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Some specifics on 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards by Chris Olds

We’re a couple days away from the official Allen & Ginter release date, but here are some basics about the set

Yes, Stephen Strasburg appears in the set — as a mini card only (card No. 401; presumed to be an SP) and as an autograph redemption.

The SPs in the set are card Nos. 301-350.

There are no autograph or Relic “groups” noted on boxes or packs this year.

Autographs are found one in every 40 packs, while Relics are 1:11. With no groups you can still presume that signed cards like Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard will be tougher pulls than the likes of Ross Ohlendorf and Clayton Kershaw. It’s simple economics based on the athletes’ costs for Topps to obtain their autographs.

Among the interesting inclusions on the autograph and Relic lists are Marvin Miller, who does not appear in the base set. Others of note on the autograph list include Jason Heyward, Evan Longoria, Alexei Ramirez, Tommy Hanson, David Blaine, Jordin Sparks, Regis Philbin, Sig Hansen, Shawn Johnson, Summer Sanders, Tony Hawk, Anne Donovan and Stuart Scott.

It’s interesting to note that David Wright has two mini framed Relics in Ginter — no other subject does.

See more after the jump …

Other odds include:

SP: 1:2

Highlight sketches: 1:10

Mini SP: 1:13

Mini A&G back: 1:5

Mini A&G back SP: 1:65

Black-bordered mini: 1:10

Black-bordered mini SP: 1:130

Mini no-number: 1:140

Mini Bazooka: 1:280

Mini Wood: 1:3,542

The toughest of the other mini insert cards are the Creatures of Legend, Myth and Joy at 1:288

Rip Cards are 1:285

Printing plates: 1:799

Framed cloth: 1:365

Cut autographs: 1:110,000

Monsters of the Mseozoic redemptions are 1:174,000, while Framed DNA Relics are 1:200,000 and the book cards are 1:127,825

The Rip Mini cards are Nos. 351-400 and include:

Cole Hamels
Billy Butler
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Stephen Drew
Ryan Braun
Mark Teixeira
Chipper Jones
Justin Morneau
Adrian Gonzalez
Dustin Pedroia
Miguel Cabrera
Carlos Beltran
Lance Berkman
Kevin Kouzmanoff
A.J. Burnett
Tim Lincecum
Francisco Rodriguez
Zack Greinke
Andre Ethier
Hideki Matsui
Alexei Ramirez
Grady Sizemore
Joe Mauer
Adam Lind
Kurt Suzuki
Rick Porcello
Felix Hernandez
Albert Pujols
Adam Dunn
Brandon Webb
Pablo Sandoval
Chris Young
Tommy Hanson
Adam Jones
Joe Nathan
Andy Pettitte
Gordon Beckham
Alfonso Soriano
Hanley Ramirez
Torii Hunter
Matt Garza
Johnny Cueto
Prince Fielder
Andrew McCutchen
Ken Griffey Jr.
Ryan Howard
Todd Helton
Kosuke Fukudome
Roy Halladay
Matt Kemp

The box-toppers also have some steep odds for autographed and Relic versions. The N43 autographs are 1:355 boxes, while the Relics are 1:213. The M43 autos are 1:2,130 boxes, while the Cabinet Relics are 1:5,326 boxes.

The final cut autograph checklist includes:

Barack Obama
Martin Luther King Jr.
John Sherman
Thomas Jefferson
Gerald R. Ford
James Madison
Franklin Pierce
Warren G. Harding
James Garfield
Ronald Reagan
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Henry Morgenthau Jr.
Benjamin Franklin Tilley
James Earle Fraser
Hamilton Fish
William Mahone
John Kingman
Joseph Mauborgne
Murray Maxwell
Sherman Miles

That’s all for now. Have more questions? Leave a comment or send an email.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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So, does that mean you can only get the Strasburg mini out of a Rip Card? And is the Strasburg available in all the sundry back variations?

Comment by Chris Harris

Standard mini only. No “other” versions or plates.

One version — not in Rips.

At least that’s what’s been said so far…

Comment by chrisolds

I opened up my first and only box, but got 0 autographs. I have some pretty bad luck.

Comment by Anonymous

There’s also worlds biggest, and celestial stars(set of 12?)

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