Wednesday, July 14, 2010

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Part 2

Part 1 dealt with the base cards from the hobby box I bought. Part 3 will deal with the hits. Today we'll look at the inserts and minis.This is the "This Day in History" insert and comes one per pack. I like it better than the National Pride inserts from last year. The player image is different from his base card. On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers conducted the first heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk. But you knew that, didn't you?
Last year they had Highlight Sketches, this year they are called Original Sketches. This card celebrates Jeter becoming the All-time Yankees hits leader.
Allen & Ginter didn't invent the 'mini' card but perhaps does it best. This is a regular card, parallel with the base set. There are more mini cards than base cards which is usual although I've never seen one numbered higher than the base card count. At least until now. More about that in the next Allen & Ginter post.
As usual, the mini cards come in multiple flavors. This Berkman card has the Allen & Ginter back, the most common variant. The other variant is the Bazooka back which I didn't get. In fact, I've never gotten one of these.
And of course there is the black border variant. Shawn Johnson won a Gold Metal at the Beijing Olympics. She was also named "America's Most-Liked Sports Figure" in a 2009 poll.
There is a mini card in each pack but some of them are insert sets. Here is Apollo from the 25-card Lords of Olympus set.
Allen & Ginter has always featured a set having something about countries. This year it's National Animals. Somehow, the Ostrich is the national animal of Caribbean island-nation of Grenada.
Another new set is the 10-card Sailors of the Seven Seas. De Soto explored Florida where he massacred everybody in sight.
They usually have some sort of creature set, this year it's the 25-card Monsters of the Mesozoic. This is card #1, featuring the king of the dinosaurs himself, Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The last mini card I got is this from the 15-card set, World's Greatest Word Smiths. Cervantes, of course, wrote Don Quixote De La Mancha, considered to be, according to the back of the card, the first modern novel.

The other two mini sets I didn't get are "Mini World's Biggest" and "Mini Creatures of Legend, Myth, and Joy".


Rod (Padrographs) said...

I would be interested in trading for the Cervantes card. Here is the link to my post about my A&G box

Rod (Padrographs) said...

Really here is the link

capewood said...

Hey, Rod. Since Cervantes was the only author card I got, it will be tough to give up. If you've got one of the World's Biggest or Creatures of joy, etc. cards I'd consider trading for one of them since I didn't get any of them.