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2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Cards

2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Cards

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2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball wasn't the first time the card maker delved into the history of tobacco cards to create something new. It wouldn't be the last, either. But Allen & Ginter's mix of baseball, other sports and oddities would quickly go on to become one of the most popular brands in the hobby. And this is where it began -- at least in its modern form.

The set's 350-card base set is a mix of baseball stars, retired greats, hobby legends and champions from outside of the game. Among them are 50 short prints that combine to land every other pack. Unlike later Allen & Ginter sets that have all the tougher cards at the end of the set, short prints are scattered throughout the checklist. The top card in the base set belongs to Danica Patrick. Although not a baseball player, this is the first card of the groundbreaking race car driver.

The base set design closely resembles the 1887 N28 tobacco release put out by the Allen & Ginter company. The dimensions are larger but the overall look and feel is largely minimalist, just like the original set.

Every pack includes a Mini parallel. Like the tobacco cards of old, there are several different backs for each card, similar to color-based parallels in a lot of modern sets.

2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball hobby boxes come with two autographs or relics. These are done in the style of framed mini cards. While the main mini card keep the same basic design, the glossy frames have a wild tropical look. They're essentially the hobby equivalent of a Hawaiian shirt.

A big reason for the set's lasting popularity is the strength of the autographs checklist. On the baseball side, there's the likes of Barry Bonds, Stan Musial, Cal Ripken and Miguel Cabrera. The non-baseball players feature some major stars in other area that are often overlooked in the mainstream hobby. Danica Patrick, Mike Tyson, Hulk Hogan, Brandi Chastain, John Wooden and Leon Spinks are just some of the names.

There are also a few quirky inclusions, like hot dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi, that are strange enough that they have appeal still today. These more out-there additions would be expanded in future Allen & Ginter sets, becoming a brand cornerstone.

Rip cards are also very popular. Numbered to 99 or less, these are like two cards in one. At first glance, they're like an ordinary card. But they have a second card inside that can only be found by tearing (or carefully cutting) the main card. The idea was to challenge the notion of keeping a card in perfect condition. The concept wasn't a new one. Pinnacle did it with some of their final sets in the Zenith line nearly a decade earlier.

The mini cards inside the Rip cards include a 25-card extension to the mini parallel set (#351-375), original 1887 Allen & Ginter cards, original artwork from the Dick Perez Collection inserts and autographs.

Because 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball is so popular with set builders, even torn Rip cards carry some value. It's not nearly as much as in-tact cards but they still have an audience.

The Dick Perez Collection features new paintings from the legendary sports artist who is probably best known in the hobby for his work with early Donruss Diamond Kings. Inserted one per pack, there are 30 cards in the set.

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2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball hobby boxes come with an over-sized box loader in one of two different sets. N43 cards mimic the look and dimensions of the original N43 cards released in 1888. These have very limited autograph and relic versions.

Postcards have a black and white photo on the front of a location with some meaning to the featured player. The back has a "note" printed on it, much like a real postcard might. There's also a picture of the player at the top integrated into a stamp image. Postcards have one-of-one autographed versions that come with a somewhat lengthy inscribed note.

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2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

350 cards. Short Prints (SP) inserted 1:2 packs.

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PARALLEL CARDS: Mini (Minis combine to land one per pack, Mini SP 1:13), Allen & Ginter Back Mini (1:5, SP 1:65), Black Mini (1:10, SP 1:130), Bazooka Mini #/25, No Number Mini, Mini Printing Plates (four different 1/1), Wood Mini (1/1)

1 Albert Pujols
2 Aubrey Huff
3 Mark Teixeira
4 Vernon Wells
5 Ken Griffey Jr. SP
6 Nick Swisher
7 Jose Reyes
8 David Wright
9 Vladimir Guerrero
10 Andruw Jones
11 Ramon Hernandez
12 Miguel Tejada
13 Juan Pierre
14 Jim Thome
15 Austin Kearns SP
16 Jhonny Peralta
17 Clint Barmes
18 Angel Berroa
19 Nomar Garciaparra
20 Joe Nathan
21 Brandon Webb
22 Chad Tracy
23 Derek Jeter
24 Conor Jackson
25 Jason Giambi SP
26 Johnny Estrada
27 Luis Gonzalez
28 Javier Vazquez
29 Orlando Hudson
30 Shawn Green
31 Mark Buehrle
32 Wily Mo Pena
33 CC Sabathia
34 Ronnie Belliard
35 Travis Hafner SP
36 Mike Jacobs
37 Roy Oswalt
38 Zack Greinke
39 J.D. Drew
40 Jeff Kent
41 Ben Sheets
42 Luis Castillo
43 Carlos Delgado
44 Cliff Floyd
45 Dan Haren SP
46 Bobby Abreu
47 Jeromy Burnitz
48 Khalil Greene
49 Moises Alou
50 Alex Rodriguez SP
51 Ervin Santana SP
52 Bartolo Colon SP
53 John Smoltz SP
54 David Ortiz SP
55 Hideki Matsui SP
56 Jermaine Dye SP
57 Victor Martinez SP
58 Willy Taveras SP
59 Brady Clark SP
60 Justin Morneau
61 Xavier Nady
62 Rich Harden
63 Jack Wilson
64 Brian Giles
65 Jon Lieber SP
66 Dan Johnson
67 Billy Wagner
68 Rickie Weeks
69 Chris Ray
70 Chris Shelton
71 Dmitri Young
72 Ivan Rodriguez
73 Jeremy Bonderman
74 Justin Verlander
75 Randy Johnson
76 Magglio Ordonez
77 Brandon Inge
78 Placido Polanco
79 Ryan Howard
80 Jason Bay
81 Sean Casey
82 Jeremy Hermida
83 Mike Cameron
84 Trevor Hoffman
85 Mike Matheny SP
86 Steve Finley
87 Adam Everett
88 Jason Isringhausen
89 Jonny Gomes
90 Barry Zito
91 Bobby Crosby
92 Eric Chavez
93 Frank Thomas
94 Huston Street
95 Jorge Posada
96 Casey Kotchman
97 Darin Erstad
98 Chipper Jones
99 Jeff Francoeur
100 Barry Bonds
101 Alfonso Soriano
102 Brandon Claussen
103 Aaron Boone
104 Roger Clemens
105 Andy Pettitte SP
106 Nick Johnson
107 Tom Gordon
108 Orlando Hernandez
109 Francisco Rodriguez
110 Orlando Cabrera
111 Edgar Renteria
112 Tim Hudson
113 Coco Crisp
114 Matt Clement
115 Greg Maddux SP
116 Paul Konerko
117 Felipe Lopez
118 Garrett Atkins
119 Akinori Otsuka
120 Craig Biggio
121 Danys Baez
122 Brad Penny
123 Eric Gagne
124 Lew Ford
125 Mariano Rivera SP
126 Carlos Beltran
127 Pedro Martinez
128 Todd Helton
129 Aaron Rowand
130 Mike Lieberthal
131 Oliver Perez
132 Ryan Klesko
133 Randy Winn
134 Yuniesky Betancourt
135 David Eckstein SP
136 Chad Orvella
137 Toby Hall
138 Hank Blalock
139 B.J. Ryan
140 Roy Halladay
141 Livan Hernandez
142 John Patterson
143 Bengie Molina
144 Brad Wilkerson
145 Jorge Cantu SP
146 Mark Mulder
147 Felix Hernandez
148 Paul Lo Duca
149 Prince Fielder
150 Johnny Damon SP
151 Ryan Langerhans SP
152 Kris Benson SP
153 Curt Schilling SP
154 Manny Ramirez SP
155 Robinson Cano SP
156 Derrek Lee SP
157 A.J. Pierzynski SP
158 Adam Dunn SP
159 Cliff Lee SP
160 Grady Sizemore
161 Jeff Francis
162 Dontrelle Willis
163 Brad Ausmus
164 Preston Wilson
165 Derek Lowe SP
166 Chris Capuano
167 Joe Mauer
168 Torii Hunter
169 Chase Utley
170 Zach Duke
171 Jason Schmidt
172 Adrian Beltre
173 Eddie Guardado
174 Richie Sexson
175 Miguel Cabrera SP
176 Julio Lugo
177 Francisco Cordero
178 Kevin Millwood
179 A.J. Burnett
180 Jose Guillen
181 Larry Bigbie
182 Raul Ibanez
183 Jake Peavy
184 Pat Burrell
185 Tom Glavine SP
186 J.J. Hardy
187 Emil Brown
188 Lance Berkman
189 Marcus Giles
190 Scott Podsednik
191 Chone Figgins
192 Melvin Mora
193 Mark Loretta
194 Carlos Zambrano
195 Chien-Ming Wang
196 Mark Prior
197 Bobby Jenks
198 Brian Fuentes
199 Garret Anderson
200 Ichiro Suzuki
201 Brian Roberts
202 Jason Kendall
203 Milton Bradley
204 Jimmy Rollins
205 Brett Myers SP
206 Joe Randa
207 Mike Piazza
208 Matt Morris
209 Omar Vizquel
210 Jeremy Reed
211 Chris Carpenter
212 Jim Edmonds
213 Scott Kazmir
214 Travis Lee
215 Michael Young SP
216 Rod Barajas
217 Gustavo Chacin
218 Lyle Overbay
219 Troy Glaus
220 Chad Cordero
221 Jose Vidro
222 Scott Rolen
223 Carl Crawford
224 Rocco Baldelli
225 Mike Mussina
226 Kelvim Escobar
227 Corey Patterson
228 Javy Lopez
229 Jonathan Papelbon
230 Aramis Ramirez
231 Tadahito Iguchi
232 Morgan Ensberg
233 Mark Grudzielanek
234 Mike Sweeney
235 Shawn Chacon SP
236 Nick Punto
237 Geoff Jenkins
238 Carlos Lee
239 David DeJesus
240 Brad Lidge
241 Bob Wickman
242 Jon Garland
243 Kerry Wood
244 Bronson Arroyo
245 Matt Holliday SP
246 Josh Beckett
247 Johan Santana
248 Rafael Furcal
249 Shannon Stewart
250 Gary Sheffield
251 Josh Barfield SP
252 Kenji Johjima RC
253 Ian Kinsler
254 Brian Anderson
255 Matt Cain SP
256 Josh Willingham SP
257 John Koronka
258 Chris Duffy
259 Brian McCann
260 Hanley Ramirez
261 Hong-Chih Kuo
262 Francisco Liriano
263 Anderson Hernandez
264 Ryan Zimmerman
265 Brian Bannister SP
266 Nolan Ryan
267 Frank Robinson
268 Roberto Clemente
269 Hank Greenberg
270 Nap Lajoie
271 Lloyd Waner
272 Paul Waner
273 Frankie Frisch
274 Bill Skowron
275 Mickey Mantle
276 Brooks Robinson
277 Carl Yastrzemski
278 Johnny Pesky
279 Stan Musial
280 Bill Mazeroski
281 Harmon Killebrew
282 Monte Irvin
283 Bob Gibson
284 Ted Williams
285 Yogi Berra SP
286 Ernie Banks
287 Bobby Doerr
288 Josh Gibson
289 Bob Feller
290 Cal Ripken Jr.
291 Bobby Cox
292 Terry Francona
293 Dusty Baker
294 Ozzie Guillen
295 Jim Leyland SP
296 Willie Randolph
297 Joe Torre
298 Felipe Alou
299 Tony LaRussa
300 Frank Robinson
301 Mike Tyson
302 Duke Paoa Kahanamoku
303 Jennie Finch
304 Brandi Chastain
305 Danica Patrick SP
306 Wendy Guey
307 Hulk Hogan
308 Carl Lewis
309 John Wooden
310 Randy Couture
311 Andy Irons
312 Takeru Kobayashi
313 Leon Spinks
314 Jim Thorpe
315 Jerry Bailey SP
316 Adrian C. Anson
317 John M. Ward
318 Mike Kelly
319 Capt. Jack Glasscock
320 Aaron Hill
321 Derrick Turnbow
322 Nick Markakis
323 Brad Hawpe
324 Kevin Mench
325 John Lackey SP
326 Chester A. Arthur
327 Ulysses S. Grant
328 Abraham Lincoln
329 Grover Cleveland
330 Ben Harrison
331 Theodore Roosevelt
332 Rutherford B. Hayes
333 Chancellor Otto Von
334 Kaiser Wilhelm II
335 Queen Victoria SP
336 Pope Leo XIII
337 Thomas Edison
338 Orville Wright
339 Wilbur Wright
340 Nathaniel Hawthorne
341 Herman Melville
342 Stonewall Jackson
343 Robert E. Lee
344 Andrew Carnegie
345 John Rockefeller SP
346 Bob Fitzsimmons
347 Billy The Kid
348 Buffalo Bill
349 Jesse James
350 Statue Of Liberty

Mini Exclusives Checklist

25 cards. Found only inside Rip cards.

351 Albert Pujols
352 Alex Rodriguez
353 Andruw Jones
354 Barry Bonds
355 Cal Ripken Jr.
356 David Ortiz
357 David Wright
358 Derek Jeter
359 Derrek Lee
360 Hideki Matsui
361 Ichiro Suzuki
362 Johan Santana
363 Josh Gibson
364 Ken Griffey Jr.
365 Manny Ramirez
366 Mickey Mantle
367 Miguel Cabrera
368 Miguel Tejada
369 Mike Piazza
370 Nolan Ryan
371 Roberto Clemente
372 Roger Clemens
373 Scott Rolen
374 Ted Williams
375 Vladimir Guerrero

Autographs Checklist

51 cards. Known print runs are noted.

Alex Rodriguez and David Wright also have red ink versions.

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AGA-AI Andy Irons - 500
AGA-AR Alex Rodriguez - 50
AGA-BB Barry Bonds - 25
AGA-BC Brandi Chastain - 200
AGA-BF Bob Feller
AGA-BW Billy Wagner
AGA-CB Clint Barmes
AGA-CL Carl Lewis - 200
AGA-CMW Chien-Ming Wang - 100
AGA-CR Cal Ripken Jr. - 50
AGA-CU Chase Utley
AGA-CY Carl Yastrzemski - 50
AGA-DL Derrek Lee
AGA-DP Danica Patrick - 100
AGA-DW David Wright
AGA-DWI Dontrelle Willis - 100
AGA-EC Eric Chavez
AGA-ES Ervin Santana
AGA-FL Francisco Liriano
AGA-GS Gary Sheffield - 50
AGA-HH Hulk Hogan - 200
AGA-HS Huston Street
AGA-JB Jerry Bailey - 200
AGA-JB1 Josh Barfield
AGA-JF Jennie Finch - 200
AGA-JG Jonny Gomes
AGA-JS Johan Santana - 100
AGA-JW John Wooden - 200
AGA-KJ Kenji Johjima - 50
AGA-LF Lew Ford
AGA-LS Leon Spinks - 200
AGA-MC Miguel Cabrera - 100
AGA-MT Mike Tyson - 200
AGA-MY Michael Young
AGA-NR Nolan Ryan - 50
AGA-OS Ozzie Smith - 75
AGA-PF Prince Fielder
AGA-RA Randy Couture
AGA-RC Robinson Cano
AGA-RH Ryan Howard
AGA-RZ Ryan Zimmerman
AGA-SK Scott Kazmir
AGA-SM Stan Musial - 50
AGA-TG Tony Gwynn - 50
AGA-TH Travis Hafner
AGA-TK Takeru Kobayashi - 200
AGA-VG Vladimir Guerrero - 50
AGA-VM Victor Martinez
AGA-WG Wendy Guey
AGA-WMP Wily Mo Pena

Dick Perez Collection Checklist

30 cards. Inserted 1 per pack.

PARALLEL CARDS: Originals (1/1)

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1 Shawn Green
2 Andruw Jones
3 Miguel Tejada
4 David Ortiz
5 Derrek Lee
6 Paul Konerko
7 Ken Griffey Jr.
8 Travis Hafner
9 Todd Helton
10 Ivan Rodriguez
11 Miguel Cabrera
12 Lance Berkman
13 Mike Sweeney
14 Vladimir Guerrero
15 Rafael Furcal
16 Carlos Lee
17 Johan Santana
18 David Wright
19 Alex Rodriguez
20 Huston Street
21 Bobby Abreu
22 Jason Bay
23 Jake Peavy
24 Ichiro Suzuki
25 Barry Bonds
26 Albert Pujols
27 Aubrey Huff
28 Mark Teixeira
29 Vernon Wells
30 Alfonso Soriano

Relics Checklist

52 cards.
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AGR-AP Albert Pujols
AGR-APE Andy Pettitte
AGR-AR Alex Rodriguez
AGR-BB Barry Bonds
AGR-BC Bobby Crosby
AGR-BM Brandon McCarthy
AGR-CB Carlos Beltran
AGR-CBA Clint Barmes
AGR-CD Carlos Delgado
AGR-CMW Chien-Ming Wang
AGR-CS Curt Schilling
AGR-CU Chase Utley
AGR-DO David Ortiz
AGR-DW David Wright
AGR-DWI Dontrelle Willis
AGR-EC Eric Chavez
AGR-FH Felix Hernandez
AGR-FT Frank Thomas
AGR-GB George W. Bush - 150
AGR-GS Gary Sheffield
AGR-HCK Hong-Chih Kuo
AGR-HM Hideki Matsui
AGR-HS Huston Street
AGR-JC Jorge Cantu
AGR-JD Johnny Damon
AGR-JDY Jermaine Dye
AGR-JF Jeff Francoeur
AGR-JG Jonny Gomes
AGR-JK John F. Kennedy - 250
AGR-JP Jake Peavy
AGR-JS Johan Santana
AGR-JT Jim Thome
AGR-MB Mark Buehrle
AGR-MC Miguel Cabrera
AGR-MH Matt Holliday
AGR-MM Mickey Mantle
AGR-MP Mark Prior
AGR-MPZ Mike Piazza
AGR-MR Manny Ramirez
AGR-MT Miguel Tejada
AGR-NS Nick Swisher
AGR-PK Paul Konerko
AGR-PM Pedro Martinez
AGR-RC Robinson Cano
AGR-RH Ryan Howard
AGR-RL Ryan Langerhans
AGR-RO Roy Oswalt
AGR-TH Travis Hafner
AGR-VG Vladimir Guerrero
AGR-VM Victor Martinez
AGR-WT Willy Taveras
AGR-ZD Zach Duke

Rip Cards Checklist

50 cards. Inserted 1:265 hobby packs.
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RIP1 Mickey Mantle #/10
RIP2 Dontrelle Willis #/10
RIP3 Ivan Rodriguez #/10
RIP4 Johan Santana #/10
RIP5 Mike Piazza #/15
RIP6 Randy Johnson #/15
RIP7 Robinson Cano #/15
RIP8 Scott Rolen #/15
RIP9 Todd Helton #/15
RIP10 Alex Rodriguez #/25
RIP11 Alfonso Soriano #/25
RIP12 David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez #/25
RIP13 Barry Bonds #/25
RIP14 Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado #/25
RIP15 David Wright #/25
RIP16 Derrek Lee #/25
RIP17 Huston Street #/25
RIP18 Mariano Rivera #/25
RIP19 Nolan Ryan #/25
RIP20 Kenji Johjima #/99
RIP21 Cap Anson #/99
RIP22 Ryan Zimmerman #/99
RIP23 Andruw Jones #/99
RIP24 Barry Bonds #/99
RIP25 Cal Ripken Jr. #/99
RIP26 David Ortiz #/99
RIP27 Hideki Matsui #/99
RIP28 Ken Griffey Jr. #/99
RIP29 Manny Ramirez #/99
RIP30 Mickey Mantle #/99
RIP31 Alex Rodriguez #/99
RIP32 Miguel Cabrera #/99
RIP33 Miguel Tejada #/99
RIP34 Pedro Martinez #/99
RIP35 Albert Pujols #/99
RIP36 Alex Rodriguez #/99
RIP37 Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter #/99
RIP38 Barry Bonds 700 #/99
RIP39 Derek Jeter #/99
RIP40 Ichiro Suzuki #/99
RIP41 Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui #/99
RIP42 Josh Gibson #/99
RIP43 Mickey Mantle #/99
RIP44 Jonathan Papelbon #/99
RIP45 Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams #/99
RIP46 Albert Pujols #/99
RIP47 Roberto Clemente #/99
RIP48 Roger Clemens #/99
RIP49 Ted Williams #/99
RIP50 Vladimir Guerrero #/99

N43 Checklist

15 cards. Box topper inserted 1:2 hobby boxes.
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N43-1 Alex Rodriguez
N43-2 Barry Bonds
N43-3 Albert Pujols
N43-4 Josh Gibson
N43-5 Nolan Ryan
N43-6 Ichiro Suzuki
N43-7 Mickey Mantle
N43-8 Ted Williams
N43-9 David Wright
N43-10 Ken Griffey Jr.
N43-11 Mark Teixeira
N43-12 Cap Anson
N43-13 Mike Tyson
N43-14 Kenji Johjima
N43-15 Ryan Zimmerman

N43 Autographs Checklist

2 cards. 10 of each produced.

N43A-AR Alex Rodriguez
N43A-BB Barry Bonds

N43 Relics Checklist

2 cards. 50 of each produced.

N43R-AP Albert Pujols
N43R-JG Josh Gibson

Postcards Checklist

15 cards. Box topper inserted 1:2 hobby boxes.
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AGP-AP Albert Pujols
AGP-AR Alex Rodriguez
AGP-BB Barry Bonds
AGP-CR Cal Ripken Jr.
AGP-DJ Derek Jeter
AGP-DO David Ortiz
AGP-DW David Wright
AGP-IS Ichiro Suzuki
AGP-JG Josh Gibson
AGP-KG Ken Griffey Jr.
AGP-MM Mickey Mantle
AGP-MR Manny Ramirez
AGP-MT Miguel Tejada
AGP-TW Ted Williams
AGP-VG Vladimir Guerrero

Personalized Postcards Checklist

15 cards. Inserted 1:3,000 hobby boxes. 1/1.

AGPA-AR Alex Rodriguez
AGPA-CB Clint Barmes
AGPA-CR Cal Ripken Jr.
AGPA-CY Carl Yastrzemski
AGPA-DP Danica Patrick
AGPA-DS Duke Snider
AGPA-DW David Wright
AGPA-GC Gary Carter
AGPA-GS Gary Sheffield
AGPA-HH Hulk Hogan
AGPA-JF Jennie Finch
AGPA-MM Dan Mantle, David Mantle
AGPA-RC Robinson Cano
AGPA-RH Ryan Howard
AGPA-RZ Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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