2001 Topps Tribute Relic Bats

Set Type: Insert
Card Dimensions: 2½” x 3½”
Parallel: Stencils; instead of swatch cut in the shape of the player’s number, the swatch is cut in the shape of a square, and the player’s number is cut out from the inside of the square, thus producing a stencil-like swatch. Presumably, the swatches from the regular cards were produced from the Stencil swatches.
Additional Information: Inserted in packs of 2001 Topps Tribute. Beckett’s Online Guide lists this set as “2001 Topps Tribute Game Bat Relics.” while SCD’s 2011 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards lists the set as “2001 Topps Tribute Game-Used Bat Relics.”
14,000 Phillies Commentary:
I absolutely abhor relics cards such as this, because actual game-used items dating from before the era of modern collecting are so comparatively rare. However, because of my obsessive-compulsive need to own as many different Phillies cards as possible, I own many such cards — including a Chuck Klein game-used bat card — and I feel “unclean” when I stop to think about this unpleasant fact. (Yes, the card shown in the scans is from my collection — as are all other scans, unless otherwise noted.)

RB-RA Richie Ashburn

2 responses to “2001 Topps Tribute Relic Bats

  1. steveinphilly

    I have a question about a 2001 Phillies card or set that I will ask here because it’s the same year as this post. Do you have in your collection a card or a set of cards that seems to have been a stadium giveaway on August 12, 2001? There is a card now on eBay that is described as “1978 Phillie Phanatic Rookie Card,” but from the picture of the back of the card, it is obviously from 1992 or later because of the logo Doing a search, it seems that it was part of a giveaway for kids 14 and under described as “Vintage Baseball Card Pack” (which matched the back of the card). Any idea what other cards were in that giveaway pack? There are probably 20,000 of these out there, but I’d never seen it until stumbling upon this listing on eBay.

    • I don’t know anything about the 2001 stadium giveaways. I vaguely recall that promotion, but I didn’t encounter any of those cards on the secondary market. I’ll try to hunt around and see what I can find — I’d love to know any information you find about the set as well.

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