It is very easy to get caught up in the allure of the baseball card collecting hobby. What once started off as a nice, easy "i'm
going to collect full Topps
sets for my son" collecting idea has oft spiralled into delusions of silks and printing plates, and cut-auto books, and superfractors
Being one with an addictive personality, I can easily get sucked into the allure of the big hit. At times the money has flowed freely, and the cardboard piles have grown throughout the house. I really hate it when I get an entire box and just fly though about 98% of the cards looking for the "hits". It often time makes you wonder why you don't just by the hit off of Ebay
if you are going to disrespect the rest of the cards.
That is why I am glad that the Hobby brings us Allen and Ginter
. Every now and again I will open a product that can be surprising fun to check out ALL of the cards, and then go back later and look a little closer. Topps
Chicle was one of the surprisingly fun rips this year, as was Goodwin Champions last year. Some people may complain about the artsy cards, or the non-sports cards inclusions in some of these products, but for me personally, I can only stand so many variations on the same players image over and over again. I swear that John Smoltz
only had one photo taken in his career, and they just keep photoshopping
new uniforms on him. We see this with other players as well. Koji
, anyone? It's nice to shake things up with an inventor, or an animal, or a world-champion.
So when I wandered into Cranky's
store the other day, my mission was to grab a box of something that I would truly enjoy and not just throw to the side. Cranky recently acquired several boxes of 2007, 2008, and 2009 Allen and Ginter
. I have pretty much played out 2009, had recently ripped one box of 2007, but had yet to sample Ginter
2008, the Jason Wong edition!
It was a great box! regardless of the plate hit, I believe that 2008 Ginter
really hit it on the head with great artistry, great subjects, and a few extra surprises here and there. I did NOT have the same thoughts about the 2007 set...I felt that only some of the cards were truly acceptional
, and the Dick Perez "1/1" sketch cards were pretty sketchy and pretty ugly to boot. I thought that a lot of the cards had a faded look to them, and also the florescent colors of the hit frames further added to the faded quality.
Bring on 2008! As mentioned before, this was one fun rip and it started right from the get-go with my box-topper.
Awesome card, by far the best cabinet card I have pulled from any Ginter
boxes to date. I could see Howard peeking through the wrapper and had delusions of a sweeping autograph across the cabinet card, but alas it is just the standard card. Still, this bodes well for the box!
Here are my two hits. One you already know about. I have always wanted a B&W plate, and even though it is a Yankee, it could be worse, it could be Shin-Shoo Choo
Morales. Big Z was my other hit. The frames are MUCH better for this set. They still have the tradition Jimmy Buffet look to them, but the cards pop so much more, especially the plate.
These are sweet. I did NOT pull the empire state building, but am looking for it if anybody has an extra. Pluto, the shunned planet rocks, and the Golden Gate Bridge is classic looking. Were there any other location cards in that set?
These State cards replace the creepy Dick Perez sketches of 2007. These are the 1 per pack hits. The images of the players are the same as their base card, but it is still an interesting concept. I have already jumped on Ebay
to order up my Jacoby
Lots of nice looking base to choose from here, but the Longoria
RC is the big winner of the set, along with several other classic cards.
Here is the code card of the box. I like the themes and the stories on the back, which I believe played into the code itself. I learned of a 2004 ALCS
code card that I cannot find anywhere. If somebody has an extra, I would love to trade for it.
Now the fun stuff. I love the oddie
cards and by far the most shocking pull of the box...
Bigfoot! Man, I had forgotten all about Bigfoot! Memories of childhood came flooding back. I am VERY curious what the bigfoot
relic card looked like if anybody can share that with me!
And of course the minis. Now that I have proper storage sleeves for these I have warmed up to them. These are the notables including a shark card from a secret subset (more on this card in a future post) Kerri Strug
(who every time
I see I remember the Chris Katan SNL
skit) and a classic #7.
I had a lot of fun with this one, which makes me ready for at least a box or two of the 2010 product, hitting the shelves soon. One gripe I have on Ginter
is just how amazingly difficult it is to gather the subsets...some are seeded only 1 in 12 packs, which is outrageous considering how much a box is, but I guess it is about the thrill of the chase!