Saturday, August 21, 2021

47 Cards To Go in 2014 Allen & Ginter

I'm not gonna lie to you - the very first time I paid closer attention to the 2014 Allen & Ginter set, aside from already having collected all of the San Francisco Giants in the 350-card set, was when another blogger - I think it was Fuji - posted a scan of this Felicia Day card. I didn't know who Felicia Day was - I still don't - but reckoned I needed to take a closer look.

It then sort of dawned on me just how much I love the goofiness of the Allen & Ginter sets, and that maybe I need to collect one of them in its entirety. The offbeat celebrities; the gems & minerals; the "buildings of the world"; the dogs and the artistic renderings of both current and past baseball players - I mean, I know they're doing just what the Allen & Ginter Tobacco Company did back in the 1880s, and I guess that's what makes it such a delightfully weird set to collect every year in the 21st century. 

They're not expensive to pull together, either - although there are short prints in the high number slots that seem to cost in the $2-3 range most of the time, rather than 20 cents or so for everything else. I decided to collect that 2014 set, all 350 cards, and see if I could do it. I'm now 303 cards in, with 47 to go as of August 21st, 2021. 

I like that the celebs that they throw in here aren't exactly household names, and likely appeal to dorks like you and me. Felicia Day, sure, whoever she is, but how about Matt Besser, improv comedian legend with the Upright Citizens Brigade? I've seen that guy perform at least 4 times as part of the yearly San Francisco Sketchfest comedy festival, and he's a hoot. He'd be about the last person I'd expect to find on a Topps-sponsored set of mostly baseball cards. Vince Gilligan, who created Breaking Bad, is in this set as well. AND - there are baseball folks present as well. Here are 9 examples from the 2014 set for your viewing pleasure. 


  1. I’m not the worlds biggest A&G fan, some of the celebrities and whatnot are a little too out there for me. However, it does have some pretty cool cards (I really like the Tim Raines card you showed) and I will get a celebrity card if it’s one I’m familiar with (like RL Stine and Doc Emrick from last year).

  2. This was the last A&G set I completed. I've completed the 2008-14 sets. But the set isn't what it was during those years, so I haven't bothered to try to complete another.

  3. I first saw Felicia Day on The Guild, which is a comedy show about a group of online gamers. I really liked it... but I realize it doesn't really fit everyone's interests.


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