2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball CardsBrand: Allen & Ginter
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball marks the tenth anniversary since the old-time tobacco brand was revived. Just as it has for a decade, the set delivers an old-fashioned feel with ample autographs, memorabilia cards and quirky inserts that reach far beyond the baseball field. Sticking with tradition, hobby boxes have three total hits.
The 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball base set has 350 cards. As always, it's a blend of veterans, rookies, champions from other areas of sport and life, and other notable personalities. The final 50 cards (#301-350) are short prints that combine to land every other pack. The set has a Tenth Anniversary parallel that's appropriately numbered to 10.
Mini cards return to bring more parallels. These include base Minis, Allen & Ginter Back, Black Border, No Number (50 copies each), Flag Back (#/25), Printing Plates and Wood (1/1). Every hobby case also has a pack of five Red minis that aren't available anywhere else.
The base set also has a couple of 150-card partial parallels. Framed Cloth cards are numbered to 10. Metal cards have three copies each.
Autographs stick with the popular framed mini-card format. All are signed on-card. In addition to a big list of baseball players, there are more than 30 signers from outside the game. Athletes from other sports, obscure champions and celebrities make up this part of the set.
In an attempt to make hobby boxes not feel plain, Relic cards come in three different designs. The first is a framed mini relic look. 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball also has two full-sized relic designs. No hobby box has two of the same type of relic, even if all the hits are memorabilia cards.
Book cards are back offering either and autographed relic of one player or a dual autograph. The checklist has 50 cards, each numbered to 10.
Rip cards return as hobby case hits. The checklist has 100 numbered cards that are usually popular on their own. But there's the temptation to tear them open to find out what card is inside. Possibilities include Red Autograph parallels (#/10) and 50 Mini Exclusive cards. These expand the mini card checklist to 400 cards. Besides base Mini Exclusives, there are Metal (#/3) and Wood (1/1) parallels. Rip Cards are rounded out by the potential of 30 Artist's Originals that have mini paintings done directly on the card.
Double Rip return as well. These have two cards inside. Besides the regular Rip card possibilities, these have exclusive Red Autograph Buybacks. Collectors can also find Mini Rip cards inside Double Rip cards. These are the cardboard equivalent of a Matryoshka nesting doll with numbered Mini Mini cards inside. These are available for all 400 cards including the Mini Exclusives.
Cut Signatures can be found of 20 politicians and public figures. Each is a one-of-one making them some of the toughest cards to find.
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball has several basic inserts, both full-sized and minis. This is where a lot of the non-baseball content and signature quirks come into play. Starting Points (100 cards, 1:2 packs) are the most common. They take today's stars and look back to their MLB debuts. Ancient Armory digs into the history of war, highlighting different types of weapons used throughout history. Great Scott! celebrates scientific discoveries (no word on whether the Flux Capacitor is one of them). Menagerie of the Mind features mythological creatures. Outside of Starting Points, all other full-sized basic inserts combine to land in every other pack.
Mini inserts fall 1:5 packs. Birds of Prey looks at some of the strongest feathered creatures that take to the air. First Ladies offers a history lessons on the wives of Presidents. Pirates are on display in Hoist the Flag. Magnates, Barons & Tycoons are all about business. If a fairy tale gave you nightmares back in the day, there's a decent chance they'll be in Mythological Menaces. Finally, A World Beneath Our Feet gives bugs cards.
Going from small to big are the hobby-exclusive Cabinet card box toppers. There's a new Box Loader Insert that has Relic (#/25), Autograph (#/15), Autographed Relic (#/5) and Cut Signature (1/1) possibilities. Over-Sized Reprints offer jumbo versions of ten base cards. Pride of the People features famous monuments from different parts of the world. Ten Cabinet Relics and ten Cabinet Book Relics deliver massive pieces of memorabilia including chunks of nameplates and numbers. These are all one-of-ones.
The tenth anniversary theme continues beyond the base set parallel. 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball also has plenty of buybacks from the past decade. Hobby boxes have three stamped full-sized cards from either 2006, 2007 or 2008. They also have one stamped mini buyback from the same time frame. On a more upscale side are a couple of different buyback autograph inserts. The first is original Allen & Ginter Autographs that have been stamped and put in a new frame. There are also regular mini cards that have been signed, stamped and framed. Both buyback autograph sets are numbered to 10. What Once Would Be looks back on past expectations of the future while What Once Was Believed proves just how wrong we've been sometimes.
Estimated Release Date: 7/22/15
Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 8 cards per pack
Price Point: Mid-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Allen & Ginter Collectors, Set Builders, Autograph Collectors
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Box Break
- 3 Total Autographs, Memorabilia Cards, Rip Cards and A&G Originals
- 1 Mini Buyback
- 2 Full-Sized Buybacks
- 12 Starting Points Inserts
- 12 Additional Full-Sized Inserts
- 24 Mini Cards
- 192 Total Cards
The following images are mock-ups and not final cards. Designs and contents are subject to change.
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Set Checklist
This is a preliminary checklist and subject to change. The full checklist will be added as soon as it is available.
Base Set Checklist
Base Short Prints Set Checklist
Mini Exclusives Set Checklist
Base Cloth Partial Parallel Set Checklist
Base Metal Partial Parallel Set Checklist
A World Beneath Our Feet Mini Set Checklist
Ancient Armory Set Checklist
Autographs - Baseball Set Checklist
Autographs - Non-Baseball Set Checklist
Birds of Prey Mini Set Checklist
Book Cards Set Checklist
Cut Signatures Set Checklist
First Ladies Mini Set Checklist
Framed Originals Set Checklist
Great Scott! Set Checklist
Hoist the Black Flag Mini Set Checklist
Magnates, Barons, & Tycoons Mini Set Checklist
Menagerie of the Mind Set Checklist
Mythological Menaces Mini Set Checklist
Relic - Framed Mini Set Checklist
Relic - Full-Size Set Checklist
Starting Points Set Checklist
What Once Was Believed Set Checklist
What Once Would Be Set Checklist
2015 Allen & Ginter Rip Cards
Rip Cards Set Checklist
Artist's Originals Set Checklist
Red Autographs Set Checklist
Double Rip Cards Set Checklist
Red Autograph Buybacks Set Checklist
Mini Rip Cards Set Checklist
Framed Relic Set Redemption