Pack Break: Two Packs of 2008 Allen & Ginter

I purchased these two packs over at Sports Card Forum a few weeks ago.  I just haven’t gotten to posting about it until now.  One thing that struck me is the seemingly high number of players posing with their bats.  I busted two packs, which amounted to sixteen total cards.  Of those sixteen, nine featured players posing in some sort of fashion with their bat.  That’s a bit above 56%.  In fact, when you break down the seven cards which didn’t feature a bat, here’s what I found:

  • Harriet Tubman, doesn’t count.  She was never a baseball player, but organizer of the Underground Railroad.  So having her pose with a bat would just be plain ludicrous.2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #183 Harriet Tubman
  • Two of the cards were pitchers – John Maine and Brandon Webb.  While they are National Leaguers and do pick up the lumber from time to time, it does make sense that a bat would not figure prominently in their cards.2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #218 John Maine2008 Topps Allen and Ginter State Flags Brandon Webb
  • Russell Martin and Jason Varitek, both catchers, are shown in their catching gear.2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #195 Russell Martin2008 Topps Allen and Ginter State Flags Jason Varitek

That’s five cards with a plausible reason why they do not feature a baseball bat.  Which leaves only Ryan Garko and Mark Texeira as the only cards missing bats.    I wonder if their bats not available at the time their photos were taken?  This may be a good side project – figuring out how many position players in this set aren’t posing with a bat.

Where’s my bat?

2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #241 Ryan Garko2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #260 Mark Texeira

Now let us break down the different poses featuring bats.

  • First you have the classic “Bat Over the Shoulder” pose.  You can do it with two hands like Garret Atkins and Adrian Beltre, or one hand a la Jimmy Rollins.  Or you can be like Ty Wigginton and do it looking like a crazy person.
    2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #101 Adrian Beltre2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #95 Garrett Atkins

    2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #140 Jimmy Rollins mini2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #341 Ty Wigginton
  • Then, there’s the classic “Show Off Your Batting Stance” pose.  Capably demonstrated here by Rickie Weeks and Carlos Beltran.

2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #230 Carlos Beltran2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #43 Rickie Weeks

  • Or you can do the “Point the Bat” pose.  You can point it at the camera, like Derrek Lee.  Or you can go the “Fertility God” route, like Nick Johnson.

2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #289 Derrek Lee2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #56 Nick Johnson

  • And of course, there is the “Use the Bat as a Prop While You Look to the Sky, Knowing Full Well That at Age 37, You’re Probably Not Worth 4 Years, $52.4 million“.

2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #164 Jorge Posada


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