2001 Donruss Elite Primary Colors Baseball Cards

The 2001 Donruss Elite Primary Colors set is one of those that falls into the Moderately Tough category. It’s not impossible but presents enough of a challenge to often require a number of years to complete if going for a 6-card player run, which consists of three Base and three Die Cut parallels.

The set itself is 40 cards each with three Base color variations and three Die Cut parallels for a total of 240 cards across the different versions. It could be a fun albeit challenging set to build if going for the whole thing.


2001 Donruss Elite Primary Colors Baseball Cards
2001 Donruss Elite Primary Colors Baseball Cards

The Base versions feature the three primary colors printed with a flat foil finish. The basic design is appealing overall and makes for a pretty appearance when brought together.

Upon initial review, you might not think it but just pulling the three Base cards together is difficult to do because of that Yellow parallel. While print runs were getting smaller in the early 2000s, a print run of 25 was still considered small in 2001.

Die Cuts:

2001 Donruss Elite Primary Colors Die Cut Baseball Cards
2001 Donruss Elite Primary Colors Die Cut Baseball Cards

The Die Cut parallels are much more attractive. The combination of die cut, holofoil, and color selection makes them very appealing and reminisce of a 1990s release, which I always appreciate.

For the obvious reason, the Red is the toughest of the Die Cuts to find. It was the last card I needed to complete this 6-card run. Depending on the player, acquiring Die Cut parallels can be challenging, or relatively painless.

Something else that makes the 2001 Donruss Elite Primary Colors set somewhat interesting is that the print runs appear to be sort of random in a way. When combining the Base and Die Cut parallels, there are 250 Blue, 1000 Red, and 100 Yellow. Thankfully, there wasn’t any funny business with the way the serial numbers were stated. Donruss did away with the guessing game and implemented a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get strategy, which I often admire.


The 2001 Donruss Elite Primary Colors set is an attractive one to collect. On the rarity spectrum, I’d put it at Moderate given the inclusion of two cards with print runs of 25. Thankfully by 2001, cards with that print run were starting to be found all over the place making any single set less of a focus, which ultimately has a way of diving down costs and to the advantage of collectors and their budgets. Don’t be fooled, however, the Base Yellow and Red Die Cut parallels can still be very challenging to find.

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Set Information:

SetTotal CardsPrint Run(s)Odds
Blue Die Cut4050
Red Die Cut4025
Yellow Die Cut4075
2001 Donruss Elite Primary Colors


Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
PC-1Alex RodriguezPC-21Sammy Sosa
PC-2Barry BondsPC-22Tony Gwynn
PC-3Cal Ripken Jr.PC-23Vladimir Guerrero
PC-4Chipper JonesPC-24Carlos Delgado
PC-5Derek JeterPC-25Jason Giambi
PC-6Troy GlausPC-26Andruw Jones
PC-7Frank ThomasPC-27Bernie Williams
PC-8Greg MadduxPC-28Roberto Alomar
PC-9Ivan RodriguezPC-29Shawn Green
PC-10Jeff BagwellPC-30Barry Larkin
PC-11Todd HeltonPC-31Scott Rolen
PC-12Ken Griffey Jr.PC-32Gary Sheffield
PC-13Manny RamirezPC-33Rafael Palmeiro
PC-14Mark McGwirePC-34Albert Belle
PC-15Mike PiazzaPC-35Magglio Ordonez
PC-16Nomar GarciaparraPC-36Jim Thome
PC-17Pedro MartinezPC-37Jim Edmonds
PC-18Randy JohnsonPC-38Darin Erstad
PC-19Rick AnkielPC-39Kris Benson
PC-20Roger ClemensPC-40Sean Casey
2001 Donruss Elite Primary Colors


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