Allen & Ginter first introduced the rip card in their 2006 relaunch of the set. It’s a regular size card that is numbered with a card inside of it that can only be accessed by ripping the outer card. The cards inside are short printed mini cards that can have autographs, redemption codes and can be made of wood. There is only one of them per case of cards so these are pretty rare and highly sought after every year.
I know that a lot of people sell their rip cards intact for big profits. If the lucky owner decides to keep it (as I did), then it can cause some anxiety. You run the risk of destroying the outer card only to find a card that is lesser in value. People say that there are tricks to find out what is inside the card without opening it, but none of them worked for me. Trust me. I tried.
Alan Narz invented the rip card for Topps and he runs the local card store that I go to. It’s called Big League Cards and if you ever find yourself in the Orlando area, I highly recommend that you check out this store. The guys are very knowledgeable and they have an amazing amount of product. I’ll be doing a post about the store soon. When I spoke to Alan about the fact that he invented the rip card, I made sure to let him know that it was extremely cruel of him to do that to a collector. Awesome idea, but cruel.
The card that I pulled was from a 2012 Allen & Ginter box. These boxes are extremely hit or miss for me, but this time Ginter was good to me. I pulled a Curtis Granderson that was numbered to 25. It was an agonizing couple of hours while I debated to rip or not to rip with my husband. I had never pulled anything like it before.
So in the end I ripped the card. The temptation was just too great for me. Maybe it was the fact that it was a Granderson card that made me more inclined to rip it. He’s not a player that I have made it a point to personally collect and it was while he was with the Yankees. I have serious doubts as to whether or not I would have ripped a Ripken or one with a lower number.
What I found inside was a mini Nolan Ryan card. I have to admit that I was disappointed. I spent some time researching in an effort to make an educated decision. I had read about the the red on card autos and I was irrationally hopeful. The minis found in the rip cards are exclusive to rip cards so you will not be able to find them in a pack. I tried to find a print count for these mini cards, but I have not been able to find anything. When I pulled the card, I looked up the book value which was $75 and I figured fair enough. I put it in a case and filed it away with the rest of my 2012 Allen & Ginter.
A few days I decided to go back and see what had happened to the value in the last couple of years. I was surprised to see that book value has increased to $250. I tried to find more information about the card, but I could only locate one other person that was in possession of this card. Like I said before, I cannot find a print count for any of the mini exclusives. Plus there is no way to tell how many of these are still sitting in unopened rip cards. The rarity of this one intrigues me, but I will be selling this one. I know that there are people out there that are trying to complete the master set and someone may be looking for this one. I know that if I had left card intact, then I would never want to get rid of it. But, oh well. That’s the chance you take with a rip card.