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Topps Allen & Ginter: Making baseball irrelevant on baseball cards

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on July 5, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Since returning to the hobby in 2007, I have come to love and hate Topps Allen & Ginter. True, I missed the 2006 incarnation of the set — which featured arguably the best checklist of autographs — but from 2007 to present, the set has featured a solid share of subjects who have intrigued me. But what I’ve come to love about the product — the non baseball subjects — has also sort of made me despise it.

I’m not among the segment of this hobby that hates baseball cards of people who do not play baseball. In fact, I actually like them quite a bit. Like this 2010 card of Sig Hansen, the captain of the Northwestern fishing vessel featured on the hit television show “Deadliest Catch.” And I loved that the 2007 line features an autograph and relic featuring Olympic Gold Medal Sprinter Tommie Smith, who in 1968 made history on the track and on the podium. Of course there are some other odd-ball ones like an air guitar champion, a skeet shooter, and a dancer shown in a viral video.

But what these guys/subjects have done to this baseball product is almost make the baseball players themselves irrelevant. People who pay high prices to bust these boxes are almost certainly looking for autographs, relics and rip cards that ultimately will net them a small sum akin to a winning lottery ticket. And unless you’re pulling an ultra rare card featuring a baseball player, it is the non-baseballers who will bring the most in return.

What that has done is created a mindset among many collectors who are disappointed to pull an autograph or relic of a baseball player when in fact they are buying a pack or box of baseball cards.  Should we really be disappointed to pull an autograph of up-and-comers like Clayton Kershaw and Ryan Braun? Truth is many are disappointed because they know what they’re getting with these guys — and for the most part the card’s value is no where near what we’re paying for the box. And sadly these feelings are legitimate because of the price for which this product sells.

The 2010 version of Allen & Ginter is no different that in years past. There are subjects on baseball cards who are not baseball players — and for the most part, they are the ones who will net the most cash in return. But as it turns out, perhaps the biggest draw this year happens to be a baseball player, none other than pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg. It’s an interesting twist considering the legacy of the product. Sadly, his inclusion has done little more than drive up the price of the product and create even more situations where most collectors are disappointed with their purchase.

Card of the Day: 2004 Topps Archives All-Time Favorites Peter Ueberroth *autograph

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

ueberroth1The TTM bug has bitten me again. I go through phases of loving and hating the through the mail autograph process. I love receiving the autographs in the mail, but at times I hate writing requests and then receiving nothing back. I know it’s part of the game. But, all it takes is one return to re-energize anyone.

Today I present my latest TTM success, and it’s another good one in my mind. Here we’ve got a 2004 Topps Archives All-Time Favorite base card signed by former Major League Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Joey Chestnut

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

When it comes to sports cards, I’m pretty much a straight baseball guy. I’ve collected all sports in the past, and what I found is that I was just buying them for the sake of buying new cards. So for about three years now I have been baseball exclusive. But there is one baseball product on the market right now that makes it damn near impossible not to pull a card of another sport — Topps Allen & Ginter. This is a baseball product, make no mistake about it. But within the base set and inserts, there are cards featuring all sorts of things, such as Big Foot the monster truck, and people, like Joey Chestnut.

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