately serial numbered to 2000 and you can’t overlook that epic photo on card front. Card back falls short on photo, player bio but still an epic card. No parallels are featured in this set.


2000 Upper Deck MVP, Card No. 192 (shop ebay)

This is Upper Decks budget friendly product but don’t be fooled because it packs a lot of punch. Solid card design front and back earns my respect. Parallels include: Silver Script which offers a silver facsimile signature. Gold Script – offers a gold facsimile signature and is serial numbered to 100. And finally Super Script – holographic foil with gold facsimile signature serial numbered to 25.


2000 Upper Deck Ovation, Card No. 77 (shop ebay)

This is small 90 card set. It offers 30 rookies with a World Premiere theme serial numbered to 2500. Nice portrait photo with Chicago Bears Soldier Field in the background. Parallel includes “Standing Ovation” serial numbered to 50.


2000 Upper Deck Pros & Prospects, Card No. 93 (shop ebay)

This one hurts the eyes a bit. First off we used recycled photos. Also, plastered all over front of card are these random pixellated boxes. More of the same on the card back, it’s only saving grace is that they’re serial numbered to 1000. No parallels offered in this set.


2000 Upper Deck Victory, Card No. 274 (shop ebay)

A pose fit for the front pages of Sports Illustrated! Look at the wrist on this guy. Beautiful card design here by Upper Deck. Card back has a great design also. A must have in my collection. Although not serial numbered they we’re promoted as short print. There are no parallels featured in this set.


2000 Ultimate Victory, Card No. 94 (shop ebay)

It gets better folks. Here is the Ultimate Victory version that mimics its parent. However, now you have red-foil highlights. Serial numbered to 2000 and the back has an amazing red border that may make it challenging to find mint copies due to chipping. Three parallels in this one but they lack a theme because they are basic by name: “Parallel” has a shimmer design front and brown borders in the back; “Parallel 100” you guessed it serial numbered to 100. And ironically “Parallel 25” yes #’d to 25.


Sources:
Brian Urlacher Stats | ProFootball-Reference.com https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/U/UrlaBr00.htm (accessed August 27, 2018).
Football Card Price Guide. Beckett.com https://www.beckett.com/ (accessed August 10-27, 2018).
“Brian Urlacher shows off new head of hair.” Digital Image. chicagotribune.com January 5, 2016. (accessed Aug 10, 2018).   http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/85490020-157.html#
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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.

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