One of the things I don't like is that Allen and Ginter has no originality when it comes to design. Case in point-
2006- Player portrait. No background. Allen and Ginter logo
2007- Player portrait. No background. Allen and Ginter 2007 logo
2008- Player portrait. No background. Allen and Ginter 2008 logo.
2009- Player portrait. Colored background. Allen and ginter 2009 logo.
2010- Player portrait. Colored background. Boxed Allen and Ginter 2010 logo.
As you can see, it's pretty much the same thing every year. And A&G is one of the only sets that can pull that off. Let me give you a few examples of sets that have been popular with collectors without changing their design much yearly.
- UD Masterpieces. Probably the most notable of the bunch. Masterpieces lasted two great years, and the design was practically the same.
- Bowman. Yes, even Bowman is a victim of this. For the past few years, there hasn't been much change with the base set. Also not changing- collectors interested. I haven't bought the product since 2007.
- SP Authentic. Most people don't attribute this set to the rule. SP Authentic really is the same concept every year. It's a offwhite/gray background, team colors, a few wavy lines, or circles and shapes. Still, it's the same thing, but that doesn't mean it sucks.
- UD Ovation. You know, it was all right at first, but then collectors began to tire the 3D circles on the cards, and things.
- Upper Deck X, and SPX for that matter. Basically, every year it's pretty much a teched up iffy little crapfest that never works. UDX more than SPX...could you find any differences between 2008 and last year's sets?
- Topps 206- well DUH!
Allen and Ginter is popular among collectors not because of the design. That's why Topps keeps it going-- it's one of their better throwback sets.
Now when the hell's it gonna hit the street?