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.)