I know, it's been forever since I have posted about the hobby. Maybe it's because I am feeling disenchanted with the prices and the products that are hitting the shelves in recent years. Yes, they look awesome. But...normal folks can't afford fifty bucks a pack (Five star, Museum, etc...I'm looking at you!).
Then comes the new edition of Allen and Ginter. Once again, Topps does this one right. The 2014 set of A&G is absolutely amazing in it's simplicity and class. As always, it's a high quality product, pleasing to the eye, and not to heavy a hit on the checkbook. Kudos, Topps!
The set itself looks like a do-able situation for those set collectors out there with a reasonable 350 card base. Of course there are the inserts, the minis, etc...which are a separate animal on their own. But, I am one of those rare creatures that just loves the mini cards. Don't know why. Maybe it's just because I have an affinity for small things! Topps has thrown in a 'metal' mini card set too. I may have to check that subset out.
The autograph selection looks nice, as well. They've got Biggio, Glavine, Trout, Myers and a whole host of other signers in the series. The variety of the baseball autos looks solid. Then there are the non-baseball autos. Here they've got Anthony Bourdain, Snoop (Dogg) Lion, Kevin Smith and others. To me, it's a very weird set of non-sport autographs. Other than a few, I would probably be disappointed if I pulled one.
Topps has also thrown in a booklet card subset, which is a nice touch. I don't remember if they had these last year (don't think they did). But, the subjects of the booklets looks REAL strong. Josh Hamilton, David Wright, Evan Longoria, Tulowitzki, and Darvish are all represented. These may take some luck to pull or some coin to procure, but may be worth the cost/risk.
Just chock full of subsets and inserts, the 2014 version of Topps' Allen and Ginter will guarantee that with each pack you open...you'll likely be surprised. Which is a good thing. Me? I bought one pack (trying to pay of debt, here) for research purposes. What'd I get? Not much. A McCutchen base mini and a Kershaw base that will likely go out TTM for an auto.
The verdict: Buy it. But lots of A&G. As Snoop Lion would say, "It's the shizzle".
*Once again, much love to the folks at Cardboard Connection for their info and images.