Since Ginter is brand spanking new, I figured all of you might like to see what I end up with as well! I ended up going with only a six box order (I didn't have enough cash for a full case this year). Hopefully I get some good stuff and maybe I'll eventually be able to spring for another box or two. That's all putting the cart wayyyyy in front of the horse though - let's simply start with the first box!
One of the things that I like about buying hobby boxes of Ginter is the box toppers. As you can see, my box loader is an oversized card. Who of?
None other than Pirates' star (but not doing so great this year and I know that because he's on my freaking fantasy team) Andrew McCutchen. According to the printing on the hobby box, there is a chance of pulling rarer boxloaders including relics (1:111 boxes), autographed (1:185), Auto/Relic (1:1,102), Cut signatures (1:5,288), and Cabinet relics (1:2,644). I highly doubt I'll get anything rare from my six boxes (well, five now that I've opened up my first boxloader) but you never know. A guy can hope, right?!
Moving on to the first pack of the 2016 set:
50. Daniel Murphy
53. Logan Forsythe
95. Jimmy Nelson
130. Gregory Polanco
233. Adam Lind
The Numbers Game: 42. Roberto Alomar
Natural Wonders: 7. Natural Bridge
Reg. mini: 278. Madison Bumgarner
Alright, that's the first pack!
My initial thoughts:
- Different card stock, a bit more old timey than usual
- The gold bordered on the Natural Wonders insert is jarring (and not in a good way)
- The Numbers Game cards have a lot of numbers on them - I could see an interesting blog series based on the cards.
- The color splotches on the base cards have a weird filter effect applied to them. I'm undecided on how I feel about that right now.
Now, while I have your attention - please keep me in mind for all mini (and regular) inserts that you might pull from this set! I plan to complete all the various insert sets and I'll definitely need your help. I'm always willing to trade - and I am sure I'll end up with some more trade bait out of the various boxes (including most of the regular minis - I don't plan on trying for the mini base set this year).
I'm curious to know what all of you think of this year's edition of Allen & Ginter. It's always a set that I look forward to - here's hoping there are some cool surprising lurking in my boxes! I will, of course, have plenty more Ginter over the next few days...but for now, I must go get ready to play softball in this uncommon 90+ degree PA weather!