Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Subset, New Points

With the public release today of the 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter set, the ebayers are posting cards as fast as their little hands can type.

Extinct Creatures have been appearing. So far, I have seen the Eastern Elk, Velociraptor, Dodo and Labrador Duck. There may be more. I haven't found a checklist at the Topps site. The various checklists that are floating around seem to be incomplete and do not have this subset.

Now, how to score them? I haven't yet made a final ruling, since I just found out about them today, but I'm inclined to put them at about a +9 or so. This is not yet official.

Stay tuned for more information. I may need to appoint a deputy commissioner to assist me in my duties.

(image lifted from an ebay auction)


  1. Hey Commish!

    I need a Spring Training ruling over on my blog, Card Cache. I broke 4 packs of 2009 A&G I picked up for fun waiting for my boxes to arrive, and decided to do some Gint-A-Cuffs scoring practice. If you would be so kind as to help me out, perhaps your wishlist will become smaller?

  2. Hey commish - I'd like to propose a late addition to the scoring: Negro League players get a point or two.

    I didn't realize there would be any in this set or I would have suggested it earlier. Since I have already opened three packs out of my box (I'm going to see how long I can go with a ration of three per day before I freak and rip the whole box) I am willing to forfeit any Negro league bonus out of my box. I just want the Negro leaguers to get the recognition they deserve.

  3. Oooh, got a scoring question: opened a Box Loader of Japan Advancing to the World BasebLL Classic finals. Daisuke Matsuzaka (Red Sox) is pictured Does this count as a point since "my" team is the Sox? For the record, Matsuzaka is in a Japan uni.

  4. Oooh, another: Derek Jeter Brian Kong insert ...

  5. AND ANOTHER: Old Faithful is an SP, So are we talking 5 pts for the SP, then minus 1 for the fact that it is Old fAITHFUL?

  6. And Crack the Code parallels?

  7. How do you know Old Faithful is a short print? I haven't found a short print list yet for this set, unfortunately.

    The Commish is gonna be busy!

  8. Well, we're assuming 301-350 are SPs, which appears to be the case since they apparently fall one every 2 packs.

    I've got the first of three boxes posted and scored (unofficially). Does that look right?

  9. I think we're gonna need a bigger commish.

    Or more commishes. Or something. The lack of sleep and Ginternet fumes are making me dizzy.