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2001 Drew Brees Rookie Card Checklist

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Doubted by pro scouts and given up on by his first pro team, Drew Brees found a home as the catalyst for the high-flying offense of the New Orleans Saints. Despite his small stature, football collectors are starting to warm to giving him a larger place in their collections.

A high school star in Texas, Brees went on to have a very successful career at Purdue, leaving college with numerous team and Big Ten passing records. Despite his awards and gaudy numbers, some scouts felt he was too small at six feet even to be effective as a pro quarterback. He slipped to the first pick of the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, where he was taken by the San Diego Chargers.

Brees had his share of highs and lows in San Diego, starting slowly but busting out with a Pro Bowl season in 2004. He passed for over 3,500 yards in 2005, but the Chargers still agonized over whether to stick with Brees or turn the quarterback job over to 2004 first-round pick Philip Rivers - a decision complicated by a shoulder injury to Brees. In the end, San Diego cast its lot with Rivers, leaving Brees to sign a free agent deal with New Orleans.

His new team turned out to be a good fit from day one. In his first two years as a Saint, Brees put the ball up early and often, throwing for more than 4,400 yards in both 2006 and 2007 and breaking the NFL record for completions in a season with 440 in 2007. Through 12 weeks of the 2008 season, he was on pace to rack up over 5,000 yards through the air and set another league record.

Brees has always been on the radar of collectors, but he seems poised to emerge as one of the top draws from the rookie class of 2001 if his record-setting ways continue. Top cards like his Playoff Contenders # 124 and his SPx # 101 lagged behind Michael Vick early on and LaDainian Tomlinson a bit later, but it would not be shocking to see that change as the NFL marches into the 2010's.

2001 Drew Brees Rookie Cards

  • Absolute Memorabilia # 152 - jersey card #'d to 850
  • Bowman # 164
  • Bowman Chrome # 144 - #'d to 1999
  • Bowman's Best # 121 - #'d to 1499
  • Crown Royale # 150 - autographed, #'d to 250
  • Donruss Classics # 102 - #'d to 475
  • Donruss Elite # 102 - #'d to 500
  • E-X # 95 - #'d to 1000
  • Finest # 127 - #'d to 1000
  • Fleer Authority # 102 - #'d to 1350
  • Fleer Focus # 195 - #'d to 1850
  • Fleer Game Time # 125 - #'d to 2001
  • Fleer Genuine # 140 - jersey card #'d to 1000
  • Fleer Legacy # 95 - #'d to 999
  • Fleer Premium # 214 - #'d to 2001
  • Fleer Showcase # 122 - #'d to 500
  • Fleer Tradition # 402
  • Fleer Tradition Glossy # 402
  • Hot Prospects # 120
  • Leaf Certified Materials # 134 - jersey card #'d to 400
  • Leaf Rookies and Stars # 202
  • NFL Showdown First and Goal # 116
  • Pacific # 453 - autographed, #'d to 1000
  • Pacific Dynagon # 102 - autographed, #'d to 199
  • Pacific Impressions # 202 - #'d to 117
  • Pacific Invincible # 289 - jersey card #'d to 299
  • Pacific Prism Atomic # 188 - #'d to 506
  • Playoff Contenders # 124 - autographed w/ announced print run of 500
  • Playoff Honors # 203 - jersey card #'d to 725
  • Playoff Preferred # 102 - #'d to 1150
  • Private Stock # 160 - #'d to 200
  • Quantum Leaf # 202
  • Score # 272
  • Select # 272 - #'d to 275
  • SP Authentic # 101 - jersey card #'d to 800
  • SP Game Used # 93 - jersey card #'d to 500
  • SPx # 101 - autographed jersey card; two versions w/ total print run of 500
  • Stadium Club # 159
  • Titanium # 195 - jersey card #'d to 75
  • Titanium Post Season # 74 - #'d to 750
  • Topps # 328
  • Topps Chrome # 229 - #'d to 999
  • Topps Debut # 101 - autographed, #'d to 499
  • Topps Gallery # 115
  • Topps Heritage # 116 - #'d to 1956
  • Topps Reserve # 130 - #'d to 999
  • UD Game Gear # 107 - #'d to 500
  • UD Graded # 47 - two versions w/ total print run of 1000
  • Ultra # 260 - #'d to 2499
  • Upper Deck # 206
  • Upper Deck Legends # 111 - #'d to 750
  • Upper Deck MVP # 287
  • Upper Deck Ovation # 137 - #'d to 250
  • Upper Deck Pros and Prospects # 95 - #'d to 1000
  • Upper Deck Rookie F/X # 263F - #'d to 750
  • Upper Deck Top Tier # 226 - #'d to 1500
  • Upper Deck Victory # 415
  • Upper Deck Vintage # 251
  • Vanguard # 140 - #'d to 450

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