Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Complete Set Chronicles: 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter: Hometown Heroes

Welcome to another Theme Week:  2011 Allen & Ginter Complete Sets post.  Today, we take a look at the largest of the various insert sets in the 2011 set (not counting parallels), namely the Hometown Heroes set.


The first card in the set is Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants.


Topps designated Travis Snider to serve as card #100 - the final card of the set.  According to the back of Snider's card, his high school coach also mentored Grady Sizemore in American Legion ball.

Card design:

I happen to like the design of the cards for the most part.  The real highlight of the design is the text on the back of the card.  For the vast majority of the cards in the set, I learned something new...and what more can you ask for from an insert set?


Unlike most sets, there isn't much in the way of excitement or variety here.  All 100 cards look basically the same.  On the other hand, the familiarity is kind of nice because you can tell at a quick glance through the binder pages which players hail from a town near yours (if you care about that sort of thing).


For a set that is basically a one-per-pack filler, there are certainly worse options out there.  Unless you a true trivia expert, you will definitely learn a few things about baseball, it's athletes, and even geography by reading the card backs of all 100 subjects.  It's not glitzy or exciting (and at one-per-pack the set feels a bit like filler), but even so I'll give it a 7.5/10 for the educational aspect.


Anonymous said...

I agree - if you consider this set for what it's supposed to be - it's kind of neat and you can learn a little bit reading the backs.


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