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2023 Topps Allen & Ginter: Home Of Birds, Food, Music, Celebrities…And Some Baseball Cards! [Checklist Added]

In a world of high-gloss consistency, Allen & Ginter walks to the beat of its own drum (and that drum may have a card in the set). Featuring an old-school feel, quirky insert sets, and a varied checklist, Allen & Ginter is a love-it-or-hate-it set unlike nothing else.

With on-card autographs, some tough hits, and lots of quirky fun, it’s certainly a different break than most.

But what will collectors find in 2023 Allen & Ginter? What are the hits? What’s worth chasing? And are the puns as strong in 2023 as they have been in the past?

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2023 Topps Allen & Ginter release date & release formats

The release date for 2023 Topps Allen & Ginter was originally scheduled for August 2, 2023, but has been moved to September 22, 2023 (subject to change).

Hobby boxes of 2023 Topps Allen & Ginter consist of 24 packs per box. Each pack contains 8 card per pack. There are 12 hobby boxes per hobby case.

2023 Topps Allen & Ginter Hobby Boxes promise 3 “hits” per box. These hits can include Autographs, Memorabilia Cards, Rip Cards or Buybacks. Each box also contains a box topper. Packs contain one mini card and one insert each, on average.

Pre-sale prices for 2023 Topps Allen & Ginter Hobby Boxes have been mostly in the $115-130 range, although there have been some sales in the $180-200 range as well.

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2023 Topps Allen & Ginter box toppers

Box Toppers come one per hobby box. Several different versions of box toppers are available.

These include the standard Allen & Ginter Boxloaders, which offer larger-size versions of select base cards. Autograph versions numbered to 15 copies each are available for some subjects.

Allen & Ginter N43 Boxloader pay homage to the classic original 1888 set, but with modern subjects. Autograph versions numbered to 15 copies each are available for some subjects.

New for 2023, the Only In…box toppers are limited to 500 copies of each card.

Boxloader Rip Cards are also available in very limited quantities for 30 subjects.

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2023 Topps Allen & Ginter N43 Boxloader

2023 Topps Allen & Ginter base set and design

The base set of 2023 Topps Allen & Ginter consists of 350 cards, with the first 300 being true “base” cards, and the last 50 being short prints (SP). As with prior Allen & Ginter releases, the checklists consists of current MLB players, rookies, and non-baseball athletes, and celebrities and other “notable individuals”.

The “unique” checklist is a big part of what makes Allen & Ginter what it is. If you’re looking for just baseball players, this isn’t the set for you. But if the idea of pulling a card of a famous actor, inanimate objects, or a historical place tickles your fancy, this is the set for you.

The design has seen only small changes over the years, allowing it to be different each year, but also continues to pay homage to the original set from 1888. The base cards are low gloss, giving them an “old school” feel. These are also great for autographs, as the surface takes ink well and the varied checklist provides some interesting opportunities.

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2023 Topps Allen & Ginter Base Set Design

2023 Topps Allen & Ginter parallels

Unlike most modern card offerings, parallels take a back seat in Allen & Ginter, at least with the base cards. Only a handful of options are available.

Foil Filigree are new for 2023 and land about one per hobby box. Silver Portrait are a hot box exclusive. Glossy parallels are a very tough 1/1.

In addition to the full parallel offerings, there are a number of partial parallel sets, which each cover 150 select cards from the base set.

These partial parallels include:

  • Stained Glass Minis – /25
  • Metal Minis – /3
  • Framed Cloth Mini – /10
2023 Topps Allen & Ginter Foilfiligree parallel

2023 Topps Allen & Ginter mini and mini parallels

Paying homage to the orginal 1888 Allen & Ginter, minis are a big part of the Allen & Ginter package. Falling one per pack, these mini versions parallel the base set and short prints.

Parallel versions include:

  • Allen & Ginter Back Mini – 1:5 packs, SP – 1:65 packs
  • Black Border Mini – 1:10 packs, SP – 1:130 packs
  • No Number Mini – /50
  • Brooklyn Back Mini – /25
  • Framed Mini Printing Plates – 1/1
  • Glossy Mini – 1/1
  • Wood Mini – 1/1 (hobby only)

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2023 Topps Allen & Ginter inserts

Inserts, often with quirky themes, is another thing that Allen & Ginter is known for. In this case, insert offerings fall into a variety of categories and sizes.

Full-Size Baseball-Themed inserts

As the title implies, these cards are the same size as standard full-sized base cards, and feature baseball themes. In other words, what every other product in existence’s baseball insert looks like.

A&G In Action Variations

Select MLB stars get action-based photo variations of their base cards. Seeded two per case.

2023 Topps Allen & Ginter InAction Insert

Spotless Spans

Celebrating the streaks that make baseball so exciting, including single game, innings, and multi-game streaks.

Full size mon-baseball theme inserts

Normal in size, but perhaps not in theme, these inserts offer a variety of interesting options.

TALON-ted: The puns are strong with Allen and Ginter, and 2023 is no different. Featuring birds known for their large talons.

Music to Your Ears: Featuring musical instruments from around the world. Fun in the Sun! Celebrating summertime with a variety of summertime activities.

Mini Inserts

Another area where Allen & Ginter shines, these are a lot of fun.

Save Room for Dessert: Hope you’re hungry, as the sweets are all over this offering.

By Any Other Name: Highlighting famous Allen’s throughout history.

Rarest of the Diamond: Showcasing happenings in baseball that are even rarer than a no hitter.

Only In… Unique aspects of all 30 MLB stadiums.

World of Wonder: UNESCO World Heritage sites are highlighted in this set.

International Delights: Featuring mouthwatering dishes from around the world.

2023 Topps Allen & Ginter relic and autograph cards

With the 2023 release, Topps gives us a new batch of Allen & Ginter relics, autographs, and autographed relics. Sure to be some of the most sought-after hits in the product.

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Allen & Ginter Full-Size relics

With two different designs, these offer MLB stars, athletes from other sports, and other personalities.

2023 Topps Allen & Ginter Relic Card

Allen & Ginter Mini relics

Small in size but large in charm, these baseball stars from the past, present, and future.

Allen & Ginter DNA relics

These hobby exclusives feature part of an actual fossil. Numbered to 25 copies or less.

Allen & Ginter Framed originals

100 original Allen & Ginter cards get the buyback treatment. Each is a 1/1.

Cut Signatures

20 subjects, all 1/1’s. Featuring historical and pop-culture figures.

Allen & Ginter Framed Mini Autographs

Featuring names from baseball, entertainment, and pop culture, these have on-card autographs in a framed mini format. Parallels include Black Framed (/25) and Red Ink (Limited, Hobby Exclusive).

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2023 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Framed Autograph

Allen & Ginter Autographed Relic Book Cards

Dual-paneled card featuring a jumbo relic and an autograph. Numbered to just 10 copies each.

Allen & Ginter Dual Autographed Relic Book Cards

Featuring two players, two autographs, and two jumbo relics. Numbered to just 10 copies per card.

2023 Topps Allen & Ginter Rip Cards

Rip cards are another interesting wrinkle in the Allen & Ginter line. They give you a chance to tear into a card and see what secrets are hidden within. Rip cards fall about two per case.

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Allen & Ginter Rip Cards

100 cards, all sequentially numbered. Each rip card contains a mini card inside.

Allen & Ginter Dual Rip Cards

Sequentially numbered but with two subjects and containing two mini cards.

Allen & Ginter Boxloader Rip Cards

Oversized box loaders that contain 3 mini cards inside.

Rip cards can contain:

  • Artist Originals 1/1
  • Mini Exclusives – mini base cards numbered 351-400
  • Mini Metal Exclusives – limited to 3 copies each
  • Mini Wood Exclusives 1/1
  • Mini Stained Glass Variation Exclusives – 1 per boxloader rip card

2023 Topps Allen & Ginter value

It should be obvious by now that 2023 Topps Allen & Ginter would be a fun break. But how do these cards hold their value unopened? Let’s take a look at recent comps of hobby boxes from the last few years to see what the data tells us.

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YearRecent Comp Price
2023$115-130
2022$120-140
2021$100-115
2020$100-125

Unopened hobby boxes of Allen & Ginter appear to hold their value fairly well, but are unlikely to increase in value dramatically, at least within the first few years of release. There are likely better buy-and-hold candidates out there.

In terms of singles, we look at recent sales of 2022 Topps Allen & Ginter cards in PSA 10 slabs. There are a handful of rarer 1/1s and autographs which have sold for over $1,000.

A good number more have sold for hundreds. This suggests that there’s some upside to be had in these boxes. It may take a lot of luck and a good grading experience to really pay back big, but at the reasonable entry point, these seem like a worthwhile break.

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Final thoughts on 2023 Topps Allen & Ginter

2023 Allen & Ginter is different than other 2023 releases, but true to the Allen & Ginter name. You’ll get some quirky inserts, an interesting checklist, and an old school feel. You’ll also get a shot at some really interesting hits and some real value.

What’s your thoughts on 2023 Topps Allen & Ginter? Planning to break a box? Find a big hit? Let us know at card_lines on Twitter.

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Complete 2023 Topps Allen and Ginter checklist

See below for a full 2023 Topps Allen & Ginter checklist, fully searchable!

wdt_ID Set Number Player Team Rookie?
1 Base 1 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants®
2 Base 2 DL Hall Baltimore Orioles® Rookie
3 Base 3 Julio Rodríguez Seattle Mariners™
4 Base 4 Spencer Strider Atlanta Braves™
5 Base 5 Wander Franco Tampa Bay Rays™
6 Base 6 Xander Bogaerts San Diego Padres™
7 Base 7 Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers®
8 Base 8 Gerrit Cole New York Yankees®
9 Base 9 Joey Meneses Washington Nationals® Rookie
10 Base 10 Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers™
11 Base 11 Corbin Carroll Arizona Diamondbacks® Rookie
12 Base 12 Michael Harris II Atlanta Braves™ Rookie
13 Base 13 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles®
14 Base 14 Cole Ragans Texas Rangers® Rookie
15 Base 15 Justin Verlander New York Mets®
16 Base 16 Nolan Gorman St. Louis Cardinals® Rookie
17 Base 17 Ken Griffey Jr. Cincinnati Reds®
18 Base 18 Gabriel Moreno Arizona Diamondbacks® Rookie
19 Base 19 Dylan Cease Chicago White Sox®
20 Base 20 Paul Goldschmidt St. Louis Cardinals®
21 Base 21 George Kirby Seattle Mariners™
22 Base 22 Kyle Schwarber Philadelphia Phillies®
23 Base 23 Jazz Chisholm Jr. Miami Marlins®
24 Base 24 Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals®
25 Base 25 Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals®
26 Base 26 Randy Johnson Montréal Expos™
27 Base 27 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates®
28 Base 28 Kyle Tucker Houston Astros®
29 Base 29 Michael Toglia Colorado Rockies™ Rookie
30 Base 30 Wade Boggs Tampa Bay Devil Rays™
31 Base 31 Oswald Peraza New York Yankees® Rookie
32 Base 32 Ryan Mountcastle Baltimore Orioles®
33 Base 33 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays®
34 Base 34 Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros®
35 Base 35 Alex Verdugo Boston Red Sox®
36 Base 36 Alex Bregman Houston Astros®
37 Base 37 Ronald Acuña Jr. Atlanta Braves™
38 Base 38 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox®
39 Base 39 Juan Soto San Diego Padres™
40 Base 40 George Springer Toronto Blue Jays®
41 Base 41 Luis Arraez Miami Marlins®
42 Base 42 Jacob deGrom Texas Rangers®
43 Base 43 Tim Anderson Chicago White Sox®
44 Base 44 Riley Greene Detroit Tigers® Rookie
45 Base 45 Kyle Stowers Baltimore Orioles® Rookie
46 Base 46 Drew Waters Kansas City Royals® Rookie
47 Base 47 Carlos Correa Minnesota Twins®
48 Base 48 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees®
49 Base 49 Manny Machado San Diego Padres™
50 Base 50 Vaughn Grissom Atlanta Braves™ Rookie
51 Base 51 Rod Carew California Angels™
52 Base 52 Jake McCarthy Arizona Diamondbacks®
53 Base 53 Mike Trout Angels®
54 Base 54 Christopher Morel Chicago Cubs® Rookie
55 Base 55 Max Scherzer New York Mets®
56 Base 56 Triston Casas Boston Red Sox® Rookie
57 Base 57 Dansby Swanson Chicago Cubs®
58 Base 58 Shea Langeliers Oakland Athletics™ Rookie
59 Base 59 Tommy Henry Arizona Diamondbacks® Rookie
60 Base 60 Bryce Harper Philadelphia Phillies®
61 Base 61 Nolan Jones Colorado Rockies™ Rookie
62 Base 62 Oneil Cruz Pittsburgh Pirates®
63 Base 63 Nick Pratto Kansas City Royals® Rookie
64 Base 64 Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers™
65 Base 65 Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers®
66 Base 66 Trea Turner Philadelphia Phillies®
67 Base 67 Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics™
68 Base 68 Adley Rutschman Baltimore Orioles® Rookie
69 Base 69 Aaron Judge New York Yankees®
70 Base 70 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds®
71 Base 71 Pete Alonso New York Mets®
72 Base 72 Gunnar Henderson Baltimore Orioles® Rookie
73 Base 73 Cedric Mullins Baltimore Orioles®
74 Base 74 Austin Riley Atlanta Braves™
75 Base 75 Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals®
76 Base 76 Max Fried Atlanta Braves™
77 Base 77 CJ Abrams Washington Nationals®
78 Base 78 Rafael Devers Boston Red Sox®
79 Base 79 George Brett Kansas City Royals®
80 Base 80 Brett Baty New York Mets® Rookie
81 Base 81 Trey Mancini Chicago Cubs®
82 Base 82 José Ramírez Cleveland Guardians™
83 Base 83 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves™
84 Base 84 Bobby Witt Jr. Kansas City Royals®
85 Base 85 Babe Ruth New York Yankees®
86 Base 86 Corbin Burnes Milwaukee Brewers™
87 Base 87 Corey Seager Texas Rangers®
88 Base 88 Ezequiel Tovar Colorado Rockies™ Rookie
89 Base 89 Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals®
90 Base 90 Josh Jung Texas Rangers® Rookie
91 Base 91 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers®
92 Base 92 Matthew Liberatore St. Louis Cardinals® Rookie
93 Base 93 Matt Chapman Toronto Blue Jays®
94 Base 94 Zack Greinke Kansas City Royals®
95 Base 95 Ichiro Miami Marlins®
96 Base 96 Shohei Ohtani Angels®
97 Base 97 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox®
98 Base 98 Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins®
99 Base 99 Matt Olson Atlanta Braves™
100 Base 100 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres™
Set Number Player Team Rookie?
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Mike D

Mike D. has collected cards for over 35 years, since he bought his first pack of Topps at the corner store in 1987. His fandom,  collecting interests, and contributions to Cardlines center around baseball in general and the Baseball Hall of Fame specifically.

Mike's collecting focus is centered on graded cards, mostly rookie cards, of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Lately, he's been enjoying dabbling in graded minor league cards. A collector/investor with a "buy and hold" approach, Mike takes the long-term view with his collection.

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