Spotlighting Our Beautiful National Parks
April 22, 2023, marks the 53rd annual Earth Day and, since 1991, the start of National Park Week. In honor of both events, we wanted to showcase some of the most beautiful places in the United States, the National Parks. Thanks to wonderfully idiosyncratic subjects found in Topps Allen & Ginter, the 2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Inside the Park subset offers up 32 of the 424 national park sites across the US.
Enjoy the glorious, pastoral artwork of the cards, and take some time and visit a national park this week – or any week!
2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Inside the Park – Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone became America’s very first national park in 1872. About half of the world’s active geysers, including Old Faithful, are located within the park’s magnificent 2.2 million acres spanning Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. This is the third time Allen & Ginter has featured the park. Previously, Yellowstone was included in the 2011 and 2014 sets.
2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Inside the Park – Yosemite National Park
Covering almost 1,200 square miles, including Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park is famed for its waterfall, granite cliffs, and giant sequoias. Situated between the Sierra and Stanislaus National Forest, this California landmark is a national – and global – gem. Yosemite previously received the wax treatment in the 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter set.
2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Inside the Park – Zion National Park
President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill in 1919, making Zion National Park the first national park in Utah. Know for the red, pink, and orange hues of its sandstone cliffs, Zion is a much-loved favorite of hikers and photographers the world over. This slice of wilderness heaven debuted on an Allen & Ginter card in 2018.
2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Inside the Park – Redwood National Park
Protected and maintained by the California State Parks and the National Park Service, Redwood National Park is home to the world’s tallest trees – the redwood, obviously – but also features other natural wonders, from rivers to gorgeous coastline vistas. You’ll also be able to see wildlife ranging from seals to elk. The Redwood National Park was previously included in the 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter set.
2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Inside the Park – Death Valley National Park
This bone-dry desert, nestled between the snow-capped mountains of the Amagorsa Range to the east and the Panamint Range to the west, is home to some of the most extreme climes in North America, with summer temperatures topping 130 degrees Fahrenheit. But don’t let the name fool you; Death Valley is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. Death Valley National Park was previously featured in 2013 by Topps Allen & Ginter.
2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Inside the Park – Petrified Forest National Park
This archaeological treasure trove features petrified wood and jaw-dropping views of Arizona’s Painted Desert. Visitors can also take in displays featuring fossils over 200 million years old.
2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Inside the Park – Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes encompasses two of the world’s most active volcanoes – Kilauea and Mauna Loa – preserving some of the world’s most unique lands. This world heritage site and international biosphere reserve stretch from sea level to 13,681 feet.
2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Inside the Park – Badlands National Park
For more than 10,000 years, Native Americans lived and hunted on the land that would become Badlands National Park in 1978. Pinnacles, spires, buttes, canyons, and America’s largest undisturbed mixed-grass prairie decorate South Dakota’s dramatic Badlands landscape.
2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Inside the Park – Grand Canyon National Park
In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt called Arizona’s Grand Canyon “the one great sight which every American should see.” Since becoming a national monument, millions have visited the park each year, making it one of the world’s busiest tourist attractions.
2022 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Inside the Park – Acadia National Park
Maine’s Acadia National Park preserves the Atlantic Coast’s highest rocky headlands, featuring breathtaking views from historic carriage and motor roads and 158 miles of hiking trails. This abundance of natural New England splendor receives more than three million visitors annually.