What: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards
Arrives: July 19
Box basics: Three hits in every 24-pack hobby box
What’s buzz-worthy: Allen & Ginter returns with a new retro look but the same feel as with recent years of celebrating the 1880s style of baseball cards with today’s expectations.
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The Basics: The base set will once again be 300 cards capped by 50 short-prints all with an array of mini and full-size parallels. There will be Hot Boxes this year with a Hot Box parallel possible (perhaps a Ginter X replacement?) and 1/1 Glossy parallel for the fulls. For the minis, which are one per pack there will be Black (1:10), no-numbers, Brooklyn (/25), Wood (/1), Glossy (/1), Metal (/3), printing plates (/1) and cloth cards (/10). … The Relics are again back their design types with just two per standard Relic and a framed mini Relic. Also in the mix will be Gems & Ancient Fossils and Fictional Figures Relics. There also will be auto Relic books (/10 copies max) and auto dual Relic books (/10 or less). … The Framed autos will include past and present baseball players, other athletes, celebs and “world’s champions” with Black Frame parallels (/25) and Red ink versions. Also in play will be framed original cards and 1/1 cut autos of political and historical figures.
Rip Cards are back with standard and double Rips and inside these will be original art, mini exclusives (351-400), Metal (/3) and 1/1 Wood cards. … Standard inserts are found in every other pack and include What a Day! (great games), World’s Fair, Sport Fish & Fishing Lures and Revolutionary Battles. … Mini inserts will include World’s Dudes, Bust a Move (popular dances), Required Reading (popular books), Magicians & Illusionists and Constellations. Mini inserts are listed as one in every five packs, meaning most minis will be base set parallels. … Rounding things out will be box-toppers, topper autos, topper auto Relics and cut autos. … No names were revealed for signers beyond the baseball players seen below.
Update: Retail exclusives include Gold mini parallels and Horse in the Race, a mini insert set spotlighting famous thoroughbreds. There also will be World Baseball Classic Relics found only in hobby boxes.
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