Box Busters: 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball + WIN OUR 1/1 Ginter Glossy card from this box!

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

How can you win our 1/1 card pulled from this box? Tell us what you think of this year’s set and tell us in the comments below. We’ll pick one at random from all comments received (that include an email address) before Sept. 1.


2013 Allen and Ginter is the Bees Knees. Good stuff for sure.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink
Tim Lindgren

I really like this set. My favorite A & G set so far!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

What appeared to be a fairly flat product on paper turned out to be one of the most fun products to rip in 2013!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink
Christopher C. Albin

I think the cards are amazing. I like the added cards of nonsports people. I just pulled a Tommy Lee.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

Love the 2013 set! Really like the design as well as the inclusion of so many retired players and hall of famers.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
Chris Helme

I really love the retro look and feel of this series. I am a hockey guy, and break only hockey, but the last few years I’ve ripped a couple of packs here and there of A&G, just because of the wild variety in the set. Reminds me of UD’s Champs set, which I also really liked.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
Robert Clark

I’ve loved so much of what I’ve seen that I bought my first box of baseball cards today. I’m so excited to get it I feel like a kid waiting for santa.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
chris mixer

A&G keeps delivering, surprising, & making this hobby fun. This year more than ever with the box toppers.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink
Sarah A

My husband is having a blast opening his Allen and Ginters. He thinks this year’s cards are the best! I hope to win this for him.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

Really like the base design and like the idea of the hidden compartment.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

I love this product! I can’t stop buying it!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink
Geoffrey Rotunda

I like the set, an interesting variety of baseball and other sport and non sport things that are fun to collect and open. This is my first year buying the cards and I plan to continue buying because of the set

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
Ted Strange

It’s a great set, love the inserts and the mystery of Ginter. Only opened a blaster so far, but plan to open a box or two.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
Ryan Baldwin

This is a fun product – clearly put together to capitalize on the box/case breaker craze. It’s fun to see all the hits online.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink
Shawn Walsh

Cards look good. Very impressed

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
Richard Hardy

This years Allen & Ginter set is amazing to say the least! The photo selection is outstanding when it comes to color and clarity (including with the ATY inserts). The inserts are great, such as the Across The Years, One Little Corner, and the various others! Naturally, another great inclusion would be the Puig rookies, but that’s not the only card to look for! The high number SP list has great names, and the non-sport checklist has so many nice cards from various activities, making it terrific! And the fact that all base cards have a chance of assisting those who attempt The Ginter Code, it just blows my mind!!!! Add in the hidden 1/1s in the box lids, it just makes it seem like Topps hit this one out of the park!!!!!!!! As for you guys, you continue to give back to the collectors! The fact that you would even consider giving away a 1/1 is awesome. Nice break guys! Have a good day.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Permalink
larry robidoux

Even thou I havn’t pulled any good cards from this set I think they are 1 of the best this year. So much variety and with the surprise rip cards and the hidden card in the box what else could you ask for.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink
Donnie Dowdle

i have always loved the look of A & G. It’s one of my favorite sets. this years set is no different. All of the cards look great especially with the addition of Yasiel Puig.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
John Kot

Gets better and better every year!!!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

I got 3 Blaster boxes from walmart and got two low end hits. Its my first time buying A&G and so far I love the look and excited about owning them. A 1/1 from this set Would be a great addition to my more low end collection.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink
Cody Marsee

This is actually my first year dealing with Allen & Ginter. I just got back into collecting. I have tried a lot of different products within the last couple months and A&G is my favorite. I love the fact that you never know what you are going to get! My favorite cards to collect are baseball so I love that this product gives me the chance to collect those and add some different kinds of cards at the same time. This is an amazing product!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

At least you don’t have to send wrappers in to get a bonus!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink
Jessica Hulet

Love Allen and Ginter never know what you are going to find each year.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

I think there are more autos this year and a much better checklist like Selig isn’t too bad. Plus this set has the first Topps Puig rookie that is not limited also makes it a reason to rip more. The mini sets are by far the best in recent years as well in terms subjects.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink
Roland Wake

Getting back into collecting after a 15 yr hiatus. I am really digging the vintage style if this set. And the variations are a nice mix it up product.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink
Michael Rokicki

I love the wide array of people in this product. The card I would love to have is the cut auto of Bill Clinton or any of the other past presidents. But as a whole I think the product is like its past editions but it always brings something new like the 1/1 cards in the box top!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

This was my first year of Allen & Ginter. I like the oddball inserts and the non-baseball inclusions. They add some fun and variety so you’re not just pulling the same 350 guys you’d find in the base set or Gypsy Queen.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
Samuel Breniman

I love A&G. I ALWAYS love A&G. I purposely don’t look at the checklist, so I have no idea what’s about to come and hit me. You just never know what’s going to come out of a given box.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink
Jarrett Rozzi

Allen & Ginter is pretty amazing. I can say I lerned a few things from reading the back of the inserts. It is my first year collecting this set so it is exciting. I plan to get more.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink
Sam g

I’ve always been a big fan of AG. I enjoy all of the various base cards they come up with.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

It’s a great looking product and offers a ton of variety. It speaks to collectors from all walks, it serves people that like a vintage feel, it serves prospectors because there are great autographs and 1/1’s throughout, but not to the point of saturation like other products do. It also gives something for the collectors looking for something different with the non-sports cards and inserts like the wonders of the universe. All in all a great product and they pull it off in a way that I think Goodwin falls well short of. Will be collecting this for years to come.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink
curtis arney

Always love busting some A&G and this years is no different! :)

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Permalink
Ian Rockwell

I think the set is pretty cool. The cards are attractive and the inserts are distinct and fun. I haven’t had much luck so far on about 15 packs. Only hit is a Darwin Barney relic, so debating if I want to buy more or focus on something else.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink
Peter Lee

Another great A&G set by Topps. The best next to only year one. Could do without the employee stuff. But great nonetheless. Inclusion of Robin van Persie is gonna make me spend more money this year.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink
Brandon F.

I’m a baseball and history junkie, so this set really appeals to me on every level.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

Allen & Ginter is easily one of my favorites sets of the year and has always been. This year I pulled a Paul Goldschmidt auto and relics of Nick Saban and Brian Kelly. I had a nice box, but nonetheless, I love this checklist because it is so diverse.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

I really love the soccer inclusions this year with RVP and Pele. I happened to pull a Pele auto in my box. I couldn’t believe it.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

Ginter is my favorite release every year, and this year is the best release yet! I love the 1/1 glossy cards as a surprise to collectors and their checklist is full of people that were requested by fans last year via Twitter (Roach, Rollins, Walton, etc.). For the amount of flack that Topps gets from time to time, I think they truly hit the ball out of the park with this year’s release!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Permalink
chris theodorou

As a hockey card only collector, I think this might be my first non-hockey box purchase! Chance to pull a card of aSpider or someones Hair! Let me at a box! Im got a sinking feeling that I am going to enjoy this! Wallet look out! We have a problem!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink
Michael Pully

Great looking product this year as usual. I always like buying the new Allen & Ginter every season. I really like the design this year and autograph and memorabilia selection. “Mama always said life is like a box of Allen & Ginter, you never know what you’re gonna get…”

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink
John Glazewski

I think they did excellent this year. The 1/1 nameplates are stunning, the glossy in box tops, Pele autos, even just the basic relic cards are nice looking. Topps did a great job.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

the cardboard gods have me in puguatory this week

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink
William Genebach

I love the new Allen and Ginter. I think the hidden card is super cool. I love 1/1’s as well.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink
Zack Webb

not a bad product!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink
Meaghann Grey

I think this years set is great, but sometimes I’m overwhelmed by how much different stuff there is. So many different relics/collectors cards/etc. overall good stuff though

Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
Matt Traylor

I think this year is my FAVORITE release to date. The idea about hiding the surprise 1/1’s in the lids is genius. Once collectors picked up on it, it was all the buzz on social media relating to sports cards. I love some of the inclusions as well, Maroney, Pele and Axl Rose to name a few. Allen & Ginter is always one of my favorite releases of the year, but this year’s version takes the cake.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink
Jason Taylor

Ginter is always solid, and this year is no different.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink
Jim Boehm

I love Ginter. Every year is better than the last. Being a history major has given me a greater love for this years set. Love the non-sport inserts. This will be the first master set I attempt. Can’t wait to complete it.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink
David C

I try to buy a box of A&G every year (I might buy 4 boxes total each year). i love the set and how they include non-sports and random sports. Question: Do the previous years have hidden 1/1s in the box tops?!?

Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
Amos Estola

Great stuff love it !!!
Pulled a rip card ripped it and Gould a rip card reserve now waiting to see who’s full game used item I get :-)

Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

I think it has been fun brand with all the unique inserts and mem cards. I think the best part of this year’s inclusion was the glossy cards because it added a lot of fun to buying a box, knowing you have a decent shot at a 1/1 card.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

2013 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball: World’s Champions is an amazing set that features many different baseball players and other people. The base set contains 300 cards and features rookies, veterans, and hall of Famers from baseball and non-baseball players. Among these include Yasiel Puig, Mark Cuban, Ty Cobb, and Roy Jones Jr. The Base Mini cards look spectacular. The border and color of the base cards are amazing. No Number minis are numbered to 50 and baseball back is numbered to 25. Wood Minis, which are 1/1, are hobby only and have a classy look. Printing Plates, which are 1/1 and hobby only, continue the tradition of Topps’ including Printing Plates in most (if not all) of their sets. Glossy 1/1s hidden inside the actual box lids was a sneaky move by Topps and a very interesting type of card. Folks, check your trash! This shows Topps can do anything! Base Short Prints are 1 in 2 packs and feature cards with numbers of 301 to 350. These also have parallels. There is also a Cloth Mini Parallel numbered to 10 and are hobby only. The checklist features 150 cards. The main insert for this set is “Across The Years.” 1 in 2 packs, this insert set has a 100 card checklist. All In A Day’s Work is an old fashioned subset that includes jobs that have a lot of work in one day. For example, Paper Boy is old fashioned and has a lot of work. Arachnology Relics include some very weird relics. Among these is a tarantula relic. 1/1, these cards are hobby-only redemption cards. 73 signers have signed Baseball Autographs for this set. Each signer has also signed 10 copies in red ink. Same with the Non-Baseball Autographs, red ink is also numbered to 10. Only 46 signers for Non-Baseball Autographs. Book cards are 1/1. 25 card checklist. Other inserts include Palaces and Strongholds, One Little Corner, People On Bicycles, Codes, Ciphers, and Crytographs, Civilations Of Ages Past, Curious Cases, Famous Finds, Heavy Hangs The Head, Inquiring Minds, Martial Mastery, and Peacemakers. This tells you how many inserts there are in this set. A lot for sure! Double Auto Relic Booklets, Double Bat Knobs, Double Jumbo Patch Booklets, DNA Relics, Framed Originals, Mythological RElics, and Oddity Relics are some relics and autos in this set. Also a lot for sure! There are Relics and mini, framed Relics in this set. Like autos, these include Baseball and Non-Baseball relics. The First Americans is a vintage style insert. Shows some of the first Americans on Earth. Some of Topps employees have autos and relics too! Collectors can try to unlock the Ginter Code by going online to Twitter using their code card. Rip Cards and Double Rip Cards are a popular thing. You can rip the cards to find different cards inside. There are also Box Loaders. Overall, Topps Allen and Ginter: World’s Champions is a hit in 2013!
Beckett, thank you for the giveaway! It was very nice of you! Great job on your website/channel! Staff, you’re amazing!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

I’ve grown to love this set year over year. I’d say it’s the variety of hits that keeps me coming back. Would love that 1/1!!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink
David Johnson

Topps A&G is one of the funnest breaks due to all of the non-baseball cards and miscellaneous minis. The inclusion of cards in the box tops is definitely insane, and I can only imagine how many got thrown out before someone found one and the news spread.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink
Matt Weber

Just started buying this product for its uniqueness if that is a word. Bought 5 packs and scored a Bobby Bowden mem card and Bill Walton Printing Plate as well as a Russel Martin numbered mini. Not to shabby.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink
Trevor Replogle

What a great set!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
Connor Russell

Just got my first box of the 2013 Allen & Ginter. Nothing great so far.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Permalink
Anthony C

i love all the odd ball autographs from allen & ginter. it never disappoints.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

I’ll take any Cincinnati Reds cards yall don’t want. The Tony Cingrani auto for sure! Cool cards but I’ll have to wait to get a box.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

That is a sweet Rice 1/1 (I’m a big Sox fan). I love that Topps has hidden those in the box panels. Reminds me the old giant-size Zenith cards!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
KC Touch

This years looks very crisp and clean. Also it does help to have one of the hottest RC in set, so you really can go wrong with this years set.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
Brian Kosinkski

This has always been my favorite brand every year and this year, it still doesn’t disappoint. Its awesome!!!!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

cool design, not a huge fan of the building cards

Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

Never really cared for this product. I think it is the non sports cards in it. I usually buy a box or 2 every year, buy singles of the players that I collect. I purchased 1 box and didn’t get a 1/1. Oh well, hopefully I can get the 1/1 from you guys at Box Busters.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink
Mike Dorn

Allen and Ginter is a fun product to open every year. I like the hidden cards in the box tops and three hits per box makes for a fun box break.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink
Ben Chairnoff

I love the design and inserts. And of course the minis. But I really don’t like how the hits are distributed. I like it when you are guaranteed a certain hit, and not 3 of any of these. Seems like there are too many 3-relic boxes.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink
Charles Petit

Allen & Ginter is the one product that I save for all year long. Love the variety and every chase included. So much fun.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink
Jordan Dulay

I really like it, the only thing that bugged me, was the fact that topps didn’t say that there was possibly cards hidden in the box lids, until someone mistakenly found it.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink
Kevin D.

I’ve always loved vintage products, and Allen & Gimter always does it right. This year is no exception!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Permalink
Charles Burrell

Love it!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

Year in and year out A&G is one of the best products Topps puts out. I have cracked a case all but one year since its beginning. Fun break.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

I like this year’s A & G. I think I’ve only bought one box of it ever before but the breaks of it are definitely making me want to buy a lot more. I love the rip cards and the hiding the cards in the lids. You have to do something different and that’s what it looks like Topps is doing.

FROM MOD: Winner via random selection

Posted August 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

I always wait all year for A&G. By far the best multi-sport checklist as well as lots of surprises. Not mention the insert cards. My favorite this year …. Peacemakers

Posted August 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

Allen and Ginter is topps best product. It’s been my favorite since I got back into the hobby in 2010. Love collecting the variety of sets that this product offers. Also use some of the base cards for my in person auto collection. The photos and cardstock are perfect for autos. Hope to win the glossy. Thanks for the video.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink
Dan Carstens

I think the non-baseball sports checklist is strong this year. Pele, Nick Saban, Brian Kelly and Lindsey Vonn are pretty big names.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Permalink
Zach Thiel

This set will go down as a “game changer”, the sneaky thing Topps did with inserting the 1/1 packs in the box lids is crazy, nuts, and insane…….AND I love it. This is a release that will be talked about for years to come. The autograph lineup is once again unique and the odd cards with the Kim wedding pieces and everything else make it one for the ages. Loving it and loving the creativeness by Topps.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Permalink
Charlie C.

A&G has the Dalai Lama and his Potola palace in this years set!
What’s not to like!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink
Aaron Z

Love the A&G this year, it helps to have pulled a Pele auto!!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

I really like the off sport themes for this year’s set. As a fan of history, the Wonders of the World cabinet cards are going to be the first oversized cards I plan on PCing and I also like the past cultures cards.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Permalink
Jordan Friedman

…well, I’ve long thought that they send you guys “loaded” boxes………

Posted August 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

I have been a huge Ginter collector since 2006. While 2013 had som. nice
surprises in it, it is . step down from last years product both in terms of
quantity and quality. The autograph checklist took the biggest hit. Hopefully
they can get back to the high level they were at last year!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink
Alvin Yam

A good variety but not my favorite A&G set.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

This year’s Ginter is great!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Permalink
Joe C

Love the set, changed the hobby forever…. Never again will we just toss out empty boxes in the trash! Very creative, and go Red Sox!!!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Permalink
Jamie Baldwin

All kinds of goodies in this A&G!!!! Boring to watch on a break but when you here the words. Here’s our hit!!!! It makes you perk up real fast because it’s usually something good!!!!!

Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

Absolutely love the non-sports cards. I collect baseball , and wont try to complete this set but the uniqueness of the cards makes them fun to rip just the same.

Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

I’m a huge Ginter fan and I love the design this year. History-related insert sets are always a plus, though the Pele thing is confusing in terms of figuring out which version is the “base” version. Agreed that an auto a box would be great. Ginter is variety, and what’s really fantastic is that a box is reasonably-priced.

Greg Zakwin
Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle

Posted August 17, 2013 at 12:07 am | Permalink

I have been a collector of A & G since 2006 and it is my favorite set each and every year. That said, I think it is a terrible idea that they hide 1/1 cards in the boxes. Pretty ridiculous to think about how many of these cards will get thrown away. If ever there was a good time for a redemption, it would be for something that is hiding. This way Topps still has the cards that go unredeemed and they can still find themselves in the hands of collectors. I think they miffed on this idea.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 1:47 am | Permalink

I think that Topps has been doing a solid job with A&G and this year is no exception. I am with Brian, I would like to see more soccer players, a mixture of MLS and international players would be a nice addition to the checklist.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 3:37 am | Permalink
Jonathan Lynch

Really like the variety of the set, a fun rip for sure.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 7:02 am | Permalink

I love the Allen and Ginter Series. I love the oddities they have in the series each year. The variety of cards is nice from Old Players, DNA relics, and other Relics. The cards look great and clean. Ever since I started collecting them, I can’t wait for the next year’s collection to come out.
Makes you wonder how many 1/1 Glossy cards have been accidently thrown away by people not knowing about them being hidden in the Box top. That is what make Allen and Ginter great, they think out side the box.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 7:25 am | Permalink


Posted August 17, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

I have enjoyed A&G since it debuted in 2006. I think this set fits in nicely with the rest of the A&G releases. I wonder how long the formula will continue to work, but it continues to be the most anticipated release on the calendar for me every year.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 8:23 am | Permalink

What I don’t like about the set is really just the back of card design as they seem to never change. It’s wearing on me. That being said, I actually like the non-baseball related themes (Our Little Corner, Martial Mastery…) because it’s interesting stuff to further read up on. Also, I really like the Red Sox cards I’ve seen so far from my packs and the box busting (Boggs, Rice, Pedroia, Williams…). And the hidden card gimmick is interesting, good thing it’s left to hobby only as I tend to recycle the blasters immediately w/o hesitation. Good stuff, thanks Topps!

Posted August 17, 2013 at 9:11 am | Permalink

Ginter this year is great, as it has always has been. What other product can you get baseball HOFers, the hottest rookies, other sport greats, models, boxers, musicians, actors, and even landmarks, all from the same box? Love it!

Posted August 17, 2013 at 9:13 am | Permalink
Nick Mikulicich

I’ve never been a fan of Allen & Ginter. If I wanted a tobacco card of a hat (last year) or a bicyclist or a famous place, I’d go look for some actual vintage ones.
The set is about the gimmicks.
As far as this year versus past years, this year’s set offers a better value if you like this sort of set – more rip cards, the glossy 1/1s, an an autograph checklist that has a couple massive hits possible (Pele and Axl Rose) – plus Puigmania if you get any.
I’ll save my money for other things.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink
Adonis Zapanta

A&G is always fun to break. You never know what you gonna get. Very nice product! Keep up!

Posted August 17, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink
Wayne Martin, Jr.

Allen & Ginter is one of my favorite products of the yaer. I love the old style look and feel of the cards. Not a lot of cards feel like they are printed on cardboard anymore. These are great! I always look forward to the quirky non-sports inclusions too.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

Just when I thought Ginter was becoming stale, Topps included the fantastic box-lid rip cards. The autograph checklist might not be as strong as last year, but Pele makes up for almost any deficiency. I can’t wait to see the complexity of this year’s Code as well.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

The set that every year continues to include awesome signatures from the sport we love and a few others we may also follow. This is a great set and id love more than ANYTHING to win the 1/1 ;) thanks Beckett!!! You Guys ROCK!

Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

I am a big ginter collector, I build multiple sets per year and this year is okay. There are several problems one is an old one. Autos are few and far between, one per would help this product along way. I do love the box topper thing, whereas many were mad, I thought brought some of the old hobby back. Auto line up is weak and weak because of the redemptions after redemptions. This is the first year I feel cheated with ginter, not because I have had bad boxes (4 boxes = 1 rip, 1 double rip, one trout silk) but there is something I can’t put my finger on. But over all it is still my fav. every year + Shelby Miller has an auto in it.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink
Brian Jackson

The set is cool with all the extras and non baseball inserts

Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

Allen and Ginter is a fun product. My favs are the Puig RC and auto and id love to get my hands on the ED oneil auto. Two cards out of this entire set id cherish calling my own.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:44 am | Permalink
Zac D

The Allen & Ginter (A&G) intrigue seems to be an annual occurrence, and continues through this year, as well. The newest set draws in the usual interest with its plethora of cards from eclectic sources and non-baseball/non-sports autographs and memorabilia, and code-breaking, but the added twist of glossy hidden 1/1 cards brings about an ire of anxiety and lip-biting eagerness to rip into sealed boxes that I haven’t seen before. I was drawn into buying a couple boxes, for this reason. I am not a fan of Topps, but their creativity in A&G usually intensifies the “itch” to break boxes, overwhelmingly.

I like the look and feel of the 2013 set and am always wondering what will be in the next pack, with so many SP cards, variations/parallels, memo, autograph, RIP cards. However, I still believe the ceiling/floor for the product keeps an incredibly high median population nearer the floor. For all the intrigue in the product the usual let-down from massive populations of incredibly small pieces of memorabilia, and many from unpopular or low-key players’ signatures/memo, and hard-to-find RIP cards with mind-numbingly low odds of productive ripped-card pulls. The 2013 set continues to bring out monster hits, but they seem to be extreme outliers within the overall sample of distribution, much harder to obtain and keep a frustrating oppression on any box-breaker’s jubilation index.

Even with the blatant knowledge of disappointing outcomes and devastating price-per-box-recouping the product continues to draw our attention. To me, the 2013 is an ongoing, overly-priced saga where I know the odds of pulling anything of worth is incredibly low I still love the production of ideas from the A&M brand and will most likely continue to beat myself up, buying more boxes this year and each year, from-now-on.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink
Zac D

^^ Please forgive my typos and out-of-place punctuation…I am not a morning person after long nights, lol.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:58 am | Permalink

This years Ginter, I believe, is better and more substantial than the past years. They have a crisper look and the hidden 1/1s sure do make it a lot more intriguing.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink
Ed Bennett

A&G is always a great non-baseball baseball favorite. I have fond memory of last year when I introduced my daughter to cards and we bought two 2012 blaster boxes and she pulled a framed mini sig, she was so stoked, we have it in a mag holder on her desk.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

Such an awesome card always love this set!! This is why I enjoy collecting cards.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink
Kraig Feldman

I love Allen and Ginter this year. The oddities and surprises never cease to surprise and keep this product new and fun. The 1/1 glossy mini inclusions is a great idea that stays with the theme and curiosity of Allen and Ginter. My brother and I greatly enjoying reading the back of the insert cards to learn about whatever Topps decides to highlight for a given year. It keeps the product fun and exciting, and gives a nice pause to the typical baseball break. The only thing that I didn’t fit the Allen and Ginter scheme was the regular sized relic cards. Outside of that, I give it an A-

Posted August 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
Lushan Hannah

Really great set…one of the best Topps has ever produced! I’m optimistic about the future of the hobby because of this release.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
Chris Schulte

I opened two hobby boxes recently and got pretty much nothing. No Puig, No Machado. Best card I got was a red-back mini of Shawn Marcum /25. That’s what I think is most infuriating about the boxes, I get a rare card, but it’s Shawn Marcum…

Posted August 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink
Chris Wardner

Great set! A&G offer what may be the coolest array of cards in any one box……love me the framed autos : )

Posted August 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink
Joe G.

Ginter has always been a unique set. I like it.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink
Michael Lee

No Foodies? Alan Richman’s in there! MAN VS. FOOD! MAN VS. FOOD! I have always loved A & G every year and often use these cards in the classroom as research and social studies jump off points. The kids love them and get excited about the subject because “It’s on a baseball card!” It’s one of those sets I break for actual enjoyment and I love all the little twists they add every year.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink
Albert Rodriguez

Just opened a blaster box of the new allen and ginter from Walmart. And pulled a pele mini framed auto. These are nice looking cards as well.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Permalink
David K.

A&G is consistently my favorite product on the market. There are always some high quality hits that don’t seem impossible to get like with other brands. Also, A&G always has the sharpest signatures.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink
john boustead

Like a & g every year…got a double rip numbered 1/5 of longoria/wright but don’t think I’ll rip it yet. Like all the quirky cards.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink
john boustead

Like a & g every year…got a double rip numbered 1/5 of longoria/wright but don’t think I’ll rip it yet. Like all the quirky cards. No spiders yet though.

Posted August 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink
Miguel Guzman

I really like the black mini cards. My birthday is coming up and already hinted to the wife about the new A&G. Thanks for the video!

Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Permalink
Brian Wolfrey

I have every base set plus short prints since 2008. Love A & G!

Posted August 17, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

Best product of the year!!!

Posted August 18, 2013 at 12:10 am | Permalink
Wayne Koch

I’ll be happy to send someone else all the non-baseball cards since I have absolutely no interest in them, but I like the baseball cards and hidden 1/1. What a great idea!

Posted August 18, 2013 at 3:47 am | Permalink
Matt K

Topps A&G is a great product every year with new cool inserts.

Posted August 18, 2013 at 5:58 am | Permalink
John R

Only 350 1/1’s and Olds has already pulled two? Sandbagger. Like the Reddick card.

Posted August 18, 2013 at 6:49 am | Permalink

I really like it so far! The four football coach relics have inspired me to hunt down all ten football relics they’ve made through the years. Hopefully I will finish it soon so I can display them in my man cave that I’m remodeling.

Posted August 18, 2013 at 7:51 am | Permalink
Brandon Paxton

A&G is one of my favorite Sets each year. The variety of subjects is always fun and the quality is always amazing. I can’t wait to start busting some packs!

Posted August 18, 2013 at 8:54 am | Permalink

This is my first year collecting A & G, i have a handful of singles from years past. The 2013 set looks great! I am a little upset that out of 3 hobby boxes I have pulled 9 relics & 0 Autos.

Posted August 18, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink

I think Ginter is always pretty solid. It’s great, but I usually don’t collect it for various reasons. I wish three things:

Topps would come out with it a little earlier and just do away with Gypsy Queen – I got Gypsy Queen this year but was kind of disappointed and wish I’d have swapped Gypsy for Ginter. I won’t collect this until much later in the year, if at all, just because of timing.

Topps put as much creativity into other products as it does into A&G.


Posted August 18, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

Another wide idea from Topps. The non-baseball portion of this set always interests me.

Posted August 18, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

I only collect hockey cards, but every year this set is the one set I debate on buying. I like the random mix of pretty much everything in one product. Seems like a lot of fun to open. I’ve heard quite a few comments regarding how some of the cards seem unnecessary (*cough*Chris*cough*), but I enjoy the cards like Grand Central Station. They are just fun.

Posted August 18, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

Random comment submitted. Now gimme that Rice card!

Posted August 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink
Cory Earp

Definitely a nice looking product. Gonna have to bust some blasters when I see them.

Posted August 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
Kris Traynor

I like how the keep it true to the 1886 design with a modern twist , keep em coming .

Posted August 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink
Matthew Robl

Looks like Topps is right on line with the Allen & Ginter product. I like some of the odd ball subsets. What other product can you say, “Wow, I got Napolen Bonaparte card.”

Posted August 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
George Hibbs

Roland Wake’ I’m playing the theme from Welcone back Kotter

Posted August 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

Between mini’s, parallel’s and framed relics, A&G is always a product I look forward to!

Posted August 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

I’ve been ripping packs of every sport imaginable, I’ve even managed to pull a few valuable cards along the way! I just really like the look and feel of an A&G card! There’s no doubt that this product has such a wide appeal to all card collectors because you never know what your gonna pull from a box! I’ve managed to pull a used bat card of Ty Cobb, an autograph of Al Unser, and even a shirt card of Bobby Knight himself. Thx to all who conceived such an eclectic array of characters!

Posted August 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

I think this year’s set is pretty impressive. Love the design and the checklist always impresses. Hiding these 1/1 cards is a genius move by Topps. I hope they do some more creative stuff like that in the near future.
Thanks for the vid and offering the card.

Posted August 18, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

Very cool set. For some reason I like the Moon card the most. Although Puig isn’t bad either! Up to 133 comments already goes to show how much we all like Ginter and the chance to win the Rice card. Wish me luck ;)

Posted August 18, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

Great set! Maybe a little repetitive compared to last year, but overall intriguing. The minis with the back variations make for great fun. The old school feel plus the unique blend of non-baseball inserts seem more of a nostalgic homage than a gimmick. Creative and enjoyable!

Posted August 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Permalink
Justin P

Frankly, I really rather like this years design, especially the frame colors on the autographs. I think the colors really complement the blue ink well!

Posted August 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Permalink
Jeremy Morrison

I’m really loving this year’s set. It always looks like A & G every year, but the design always seems fresh. This is the only product I buy at last 1 box of every year! The best product hands down in my humble opinion!

Posted August 18, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink
Louis Zollo

I am having a blast with this year’s 2013 Allen & Ginter’s. Majority of my pulls have come from Blaster Boxes. I would say 90% Blaster Boxes and the rest single retail packs. I have not gotten anything to really brag about. Couple good hits but nothing I haven’t seen other people dangle in front of me also. I think my most exciting pull was the Mark Cuban Relic Auto. Like I said, nothing fabulous. My biggest negative critique though is the prices of these cards. I mean being a Captain in the US ARMY, I have see countries where kids can not even afford food for 1 meal, but here I am spending $3.00 a pack, sometimes more just so companies like BOWMAN PLATINUM can give me 4 cards in a pack. Let me say that again…4 CARDS !!!!!!!!!!!! Really? And 6 cards in an A&G pack? What happened to the days of 15 cards and a hard piece of gum that can be used as a weapon for 75 cents? RIP fair prices…RIP. Speaking of RIP…can I please pull 1 RIP CARD before I retire? Just wondering.

Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:50 am | Permalink
Will Ferrall

I like it. Glad to see that Alexander Hamilton’s hairs are finally being put to use.

Posted August 19, 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink

A&G is an intriguing set. It has the same basic base design every year, which is unfortunate. I like the full sized relics this year. I’ve always wanted to pull a rip card, so maybe it will happen this year. I’ll pick up a box in September for sure.

Posted August 19, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

Great Stuff, scored an original 1/1 from my box and Puig

Posted August 19, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

Best A&G set to date by far. The vintage look alone is enough for me to buy. Love the minis and the non baseball cards are always a great part of this product and the auto and relic checklist are unmatched because of the variaty.

Posted August 19, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

Always a fan of the a&g. The DNA cards are always a great chase. Hope to get that glossy!

Posted August 19, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

One of the sets that I really look forward to getting………..and this year didn’t disappoint

Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink
Brandon Lopez

I really like the look and feel of the cards. They have a lot of good pictures on them too. I was pretty excited when I pulled a Pele missing text card, only to see that they weren’t really short printed. It is also a very exciting set with the first Yasiel Puig rookie card.

Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

This was definitely one of my favorite sets of the year.

Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
Nathan Crandell

I hate how much I love this set. I am a huge tobacciana fan, from 1888 ginter to now. I have to buy every set since I started collecting, or break till I have them all.

Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
justin garner

Definitely the most interesting boxes to crack

Posted August 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink
Dewey Beannon

These cards are freaking awesome. I shouldn’t have to say much, just look at them. These are killer.

Posted August 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

Nice set
Like the non-baseball aspect

Posted August 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
hockey kazi

Good stuff–love the variety

Posted August 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink
Bryon Pratt

Ginters is always one of my favorites. The non baseball cards are always some of my favorites to collect.

Posted August 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink
Brandon Stubblefield

Allen & Ginter is always a neat set. I like the variety of the subjects and the artwork has a nice, old fashioned look. They provide a unique insight to current pop culture with the non-sport cards. The idea of the hidden 1/1 cards is cool, but I feel bad for those that threw their boxes away after the news went public. Shame to think that there are some nice 1/1s sitting in a landfill somewhere.

Posted August 20, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink
Richard hogenson

I love the set. Especially the non sports celebrities.

Posted August 20, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink
Ryan Sutley

Like the design. Very traditional but still manages to innovate

Posted August 20, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink
Donnie Lake

Very nice set … love the non-sport cards

Posted August 20, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

Love the planet cards. Another fun set.

Posted August 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

Hockey will always be my first love but I also collect baseball and football. The novelty of A&G appealed to me but I have to say, after three boxes, I’m disappointed. I could basically predict the type of cards I was going to pull and where the hits were, if you can call them hits. Two of the boxes had two framed mini relics and one full sized regular relic. The third had a weak mini signature, a framed mini-relic and a full sized relic. Total value for all nine cards, not more than $50. The SPs didn’t make up for it either. Overall, it was not the value I expected and I’ll probably spend the money on more hockey next year.

Posted August 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

I love the clean look! Also, it is a great mix of baseball and celebrities.

Posted August 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

I’ve collected Ginter since the first year they came out – I pulled my all-time favorite card that year (a JFK relic) and I have loved them ever since – such a fun product!

Posted August 21, 2013 at 8:32 am | Permalink
Jeff S

I generally like Ginter, but I think the packs could have more cards per. It’s not particularly high end printing or anything, and the stock isn’t fantastic. Other than that, I like the feel of it. Personally, I think Ginter and Gypsy Queen should rotate every other year. That would give both sets some more excitement.

Posted August 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink
k chisler

As always a great product from A&G, hidden items makes it that much better.

Posted August 22, 2013 at 8:04 am | Permalink

I love this set. The cards are beautiful looking and it’s cool how they have the odd cards like the paddleboarders or comedy geniuses. Also, it’s really cool how they hide the 1/1 cards in the box covers! I wonder how many of those have been thrown out!

Posted August 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

I definitely like the design but am personally not a big fan of the non-baseball cards.

Posted August 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Permalink
steve archer

I was glancing at this post, because-well it really doesn’t do anything for me, and was amazed at all the positive comments and was only through about 1/3 of the comments and it hit me- I COULDA HAD A V-8 !!! but realized that there must be a giveaway and here is my thought. Since we are such a recycling society these days, cuz were playing ‘ketchup’ with the rotting earth ( who knew that a little thing like the ‘industrial age’ could cause so much damage ?!?! ) and this year Topps decided to play hide the cards, in the korner of the box………….so how about next years item comes disguised as ‘recycled cardboard’ and if we figure out what kind of recycled material each box is made from……we win a piece of uniform from the recycling agent who recycled that box…….either that or player worn jock-strap pieces and that wood just be ‘EWWWWWWWW’

Posted August 25, 2013 at 2:11 am | Permalink
Carl Bigham

Best set ever! Nice to see the non sports entries.

Posted August 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

A&G 2011 got me into collecting in the first place, and I like this set almost as much. I like the number of Hall of Famers and legends that they put in the base set this year (to balance out the basic cable personalities), and I like how clean the inserts look – the minimal borders on Martial Mastery and Palaces are gorgeous. It’s just such a good-looking set.

Posted August 28, 2013 at 6:43 am | Permalink

This is a really solid set that is put over the top by the hidden card. Kudos to Topps for adding value, to a well designed set, in a clever way.

Posted August 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink
Jason K

I agree with Chris… For the price, you should get an auto in every box. But, I love this set every year, and it’s a small complaint. I LOVE the hidden card in the box idea!

Posted August 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

I bought a box and got nothing !!!!! Not one hit !!! No Puig no autos no relics !!! This was the worst box I have ever opened in my life ! The cards are cheap the lower inserts are trash . I payed 107 bucks for nothing ! My butt hurts because of the Topps company ! I contacted them and they said I needed my receipt. Ok so I go back to the store and they tell me that they can’t give me one . Haha nice joke Topps making waste my time going back to the store . I called them back and they said get a bussiness card from the shop and have them write a note on the back . WTF !! That’s not inconvenient . Like I stole the box and then did not get any hits right ……..

Posted August 30, 2013 at 6:29 am | Permalink
Brandon Mccomb

Love the a&g product. This year topps did not disappoint . A variety of diff. Hits and that’s the key to keeping the hobby alive. Classy look with mini autos that will always be attractive to collectors of all ages. Put me in for the win!!

Posted September 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

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