Drew Brees Rookie Card Rankings

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While Tom Brady and even Aaron Rodgers get much of the attention, Drew Brees has quietly put together a career that ranks him among the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. And while he’s always been a star in collecting circles, the twilight of his career has brought Brees closer to the level he deserves. That means a lot of interest in the full Drew Brees Rookie Card slate.

And it’s a big one.

Drew Brees Rookie Card

Nearly 70 Drew Brees cards have the RC tag in the Beckett database. And on top of those are hundreds of additional inserts, autographs and parallels. The football card world was in a different place then. NFL manufacturers included Upper Deck, Topps, Fleer, Donruss/Playoff and Pacific. With so many making cards, it’s easy to see how the numbers stack up.

The most valuable Drew Brees Rookie Cards can fetch thousands. Some of the more common ones or cards from sets that don’t have a huge following can still be found for less than $20.

Getting every Drew Brees Rookie Card isn’t going to be feasible for most. That’s where a plus can be found with the large number, no matter where you’re coming at it. With so many cards, there’s a lot of variety to choose from. This includes designs, types of cards, brands and companies, even the uniform Brees is wearing. Many early releases picture the quarterback in his Purdue gear.

Autographs were definitely making their presence felt in 2001, but not to quite the same extent they are now. That translates into less than ten different autographed Drew Brees Rookie Cards. He has lots of inserts and other cards with signatures, but not a lot in main sets.

Most Valuable Drew Brees Rookie Card Rankings

Here’s a deep look at every Drew Brees Rookie Card ranked by what’s the most valuable. Spots are based on values in the Beckett Football Card Price Guide and Database. Only base cards with the RC tag are included, not inserts and parallels.


1. 2001 Playoff Contenders Drew Brees RC Autograph #124

Parallels: Championship Ticket (/100, no autograph), Hawaii (/10)

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2001 Playoff Contenders Drew Brees Rookie Card Autograph




2. 2001 Topps Chrome Drew Brees RC #229 /999

Parallels: Black Refractors (/100)

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2001 Topps Chrome Drew Brees Rookie Card




3 (tie). 2001 SPx Drew Brees RC Auto Jersey #101 /250 (Gold Background)

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3 (tie). 2001 SPx Drew Brees RC Auto Jersey #101 /250 (Silver Background)

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2001 SPx Drew Brees Rookie Card




5. 2001 Pacific Dynagon Drew Brees RC Autograph #102 /199

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2001 Pacific Dynagon Drew Brees Autograph Rookie Card




6. 2001 Crown Royale Drew Brees RC Autograph #150 /250

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2001 Crown Royale Drew Brees Autograph Rookie Card




7. 2001 SP Authentic Drew Brees RC Memorabilia #101 /800

Parallels: Gold (/100)

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2001 SP Authentic Drew Brees Rookie Card




8. 2001 Topps Debut Drew Brees RC Autograph #101 /499

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2001 Topps Debut Drew Brees Autograph Rookie Card




9. 2001 Pacific Drew Brees RC Autograph #453 /1000

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2001 Pacific Drew Brees Rookie Card Autograph




10. 2001 Bowman Chrome Drew Brees RC #144 /1999

Parallels: Xfractors, Gold Refractors (/99)

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2001 Bowman Chrome Drew Brees RC




11. 2001 Finest Drew Brees RC #127 /1000

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12. 2001 Upper Deck Ovation Drew Brees RC #137 /250

Parallels: Black and White (/250), Embossed (/250), Rookie Autographs (/250)

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13. 2001 E-X Drew Brees RC #95 /1000

125 copies are autographed.

Parallels: Essential Credentials (/29)

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2001 E-X Drew Brees Rookie Card




14. 2001 Donruss Elite Drew Brees RC #102 /500

Although numbered to 500, the base version only has 450 copies. The first 50 are the Turn of the Century Autographs.

Parallels: Aspirations (/85), Turn of the Century Autographs (/500, 50 copies), Status (/15)

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2001 Donruss Elite Drew Brees Rookie Card




15. 2001 Bowman’s Best Drew Brees RC #121 /1499

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2001 Bowmans Best Drew Brees RC




16. 2001 Fleer Showcase Drew Brees RC #122 /500

Parallels: Legacy (/50), Masterpiece (1/1)

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2001 Fleer Showcase Drew Brees RC




17. 2001 Ultra Drew Brees RC #260 /2499

Parallels: Gold Medallion (/100), Platinum Medallion (/25)

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2001 Ultra Drew Brees RC




18. 2001 Pacific Impressions Drew Brees RC #202 /117

Parallels: Red Backs (/280), Premiere Date (/50), Shadow (/25)

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19. 2001 Pacific Invincible Drew Brees RC Jersey #289 /250

Parallels (no memorabilia): Red (/199), Blue (/99), Premiere Date (/55)

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20. 2001 Upper Deck Rookie F/X Drew Brees RC #263 /750

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21. 2001 SP Game Used Drew Brees RC Jersey #93 /500

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22. 2001 Topps Reserve Drew Brees RC #130 /999

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23. 2001 Fleer Legacy Drew Brees RC #95 /999

Although numbered to 999, base RC has 699 copies. First 300 copies are Postmarks and Postmarks Autograph versions. 

Parallels: Ultimate Legacy (/250), Rookie Postmarks (/999, 200 copies), Rookie Postmarks Autographs (/999, 100 copies)

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24. 2001 Leaf Rookies and Stars Drew Brees RC #202

Parallels: Longevity (/25), Chicago Collection (/5)

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25. 2001 Titanium Drew Brees RC Jersey #195 /75

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26. 2001 Private Stock Drew Brees RC #160 /200

Parallels: PS-2001, PS-2001 Small Card Numbers, Silver Framed (/99), Premiere Date (/95), Blue Framed (/75), Gold Framed (/49)

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27. 2001 UD Game Gear Drew Brees RC #107 /500

Parallels: Jerseys (/500)

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28. 2001 Topps Heritage Drew Brees RC #116 /1956

Parallels: Refractors (/556)

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2001 Topps Heritage Drew Brees Rookie Card




29. 2001 Preferred Drew Brees RC #102 /1100

Parallels: National Treasures Silver (/275), National Treasures Gold (/50)

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30. 2001 Private Stock Retail Drew Brees RC #160 /500

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31. 2001 Upper Deck Pros and Prospects Drew Brees RC #95 /1000

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32. 2001 Upper Deck Top Tier Drew Brees RC #226 /1500

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33. 2001 Select Drew Brees RC #272 /275

Parallels: Final Score (/11)

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34. 2001 Fleer Genuine Drew Brees RC Memorabilia #140 /1000

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35 (tie). 2001 UD Graded Drew Brees RC #30 /500 “Action”

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35 (tie). 2001 UD Graded Drew Brees RC #30 /500 “Portrait”

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2001 UD Graded Drew Brees Portrait




37. 2001 Pacific Prism Atomic Drew Brees RC #188 /506

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38. 2001 Playoff Honors Drew Brees RC Memorabilia #203 /725

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39. 2001 Fleer Premium Drew Brees RC #214 /2001

Parallels: Rookie Game Ball (/2001, 250 copies made – first 250 copies of base RC), Star Ruby (/125)

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2001 Fleer Premium Drew Brees Rookie Card




40. 2001 Donruss Classics Drew Brees RC #102 /475

Parallels: Timeless Tributes (/100)

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41. 2001 Absolute Memorabilia Drew Brees RC Football #154 /850

Although numbered to 850, the first 25 copies are the Rookie Premiere Materials Autographs.

Parallels: Rookie Premiere Materials Autographs (/850, 25 copies), Spectrum (/25)

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2001 Absolute Memorabilia Drew Brees RC




42. 2001 Fleer Tradition Glossy Drew Brees RC #402 /2001

Parallels: Rookie Stickers (/650), Rookie Minis (/350)

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43. 2001 Topps Drew Brees RC #328

Parallels: MVP Collection, Topps Collection

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2001 Topps Drew Brees Rookie Card




44. 2001 Fleer Game Time Drew Brees RC #125 /2001

Parallels: Extra (/201)

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45. 2001 Fleer Focus Drew Brees RC #195 /1850

Parallels: Numbers (/309)

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46. 2001 Bowman Drew Brees RC #164

Parallels: Gold

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2001 Bowman Drew Brees Rookie Card




47. 2001 Upper Deck Vintage Drew Brees RC #251

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48. 2001 Leaf Certified Materials Drew Brees RC Dual Memorabilia #134 /400

Parallels: Mirror Red (/150, Autograph), Mirror Gold (/25)

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49. 2001 Fleer Authority Drew Brees RC #102 /1350

Parallels: Prominence 75 (/75), Prominence 25 (/25)

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50. 2001 Quantum Leaf Drew Brees RC #202

Parallels: Infinity Green (/75), Infinity Red (/35), Autographs (/20), Infinity Purple (/15)

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51. 2001 Pacific Impressions Retail Drew Brees RC #202

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52. 2001 Upper Deck MVP Drew Brees RC #287

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2001 Upper Deck MVP Drew Brees RC




53. 2001 Vanguard Drew Brees RC #140 /450

Parallels: Blue (/299), Premiere Date (/115), Gold (/99), Red (/10)

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2001 Vanguard Drew Brees RC




54. 2001 Upper Deck Legends Drew Brees RC #111 /750

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55. 2001 Upper Deck Drew Brees RC #206

Parallels: Gold (/50)

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2001 Upper Deck Drew Brees Rookie Card




56. 2001 Topps Gallery Drew Brees RC #115

Parallels: Press Plates Black (1/1), Press Plates Cyan (1/1), Press Plates Magenta (1/1), Press Plates Yellow (1/1)

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57. 2001 Score Drew Brees RC #272

Parallels: Scorecard (/357), Final Score (/11), Chicago Collection (/5)

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58. 2001 Upper Deck Victory Drew Brees RC #415

Parallels: Gold

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59. 2001 Fleer Tradition Drew Brees RC #402

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60. 2001 Stadium Club Drew Brees RC #159

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2001 Stadium Club Drew Brees RC




61. 2001 NFL Showdown First and Goal Drew Brees RC Foil #116

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62. 2001 Titanium Post Season Drew Brees RC #P74 /750

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63. 2001 Titanium Retail Drew Brees RC #195

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64. 2001 Hot Prospects Drew Brees RC #120

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65. 2001 Pacific Invincible Retail Drew Brees RC #289

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66. 2001 Pacific Dynagon Retail Drew Brees RC #102

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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2 comments

  1. Greg Jackson 27 January, 2019 at 11:50

    My name is Greg Jackson i live in Lafayette, IN and have been collecting purdue football players who made it to the NFL Griese, Dawson, Herman, Etc. In 2000 at a Purdue Home Game I received my 1st Drew Brees card which was the 2000 heisman race card.
    The Card was produced for the American lung association, but to my amazement I noticed that there were different sponsors on the cards, I personally went to the American Lung Association and asked if i could get all 7 different sponsors, to my amazement they allowed me to get the complete set, which started the quest of collecting all his rookie cards, to my amazement i found out that there were over 350 different cards, rookie cards, autos, memorabilia, etc.

    In 2003 i was able to meet Drew Brees at the PEFCU(Purdue Emplyees Credit Union) which Drew was their spokesman, he signed all 7 cards for me and i gave him some graded cards. We were pictured on the front of the PEFCU magazine called the Connections, and my wife went to the Meijers to have Drew’s book signed which he also signed the proof picture of He and I.

    In 2014 i purchased my last Brees rookie which was serial numbered 10/10.
    I now believe i am in possesion of the best Drew Brees rookie collection which i also have 2 of the 2002 Hawaiian Trade Show auto contenders which were serial numbered out of 10.
    My friends thought that i was crazy to attempt to accumulate this set until 2009 which Drew won the Superbowl and was awarded the MVP of the Superbowl.
    I am asking for guidance as to the best way to sell the collection, either breaking it up or selling it as a whole.
    I am a person whom would not ask unless i was accurate, to my knowledge i believe i am only missing the 1/1 pressplates and the Fleer Masterpiece 1/1 auto and the Playoff Memorabilia mini helmet/24.
    I could send any and all pictures necessary to prove that I have what i say.
    Please advise what you could suggest as to what would be My best option.
    I have notied an explosion in the pricing of Drew Brees rookies but I need help as to the best way and most valuable way to sell the collection.

    Please advise.

    Sincerly,

    Greg Jackson
    The obssessed Drew Brees rookie collector

    • Ryan Cracknell 29 January, 2019 at 11:54

      @Greg – If you send Steve at Beckett Goodwin Auctions an email (sbloedow@beckett.com), he should probably be able to help you.

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