For vintage card buffs, it's one of the new product they look forward to every year for its vintage style, nod to the original and all the little quirks Topps throws into it. Yes, details for the 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter product have arrived.
For the first time in the set's history, Allen "7 Ginter will include all of the stars in Major League Baseball's history as well as champions from across the sports landscape.For example, there will be autographed cards from Arnold Palmer, Roger Federer, Bob Knight and Ken Griffey Jr. Each box will feature three hits.
The base set will include 350 veterans, rookies, retired stars, public figures, and non-baseball champions. The last 50 card numbers are short-printed and inserted 1:2 packs.
A favorite of the Allen & Ginter set are the mini cards, parallel versions of the base set. This year's minis will also include cards with a new Allen & Ginter logo back, numerous parallel, 1-of-1s made of wood, printing plates and cloth cards.
There will also be DNA relic cards that feature 10 framed mini cards including a strand of
hair from a historical figure. Other relics include book cards and Lepidoptery Cards: An exciting, never-before-seen type of card! These hand-crafted cards will each feature a full, pressed butterfly in an exquisite window-box-style card. These cards will be
inserted into packs as redemptions and numbered.
Rip cards will be a big feature, focusing on 100 players. If you choose to rip, you can find 1-of-1 original paintings, on-card autographs, exclusives and 25 redemption cards good for a signed jersey or bat.
Other inserts will look at baseball's highlights over time, some of the world's tallest buildings and something never seen before – Colony In A Card: the first trading cards to feature living creatures! This groundbreaking card can be busted open and, when combined with water, will sprout a living, breathing colony to enjoy!
These will priced around $3 a pack and be available in July. Hobby shops looking to order this product must do so by Feb. 15. Those who would like the complete checklist, just e-mail HERE.