Code Breakers

With the release of 2013 Allen and Ginter’s just a couple of weeks away it’s safe to say that the excitement and anticipation levels for the fans of this particular product are probably escalating round about now!

Renowned for it’s striking, if somewhat repetitive design, and its mixture of Baseball and popular culture, A&G is one of Topps’ most eclectic releases in its Baseball card calendar!

Personally I find it a really interesting product, full of SPs and great-looking inserts! I’m aware that some collectors are often put off by the non-Baseball side of A&G, but for me that’s part of the charm and I’m more than happy to let it slide!

But perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects to A&G, certainly since it was first introduced in 2008, is ‘The Ginter Code’!

So – what the hell is The Ginter Code?

With each release of Allen & Ginter’s, as well as giving us a deep and varied card set, Topps also goes the extra mile and weaves into the product a complex code, cypher or mystery that, when solved, usually nets the victor a complete set of autographed cards from the set itself.

Since its inception in 2008 The Ginter Code has proved to be an enthralling diversion in what’s already a highly anticipated release. I first became aware of it shortly after my return to collecting in 2011 and it really appeals to my mystery-loving side! I mean ‘Hey’!! Who doesn’t like a good mystery, eh??

The codes have varied in complexity over time, with some taking days to complete, others weeks and even months! I know that deep down I’ll never be in a position to take a stab at one of these things but this doesn’t stop me going along for the ride!

So whether it’s hidden messages buried deep within the card set itself, or even a murder mystery style ‘whodunit’ that played out through Twitter, The Ginter Code has something for everyone who’s intrigued enough (and who has enough time on their hands) to take part.

Nothing has been released so far about the nature of this years Code, but here are some links to previous years’ solutions for you to have a read through if you’re at all interested in this sort of thing!

The 2008 Ginter Code Solution

The 2009 Ginter Code Solution

The 2010 Ginter Code Solution

The 2011 Ginter Code Solution

The 2012 Ginter Code Solution


2013 Topps Allen & Ginter’s is released on 7th August, and will contain the first official rookie card of this guy –


Excited yet?


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