We’re a couple days away from the official Allen & Ginter release date, but here are some basics about the set…
Yes, Stephen Strasburg appears in the set — as a mini card only (card No. 401; presumed to be an SP) and as an autograph redemption.
The SPs in the set are card Nos. 301-350.
There are no autograph or Relic “groups” noted on boxes or packs this year.
Autographs are found one in every 40 packs, while Relics are 1:11. With no groups you can still presume that signed cards like Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard will be tougher pulls than the likes of Ross Ohlendorf and Clayton Kershaw. It’s simple economics based on the athletes’ costs for Topps to obtain their autographs.
Among the interesting inclusions on the autograph and Relic lists are Marvin Miller, who does not appear in the base set. Others of note on the autograph list include Jason Heyward, Evan Longoria, Alexei Ramirez, Tommy Hanson, David Blaine, Jordin Sparks, Regis Philbin, Sig Hansen, Shawn Johnson, Summer Sanders, Tony Hawk, Anne Donovan and Stuart Scott.
It’s interesting to note that David Wright has two mini framed Relics in Ginter — no other subject does.
See more after the jump …
Other odds include:
Highlight sketches: 1:10
Mini SP: 1:13
Mini A&G back: 1:5
Mini A&G back SP: 1:65
Black-bordered mini: 1:10
Black-bordered mini SP: 1:130
Mini no-number: 1:140
Mini Bazooka: 1:280
Mini Wood: 1:3,542
The toughest of the other mini insert cards are the Creatures of Legend, Myth and Joy at 1:288
Rip Cards are 1:285
Printing plates: 1:799
Framed cloth: 1:365
Cut autographs: 1:110,000
Monsters of the Mseozoic redemptions are 1:174,000, while Framed DNA Relics are 1:200,000 and the book cards are 1:127,825
The Rip Mini cards are Nos. 351-400 and include:
Ken Griffey Jr.
The box-toppers also have some steep odds for autographed and Relic versions. The N43 autographs are 1:355 boxes, while the Relics are 1:213. The M43 autos are 1:2,130 boxes, while the Cabinet Relics are 1:5,326 boxes.
The final cut autograph checklist includes:
Martin Luther King Jr.
Gerald R. Ford
Warren G. Harding
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Henry Morgenthau Jr.
Benjamin Franklin Tilley
James Earle Fraser
That’s all for now. Have more questions? Leave a comment or send an email.
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