Monday, May 25, 2015

Allen & Ginter Insert Overview Series #93

Set: 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Festivals and Fairs
            Total Cards: 10
            Stated Odds: Full sized inserts fall 1:2 (1:10)

Bubba’s Derived Odds: 1:10
           # of Hobby Boxes Needed to Obtain Set: 4.17

Favorite (Owned) Card:

I'm not going to say too much about this specific card.  I like it... it's got a colorful picture (something very lacking in this set), and I enjoy the idea behind the festival in question.  Throw rotten veggies at people!!! YES!

Notes and Comments:
I want this set to be better than it actually is.  The theme is great.  It has everything I would want in an insert set.  The theme is something I can somewhat relate to and have heard of about half of these festivals, and the rest I get to read about or lookup online.  Perfect!  I love learning things.

My biggest problem with this set is the design (specifically the front) of the card.  The bottom text/picture/title takes up far too much space and this is exacerbated by the fact that the card is horizontal.  Many of the pictures featured on the cards are very mediocre probably because of this huge ribbon.  My other beef with the design is the featured picture of a theme park??? on every card.  It simply doesn't fit many of the cards!  It's a very modern image that is slapped onto cards that aren't necessarily modern or even of the carnival/fair ilk.  I guess it simply didn't make all that much sense to me.

The back of the card is pretty standard A&G insert style.  In this case, I don't mind the small ferris wheels, roller coasters, and slides as much because it simply doesn't draw as much attention and is nicely incorporated in the border.  I'll go as far to say that I like it.

Overall, I still do enjoy the set.  There's some pretty cool cards in it (like the one above), but it certainly isn't anywhere near my favorite.

Arbitrary Rating (out of 100): 68

% of Set Completed: 100%

Missing Cards: NONE!!!

Extra Cards: FAF-02, 04, 06, 09, 10


  1. I'm with you on the design of the card, but I think that the picture on the bottom of the front of the card is intended to reflect the old-school fairs or even World's Fairs with the Ferris Wheel as the main attraction rather than a theme park. Still, that design feature was really unnecessary (unless it was necessary for the Ginter Code).

    1. Oh, I would agree as far as their intention. I just feel that it didn't come across as such and was simply way over the top and unnecessary. As far as the Ginter Code goes... I'm just going to maintain the assumption that nothing is for the Ginter Code because it's easier for me to do. I haven't ever tried to even briefly look into breaking the Code. I'm perfectly fine with Topps doing it, but I also think that it should probably have minimal to no impact on set design (i.e. leaving a number off a card... fine, changing the number of a card... fine, changing the color scheme of a set... not fine). Not saying Topps necessarily does any of these things for the Ginter Code (cough... Desmond Jennings... cough) but I'm just trying to give you an idea of my thinking.