I can’t afford packs of Topps’ new Allen & Ginter, I have no desire to complete the set and I don’t really understand Topps’ new policy of including non-baseball players in its base sets (like the supermodels in the 1952 Style basketball set). But that doesn’t mean I don’t like the cards. The design is fantastic: clean, smooth, no overbearing Topps logo on the front of the card, and best of all, it’s printed without gloss on quality card stock. Just a real nice-looking set.
I was able to pick up a few of the cards at the Holy Cross show on West 43rd on Saturday, including this one of Chester A. Arthur. I’m not a historian, but I do know that Arthur was one of the most corrupt politicians of the late Nineteenth Century, a time known for its corrupt politicians. So why did Topps include Arthur in this set? Why couldn’t they include a card of James Garfield instead? Why did they shy from teaching kids about Charles Guiteau (and the horrors incompetent doctors wrought in the face of a gunshot wound) and instead focus on luminaries like Arthur and Ruthe-fraud B. Hayes? I honestly don’t understand. I mean, there was plenty of room in the set. They could’ve left in the other late century presidents and not include a card of competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi, shown in deep concentration as he chokes down an unnumbered hot dog.
Ah, who am I kidding? Cards of competitive eaters, spelling bee champs and supermodels sell cards. I guess if I wanted cards of important historical stuff I could buy old Flags of the World commons. At least I can afford them.