A while back Topps started selling an anniversary version of the Allen & Ginter cards with black backgrounds instead of the usual white. The black background cards were celebrating the tenth anniversary of the product. The boxes were not prohibitively expensive, but sometimes I get really tired of the whole rehash thing, such as making the cards a different color, adding chrome to the cards. Sometimes I will dabble into those products, but I usual limit myself by just picking up some interesting singles, or not opening a box and buying the base set.
The set has kind of grown on me over time. A few of the card groups I am in on Facebook had collectors post pictures of cards from the set. Very nice. While I am not going to assemble a set in this case, I am going to put together a nice group of Cardinals, Rays, and former Durham Bulls. I started by picking up four of the cards pretty cheap off of COMC.
Obviously a good start to the assembling the Cardinals and Rays portion of the full size set. Still plenty of cards still left to find, especially considering I still haven't touched the minis. The Cardinals team set looks like it has 14 cards, leaving me 10 short. The Rays team set has only 5, so 4 away from finishing. I am going to have to sort through the big list to track down all of the Durham Bulls, but all five Rays cards would also fit into that category too.