Bike Spokes and Shoe Boxes – 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

Posted on 02 October 2012 by Tim Danielson

Per box items:
24 packs per box
8 cards per pack
a combination of 3 hits of autographs and/or relics

Topps sell sheet

The standard sized base set cards have a color ‘art-style’ picture of the player on the card fronts. Bordered with a simple graphic there is a splash of a complementary color behind the player. The player’s last name and set name are centered along the card bottom. The occasional horizontal card does have a color background picture behind the player. The card backs are photo-less. The plain back cards lists moderate biographical information and career statistics. All the the usually numerical information is written out. For example a Batting Average of .296 is displayed as “Two Hundred Ninety Six.”

What I pulled:
192 unique cards no duplicates
135 + (6 sp) base set cards = 141/340 = 41% of the base set (1-300, 301-340 = SP)
24 inserts
24 mini cards
3 relic cards

Base card front and back:

Inserts: (not all scanned)
Highlight Sketches Smith, Braun, Sandberg
World’s Tallest Buildings 1, 3, 10
Historical Turning Points 4, 9, 13
What’s in a Name 3, 4, 17, 40, 45, 47, 47, 48, 49, 53, 74, 91, 93
3 code cards
10 mini cards
6 “A&G” back mini cards
2 black border mini cards
People of the Bible 11
World’s Greatest Military Leaders 20
Giants of the Deep 1
Musical Masters 15
Culinary Curiosities 1

The hits:
Bob Hurley Sr. relic
Michael Phelps relic
Ryan Theriot relic


2012 Allen and Ginter returns with an expanded autograph list. The mix of retired stars and current players is nice. The occasional horizontal layout card breaks the set up just enough so that it does not feel all the same. Personally I am a baseball card purist and think that a baseball card set should have baseball players in it. I admit that the Phelps relic is cool, but a chef, pool player, poker player and video game player? In my opinion this is watered down even for A&G. A&G also brings back their many inserts and SP minis to chase. Once again there is a code to break actually a murder to solve this year. I would have preferred a few less inserts and to that many more base set cards. A decent box to be sure, but I am just not a big fan of ‘art-style’ cards.

The Bottom Line:
I give 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter a shop around rating. It really depends on what type of a collector you are if you should buy A&G. If you are a player or team collector, buy your singles. If you like the product or are a set collector, 2011 A&G will appeal to you. Buy a box and trade your Tigers and Rickey Henderson to me!

The Final Score:
Final Ratings (Out of 5):
Base set collect-ability: 2/5
Big-hit Hunter: 2/5
Prospector Hunter: 3/5
Overall Design: 5/5
Fun: 5/5
Value: 4/5
Re-buy: 5/5
Overall Quality: 5/5

Overall: 31/40 (78% = c)

Until next week, keep collecting, collect for the joy of the hobby and collect for the fan in all of us.

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