And now the third and final box of 2023 Allen & Ginter. If I said I was disappointed in this one, it would make it sound like it was a bad box - it really wasn't. Though the hits aren't nearly as exciting as the other two rips, I'm never just about the hits. I ended up with a complete base set (except for Bo Jackson who went to my PC as I mentioned.) and I recognized a lot of them came from this box. And I got a minimal but beneficial amount of duplicate inserts to trade.
Vladimir Junior leads us off. Wouldn't have minded an Only In... or an N43 just to mix things up.
This guy's decent, right? Silver bordered Fiddle-Dee-Dee, or whatever they're called. (Crappy crop job ~ sorry.)
More cool minis. I really wish those Rarest of the Diamond ones weren't so rare. Those are the best insert in the set this year. I'm not doing the World of Wonders because that concept has been used several times already, but Yosemite is one of the coolest places I've ever been so that one will stay here somewhere. The food ones are educational since I've never heard of most of the dishes, but unless they were scratch-and-sniff, I'm not really into them.
Here's the rest. I got three of the nice black minis, including Strasburg. And like I said, I filled out some more of the inserts. The hits, however...
Not white swatches at least.
Craig's kid is neat.
The auto is apparently the guy who supplies Major League Baseball teams with the mud that the equipment guys rub down the new baseballs with. I mean, that's a cool thing and would make a great Ginter insert,....but a hit? *shrug*
So once I sorted out my base set, I stacked 'em up to see how the collation is. I'd say pretty darn good! The right hand pile is dupes from all three boxes.
And this is the comparison of short prints to base cards.
The difference this year is that the SP's start at 301 like they always do, but for 2023, they go all the way to #400. And there are many players that are duplicated between the base and SP's. They are different poses/colors, etc. but the same player depicted. Not sure I mind that, but it'll cause a little confustion for some if they're looking for the SP of a guy and haven't seen the base card. Now you have to pay close attention to the numbers.
This last box didn't end my Ginter rip with a thud, but it brought it in with a safe, smooth landing. Looking forward to trading and filling in my insert wants.