Allen and Ginter has always been peppered with all sorts of interesting non-sport stuff. More recently, it's incorporated a Code Breaker theme, which consistently stumps many collectors.
One collector pulled this Bo Steil 2017 Topps Allen and Ginter Code Card and shared it on Twitter. Let's see if we can decode it.
The front of the card has the word, "CODE" printed using four different color inks. The back of the card has dots of the same colors. Notice how the dots on the back of the card are strategically placed below specific letters.
If we were to look at this from a logic perspective, we would think there was a reason why the colors on the front and back of the card are the same. We can use this information to decipher the code.
Let's apply the same order the colors appear in the word, "CODE" to the order in which we select the letters above those respective colors on the back of the card. In application to the western culture reading style, that strategy would look like this:
- "C" is written in Red
- Red dots appear under the following letters:
- "O" is written in Blue
- Blue dots appear under the following letters:
- "D" is written in Green
- Green dots appear under the following letters:
- "E" is written in Orange
- Orange dots appear under the following letters:
From here, we can combine the four letter strings to get:
Epstein Didn't Kill Himself
Given current events, I can only assume this is in reference to Jeffrey Epstein. Since Jeffrey Epstein died on August 10, 2019, this card from 2017 Topps Allen and Ginter would have to be a buyback.
While I like the concept of code deciphering, I'm not really sure why this particular code was selected. It's completely unrelated to the celebrity on the front of the card, the brand that produced the card, and the sport associated. Even so, however, now we know another way to decipher a code.