The original planned release for these cards was pushed back from a July release into mid August. That’s not a drastic change, but it does put it after the MLB trade deadline. That was one of the things that jumped out, when seeing recently traded players on their old teams. This happens all the time with late summer releases, however, as there’s just not enough lead time to fix them.
This release doesn’t change very much year to year, and even the base design looks very similar. It feels like this year there is less non sport fun included, but that may just be because of the choice of subjects. One thing that stood out as unusual was the collation. Normally, in a hobby box like this, you are unlikely to find duplicates. This time, two of the limited inserts ended up being duplicates. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s surprising to see.
A box contains 24 packs, with 8 cards per pack. It also advertises 3 hits, which can include autographs, relic cards, rip cards, printing plates, and book cards.
This set faced a big delay due to the pandemic shut downs. Normally, this set would be released in July, but this year it finally hit stores in mid September. The great card rush is still going on, but it remains to be seen how that will affect this release. While this is a heavy hit product, with three per hobby box, there is a mix of baseball players past and present, and many other pop culture subjects. It’s not a set for everyone.
It can have wide spread appeal, because you can find some subjects that would normally not get cardboard treatment. That same feature can turn off baseball purists, though. It doesn’t get the same sort of attention as other releases, despite the large number of hits, because you primarily see a lot of lower end relics. The biggest current rookie prize is Luis Robert, and he has autographs in this product, but it doesn’t seem to be driving the treasure hunters like in other products.
The base set contains 300 cards, with an additional 50 short prints running 301-350. There are a few regular parallels, with most of the parallels in mini card form. We see a few baseball related inserts sets, but then also some random inserts such as “Where Monsters Live” and “Citadels & Strongholds”. Overall, it’s a fun set as a throwback to a late 1800s set.
A box contains 24 packs of 8 cards, and advertises 3 hits per box.
This is one of my favorite every year. I like the baseball focus, but with the inclusion of a lot of randomness. It feels like there is a little bit less of that this time around. Dreams of Blue Ribbons is a step in that direction, but the rest seem fairly normal.
This year, there were apparently some distribution problems. While many people still received the product on release day, it took until the following Monday for me to be able to get it. While waiting for it to arrive, another product was brought to my attention that I may have to look at. It seems it has a lot of what I like about Allen & Ginter, but I’ll have to see for myself.
The 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter release follows the same pattern that we’ve come to expect. It features old time players, current players, and an assortment of pop culture figures, things, and places. I’ve heard some rumbling about how some of the relics available in the release are not actually real (like one from the Kraken!), but they seem popular none the less.
The set is the same format once again, containing 300 Base cards and an additional 50 SPs (301-350). Unlike a lot of other releases, while these SPs are shorter, they’re still attainable falling one in every two packs. You’ll also find a random assortment of insert sets featuring the likes of the World’s Hottest Peppers, the World’s Greatest Beaches, and Baseball Equipment of the Ages.
July means release time for Allen & Ginter. It’s always a fun set which, while clearly a baseball set, also offers a little bit of a change of pace with various off beat inclusions. It includes anything from insert sets focusing on Revolutionary Battles or World’s Dude to regular relics and autographs.
The release is bolstered by Aaron Judge, as are most of the 2017 releases. There is also a mix of sports writers and various other stars, such as Floyd Mayweather and William Shatner. Hot boxes make their first appearances in Allen & Ginter with an entire box filled with Foil Base parallels instead of standard base cards.