I was happy to see Allen & Ginter include a glow-in-the-dark offering for the 3rd time in the past 4 years with 2020's Where Monsters Live. It's a 10-card mini insert set featuring locations where one might expect to find a monster hiding. I hear it's the easiest such insert to pull in Ginter this year. That's good news for me, since if they were case hits or something, it would be costly to put the set together. But as it is, they sell for a buck or two each and I scored the complete set from an eBay seller for about $15 (could've found a better price if I had a little patience, but I had to snatch up a set on release day).
I think my favorite of the 10 is Under The Stairs. I didn't even notice the creepy guy back there until I saw the card in the dark. I love when glow in the dark stuff has a surprise like that! Helps the card come alive.
I finally got some 3-ring pages for minis to add them to my glow-in-the-dark binder. They fit 15 minis to a page, so I'm thinking I might like to eventually add 5 dupes so I can complete a page. So yeah, if you end up with any Where Monsters Live cards you don't want, feel free to send them my way.
I've also picked up a few more of the previous glowing Ginter set, the glow-in-the-dark parallels of the base set in 2018. These parallels were case hits, and generally are tough to find for less that double-digits a pop, so I don't have a ton of them, but have been looking out for deals on players I like.
And by the way the first glowing Ginter cards were the Constellation minis from 2017. I posted a breakdown on them last year... figured I should mention them for completeness sake since this post is about glowing Ginter cards. I just put that 10-card set (plus 1 dupe) in a page. I'd eventually like 4 more dupes to fill out the empty pockets.
Fun stuff. I hope they keep it up with more glowing cards in future sets. Here are some suggestions for Topps to run with...
- Ballpark Blueprints that glow in the dark
- Maybe feature long home runs in an insert and have the route of the ball glow.
- Topps is crazy for rookie reprints.. how about rookie reprints that glow in the dark?
- Maybe like "On Fire" inserts with guys' bats on fire or whatever, and then the fire parts glow.
- Would love to see the "Stadium Lights" cards from 2011 Opening Day make a comeback.
So yeah, there are some baseball-centric ideas off the top of my head, but I'd be cool with whatever. How about you? Any ideas for glowing cards you'd like to see?
It's due for an update, but also check out my
LIST OF KNOWN
GLOW-IN-THE-DARK TRADING CARDS