Featured 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter

Discussion in 'Baseball Card Talk' started by Taliasen, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. Taliasen

    Taliasen Collecting Rickey Henderson and Sean Casey. Moderator

    2014 Topps Allen & Ginter

    Per box items:
    24 packs per box
    8 cards per pack
    a combination of 3 hits of autographs and/or relics

    The standard sized base set cards have a color 'art-style' picture of the player on the card fronts. Bordered with a simple graphic there is a splash of a complementary color behind the player. The player's last name and set name are centered along the card bottom. The occasional horizontal card does have a color background picture behind the player. The card backs are photo-less. The plain back cards lists moderate biographical information and career statistics. All the the usually numerical information is written out. For example a Batting Average of .296 is displayed as "Two Hundred Ninety Six."

    What I pulled:
    191 unique cards, no duplicates
    138 base cards
    26 inserts
    23 mini cards
    2 relics
    1 auto
    1 mini 1/1

    Base card front and back:

    Inserts: (not all scanned)
    Fields of Yore 2, 8
    Air Supremacy 6, 9
    World's Capitals 3, 8, 10, 15
    Natural Wonder 3, 8, 11, 18
    Little Lions 14, Predators 11, Into the Unknown 10, Where nature Ends 18

    The Hits:
    Beltre relic, Snoop Lion Relic
    Sprance Framed mini relic 1/10
    Mini wood 1/1 Waggoner

    2014 Allen and Ginter returns with an expanded autograph list. The mix of retired stars and current players is nice. The occasional horizontal layout card breaks the set up just enough so that it does not feel all the same. Personally I am a baseball card purist and think that a baseball card set should have baseball players in it. In my opinion this is watered down even for A&G. A&G also brings back their many inserts and SP minis to chase. The bonus hit is really cool. I was surprised that the mini wood 1/1 was lust inserted in a pack and not in a rip card though. Once again there is a code to break. I would have preferred a few less inserts and to that many more base set cards. A decent box to be sure, but I am just not a big fan of 'art-style' cards.

    The Bottom Line:

    I give 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter a shop around rating. It really depends on what type of a collector you are if you should buy A&G. If you are a player or team collector, buy your singles. If you like the product or are a set collector, 2014 A&G will appeal to you. Buy a box and trade your Tigers, Rickey Henderson and Predators Wolf cards to me!

    The Final Score:

    Final Ratings (Out of 5):
    Base set collect-ability: 2/5
    Big-hit Hunter: 5/5
    Prospector Hunter: 3/5
    Overall Design: 5/5
    Fun: 5/5
    Value: 4/5
    Re-buy: 5/5
    Overall Quality: 5/5

    Overall: 34/40 (85% = B)

    Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!

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  2. ranbethscards

    ranbethscards NASCAR products are back baby!!!!! oh yeah! Moderator

    Another great review... "B" overall is fantastic... but for YOUR box an "A+++" needs to be given due to the 1/1 of Waggoner!

    QUESTION: What was the box topper?
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2014
  3. racinghy

    racinghy Member

    SNNNNNNNOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPP! Is the card FT? Congrats on the wood 1/1 and the 1/10 mini relic! GREAT BOX!
  4. camaropat

    camaropat Active Member

    Nice break. A&G is one of my all time favorite products. If the Snoop Lion is available lmk, I can trade of buy, or do like last time with the Yaos if you wish. :)

    Also, did you pull any Anothony Bourdain (Chef) or Tanner Foust (racecar driver) minis or a Foust base? Having a heck of a time tracing these things down without using feeBay, LOL! :D
  5. Taliasen

    Taliasen Collecting Rickey Henderson and Sean Casey. Moderator

    Sorry, Mike trout
  6. Taliasen

    Taliasen Collecting Rickey Henderson and Sean Casey. Moderator

    Neither of those, sorry.
  7. racinghy

    racinghy Member

    Is the Snoop Lion card up for trade?
  8. ranbethscards

    ranbethscards NASCAR products are back baby!!!!! oh yeah! Moderator

    Tim, just looked at this review again.. man.. it was a sweet box.. is the 1/1 still around? or the Snoop Lion?
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