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First look: 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards by Chris Olds


Topps released images and basic product preview information for 2009 Allen & Ginter baseball on Friday.

Each 24-pack hobby box will include three hits — an upgrade from previous years — a combination of autographs cut signatures, Rip Cards, Relics and printing plates. The set is scheduled to arrive the week of June 29.

See more after the jump.

The base set will consist of 350 cards — 230 baseball players, 30 rookies, 25 historic figures and 15 world champions. It also will include 50 short-printed cards. Among the unusual inclusions to the basic set are Old Faithful — yep, the famous Yellowstone geyser — Brigham Young, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, Vincent Van Gogh, Gen. George Custer, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and The Milky Way. (That’s right, the galaxy.)

There will be a new Ginter code to decipher — along with a card featuring the collector who broke last year’s hidden code (presumably among the world champions set), while this year’s version includes a Creatures of Legend set that includes Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster and other mythic creatures. (Not sure how collectors will react to that.)

Also new will be a “world’s biggest hoaxes, hoodwinks and bamboozles” set — Charles Ponzi, The Runaway Bride, Enron, Cold Fusion, Bernie Madoff and The War of the Worlds among others.

The lineup also includes the requisite mini cards, printing plates, Rip Cards (with Dick Perez paintings possibly found inside)  and the always popular framed mini autographs and Relic cards — some again including DNA.

Among the box loaders will be a Michael Phelps autographed card.

The National Pride set will include 75 cards showcasing players’ home countries, while the 40-card National Heroes set will do the same but with non-baseball personalities such as George Washington, William Wallace and Winston Churchill among others.


Among the autographs, collectors will find a smattering of big-name baseball stars like Evan Longoria, David Ortiz and Ryan Howard but also Phelps, Texas and USA Softball star Cat Osterman, former Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins, Billy The Marlin (yes, apparently the mascot), Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and many others.

The preliminary checklist is below:

AGA-MC    Miguel Cabrera
AGA-DW    David Wright
AGA-JW    Jayson Werth
AGA-JR    Jose Reyes
AGA-JC    Joba Chamberlain
AGA-DO    David Ortiz
AGA-MH    Matt Holiday
AGA-RH    Ryan Howard
AGA-CJ    Conor Jackson
AGA-JF    Jeff Francoeur
AGA-JJ    Josh Johnson
AGA-CK    Clayton Kershaw
AGA-ES    Ervin Santana
AGA-AR    Alex Rios
AGA-HR    Hanley Ramirez
AGA-JP    Jonathan Papelbon
AGA-SO    Scott Olsen
AGA-JM    Justin Masterson

AGA-EL    Evan Longoria
AGA-TT    Troy Tulowitzki
AGA-MS    Max Scherzer
AGA-RB    Ryan Braun
AGA-JB    Jay Bruce
AGA-CG    Carlos Gomez
AGA-DS    Denard Span
AGA-CM    Cameron Maybin
AGA-AC    Alexi Casilla
AGA-MP    Michael Phelps
AGA-BC    Bob Crowley
AGA-DOW    Dominique Wilkins
AGA-CO    Cat Osterman
AGA-LM    LaShawn Merritt
AGA-AT    Anna Tunnicliffe
AGA-RL    Ryan Lochte
AGA-MZ    Mariel Zagunis
AGA-WE    Walton Eller
AGA-KA    Kristen Armstrong
AGA-SB    Stephanie Brown Trafton
AGA-FE    Frank Evans
AGA-AP    Art Ponnington
AGA-RM    Red Moore
AGA-HS    Herb Simpson
AGA-CP    Clyde Paris
AGA-WW    Willie Williams
AGA-MN    Milito Navarro
AGA-BM    Billy The Marlin
AGA-HT    Hannah Teter
AGA-SD    Shani Davis
AGA-RMA    Robbie Maddison
AGA-BBE    Brian Berg
AGA-SW    Steve Wiebe
AGA-AR    Adam Richman
AGA-MB    Michele Borassi
AGA-AO    Apolo Anton Ohno
AGA-MG    Michael Gaffney


Among the DNA Relics this year are Napoleon, Jefferson Davis, King George III, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Edgar Allen Poe, George Washington, Geronimo, Abraham Lincoln and Beethoven.

Here are the non-standard Relics:

AGR-BTM    Billy The Marlin
AGR-MM    Mickey Mantle
AGR-BC    Bob Crowley
AGR-DOW    Dominique Wilkins
AGR-CO    Cat Osterman
AGR-LM    LaShawn Merritt
AGR-AT    Anna Tunnicliffe
AGR-RL    Ryan Lochte
AGR-MZ    Mariel Zagunis
AGR-WE    Walton Eller
AGR-KA    Kristen Armstrong
AGR-SB    Stephanie Brown Trafton
AGR-FE    Frank Evans
AGR-AP    Art Ponnington
AGR-RM    Red Moore
AGR-HS    Herb Simpson
AGR-CP    Clyde Paris
AGR-WW    Willie Williams
AGR-MN    Milito Navarro
AGR-BM    Billy The Marlin
AGR-HT    Hannah Teter
AGR-SD    Shani Davis
AGR-RMA    Robbie Maddison
AGR-BBE    Brian Berg
AGR-SW    Steve Wiebe
AGR-AR    Adam Richman
AGR-MB    Michele Borassi
AGR-AO    Apolo Anton Ohno
AGR-MG    Michael Gaffney
AGR-PBR    Bones

Box loaders

The N43s will include several top stars. The Relic versions will include A-Rod, Manny, Japan’s Yu Darvish (and several other World Baseball Classic stars) along with Phelps.

The N43 checklist is below:

N43BA-JC    Joba Chamberlain
N43BA-CK    Clayton Kershaw
N43BA-HR    Hanley Ramirez
N43BA-JM    Justin Masterson
N43BA-JB    Jay Bruce
N43BA-AR    Alex Rios
N43BA-DW    David Wright
N43BA-EL    Evan Longoria
N43BA-MS    Max Scherzer
N43BA-CG    Carlos Gomez

N43 Autograph Relics:
N43BAR-RH    Ryan Howard
N43BAR-DO    David Ortiz
N43BAR-DW    David Wright
N43BAR-EL    Evan Longoria
N43BAR-RB    Ryan Braun

The Cabinet Box Loaders will include a selection of baseball and historic figures, including one card of the winning World Baseball Classic team. Here’s the checklist:

Cabinet Box Loaders
CB1    Ubaldo Jimenez
Yurendell de Caster
Gene Kingsale
Sidney de Jong
CB2    Frederich Cepeda
Yulieski Gourriel
Yoennis Cespedes
Alfredo Despaigne
CB3    David Wright
Brian Roberts
Kevin Youkilis
Jimmy Rollins
CB4    Hisashi Iwakuma
Norichika Aoki
Daisuke Matsuzaka
CB5    WBC Champion
WBC Champion
WBC Champion
WBC Champion
CB6    Thomas Jefferson
John Hancock
Benjamin Franklin
Samuel Adams
CB7    George Washington
Alexander Hamilton
Bejamin Franklin
James Madison
CB8    Harry Truman
Lester B Pearson
Luigi Einaudi
Antonio Oscar Carmona
CB9    Abraham Lincoln
Ulysses S. Grant
Jefferson Davis
Robert E Lee
CB10    John F Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Nikita Khrushchev
Leonid Brezhnev

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at


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mma is not a sport, it’s a freakshow, ergo no mma ‘athlete’

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MMA is the ONLY real sport. Clowns.

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