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The box: 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper)
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 193
Base set completion: 125 of 300 (42 percent)
Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey, Josh Donaldson, Joe Morgan, Alex Rodriguez, Andrew McCutchen, Albert Pujols, Roger Clemens
Notable non-baseball base cards – Steve Spurrier, Steve Kerr, Hannah Storm, Monica Abbott, Missy Franklin, Marlins Man
Rookie Cards (24) – Julio Urias (SP), Peter O’Brien (SP), Trevor Brown (SP), Kenta Maeda, Trevor Story, Trea Turner, Michael Conforto, Jose Berrios, Alex Dickerson, Trayce Thompson, Matt Reynolds, Byung Ho Park, Rob Refsnyder, Guido Knudson, Dustin Garneau, Zach Lee, Gary Sanchez, Max Kepler, Carl Edwards Jr. Kaleb Cowart, Jose Peraza, Luke Maile, Tyler White, Kyle Waldrop
Insert cards: 60
Framed Cloth (1) – Stephen Piscotty (/10)
Regular-size no-number short-print (1) – Julio Urias
Short-prints (Nos. 301-350) (11) – Salvador Perez, Taijuan Walker, Roberto Osuna, Yasmani Grandal, Patrick Corbin, Raisel Iglesias, Randal Grichuk, Shin-Soo Choo, Pablo Sandoval, Peter O’Brien, Trevor Brown
Mini parallel (12) – Craig Kimbrel, Marcell Ozuna, Dawn Spacecraft, Logan Forsythe, Roberto Alomar, Max Scherzer, Michael Pineda, Devin Mesoraco, Matt Harvey, Trea Turner, Gary Carter, Michelle Steele
Mini parallel short-print (1) – Andre Ethier
Mini Allen & Ginter back parallel (4) – Scott Kazmir, Jon Gray, Elvis Andrus, David Price
Mini Black parallel (2) – Maikel Franco, J.T. Realmuto
U.S. Mayors (3) – Jim Kenney (Philadelphia), Francis G. Slay (St. Louis), Steven Fulop (Jersey City, N.J.)
Subways & Streetcars (1) – Market Street Cable Car
Laureates of Peace (1) – Malala Yousafzai
Natural Wonders (5) – Dead Sea, Cave of the Crystals, Amazon Rainforest, Natural Bridge, Ngorongoro Crater
Baseball Legends (5) – Carl Yastrzemski, Larry Doby, Honus Wagner, Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron
Numbers Game (12) – Willie Stargell, Ichiro Suzuki, Chris Sale, Madison Bumgarner, Prince Fielder, Felix Hernandez, Albert Pujols, Noah Syndergaard, Jake Arrieta, Rod Carew, Roberto Alomar, Chipper Jones.
Box-loader (1) – Mike Trout
Framed Relic (1) – Yordano Ventura
Relic Style A (1) – Missy Franklin
Relic Style B (1) – Xander Bogaerts
What’s Buzz-worthy: Is there another retro-styled baseball brand out there with more details and surprises inside? It’s doubtful and this box of Allen & Ginter shows an example of how that happens, though it’s not the greatest box out there in terms of flashiness. The 11th edition of this brand is one that has a pretty deep autograph checklist, though it’s perhaps not as flashy in past years when it comes to elite ink, though big names like Hank Aaron and Kevin Costner can be found. The minis are back — and they look better than past years with many images that are perfect for both that size and the standard cards. The stock here has changed from a crisp white to more of a a clay-coated dark stock. It feels right. Although this is a brand that doesn’t deliver an autograph in every box, it can come close in some cases. The Rip Cards weren’t witnessed here but they are two per 12-box case as part of a lineup that really hasn’t changed dramatically in the last few years. Some of the non-baseball inclusions are perhaps a stretch but they can easily be ignored when one lands a big name. The Baseball Legends set is one that feels like it could become the basis for something more — maybe a Relic set — but it stands as a highlight among the standard inserts. All in all, this is another strong Ginter release.
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Product Grade: A
Box Grade: A
Fun Grade: A
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