2001 Leaf Rookies and Stars
Sometimes the best ideas are just sitting there. Ripe for the taking. But, it takes the true genius to not only recognize that idea, but to put it to good use. Take Newton. You know, the guy with the laws. One of those laws states that “an object at rest tends to stay at rest.” Really? When you put something on the ground, it’ll stay there? Unless you, like, pick it up or push it? Yup. That’s the law. Did everyone else in his time run around looking for things in places other than where they last put them? Of course not. But, Newton was the first to call it a law. And, once it became a law…it opened a lot of other doors in science.
Sort of like this set.
Think Leaf was the first company to realize that collectors like cards of stars and rookies? Of course not. Companies had been trying to come up with ways to get extra star cards in their sets since the 50’s. But, Leaf took that extra step of calling it a set. No games. Just what you want. Rookies, and stars. Nothing but rookies and stars.
Of course, in 2001, Pedro definitely qualified as a “star.” Coming off his 1999 and 2000 seasons, maybe the biggest star in the game. Even in a set of rookies and stars, Pedro would have led the way.
And the card gave him a pretty good treatment. I like the design of the card. Yeah, the Leaf logo could be about 25% smaller. But, it’s tucked out of the way. I like how the bottom of the card goes translucent. It allows the card to have an effect to it, without losing too much of the picture. Especially on this card, the graphics are also tucked out of the way. It allows the information to be there, but still have Pedro shine though. The red and blue color scheme really adds to the idea that this card was designed with the picture in mind. It makes for a fantastic overall presentation.
Pedro deserved nothing less.