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First look: 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Allen & Ginter is back for its ninth edition — and this year it’s adding metal and pop-up cards into the mix.

Yep, cards printed on metal and pop-up booklet cards like the children’s books.

Topps unveiled the first looks at its 2014 edition of the eclectic throwback-style set on Tuesday and it’s one that also includes skeleton cards and one-per-case mini parallel packs are new features, too. The mini packs will include red mini parallels of the standard set limited to just 50 copies, while some will have redemptions for a framed Relic set.

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Set to arrive on July 9, each 24-pack hobby box will include a mix of three autographs, Relics, rip cards and more.

While the Rip Cards are still one per case, they have some new competition with metal parallels for both the standard and mini cards as well as the Pop Star Relics which will be limited to 25 copies and also include a Relic. The Amateur Osteologist cards will feature an “actual skeleton of an animal” and be numbered to just one copy.

Most everything else included in 2014 Allen & Ginter is the same as in past years, starting with the base set. It will consist of 300 cards capped by 50 short-prints found in every other pack. Meanwhile, parallels also return with the standard card, the A&G back, black-bordered, n0-number, 1/1 Wood and 1/1 printing plates. New on the mini cards will be the metals as well as  flag back mini that will be limited to 25. (A new name for what had been Bazooka cards in earlier years.)  Some cards (only 150) will have cloth versions limited to 10.

Autographs will have the same lineup as in past years with a mix of world’s champions in other sports as well as active and retired MLB players. The red-ink cards will be limited to 10 copies. Also back are book cards limited to 10, which will only be found in hobby packs. Those cards will pair players as well as Relics.

Non-baseball autographs were not announced but several notable players were listed on a preliminary autograph/Relic checklist. Among them are Jose Canseco, Hank Aaron, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Roberto Clemente, Yu Darvish, Prince Fielder, Nomar Garciaparra, Ken Griffey Jr., Bryce Harper, Bo Jackson, Sandy Koufax, Greg Maddux, Mariano Rivera, Willie Mays, Andrew McCutchen, Albert Pujols, Yasiel Puig, Jackie Robinson, Deion Sanders, Mike Trout, Michael Wacha and many more.

Box-toppers will have several different types of cards for 2014 with standard cards, Relics limited to 25, autos limietd to 15, auto Relics to five and cut sig limited to one copy. Among the sets are Landmarks and Monuments, player reprints as well as 1/1 Cabinet Relics and 1/1 Cabinet Book Relics that have pieces from other — more unique — items.

Last year’s dual rip cards return along with standard rips. Inside these cards will be a mix of original 1/1 paintings, red autos, 50 more minis as well as 1/1 wood minis. Inside some rips will be mini rip cards that can be ripped to find a mini mini  — or a redemption for a set of framed mini Relics.

For standard Relics, the three-Relic array introduced in 2013 will return. Boxes will have no duplicated designs. Back are DNA and oddity Relics as well, while there also will be 100 framed buybacks to chase, too.

For standard-size inserts, there are Pastime’s Pastimes cards — 100 cards of players that note what they do away from the field. Joining those are World’s Capitals, Air Supremacy (planes), Fields of Yore (past stadiums), Natural Wonders and Festivals & Fairs cards.

Mini insets will include explorers in the Into the Unknown set, the World’s Deadliest Predators, Where Nature Ends (artists), Larger Than Life (folk heroes) and a set for cat-lovers dubbed Little Lions.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

 Click here for a PDF of the preliminary checklist, which is subject to change.

14 Comments

AE

Nice design.. and I love the fact that they have stadium cards in there.. even if they’re older stadiums. Great for autographs. As always, can’t wait for this one.

Posted November 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink
heyyo

Wow, what an improvement over 2013! 2013 was bland while drifting away from the original A&G concept. This design goes back to the roots by offering a familiar eclectic look. I’m so happy to see the palm tree mini framed relics back! I hope we get a July release this year instead of August!

Posted November 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink
idiocratic

my favorite release of the year, i actually like the non sport cards more

Posted November 27, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink
TS

Canseco is welcomed back?

Posted November 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink
colin

usually I cant stand allen n ginter….but these look cool

Posted November 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink
Jason K

Things I love: Retired stadium, wood, cloth, rip, oddities, pop up books, metal, and framed minis

Things I hate: No Ginter code (at least it’s not mentioned), no guarantee of an auto in every box, and a bunch of (most likely unfilled) redemptions for Willie Mays (Topps needs to stop including him in products unless he is able to sign in advance).

Posted November 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink
kris buonocore

will they be hiding rip cards in box covers again?

Posted November 30, 2013 at 7:40 am | Permalink
Kevin

Can someone explain to me how the checklist can include Byron Buxton when he will not be in the majors this year?

Posted December 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
Jason K

Kevin,

This set doesn’t get released until July… That’s 3 months for him to appear in even one MLB game. Besides, this is a preliminary checklist. There are always changes before the final checklist.

Posted December 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink
Hollywood42

As always, looks awesome! Similar design, yet completely different. Inserts are going to be great. These metal popups sound awesome as well. I’m definitely in for another year!

Posted December 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink
Ryan

“While Rip Cards are still one per case…”

They weren’t 1 per case in 2013.

Posted December 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink
Robert Crabtree

Just busted a box and only got 1 jersey card for Pirates 3rd baseman. Very disappointed. What a bust. I will not buy again.

Posted August 11, 2014 at 5:13 am | Permalink
jack

Its all nice and fancy the way they advertise the product showing game used of guys like Clemente and autographs of guys like Bench.

However I have spent hundreds of dollars on this product and what I get of g/u and auto cards the first question I have is WHO? A broadcaster, a racing car broadcaster, a comedian/actor and it goes on and on of people I never heard of and no ballplayers. I did get a bat card of some little known player and in the past its, a tennis coach, a baseball scout, a happy sacker or whatever they call them. Is it just my bad luck or is there just so much of these nobodys out there?

Posted September 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

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