Thursday, October 24, 2019

2017 Allen & Ginter Constellations minis - Glow-in-the-Dark spotlight

Time for another Glow-in-the-Dark spotlight, posting this month about some glowing trading cards out there.

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Constellations mini inserts

Ginter is known for off-kilter insert sets, occasionally going outside the box with something wonderfully weird, and in 2017 they included a 10-card set of constellation minis. These cards appear to be blank on the front at first glance, though if you take a closer look, you can see the faint constellation. When you get them in the dark, a constellation is illuminated. Kinda neat.

Here's a "night sky" of all 10 cards together. The glowing is fine, but could be brighter. I had to edit the levels on photo(s) a bit to make the glowing stand out more.

Not too interesting in the light. The "blank fronts" confused some collectors/breakers who didn't know about the glow-in-the-dark nature of the cards.

Here's a closer look at the 10 cards.

#1 Orion & #2 Ursa Major:

#3 Ursa Minor & #4 Scorpius:

#5 Cygnus & #6 Leo:

#7 Perseus & #8 Hercules:

And finally, #9 Aquarius & #10 Libra:

I've always enjoyed stargazing, though I never really studied up much on different stars and constellations. I took a beginner astronomy class as an elective back in junior college, and seem to recall earning an A, but haven't retained any of that knowledge, unfortunately. But hey, these cards make for a nice primer for anyone interested in that stuff, so kudos to Topps for working constellations into Allen & Ginter in a unique way.


  1. These remind me of my favorite episode of Psych, where Shawn Spencer pretends to be an employee at a planetarium and narrates a show about the constellations: "Ah yes, our glorious constellations. There they all are, take a look. Over here, we have one with a guy holding some sort of... thing. Over here, our beloved Olympic rings, all seven of them. And here, here's one with a fish."

  2. Super sweet set. They move to the front of the line when it comes to glow in the dark trading cards.

  3. Love these. I have Orion. Been meaning to get some more.