Most of the insert sets in Ginter are not of the standard size. You have the Baseball Highlight sketch cards and maybe 1 or 2 others, but the rest are minis. And there are cabinet cards or N43 cards that are box toppers. I finished off the Cabinet set from 2011 6 or 7 months ago.
Info about the set:
Set description: “10 oversize cabinet cards featuring mini parallel cards showcasing 2 to 4 key subjects in an important 2010 baseball highlight, or the founding of a National Park. These subjects are featured on mini-parallel cards on a larger 5 ¼” by 8″ cabinet card.”
There’s a lot of duplicate wording on that write-up from the sell sheet. Basically, these are really large cards with scenes as the background and then 2, 3 or 4 photos of mini cards using the 2011 A&G design. Cards #1-6 are baseball highlights from 2010, while cards #7-10 are National Parks and the President and some other influential figure who helped to get the park that designation. The backs have a checklist of the specific portion of the set (the baseball cards only have the first 6 listed, the National Parks only have the last 4).
They were a little off in calling the mini-pictured cards “parallels”. The players all had cards, however Tony LaRussa isn’t in the main set and most of the presidents or other figures aren’t either.
Set composition: 10 cards, box topper (2011 Allen & Ginter’s)
Hall of Famers: 1. Shown above, Tony LaRussa is on card #6, which is titled “Decade of Dominance”. It’s honoring Albert Pujols, who did have quite an incredible first 10 years.
Ryan Dempster is the other player on this card. I was trying to figure out what this card was getting at, other than Pujols being really good. He hit more homers of Dempster than any other pitcher, but I think this card is in honor of May 30, 2010. In that game, Pujols went deep 3 times. Two of those bombs were off of Dempster, who also gave him 2 intentional passes. So he could have hit the magical mark of 4 homers in a game if not for the free passes.
How I put the set together:
- 1 card from my 2nd hobby box
- 7 cards from Beckett Marketplace
- 2 cards from COMC
Card that completed my set: #CB-9 – Yosemite National Park.
I got this card from COMC back in May. Pretty cool putting Old Faithful on there, though there is no “parallel” in the main set. Old Faithful did have a card in 2009 Allen & Ginter.
Thoughts on the set: Retro sets are best the more they connect with the original. Cabinet cards were a staple of tobacco cards from back in the late 1800’s, so that’s pretty cool. I like the combination of national parks and baseball highlights.
Best card (my opinion): #CB-10 – Redwood National Park
This card is for the National Park in Northern California. I picked this one because it’s the only one I’ve been to out of the 4 cards in this set.
Other tidbits: Here is a checklist of the 10 cards in this set, followed by information on the date of the game (or year the National park gained its status) and the “mini cards” shown on the cabinet.
CB-1 – “Galarraga’s almost perfect”. June 2, 2010. Armando Galarraga, Miguel Cabrera, Jason Donald.
This would probably be my favorite if I had picked from the baseball portion of the set. This is from the perfect game that Galarraga lost when umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly called Jason Donald safe at first base for the 27th out. Topps should have figured a way to get Joyce onto this card.
CB-2 – “Postseason No-No”. October 6, 2010. Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard.
One thing that is really weird about this set – the main guy in the event is usually in the background, but not on the mini card. The only exception is It depicts Roy Halladay’s no-hitter against the Reds, which was the 2nd no-hitter in postseason history. You see Ruiz running out to Halladay in the background, but Halladay isn’t one of the mini cards. Howard had the last put out at first, so I get why he’s on there, but to me just having Ruiz and Halladay (or at least having the guy who threw the no-no) would have been the way to go.
CB-3 – “Dallas is perfect in Oakland”. May 9, 2010. Landon Powell, Daric Barton.
Topps did the exact same thing here with Dallas Braden’s perfect game. Powell was the catcher, Barton gloved the last out at first.
CB-4 – “Multiple Milestone Matchup”. September 23, 2010. Felix Hernandez, Jose Bautista.
Ichiro is in the background here. Hernandez pitched a complete game near the end of his Cy Young season. Bautista, however, went deep off him to give Toronto a 1-0 win. It was Bautista’s 50th homer of the season, and Ichiro notched his 200th hit in the game as well. That was his 10th straight season with 200+ hits, extending his own record and tying Pete Rose’s record for number of such seasons in total.
CB-5 – “A-Rod does it again, for the 600th time”. August 4, 2010. Derek Jeter, Shaun Marcum.
This one’s pretty simple. A-Rod hit his 600th homer. Shaun Marcum was the pitcher. Derek Jeter was on base.
CB-6 – “Decade of Dominance”. May 30, 2010. Tony LaRussa, Ryan Dempster
CB-7 – “Grand Canyon National Park”. 1919. President Woodrow Wilson, President Benjamin Harrison, President Theodore Roosevelt.
This card has 3 Presidents on it. Wilson was the President who signed the bill to make the Grand Canyon a National Park. Benjamin Harrison actually first introduced a bill to make it a National Park in 1882 when he was a Senator. And Teddy Roosevelt established the Grand Canyon Game Preserve when he was President.
CB-8 – “Yosemite National Park”. 1864. President Abraham Lincoln, Senator John Conness.
Conness lobbied for protection of Yosemite, Lincoln signed it into law.
CB-9 – Yellowstone National Park. 1872. President Ulysses S. Grant, Old Faithful.
CB-10 – Redwood National Park. 1968. President Lyndon B. Johnson, Congressman John E. Raker.