Completed insert set – 2011 Allen & Ginter Floating Fortresses

16 07 2012

After posting about a few mini inserts from 2011 Allen & Ginter.  I’ve finished off 2 more regular size insert sets – this is the first one.  Another that doesn’t have anything to do with sports.

Info about the set:

Set description: “A flotilla of maritime history, from Henry VIII’s majestic Mary Rose to today’s mammoth Sovereign of the Seas.”  The set has a white border with a rope designed as the frame.  A picture of the ship is shown in the middle, and it tends to look quite a bit like the Wikipedia picture for the ship.

I’m not sure where they were going with the today comment – the Sovereign of the Seas was from the 17th century, and the most recent ship in this set is from the early 1900’s.

Set composition: 20 cards, 1:8 odds (2011 Allen & Ginter’s)

Hall of Famers: None as it’s not a sports set.

How I put the set together:

  • 6 cards from 2 hobby boxes
  • 4 cards from trades
  • 2 cards from a card show
  • 4 cards from eBay
  • 4 cards from Sportlots

Thoughts on the set:  Another set that I’d say I’m “so-so”.  The concept of it isn’t bad, but there sure are a lot of ships they didn’t use.  There are no World War II vessels, no ships from the 16th century Spanish Armada (or Spain at all for that matter).  They could have had some fun with this.  A couple of mythical ships could have been thrown in – the Flying Dutchman, Noah’s Arc, Argo from Jason and the Argonauts, or Hringhorni from Norse mythology.

Card that completed my set: FF9 – USS Merrimack.

I got this card from a Sportlots purchase in June.

Highest book value: They all book for the same

Best card (my opinion): #FF4 – HMS Indefatigable

Cool looking ship, and the background Topps put with the moon looks really cool.  I also like FF1 – HMS Victory, because it looks like the British ship from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Like most Ginter sets – this is another one of those different kinds of sets.  I was curious as to how the breakdown of these ships went.

British (10)

  • FF1 – HMS Victory (Launched 1737, sunk in 1744 in Solent – the straight between mainland England and the Isle of Wright.  Found in the English Channel in 2009, plans to be raised in the future)
  • FF2 – Mary Rose.  (Launched 1511 for England, sunk in 1545 in the English Channel.  Found in 1971, raised in 1982.  Turned into a museum in Portsmouth, England)
  • FF3 – Henry Grace a Dieu.  (Launched 1514 for England, fate unknown)
  • FF4 – Great Michael.  (Launched 1511 for Scotland, fate unknown)
  • FF5 – Sovereign of the Seas.  (Launched 1637 for England, burned in 1697)
  • FF6 – HMS indefatigable.  (Launched 1784, decommissioned and broken up in 1816)
  • FF13 – HMS Warrior.  (Launched 1860, taken out of use in 1923. Turned into a museum in Hartlepool, England)
  • FF16 – HMS Dreadnought.  (Launched 1906, scrapped in 1921)
  • FF18 – HMS Devastation.  (Launched 1871, scrapped 1908)
  • FF19 – HMS Revenge.  (Launched 1915, scrapped 1948)

Ottoman (1)

  • FF7 – Mahmudiye.  (Launched 1829, decommissioned and broken up in 1874)
French (4)
  • FF8 – Le Napoleon.  (Launched 1850, struck in 1876)
  • FF11 – Lave.  (Launched 1855, scrapped in 1873)
  • FF12 – La Gloire.  (Launched 1859, scrapped in 1883)
  • FF14 – Solferino.  (Launched 1859, struck in 1882)
United States (5)
  • FF9 – USS Merrimack.  (Launched 1855, burned in 1861 in Norfolk, VA.  Hull was used as the base for the Confederates’ CSS Virginia, which was scuttled the next year in Norfolk)
  • FF10 – USS Monitor.  (Launched 1862, lost at sea in December 1962.  Found in 1973, never raised, portions of the ship on display in Newport News, VA)
  • FF15 – USS Cairo.  (Launched 1861, sunk in Haines Bluff, MS.  Found in 1959, raised in 1964, on display in Vicksburg, MS)
  • FF17 – USS Texas.  (Launched 1892, sunk in shallow waters in 1908 as a target ship, demolished in Tangler, VA in 1959)
  • FF20 – USS Pennsylvania.  (Launched 1916, struck 1948)



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25 08 2014
Completed insert set – 2012 Goodwin Military Machines | Lifetime Topps project

[…] tidbits: There is only one ship that’s in both this set and the 2011 Allen & Ginter Floating Fortresses set.  I figured there would be more than that, but this set is only US (or Confederate) military. […]

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