Monday, June 28, 2010

Allen and Ginter- So much for the same old thing

One of my favorite summer releases from Topps is Allen and Ginter. Mainly for the great brush-filled paintings of my fave players, big hits, and many inserts and minis.

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?

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