2009 Allen & Ginter box break 1/3 (Gint-A-Cuffs)

GintaCuffs UpdateI’m one of the 24 contestants in the first annual Gint-A-Cuff’s challenge, which you can read about here. Here is the first of three boxes of this hot new product. Gint-A-Cuff points are in parenthesis. My Team is the Red Sox, My Player is Dustin Pedroia.

UPDATE: Images from the this Box Break can be seen HERE.

Box Loader: Japan Advances to (WBC) Final, Matsuzaka and Aoki are pictured. (8) Score 8



Pack 1: Chase Utley (2), Scott Rolen (0), Albert Pujols (0), Mark Teixeira (-1), Justin Morneau (0), Kerry Wood (0), mini Andrew Bailey (0), National Pride Edgar Renteria (0) Pack Score: 1

Pack 2: Kevin Youkilis (1), Charles Darwin (0), Mariel Zagunis (0), David Patton (0), AJ Burnett SP (5-1=4),  Brian King Sketch Derek Jeter (3-1=2?), Mini A&G Back Johnny Damon (-1), National Pride Jose Lopez (0) Pack Score: 6?

Pack 3: Magglio Ordonez (0), Jered Weaver (0), Jeff Francouer (0), Michael Young (0), Framed Autograph Ryan Church (15), Black Border Mini Rick Ankiel (3), National Pride Yuniesky Betancourt (0) Pack Score 18


Pack 4: Aaron Hill (0), Francisco Liriano (0), Ramiro Pena (-1), David Wright (2), Clayton Kershaw (2), Justin Duchsherer SP (5), Mini National Heroes Turkey (5), Mini Jeff Samardzija SP A&G Back (9), National Pride Evan Longoria (4), Ginter Code info card Pack Score: 26

Pack 5: Chris B. Young Ariz (0), Johan Santana (0), Chipper Jones (2), Ryan Zimmerman (0), Mike Pelfrey (0), Alex Rodriguez (-1), National Pride Carlos Ruiz (0) Pack Score: 1

Pack 6: Ryan Theriot (0), Paul Maholm (0), Carlos Lee (0), Anna Tunnicliffe (0), Tim Lincecum (2), Andy LaRoche SP (5), Mini Hiroki Kuroda (0), National Pride Ryan Howard (0) Pack Score: 7

Pack 7: Ryan Church (0), Rafael Furcal (0), Michael Cuddyer (0), Derek Lowe (0), Brandon Phillips (0), Kolan McConiughey (0), Mini Manny Parra (0), National Pride Jorge Cantu (0) Pack Score: 0

Pack 8: Jaime Moyer (0), Colby Rasmus (0), Ubaldo Jimenez (0), Alfred Nobel (0), Old Faithful SP (5-1=4?), Brian Kong Frank Thomas (3), Mini Alex Rios (0), National Pride Max Scherzer (0) Pack Score 7?

Pack 9: Mike Aviles (0), Kevin Kouzmanoff (0), Jeremy Bonderman (0), Jordan Zimmermann (0), Fausto Carmona SP (5), Brian Kong Jim Thome (3), Mini Khalil Greene (0), National Pride Kosuke Fukudome (4) Pack Score: 12

Pack 10: Luke Hochevar (0), John Lackey (0), James Shields (0), Alamo (0), Brett Anderson (0), Troy Glaus (0), Mini Stephanie Brown Trafton (0), National Pride Edinson Volquez (0) Pack Score: 0

Pack 11: Brett Myers (0), Nelson Cruz (0), Lashawn Merritt (0), Suez Canal (-1), Todd Wellemeyer (0), Crack the Code Brad Lidge (?), Mini Millitto Navarro (0), National Pride Jair Jurrjens (0) Pack Score?

Pack 12: Jack Cust (0), Dustin Pedroia (4), Hideki Matsui (-1), Trevor Crowe (0), Jayson Werth (0), Christian Guzman SP (5), Mini Christian Guzman SP (7), National Pride Albert Pujols (0), Ginter Code info Pack Score: 15

Pack 13: Chris Duncan (0), Zack Greinke (0), Lastings Milledge (0), George Kattaras (1), Framed Relic Billy The Marlin (12), Mini Hoaxes, Hoodwinks Bamboozles Cottingley Fairies (5), National Pride Daisuke Matsuzaka (2) Pack Score: 20


Pack 14: Melvin Mora (0), Brandon Webb (0), Bryan Berg (0), Kenshin Kawakami (0), Rich Harden (0), Javier Vazquez SP (5), Mini A&G Back David Patton (2), National Pride Vladimir Guerrero (0) Pack Score: 7

Pack 15: Khalil Greene (0), Alfonso Soriano (0), Daniel Murphy (0), Ludwig Van Beethoven (0), Joba Chamberlain (-1), Chris Carpenter (0), Mini Black Border JJ Hardy (3), National Pride Carlos Zambrano (0) Pack Score: 2

Pack 16: Akinori Iwamura (0), Todd Helton (0), Scott Kazmir (0), Cat Osterman (0), Kevin Millwood (0), Matt LaPorta SP (5), Mini Torii Hunter (0), National Pride Victor Martinez (0), Code info card Pack Score: 5

Pack 17: Rickie Weeks (0), Matt Kemp (0), Eric Bedard (0), CC Sabathia (-1), Red Moore (0), Tim Hudson (0), Mini National Heroes Ukraine (5), National Pride Derek Jeter (-1-1= -2) Pack Score: 2

Pack 18: Russell Martin (0), Vlad Guerrero (0), Johnny Damon (-1), Justin Verlander (0), Brigham Young (0), Kenji Johjima SP (5-1=4), Mini  A&G Back Ryan Zimmerman (2), National Pride (0) Pack Score: 5

Pack 19: Jermaine Dye (0), Loren Opstedahl (0), David Price (0), Bobby Parnell (0), Framed Relic BJ Upton (8), Mini Ryan Howard (0), National Pride Stephen Drew (0) Pack Score: 8


Pack 20: Josh Hamilton (2), Francisco Rodriguez (0), Brad Nelson (0), Matt Tuiasosopo (0), Yunel Escobar SP (5), Brian Kong Francisco Rodriguez (3), Mini Charles Darwin (0), National Pride Mark Teahen (0) Pack Score:  10

Pack 21: Brian Giles (0), Frank Evans (0), Brian Roberts (2), Milky Way (-1), Ryan Dempter (0), Crack the Code JD Drew (?), Mini A&G Back Louis Braille (2), National Pride Ryan Braun (4) Pack Score: 7?

Pack 22: Casey Blake (0), Jose Reyes (0), Blake DeWitt (0), Nate McLouth (0), Adrian Gonzalez (2), Dominique Wilkins  SP (5), Mini Black Border Russell Martin (3), National Pride Carlos Beltran (0), Code info card

Pack 23: John Maine (0), Jay Bruce (2), Roy Oswalt (0), Jason Motte (0), Carlos Guillen (0), Travis Hafner (0), Mini Hoxes Hoodwinks The Piltdown Man (5), National Pride Francisco Liriano (0) Pack Score: 7

Pack 24: Edgar Renteria (0), Torii Hunter (0), Michael Phelps (0), Matt Holiday (0), David DeJesus (0), Stephen Drew SP (5), Mini Dan Haren (0), National Pride Carlos Delgado (0) Pack Score: 5

Un-Official G-A-C Score to come. Scans also to come.

Review/Commentary: I dig the three hits per box now. One thing that I love about Allen & Ginter is when you open a pack and see a Framed card, you kind of slow down and peak at it hoping there is something extra special inside. That said, my hits here were interesting. The Ryan Church auto is blah, and the BJ Upton gamer is pretty bland, even more since it’s a single-color swatch. But the Billy The Marlin gamer card (it’s got a pinstripe!) is pretty interesting, even if only because the picture of a big fish wearing a jersey is amusing. Also, this is a Group A short print relic, which means for the next five days or so I can get about $20 for it, after that it is anyone’s guess. Whee!

The Crack the Code cards are different this year, and I kind of dig it. The fact that they look like parallels make them appealing to player and team collectors, which is neat. The Brian Kong sketch cards look awesome, and I like that the National Pride inserts are not super thick.

The minis I pulled were not extremely special, nothing serial numbered. But a mini of Charles Darwin and Thomas Braille in the same box is pretty fun.

2 Responses to “2009 Allen & Ginter box break 1/3 (Gint-A-Cuffs)”

  1. I notice you had questions about what value to assign some of the cards. I have a feeling I’ll be doing the same. The commish will be busy!

  2. PunkRockPaint Says:

    I hope to get my post up this weekend… I got lucky with “favorite player” relics… It really helped my overall score. I kinda wish I woulda got a Billy the Marlin, but I really like my oddball (errr… Group A) relic.

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