2017 Rules


The 2017 Gint-A-Cuffs contest will officially start at 12:01am, Eastern,  Thursday August 10, 2017.  Participants can join until then.  The participants are to provide their own hobby box of Topps Allen & Ginter cards.

All cards that score points, either positive or negative, are to be shown on the participant's blog.  The participant shall keep a per pack score and a running total.  After having scored their whole hobby box, they shall comment on the Leader Board page.  Final scores shall be submitted no later than 11:59pm, Eastern, Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Participants can only post contents from one hobby box.  Choose wisely.

Scoring will be based on the player/individual/place/etc named on the front of the card. Maybe the back.  If it is a card of Jose Reyes sliding into home plate that is covered by one of the Molina boys and Reyes is named on the front of the card, you only get points for Reyes.

Favorite Teams only apply to current MLB teams. The Rome Braves do not equal the Atlanta Braves.  The Washington Senators do not equal the Washington Nationals.

  • 0 base card
  • +1 Your Favorite Team base card
  • +4 Your Favorite Player base card
  • +2 Other Favorite Player list base card
  • -1 Any Yankee base card (SP or not)
-1 point if you pull the base card of:
  • Tom Anderson (#142)
  • Michal Kapral (#160)
  • Nick Jonas (#214)
  • Stephen A. Smith (#299)
+1 point for pulling the base card of:
  • Harriet Tubman (#45)
  • Paris Locks (#143)
  • Valarie Jenkins (#177)
  • William Shatner (#246)
Combine points if it qualifies for multiple categories.
2015's Example: Spankee pulls a Denard Span mini card (#303), which is Short Printed.  Denard is in a Nationals uniform. Spankee's Favorite Team is the Washington Nationals.  How many points does Spankee get for pulling this card?
Mini Card of a Short Print player (+3 ) from your Favorite Team (+1) = 4 points

Short printed cards are numbered 301-350.

  • -1 Any Yankee
  • +2 Sunsphere - 1982 (#WF-9)  - World's Fairs (in addition to the +2 for the LP cards)
  • +1 Mini of player on your favorite team
  • +3 Mini of any player from Favorite Players list
  • +5 Mini of your favorite player
  • +3 Mini Short Print 1:13 (cards #301-350)
  • +2 A&G Back 1:5
  • +4 Black-Bordered 1:130
  • +3 Short Print A&G Back 1:65
  • +5 No-Number 1:85
  • +6 Short Print Black Bordered 1:130
  • +7 Brooklyn Back * 1:170
  • +22 Wood 1:2,332 * (Hit Card - divide by 2 if Yankee)
  • +25 Metal 1:2,219 * (Hit Card - divide by 2 if Yankee)
  • +28 Glossy 1:4,244 * (Hit Card - divide by 2 if Yankee)
  • +14 Printing Plate 1:1,0585 *  (Hit Card - divide by 2 if Yankee)
  • +15 Framed Cloth Cards 1:543* (silks, not relic / jersey / pants cards) (Hit Card - divide by 2 if Yankee)
  • Mini Artist's Originals (1/1) (AO-##)
-1 points if you pull the mini card of:
  • Tom Anderson (#142)
  • Michal Kapral (#160)
  • Nick Jonas (#214)
  • Stephen A. Smith (#299)
+1 points for pulling the mini card of:
  • Harriet Tubman (#45)
  • Paris Locks (#143)
  • Valarie Jenkins (#177)
  • William Shatner (#246)
  • +2 World's Dudes 1:13
  • +2 Bust a Move! 1:20
  • +2 Reading Required 1:50
  • +2 Magicians & Illusionists 1:34
  • +2 Constellations 1:50
  • + who knows? - Stealth minis (AG-#) 1:5,227
  • +2 What A Day 1:2
  • +2 World's Fair 1:5
  • +2 Sport Fish & Fishing Lures 1:5
  • +2 Revolutionary Battles 1:10
  • +8 Rip Card 1:160 *  (Hit Card - divide by 2 if Yankee) (All cards pulled from a Rip card will be +10) plus possible bonus points based on autos/relic/SP
  • +12 Double Rip Card 1:1,441* any card inside will be counted as a Rip Card (+12) plus possible bonus points based on autos/relic/SP  Note - cards must be ripped to get the bonus points.  Since this is a 'hit card' Yankees penalties are enforced
  • +5 Full-Size Relics Version A 1:24 (#FSRA-xxx) (Jersey / Pants / Bat / etc)  (Hit Card - divide by 2 if Yankee)
  • +5 Full-Size Relics Version B 1:24 (#FSRB-xxx) (Jersey / Pants / Bat / etc)  (Hit Card - divide by 2 if Yankee)
  • +8 Framed Mini Relic 1:105 (If Yankee, you really should know this rule by now)
  • +15 Framed Mini Relic Gems and Ancient Fossils 1:3,600
  • +30 Framed Mini Relic Fictional Figures 1:8,174
  • +7 Framed Mini Autograph 1:65
  • +10 Framed Mini Red Ink Autograph 1:1,139 *
  • +11 Black Framed Mini Autograph 1:423 *
  • +25 Single Autograph Relic Book 1:2,390 *
  • +40 Dual Autograph Relic Book 1:5,431 *
  • +45 Framed Allen & Ginter Originals 1:7,924 *
  • +75 Cut Signature 1:51,767 *
  • +50 Framed Employee Edition Autograph 1:10,494
  • +80 Dual Autograph Book 1:77,650 *
  • +10 World Baseball Classic Full Size Relic 1:274 * 
  • +15 World Baseball Classic Mini Relic 1:8,174 *
  • +9 Full Size Autograph 1:731
  • +1 Ultimate Card Giveaway Topps buyback 1:6 (Yankees and all that jazz)
  • +4 Box Loader Set (# BL-XX)
  • +6 Box Loader Relics Set (# BRL-XX)
  • +8 Box Loader Autographs Set (# BLA-XX) (#'d/15)
  • +10 Box Loader Autographs Relics Set (# BLAR-XX) (#'d/5)
  • +10 Box Loader Cut Signatures Set (# BLCS-XX) (1/1)

MULTIPLIERS FOR HITS (Hit Cards are relic, autographs, cut autographs, book cards, etc.):
x1.2 If any of those pulls are of a player from your Favorite Team
x1.7 If any hits are of players on the Favorite Players list
x3 If it is your Favorite Player

Combine points if it qualifies for multiple categories.
Example: Mini Any Favorite Player (+3) with A&G back (+2) = 5 points

If your Favorite Player is a Yankee, you get full points for that player only.  All other Yankees are worth points as noted.

If the Yankees are your Favorite Team, that is your problem and you must accept any and all penalties for all cards that are not of your favorite player.

+1 to 4 points at the discretion of the Commissioner.  A selfie of you, your favorite card from your contest box, with some sort of baseball book themed prop / backdrop / costume / etc.

Disclaimer: I have done my best (well, I've given it a go) to insure that the odds are correct.  If I am wrong, please bring it to my attention. Scoring may or may not be addressed based on new odds.

As usual, the Commissioner reserves the right to change or amend these scoring rules for clarification or just poor initial reasoning.  Any changes will be clearly noted to the participants.  Common sense will trump convoluted reasoning.

NOTE: I realize that I have not listed points for all possible bonus or extra cards.  I might not have even listed all possible card categories or subsets.  I'll post them soon enough, or when a participant brings it to my attention that they have one and I haven't assigned points.  Probably that second one.

Bribes.  I'm always open to bribes.  They most likely won't do you a bit of good, as they aren't valid in many states, including mine and probably yours.  Heck, send me something, see what happens.

I'm using the official Topps checklist (pdf), the scanned wrapper post, the checklist at Cardboard Connection, and ebay as my guides for the odds and descriptions of cards.

official rules originally published on August 9, 2017


  1. My daughter will not be happy Nick Jonas is a negative. She will find where you live.....

    1. And when she gets here she should probably have a bribe in hand....

  2. Dear Comish, I am sorry for your loss and my question seems so small in light of that. I believe I have a foil hotbox. I have busted two packs and the base cards have all been foil parallels Is there a bonus for these parallels?

    1. Thank you. Uncle Jerry was a good man. Habits he developed earlier in his life contributed to his death. He acknowledged that. He lived a full life, serving his nation and his community. He's in a better place now. Thanks.

      Yeah, the foil hotbox. I could make it easy and say that every foil card is worth 750 points. But that would really suck for the rest of the contestants.

      As usual, I'll have to ponder this one.

      Translation: You have a few days to get your bribe in order.

  3. I'm a bit of a doof, so if this is answered above, please enlighten me: I pulled a mini red A&G back #/25. How does that score?

    1. Yeah, I saw that. Too late to look into it right now.

      As usual, I'll have to ponder this one.

      Translation: You have a few days to get your bribe in order.

      (Man, this is going to get old, really fast)

  4. The mini red A&G back #'d /25 is the Brooklyn back. I pulled one also.

    For box loaders, how do we score it if we pull one of another contestant's favorite player? I know that isn't technically a "hit," but I thought I would ask.

    Thanks, and keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    1. Also, how is the scoring if the What A Day insert is of my favorite team OR features another participant's favorite player?

    2. In the first example, you would get +4 Boxloader and +2 for Other FP (nothing for other's fav team, only other fav player). Same for second example. You get the What A Day bonus then +2 for other fav player (nothing for other fav team). If YOUR fav team, then you get the +1 added. If YOUR fav player, then you get +4 added! Wahoo!!

    3. I noticed that oyu scored your boxloader as +4 (BL) x 1.7FP, rather than the +2 FP. Which one is the correct scoring?

  5. OK Comish a few more rulings please. Last year SPs were not awarded points. Should I assume this remains the case this year? Also, the Ultimate Card Giveaway-are these the Rediscover Topps cards?