What's Hot in 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball?

What’s Hot in 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball?

As far as surprises go, most longtime collectors would probably agree that Topps Allen & Ginter doesn't really have any. It's the one release where anything goes. Even a Haggis rookie card or a Balloon Boy relic like in 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball.

Sticking with the no-surprises theme are the opening week sales. Autographs, particularly of the Red Ink variety, and Rip Cards have dominated online sales thus far. The honor of the top recorded eBay sale goes to a Ken Griffey Jr. Framed Mini Red Ink redemption. Limited to ten copies, the card sold for a nickel short of $1,300. Two others sold for $875 and $675.

Other big autograph sales included Yu Darvish ($1,000) and Sandy Koufax Red Ink ($999.99, $650 and $625). If there was one surprise, it would have to go to the Mike Trout signatures. While he's the hottest player in the game today, few would have expected his 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Autographs to reach the heights they have so far. One went for $750 while another reached $611.75. This is more than what his 2009 Bowman Chrome Autographs are going for.

Following the top tier of autographs, another Allen & Ginter staple starts to pop up. Falling one per case, Rip Cards offer a card inside the card. There's always the debate of whether to tear and risk a mint condition card for the treasure inside. However, some may want to consider it a little further when they realize the prices some have been fetching. Rip Cards numbered to 10 with the likes of Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Sandy Koufax, Ken Griffey Jr, Lou Gehrig and Alex Rodriguez all topped $500.

It is worth noting that a lot of Allen & Ginter sales happen offline each year. As a result, many high sales aren't made public. The list below is intended to be an indication of where prices are going early on.

Top 15 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Sales

(Data based on completed eBay sales as of July 18, 2012.)

1. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Red Ink Framed Mini Autograph Ken Griffey Jr. #/10 Redemption - $1,299.95

01 2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Red Ink Framed Mini Autograph Ken Griffey Jr Redemption 216x300 Image

2. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Framed Mini Autograph Yu Darvish - $1,000

2012 Topps Allen Ginter Baseball Autographs Yu Darvish 213x300 Image

3. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Red Ink Framed Mini Autograph Sandy Koufax #/10 Redemption - $999.99

01 2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Red Ink Framed Mini Autograph Sandy Koufax Redemption 213x300 Image

4. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Red Ink Framed Mini Autograph Ken Griffey Jr. #/10 Redemption - $850

5. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Framed Mini Autograph Mike Trout - $750

2012 Topps Allen Ginter Baseball Autographs Mike Trout 214x300 Image

6. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Red Ink Framed Mini Autograph Ken Griffey Jr. #/10 Redemption - $675

7 (tie). 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Red Ink Framed Mini Autograph Sandy Koufax #/10 Redemption - $650

7 (tie). 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Rip Card Sandy Koufax 03/10 - $650

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball Rip Card Sandy Koufax 10 215x300 Image

9. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Red Ink Framed Mini Autograph Sandy Koufax #/10 Redemption - $625

10. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Framed Mini Autograph Mike Trout - $611.75

11. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Rip Card Lou Gehrig 05/10 - $600

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball Rip Card Lou Gehrig 10 215x300 Image

12. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Rip Card Babe Ruth 02/10 - $599.99

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball Rip Card Babe Ruth 10 215x300 Image

13. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Rip Card Willie Mays 05/10 - $575

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball Rip Card Willie Mays 10 220x300 Image

14. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Rip Card Alex Rodriguez 2/10 - $575

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball Rip Card Alex Rodriguez 10 218x300 Image

15. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Rip Card Ken Griffey Jr. 10/10 - $575

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball Rip Card Ken Griffey Jr 10 212x300 Image

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DEXTER FOWLER 2012 ALLEN GINTER AUTOGRAPH AUTO
$17.00
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DILLON GEE 2012 ALLEN GINTER AUTOGRAPH AUTO
$17.00
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2012 Allen & Ginter BRANDON BELT AUTO - MINI FRAMED AUTOGRAPH Giants WSC?
$12.00
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2012 Allen & Ginter Matt Kemp SSP Rip Card Mini. Card# 352 DODGERS
$34.99
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2012 Topps Allen Ginter's Joey Votto *Unripped* Rip Card 13 25 Red Auto? 1 1?
$150.00
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2012 Topps Allen & Ginter HANK HANEY Red Ink Autograph Mini #05 10 from RIP CARD
$49.99
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DALE WEBSTER 2012 ALLEN & GINTER SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH AUTO SURFER
$18.00
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2012 Allen & Ginter Stephen Strasburg! 06 10 Unripped Rip Card! Rare!
$165.99
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2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Framed Autographs Autograph Auto Annie Duke
$15.99
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2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Framed Autographs Autograph Auto Bela Karolyi
$20.99
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2012 Allen & Ginter Auto - Josh Hamilton SSP Autograph angles
$79.99
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2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Madison Bumgarner RIP CARD #RC58 16 75 UNRIPPED!
$26.00
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User Comments

  1. I purchased the Griffey Red Auto for $675. I didn’t realize two others had been sold. I thought I overpaid a bit but it looks like I did pretty well! I’m a big Griffey collector and love the Allen and Ginter product. Had to get the framed auto in the Mariners uniform.

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