Today is a holiday for most baseball collectors, as Ginter has become a yearly event for all the people out there who have come to love the brand for last 10 plus years. Over that time, Ginter has become one of the top selling products for Topps, mainly because of a combination of a retro look and continuously compelling content. Every year there is a new twist for the product, and this year looks like there are a number of cool cards worth checking out.
Here are some of the bigger hits:
For the last few editions, Topps has really done a great job keeping the set close to its roots, while still making the cards look really fucking beautiful. On card autographs and nicely executed quirky themes tend to keep people running for the shop to get their hands on a box. Unlike the other modern legacy set in Triple Threads, I have always been drawn to the creative approaches taken by the Ginter team since it was first released.
The best part is that there is a huge part for set collectors to chase, but also a number of high end autographs and booklets for the collectors who want the big hits. The marriage of the two has always been a big reason why Ginter is successful, and that doesnt even take into consideration the different fun things that seem to pop up after the product hits shelves. A few years ago, it was 1/1 glossy cards hidden in box toppers, and we still are waiting on mass case breaker reports to see if there is anything similar for 2016.
With the Olympics rolling around, its cool to see Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin get their due, along side other cool autographs in Maria Sharapova and Steve Kerr. The Kevin Coster/Susan Sarandon tour continues as well, both of whom will bring high dollars on the secondary market.
Lastly, there are a few REALLY crazy rare base cards, in the form of a Julio Urias base card and a Greenland Explorer mini. Both are inserted at literally astronomical odds, and are getting some major asking price inflation as a result. The oversized box loader autographs, metal minis, and all sorts of other subsets are also pretty cool, and this is only day one.
If you buy one box of baseball a year, Ginter is definitely worth the consideration.