Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter hobby box (Hour 3)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter (hobby)
The cost:

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 25 (24 standard packs plus box-topper)
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 194
Base set completion: 
128 of 300 (43 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Rod Carew, Jackie Robinson, Mark McGwire, Kirby Smart, Clayton Kershaw, Vashti Cunningham, Roberto Clemente, Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, Bo Jackson, Albert Pujols, Johnny Bench, William Shatner, Corey Seager, Manny Machado, Don Mattingly, Johnny Damon, Ozzie Smith, Rickey Henderson

Rookie Cards (13) – Aaron Judge, Andrew Benintendi, Dan Vogelbach (SP), Yoan Moncada, Tyler Glasnow, Jose DeLeon, Josh Bell, Hunter Renfroe, Jake Thompson, Orlando Arcia, Amir Garrett, David Dahl, Tyler Austin

Insert cards: 66 (most in gallery below along with some base)
Short-prints (Nos. 301-350) (12) – Dan Vogelbach (RC), Logan Forsythe, Mark Melancon, J.J. Hardy, Danny Salazar, Brandon Crawford, Fernando Rodney, Hisashi Iwakuma, Drew Smyly, Steven Wright, Harmon Killebrew, Jonathan Lucroy
Mini (8) – Babe Ruth, Roman Quinn, Jameson Taillon, David Wright, Antonio Senzatela, Sandy Koufax, Mike Moustakas, Adrian Gonzalez
Mini short-print (2) – Whitey Ford, Martin Prado
Mini Allen & Ginter back (5) – A.J. Pollock, Cameron Maybin, Tyler Austin, Mitch Haniger, Lyle Thompson
Mini Allen & Ginter back short-print (1) – Kenley Jansen
Black Mini (3) – Kirby Smart, James Shields, Wesley Bryan
Black Mini short-print (1) – Brian McCann
World’s Dudes (3) – Barber Dude, American Football Dude
Bust a Move! (1) – Tango Dance
Magicians & Illusionists (1) – Arthur Edward Waite
Revolutionary Battles (2) – Battle of Lexington, Battle of the Chesapeake
Sport Fish & Fishing Lures (5) – Grouper & Diving Plugs, Wahoo & Plastic Skirted Lures, Largemouth Bass & Soft Plastic Worm, Rainbow Trout & Spoon, Northern Pike & Large Spinner
World’s Fair (5) – The Great Wharf, Sunsphere, Ferris Wheel, Monorail, The Atomium
What a Day! (12) – Nolan Ryan, Addison Russell, Yoenis Cespedes, George Springer, David Dahl, Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Cabrera, Aledmys Diaz, Andrew Benintendi, Johnny Bench, Babe Ruth, Matt Carpenter
Box Loader (1) – Giancarlo Stanton (box-topper)
Rediscover Topps buyback (4) – 1988 Ed Romero, 1990 Allan Anderson, 2006 Matt Diaz, 2006 Jason Bay

Autographs/Memorabilia: 3
Full-size Relic A (1) – 
Jameson Taillon
Full-size Relic B (1) – Dansby Swanson
World Baseball Classic Relic (1) – Alex Verdugo (/99)

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous hobby box break here, this long-time Ginter collector was on the fence about this one after opening a blaster box but having seen the mix of inserts and many more base cards this definitely feels like Ginter. (Still not totally sold on that framed base set look but it looks good on the minis.) This box was above-average in some of its insert and rookie inclusions but was otherwise close to the norm. There was no ink in this one but big autos in this product include Aaron Judge, Derek Jeter, Gene Hackman and Floyd Mayweather (all will pay for a good chunk of a case) and the fun finds such as Rip Cards, books, silks and more are all here once again. Surprises in this one also include Sarah Michelle Gellar autos, Relics for the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus as well as Hot Boxes where every base card has a pearlized reflective surface. Although the secondary market is strong so far (so prices are up a bit), hobby boxes are likely your best bet at the eccentricities found in this brand. They won’t all be flashy but when you land one you’ll know it.

Product Grade: A-
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A-

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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