(Don't you love it when you go through the effort of writing/researching a post and it becomes obsolete by the time you've written it? *Sigh* Here is what I wrote instead. It's time for Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 68th in a series):
(Sorry, Mark, I didn't order through the special Blowout Cards deal. I can afford only one box at this time).
I cannot wait for it to arrive at my home. Everytime I think about it, I get giddy. And I can't wait to bore the entire card collecting community with my Ginter cards.
I know some collectors are tired of the Ginter experience. Some never liked it in the first place. I am about as opposite of those collectors as you can get. This is only year No. 5 of Allen & Ginter, you know. I have shirts older than Topps A&G. I'm not tired of those shirts either.
Ginter remains the highlight of the collecting season for me. It is better than when the first cards come out in January/February.
To me, it is the set that includes the most thought, the most innovation, the most humor out of the entire collecting season. If I was a card series producer, I would like to think that this is the kind of set I'd produce.
I love the look of the cards. I love the feel of the cards. To me, the look of the cards gets better each year. No, I am not bored by the look. It has improved and become more colorful over the years. I don't mind the celebrities and landmarks and animals in the set either. It's true to the original Allen & Ginter cards from the 1880s, and it lends a quirkiness to the set that I absolutely love. The set has character. It has charm.
The non-baseball player cards are some of my favorite cards in the set, and I think a lot of A&G collectors would say the same thing.