Running List of 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Surprises and Things to Watch Out For



By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s summer. That means a lot of network TV switches over to reality show mode. Big Brother is one of those summer staples, going with the slogan, “Expect the unexpected.” Allen & Ginter, another summer staple, follows a similar path. Every year there are some surprises out there to be found. 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter follows a similar path.

With that in mind, here’s a quick running list of checklist additions, set surprises and things you might have originally missed. This is by no means an exhaustive list as of yet, but we’ll be updating in the days ahead to make sure you know what to look for.


2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Surprises and Additions

Fictional Figures Relics

The original sales info for 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter noted that there would be “relic” cards of fictional characters. However, they were left off the checklist the company released.

Don’t worry. They exist. Well, the cards do.

But they’re not going to be easy to find. The first two to surface are both numbered to 10.

First up is Santa Claus and a swatch of his suit.

2017 Topps Allen and Ginter Fictional Figures Framed Relics Santa Calus

Neptune has a little starfish.

2017 Topps Allen and Ginter Fictional Figures Framed Relics Neptune

And don’t forget the unicorn hair.

2017 Topps Allen and Ginter Fictional Figures Framed Relics Unicorn Hair

Beware the vampire.

2017 Topps Allen and Ginter Fictional Figures Framed Relics Vampire

Following these came the Easter Bunny and a Leprechaun.

Even though these “relics” are based on (allegedly) fictional characters, the first copies fetched some very real prices. The Santa relic sold for $249.99 while the Neptune piece went for $172. The initial rate for a bit of unicorn? $249.99. And so on. Given the small print runs and the fact that Allen & Ginter has some dedicated master set collectors, these early prices shouldn’t be too surprising here.

There could still be more fictional characters to come into existence.

Double Autograph Book Cards

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter has book cards on its checklist. But those that were announced in advance have both an autograph and memorabilia from two different players.

One of the first autographs from the set to appear on eBay has no relics. No baseball players appear on it either. Instead, it’s two of soccer’s greats, Pelé and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Double Autograph Book card is numbered to 10.


Hot Box Foil Parallels

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter hot boxes were advertised in advance, which came with exclusive parallels. But what do these look like and how do you spot them?

Quite easily, actually.

Hot Box Foil parallels have holo foil in the player area. This means a bit of shine where it’s normally dull.

2017 Topps Allen and Ginter Hot Box Foil Aaron Judge

It appears as though hot boxes land one per hobby case. All base cards and base short prints have the foil addition. That means they’re not terribly rare, but they’re not going to be common either. This is especially true for the short prints, which are still every other hot box pack. So even with perfect collation and no duplicates, you’re looking at more than four cases to get a full set of the hot box foil parallels.

Topps Employee Autographs

Every year, a handful of Topps staff get a small number of autographs in Allen & Ginter.

The first one to surface on eBay is signed by Stephanie Ortega. Once again, these are numbered to 10.

2017 Topps Allen and Ginter Employee Autograph Stephanie Ortega

Other Topps Employee Autographs that have surfaced:

Francis Miceli
Gerald Castanzo

Another confirmed signer this year is Susan Lulgjuraj.

Stayed tuned for more 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter surprises should they arise.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. KZed 20 July, 2017 at 07:52

    I think I’d rather hit an auto of “SOOZ” than half the baseball players in this set….

  2. ron 21 July, 2017 at 12:47

    Topps really bombed the autograph list this year. Pretty much nothing really there outside of one or two autos.

  3. eric hersh 28 July, 2017 at 14:23

    it took 7 boxes to make one set and is spent 22 dollars on the main set for sps a another thing tops making motor things esp. fishing cards each type and location aND type of bait and what kind of fish catch. each part of the usa has different kinds of the same or almost the same type of fish.i like the east coast because different type of tempter bring different kind of fish. u have flounder fluke, which is the best type of food u cn ear then u have tuna the fish u can eat and another typeof fish that is a terrible taste of fish its gaming. shaRK OFF SHORE COD IN THE COLDER water U CAN NOT BEAT AS FOOD ITS GREAT. BLUE FISH MOST PEOPLE WILL NOT EAT IT BECAUSE IT HAS A TERRABLE TASTE,no matter how u cook it with spice,sause and the taste is still there just a thought.i would say 90 percent of people in the use never went fishing.

    • Ryan Cracknell 18 August, 2017 at 10:17

      The only base set short prints in 2017 Allen & Ginter are #301-350. They’re not varitions either but rather just a little bit tougher to pull. Everything else that’s rare is serial numbered.

  4. Matt 21 August, 2017 at 16:20

    That’s by far the stupidest box of cards I’ve ever seen. Non sports, a mini of a clown…a clown, a jersey relic of some Rutgers guy that never played in the NFL, ugly cards in general. I’ll keep the Trout relic and the Trey Mancini autograph but the rest are best used for kindling.

    • Ryan Cracknell 21 August, 2017 at 17:26

      @Matt — That’s what A&G has been since it came back — weirdness and not just baseball. Some like it, some don’t. Plenty out there to cater to individual tastes.

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