Topps first introduced Allen & Ginter in 2006 during a wave of product releases inspired by vintage sets. The Allen & Ginter sets were originally produced in 1888 (N28) and 1889 (N29) and featured early Hall of Famers such as Cap Anson an Buck Ewing. While other modern sets featuring retro designs lasted only one or two issues, Allen & Ginter has stood the test of time and 2018 will be its thirteenth release.
Base Set, Parallels, and Inserts
2018 Topps Allen & Ginter will feature a base set consisting of 300 rookies, current stars, legends, and non-baseball subjects. 50 will be short prints that will be inserted at a ratio of one for every two packs.
A group of 100 framed Allen & Ginter originals each numbered 1/1 will be a hobby exclusive.
There will be two full-sized parallels. The first is a Hot Box parallel that will be found exclusively in hobby Ginter hot boxes. The second is a Glossy parallel printed on high-gloss card stock and numbered 1/1.
Full-size insert cards include 50 World Talents with a checklist of MLB global stars, 50 Fantasy Goldmine with modern sabermetric stats of retired legends, ten World’s Greatest Beaches, 30 Baseball Equipment of the Ages showcasing the evolution of baseball
Each box will contain a boxloader. The base boxloader has a checklist of fifteen stars and rookies. The autograph boxloader has 20 on-card autographs and is numbered to 15. The N43 boxloader parallel has 20 subjects and is numbered to 500, while the 15-card autograph N43 is numbered to just 15. Completing the boxloader selection is a ten card Natural Wonders set numbered to 500.
2018 Topps Allen & Ginter’s full-size relic cards will showcase 120 subjects and expand the checklist beyond MLB to include athletes from other sports and notable personalities. The framed mini-relic set will only feature MLB stars and rookies and will total 35 players.
A limited hobby-exclusive will be ten variations of framed Sunken Treasure Relics.
Shohei Ohtani autographed cards will be part of the autograph checklist.
Twenty historical and political cut signatures, each numbered 1/1, will also be included.