While I am waiting for the two boxes of Allen and Ginter’s I ordered to reach my mailbox, I decided this could be the year I somehow embraced the oddities that make this product so special, so loved by many, not so much by others.
The main reason I made this decision is called “Currency of the world”, an oversized boxtopper, quite difficult to find (one every two cases), with 30 subjects, numbered to 50.
Currency of the world cards feature a map of the world, zoomed on a specific country, with embedded a coin from that country: you can find large countries such as Russia, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Great Britain, but also small geographic entities such as the Isle of Man, the Falklands, El Salvador, Nicaragua.
The maps are designed with a nice 19th century style, they fit well with the Allen and Ginter flourished theme and highlight the coin the showcase. Bottom line, they really make a nice item to hang on a wall, and they don’t need a frame because are really thick.
I started with Mexico, my hometown Italy and Jamaica, and I will try to complete the collection in the next months, if the prices stay low: after all, it would be a very limited collection, given the short printing.
Since I was in the game, I stretched it farther and got “Colony in a card”, the good old “sea monkeys” of my childhood: I won’t plunge them in water, and leave the card intact, I am terrible at “pet caring”.
Next order of business is “Famous rollercoasters”, another oversized boxtopper, but not so difficult to find as “Currency of the world”, it would take mere minutes to complete the 5 card set.
And finally, digging A&G oddities, I found myself in an auction for a Ryan Zimmerman 1/1 printing plate: I made my bid and won the auction, so for a reasonable price I am now the proud owner of a real one of one card.
I know these printing plates are not the most coveted items in the hobby, but the card looks nice and Zimmerman is a legit superstar, so it will look perfectly nice in my collection.