Probably a Topps fan favorite since it’s return in 2006, Allen & Ginter returns again for a 5th year. Allen & Ginter is a favorite amongst sports card collectors not only in baseball, but collectors of all sports appreciate the design and quality of Allen & Ginter. This year, Topps labels this as “The Autograph Checklist Allen & Ginter Collectors Have Been Waiting For!” And actually, with the quality products that Topps has put out this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if this were absolutely true.
Autographs from the sports and Americana realm are found throughout this product year after year. Not only can you pull autographs from today’s top baseball stars, there have been autographs of top athletes in other sports, Americana icons, and cut signatures of the famous who are deceased. Headlining the non-baseball autographs this year is Manny Pacquiao who will make an appearance in this year’s product. The autograph checklist looks pretty solid to me so I am definitely excited for the possibilities in this product.
Every year there is a different set of inserts to collect and this year is no different. It gives collectors something new every season. This year features endangered species, the famous counterparts or assistants that many people may not know of get their due, mysterious figures, famous flora, and geniuses amongst others. This set is chocked full of inserts that fall at a rate of one per pack. My favorite is probably the box loader. As I’ve mentioned in other previews, I think a box loader is needed in every product. One of Allen & Ginter’s box loader possibilities is a relic card in the shape of a state in the United States, but when put together will fit a giant map. These are numbered to 50, so it will be difficult to get that set together.
Also returning is the Ginter Code, a code formed in the creation of the set for you to try and figure out. The first to answer the code wins a prize, in the past it has been your own Allen & Ginter card for the next year. Also, returning is the famous Rip Card! Rip it or Keep It? Inside could be an autographed mini, uncirculated mini, wood mini 1/1, or a sketch 1/1.
The base set is a big 350 cards featuring baseball rookies, veterans, sports stars, and historic figures. As always, you can find mini of the base as well with several different variations. Game used framed relics are also found as is standard.
Each hobby box will contain any combination of 3 of the following: Autographed card, relic card, cut signature, rip card, printing plate, or book card. Also, each box will have one box topper.
Topps Allen & Ginter is looking as good as ever this year and will be a hit amongst collectors once again. Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on a box. I just spent a bunch on these reviews recently, plus one more tomorrow, so we’ll see what we can do.
Don’t forget to check out the 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Checklist.