Since my Allen & Ginter cards won't be arriving until next week, I figured I might as well take a look over the 2009 Allen & Ginter checklist. It's a virtual novella, but a few interesting things stood out to me. The SP's are not official yet, but it looks like they are 301-350 once again. Nice and easy to remember. There are 104 different relic cards. Wow! Speaking of relic cards, if you had to guess who was on the AGR-AR card, who would you think it would be? If you guessed Alex Rodriguez, you would be wrong. It's a different Alex...Alex Rios. ARod's relic card got the AGR-AER number. I know this is probably due to Rios coming before Rodriguez alphabetically, but it could be fitting due to ARod's recent issues and his absence from the starting lineup of the 2009 All-Star game. The "National Heroes", "Creatures of Myth, Legend and Terror" and "World's Greatest Hoaxes, Hoodwink's and Bamboozles" sets all look interesting to me. I'll probably try to complete those sets just to read the stories on the backs of the cards, even if they have nothing to do with baseball or even sports in general. There are also two unannounced surprise subsets, "Inventions of the Future" and "Extinct Creatures". These two sets seem to be rare so far as the singles seem to be going for between $7.50 and $20.00+ on ebay and I have yet to see a complete set of either one. Now all we need are some unannounced retail only subsets and this could be the most complicated set ever!
Check Out The 2009 Allen & Ginter Checklist