Monday, July 24, 2017

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter: Box 5: Packs 1 - 8

It's hard to believe it but my five boxes of 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter are almost completely ripped.  At this point, I am down to the fifth and final box of my purchase...  Let's get to it!

Box 5:
Box loader:

This time around, I scored Alex Bregman.  I may not have a lot of interest in the box toppers this year but at least I managed to pull five different cards (and they have interesting backgrounds if nothing else).

Packs 1 - 8:

As usual, I must start with the fish cards.  I'm interested to see if I managed to score the entire fish set from my five boxes (the set has a total of 20 cards and you get five per box).  If I had good luck with the collation, I should have the entire set...but we shall see when I get to sort everything out!

Next, a black bordered mini of my current favorite non-Reds player:  Jose Altuve.

No real reason to show that card off other than the fact that I love Altuve.

I did get one mini insert in this set of eight packs - another Bust a Move card (which I needed).

Who knew that the Break Dance had actual dance moves?  Certainly not me.

And finally, my third (!) autograph in five boxes (that's much better than in previous years).

That's Tom Arnold, actor and comedian...and it is a great way to start the final box break!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

2017 Allen & Ginter: Box 4: Packs 17 - 24

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I'm back with the final eight packs out of my fourth box of 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter.  This box has proven to be a decent one with an autograph and a Brooklyn back mini leading the way.  Can we find something else to make it a truly great box?  Let's find out together.

Box 4:
Packs 17 - 24:

Once again, I must show off the fish card.

Walleye are popular fish among fishermen in my area though I can't say that I've ever eaten Walleye before.

Only two minis worth mentioning this time around, both are inserts including another World's Dude card (which I love).

The University Track Dude is kind of hilarious looking.  The photo is perfect for a set like this, kudos to Topps for that.

The other insert is another one of the Bust a Move cards - this time for the Tango.

I can't dance to save my life - and I'm not sure the written step-by-step instructions on the back can save me...but I do appreciate the card design.  Once again, kudos to Topps.

For all of the complaining I hear about Topps, I have to say that they brought their A game (for the most part) with this year's edition of Allen & Ginter.  I think the worst part of the design is the box loaders - they aren't awful but they simply don't interest me the way some of the more oddball designs used to.

Speaking of not really interesting me, the non-framed relics are pretty dull in my eyes.  My final hit of the box was Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox.

Not the most exciting ending to a box, but I'm still happy to have landed two more mini inserts for my set.  I've greatly enjoyed this year's edition of Ginter (I wish I had had the cash to buy a case) but at least I have one more box remaining to open.  Let's hope for more magic in that one!

2017 Allen & Ginter: Box 4: Packs 9 - 16

I pulled an autograph in the first eight packs out of box #4.  What else could be in store for us?

Box 4:
Packs 9 - 16:

Once again, we start with the fish cards because I like them a lot.

In my opinion, those are some of the best full-sized inserts that Topps has done for Allen & Ginter in quite some time.  The fronts are well designed and the backs are informative.  Good stuff all around!

I haven't scanned most of the base minis that I've pulled this year, but I do think that this black bordered Frank Thomas is worth the effort to show off!

It's not a short print or anything, but I thought the black bordered looked good with Thomas' black White Sox hat.  I also like the bits of blue behind the black border.

The middle packs of the box produced a pair of mini inserts for me (yay!).  The first is the Machinist Dude from the World's Dudes set.

I like this set a lot - and I can't wait until I own all 45 cards in it (so if you have any for trade, hit me up as I am missing the vast majority of the cards still)!

The other mini insert was from the Magicians & Illusionists set.

I can't say that this set interests me as much as the World's Dude set (or even the Fish set).  However, I'm a sucker for most things Allen & Ginter so I will be chasing, however foolish that may be.

And finally, we found our second hit of the box - a relic of Justin Verlander.

That does it for the middle packs.  Only eight packs remain in this box and then it is on to the fifth and final box that I bought.

2017 Allen & Ginter: Box 4: Packs 1 - 8

I busted all five of my boxes on the day they arrived but I've been spacing out the posts for two reasons.  One, I didn't have time to scan the cards and write the posts for all five boxes on the first day, and two, I figured it would be Ginter overload to put everything in a single post.  That said, I did manage to get some of my cards listed on eBay in between the time you read these posts and the time I wrote them.  In fact, the Aaron Judge relic that I pulled in a previous box sold within 5 minutes of me listing it on eBay (clearly I could have upped my "Buy it Now" price).  That's fine by me though, I'm happy to rid myself of the Judge and, simultaneously, come a tiny bit closer to making my money back on the boxes I did buy.

All that said, there are still contents for two more boxes to show off, so here we go!

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Box 4:
Box loader:

Once again, I find a "boring" baseball player box loader, though I suppose most people wouldn't consider Jeter boring.  I don't get what is going on in the background of the photograph at all - where were these things taken?!

Packs 1 - 8:

The first eight packs were mostly devoid of highlights, but what I did get was quite good (albeit limited).  First though, the obligatory fish card.

I think I have already pulled that same card two times before but I don't care at the moment.  The fish cards are awesome (and I'll for sure have some trade bait - pun intended).

Next, a gorgeous Brooklyn back mini of Ben Smith numbered 5/25.

Ben Smith is a Crossfit athlete so I doubt there is a huge demand for his cards...but still, pulling a Brooklyn back mini is tough (seeded 1:170 packs) and I managed to land two of them in my four boxes (so far).

And finally, my second autograph that I've found in my boxes:

Jharel Cotton isn't a superstar or the autograph that most people are probably going to chase this year, but I'm still happy with it.  Getting autographs in Ginter is always exciting and it definitely made for a good start to box #4.

I'll have more from this box soon!  Stay tuned.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter: Box 3 - Part 3

It's time to finish off box #3 (out of a total of 5 boxes that purchased).  This box has already produced a rip card and a relic...so we should get one more hit in this set of packs.

Box 3:
Packs 17 - 24:

I'll be honest, the final eight packs sort of fizzled out.  I did get one more fish card though.

And a single World's Dude mini insert.

Scholar Dude isn't overly exciting though...and that's coming from a college professor.

Finally, our last hit of the box to end things:

That is Michal Kapral, who according to the card back is a "joggler."  I assume that is someone who juggles while jogging, but it might actually means someone who has too much free time and not enough friends (or pets).

Well, the rip card made the whole box worthwhile - and we still got some other good stuff in the box as well.  I pulled my second Larkin base card in this box too - so I have one for the set binder now and one for the Larkin binder (always appreciated for sets I am collecting).

I still have two more boxes to go - let's hope for some more good stuff in those!  See you soon.

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter: Box 3 - Part 2

If you missed my first part of the third box (out of five) that I bought, you should go check it.  Hint:  Rip Card appearance.  The second chunk of the box isn't quite that exciting...but I still did land a few cool cards.

First, two more fish cards.

I wish this set was 40 cards in size rather than only 20 cards.  It's that nice.

I ended up getting two more mini inserts.  The first is the Polish Prince Dude.

Funny looking guy...but not as funny looking as the next guy.

The Whirling Dervish Dance from the Bust a Move set.

I'm thinking I'd break something if I tried that set of dance moves.

And finally, the hit from this set of packs...

...at least it is more than one color.  That's about all I can say about that.

Only eight more packs remain in this box, but really, with the rip card in the box already I feel like this box was a victory no matter what happens in the final eight packs.  Good times!


2017 Topps Allen & Ginter: Box 3 - Part 1

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Another day, another box of Ginter to rip!  This is my third (of five) boxes of Allen & Ginter - and unlike the last box, this one isn't a hot box (which means I can make more progress on my base set again).

Box loader:

Corey Seager is my box loader this time around.  At least in the three boxes I've landed three different players.  No Reds in the set, so I don't have any strong feelings about which player I pull for the box topper.

Box 3:
Packs 1 - 8:

Let's start with the lone fish card of the set of packs.

This one is a duplicate from an earlier box, but that was bound to happen at some point.

Moving on to the minis, I ended up with a sweet black bordered mini of Billy Hamilton.

Always nice to get a Reds' mini (now to find all of the versions of the Larkin mini)!

Speaking of different versions, how about a Brooklyn back mini?

The Brooklyn back minis are hand numbered (out of only 25) and are seeded 1:170 packs.

I also ended up with a single mini insert...

That's my second card from the Magicians & Illusionists set (only 13 more cards to go)!

That's a pretty good haul for eight packs - but I haven't shown the best card yet...

Yeah, I pulled a rip card after only three boxes.  If you have been following my blog, you'll know why I'm excited about that since I had two different years where I bought a full, unopened case and didn't get a single rip card.  I don't think I'll be ripping the Mattingly - it's more likely to end up on eBay (and may already be there by the time this post goes live).  Yankee fans are fairly rabid and this one is somewhat low numbered (50/60).

Definitely a great start to the third box.  Actually, this box is a success pretty much no matter else I end up pulling.  Good times in box #3!

Friday, July 21, 2017

FOR TRADE: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter

For a list of what I am looking for, see my want list here.

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter FOR TRADE:
Last updated:  7/23/17

Regular Sized Cards:

Base:
1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 5, 5, 6, 6, 9, 9, 10, 10, 12, 14, 15, 15, 17, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 27, 27, 28, 29, 29, 30, 30, 31, 31, 31, 32, 32, 33, 33, 35, 35, 36, 36, 36, 37, 37, 37, 38, 38, 39, 39, 40, 40, 41, 41, 42, 43, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 50, 51, 52, 53, 53, 54, 55, 55, 56, 57, 57, 57, 59, 59, 60, 61, 61, 63, 66, 66, 69, 69, 71, 71, 73, 73, 75, 76, 76, 76, 79, 79, 79, 80, 80, 81, 82, 86, 86, 87, 87, 88, 89, 89, 94, 94, 94, 95, 95, 95, 96, 96, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 103, 105, 105, 108, 109, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 113, 114, 114, 115, 115, 115, 118, 119, 121, 124, 125, 128, 130, 130, 131, 131, 132, 132, 132, 133, 133, 134, 134, 137, 137, 138, 139, 139, 140, 140, 143, 145, 145, 145, 146, 146, 147, 147, 149, 150, 151, 152, 152, 152, 155, 155, 156, 159, 162, 162, 163, 167, 167, 168, 168, 169, 169, 169, 170, 170, 173, 173, 173, 174, 174, 175, 176, 178, 178, 180, 180, 181, 182, 182, 186, 187, 189, 189, 190, 191, 192, 195, 195, 196, 196, 197, 197, 198, 202, 202, 203, 203, 205, 205, 207, 207, 208, 208, 209, 210, 210, 211, 212, 212, 213, 213, 215, 215, 215, 218, 219, 220, 220, 221, 221, 221, 222, 222, 223, 223, 224, 224, 224, 225, 225, 226, 226, 226, 228, 228, 237, 238, 238, 239, 239, 240, 240, 243, 243, 246, 248, 248, 248, 249, 250, 250, 251, 251, 253, 253, 253, 254, 254, 255, 255, 257, 260, 262, 262, 263, 263, 264, 265, 265, 266, 268, 269, 269, 269, 270, 275, 275, 277, 277, 278, 278, 280, 280, 280, 281, 281, 281, 283, 283, 285, 285, 285, 287, 289, 289, 292, 292, 292, 294, 298, 298, 299, 299, 300, 300, 303, 305, 307, 318, 319, 321, 322, 327, 330, 333, 343, 344, 347, 348

Sport Fish & Fishing Lures:
SFL- 2, 2, 5, 6, 6, 8, 12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 17

Revolutionary Battles:
RB- 2, 3, 4, 4, 6

What a Day!:
WAD- 8, 10, 23, 35, 46, 51, 58, 59, 64, 69, 70, 74, 76, 80, 81, 81, 85, 86, 88, 89, 95, 100

World's Fair:
WF- 1, 6, 7, 7, 10, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18

Minis:

Regular back minis:
58, 64, 92, 101, 102, 105, 111, 119, 122, 128, 133, 138, 142, 143, 143, 146, 151, 154, 183, 214, 217, 218, 226, 232, 281, 288, 301, 309, 310, 316, 325, 328, 335, 336, 340, 342

A&G back minis:
5, 17, 21, 26, 33, 47, 51, 66, 94, 100, 106, 109, 110, 124, 149, 181, 192, 208, 223, 226, 239, 278, 278, 294, 332, 337, 345

Magicians & Illusionists:
MI-2

World's Dudes:
WD-14

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter: Box 2 - Part 3

Welcome back to the final part of the second (of five) boxes of 2017 Allen & Ginter.  This box happened to be one of the hot boxes full of shiny base cards...but unfortunately for me, Barry Larkin wasn't one of the included base cards in my hot box.

I did, however, get a few cool cards to end the box with - including my first no number mini from 2017.

Tyler Naquin isn't the biggest name in the set, but at 1:85 packs, I'll still take it!

I also get a pair of mini inserts including my first Magicians & Illusionists card.

Pamela Colman Smith was the person who illustrated the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck.  Pretty cool stuff to learn.

My other mini insert was another World's Dude card.

The Circus Clown Dude isn't as cool as some of the others that I've pulled, but it is still a nice retro insert card.

Two more fish cards to show off (just because I love that set).

And we end on the fourth (!) hit of the box (or maybe silk cards don't count as hits).  Anyhow, it's a relic of Gary Stevens - horse racing jockey.

That is it for the second box.  Kind of fun to open a hot box but without landing the Larkin base card it felt a little lacking to me.  I'm also a bit worried that missing out on all the "regular" base cards will hurt me in my quest to complete the base set in only five boxes.  We shall see what happens I guess...  More Ginter goodies to come soon!

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter: Box 2 - Part 2

Yesterday, I started showing off the highlights of my second box of 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter - a box that ended up being one of the hot boxes full of shiny base cards (trust me, the shiny cards look way better in person than they do in any scans).  Now, it's time to look at the next third of the box.

Box 2:
Packs 9 - 16:

The shiny base cards are quite cool - but otherwise there wasn't a lot of highlights in the middle third of the box.  I did get two more Fish cards at least.

And one mini insert card - my first Constellation card (the constellation is printed in glow-in-the-dark ink on the front - otherwise the front of the card looks plain white).

And my third hit of the box, well, that I found and it's an autograph!

Sort of a let down in that I don't know who Jay Glazer is (sportswriter is what the card says).  Still, autos in Ginter are tough to track down so I'm happy to land one in my second box!

More to come soon!

Barry Larkin Collection 536: 1989 Kahn's - #11

Barry Larkin
Year:  1989
Brand:  Kahn's
Card number:  11

As a Barry Larkin collector who lives 10+ hours away from Cincinnati, I don't get a lot of access to stadium giveaway cards...and since Kahn's has released a Reds team set pretty much every year of Larkin's playing career, that means I have a lot of somewhat tough-to-find (but ultimately worthless) cards to track down!

I will say, for a low budget set the card looks pretty darn good.  The front looks like something I might design if I knew even the bare minimum of how to use Photoshop...but ultimately it gets the job done.  I like the full statistics on the back (at least in Larkin's case, it could be a happy coincidence that there are only five years of data for Larkin at that point in time).  The Kahn's logo is also present, but not omnipresent which is good.

All told, this is a nice oddball card for my collection - and it marks the beginning of me going back through some of the earlier years of Larkin cards and trying to fill in some holes in my collection.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter: Box 2 - Part 1

I bought five boxes of 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter and so far I've already completely ripped one of them.

Now, it's time to move on to the second of the boxes...and this box will prove to be kind of neat in that it's a hot box!  More on that in a moment, first though, let's check out our box loader card.

Box loader:

Here's Dansby Swanson swinging the bat in front of...what exactly?  A park?  A Victorian mansion?  No idea what's going on in the background but I kind of like it.  It's different at least.

Packs 1 - 8:

As I said at the top of the post, this box ended up being a hot box which means there are no "normal" base cards.  Instead, all of the base cards are of a shiny, shimmering variety.  I have to admit, they look really sharp (and I can only hope to pull the Larkin card from this box)!

The first eight packs produced six base minis (three regular backs, two A&G backs, and one black bordered).  The final two minis were both inserts - including another awesome World's Dudes card.

The Packer Dude isn't a fan of Green Bay, instead he is part of the meat packing business in the mid 19th century.

The other mini was a Required Reading card - this time of The Count of Monte Cristo, another classic that I haven't read.

I like the Required Reading set, but I don't think they'll look all that interesting in a binder page.  I guess I should wait and see though...it's kind of cool that you get the first bit of the book on the front of the card at least.

My full sized inserts included the expected What a Day cards, along with another Revolution Battles card, two more World's Fair cards, and another Sport Fish & Fishing Lures card (my favorite set of the bunch).

That leaves me with two more cards to highlight from this set - including my first relic of the box.

Yeah, that's Aaron Judge and you better believe I'm putting it on eBay (actually it will hopefully already be on eBay by the time this post goes live).

My final card of note was my second hit of the box...at least, assuming silk cards count as hits.

The silk is numbered 05/10 and it's a pretty nice looking card (even if it is cut sort of weird).

That was a great start to the box - and being a hot box is kind of cool since I really do dig the shiny look.  If I had lots of money, I'd put together the shiny base set as well as the regular base set...but alas, I do not have that sort of cash (and I doubt that the Judge relic will net me enough money to entertain such thoughts).