With Year 11 of Allen & Ginter in the books, lets take a look at the design of the cards over the entire run of the brand, from 2006 - 2016.
When you look at the complete one, there is definitely one outlier, 2011. Its the only design with a full border, the only one with team logos.
Other design elements over the years:
- Players first and last name: just the first three years; after that it is last name only
- Watercolor background: All years
- Year listed on card front: 2007 - 2010, 2016
- "Brooklyn, New York": 2006 - 2012, 2014, 2016
- "Topps": 2008-2016
Many of the cards use posed shots. Action shots are pretty rare. Because they use posed shots from the spring training picture day shoot, most Ginter cards show the players in their home uniform. That is a bonus for me.
My predictions for the 2017 Ginter design:
It will list the players last name, there will be a watercolor cloud behind the posed shot of the players, the cards will say "Topps Allen & Ginter, Brooklyn New York, 2017, and I will buy the entire set.