Completed insert set – 2011 Allen & Ginter Minds that Made the Future

20 02 2016

This is the 4th full-size insert I’ve completed from A&G.  Like most of those insert sets, it’s one that doesn’t have anything to do with sports.

Info about the set:

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Set description:  “Honoring the biggest brains in history!  Archimedes, Kepler, Mendel, Volta, Lavoisier, etc.”  The set has a gear as a frame containing a picture of the brilliant mind.  A picture of the individual’s invention is in a circular frame just below that.  The back has a write-up about the famous person’s influence on the world.

Set composition:  40 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
  • 8 cards from trades
  • 18 cards from Sportlots
  • 5 cards from COMC
  • 3 cards from Beckett Marketplace

Card that completed my set:  MMF24 – Nikola Tesla.

2011 Ginter Minds made Future Tesla

I got this card from Sportlots last month after buying a bunch of cards when COMC had its Black Friday sale.  Tesla is one of my favorite cards of the set.  Tesla was a significant contributor to the science surrounding electricity and magnetism.  Plus, he’s the naming inspiration for an American automobile company, and an 80’s heavy metal band (who I saw live a few years ago).

Thoughts on the set:  It’s an interesting set, and I liked reading through the write-ups of so many brilliant minds.  There’s so many cards that it was really hard to put together.  I always like to learn something from these Ginter sets, and having 40 cards does make it so you get to read quite a lot!  But 40 is a lot to put together – which is why it took me over 3 years!

I would have also added a few more recent people.  Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee, John Nash and Ralph Baer are just a few that seem to be missing.

Best card (my opinion):  #MMF40 – Ben Franklin

2011 Ginter Minds made Future Ben Franklin

Tough to top the most famous inventor in American history!  He has the final card in the set.

Any other tidbits:  This set is all about history, like so many Ginter sets.  There was another 2011 set – from Goodwin Champions – called “Citizens”.  I thought there would be a few guys in both sets, but Louis Pasteur is the only guy in both sets.  Alfred Nobel is in that set, but surprisingly is not in this Allen & Ginter insert set.

2011 Ginter Goodwin MMF Citizens Pasteur

I also think Plato and Socrates could have been included.


  • MMF1 – Leonardo Da Vinci
  • MMF2 – Alexander Graham Bell
  • MMF3 – Eli Whitney
  • MMF4 – Nicolaus Copernicus
  • MMF5 – Johannes Gutenberg
  • MMF6 – George Washington Carver
  • MMF7 – Samuel Morse
  • MMF8 – Granville Woods
  • MMF9 – Elisha Otis
  • MMF10 – Alessandro Volta
  • MMF11 – Tycho Brahe
  • MMF12 – Gregor Mendel
  • MMF13 – Carl Linnaeus
  • MMF14 – Johannes Kepler
  • MMF15 – Isaac Newton
  • MMF16 – Marie Curie
  • MMF17 – Carl Friedrich Gauss
  • MMF18 – Sigmund Freud
  • MMF19 – Bernhard Riemann
  • MMF20 – Leonhard Euler
  • MMF21 – Robert Fulton
  • MMF22 – Ada Lovelace
  • MMF23 – Florence Nightingale
  • MMF24 – Nikola Tesla
  • MMF25 – Galileo Galilei
  • MMF26 – Charles Darwin
  • MMF27 – Louis Pasteur
  • MMF28 – Guglielmo Marconi
  • MMF29 – Antoine Lavoisier
  • MMF30 – Michael Faraday
  • MMF31 – Dmitri Mendeleev
  • MMF32 – Robert Koch
  • MMF33 – Euclid
  • MMF34 – Archimedes
  • MMF35 – Jagadish Chandra Bose
  • MMF36 – Aristotle
  • MMF37 – John Deere
  • MMF38 – George Eastman
  • MMF39 – Samuel Colt
  • MMF40 – Benjamin Franklin



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