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

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Red Ink Framed Mini Autograph Ken Griffey Jr Redemption

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

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Autographs Yu Darvish

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

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Red Ink Framed Mini Autograph Sandy Koufax Redemption

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

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

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

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

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

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball Rip Card Willie Mays #/10

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

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball Rip Card Alex Rodriguez #/10

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

Top eBay Listings

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Hanley Ramirez RIP CARD #RC43 12 25 MARLINS UNRIPPED!
$129.99

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Red Ink Yovani Gallardo Auto Autograph # 10 BREWERS
$11.51

JORDAN ZIMMERMAN 2012 TOPPS ALLEN & GINTER CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH
$10.25

PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT 2012 ALLEN & GINTER AUTOGRAPH AUTO CARD
$18.94

BRETT LAWRIE 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Framed Mini Autograph RC Blue Jays Rookie
$24.99

ANthony Rizzo Auto card 2012 Allen & Ginter's autograph signed card Chicago Cubs
$27.44

GREG GUMBEL Broadcaster 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter #292 IP Autograph ON CARD AUTO
$11.25

2012 ALLEN & GINTER AGA-JDM J.D.MARTINEZ, TIGERS FRAMED ON CARD AUTOGRAPH NICE!
$49.95

2012 TOPPS ALLEN & GINTER BRYCE HARPER FRAMED MINI AUTOGRAPH CARD #AGA-BY
$225.00

Bryce Harper 2012 Allen&Ginter Autographed Rookie Card#AGR-BY.Awesome Autograph!
$149.99

MADISON BUMGARNER 2012 ALLEN & GINTER RIP CARD RIPPED #46 75
$49.95

2012 Topps Allen and Ginter JAY BRUCE Autograph (29309)
$25.00
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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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