Completed factory insert set – 2011 Allen & Ginter Glossy Rookies

21 02 2016

This is a set that was factory exclusive to 2011 Ginter.  I didn’t buy the factory set, so I had to get each of these cards through individual purchases.

Info about the set:

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Set description:  In October 2011, Topps announced it was issuing a glossy factory set of Allen & Ginter cards.  There were 999 sets produced.  There were 10 bonus cards (also glossy) issued that were an extra for purchasing the factory set.  The cards contain 8 promising rookies from the 2011 season in the same design as the 2011 Ginter set, a card of the newly married Prince William and Duchess Kate, and a card honoring the Navy Seals who were about to have the 50th anniversary of their creation.

Set composition:  10 cards, in glossy factory sets (2011 Allen & Ginter’s)

Hall of Famers:  None – the set is all current players

How I put the set together:

  • 7 cards from COMC
  • 2 cards from Beckett Marketplace
  • 1 card from Sportlots

Card that completed my set:  #AGS5 – Anthony Rizzo

2011 Allen Ginter Glossy Rizzo final card

Rizzo in a Padres uniform just doesn’t look right.  I got this card from Sportlots last month.  It took forever to find for a reasonable price.

Thoughts on the set:   Issuing the glossy factory set felt like a money grab at the time, but it is an impressive checklist to add to the Ginter product.  Unfortunately, 2011 was one of my least favorite designs for Ginter.

Best card (my opinion):  #AGS1 – Eric Hosmer

2011 Ginter Glossy Exclusives Hosmer

I like the Hosmer card just a bit more than the Dee Gordon.

My Favorite Reds card:  There are none.

Here’s the scan of the full set:

2011 Ginter Glossy Exclusives Hosmer

2011 Ginter Glossy Exclusives complete

Any other tidbits:  5 of the rookies (Moustakis, Gordon, Rizzo, Blackmon and Crawford) have made the All-Star game since their 2011 rookie season.  And that doesn’t include Hosmer who may be the best player of the group.


  • AGS1 – Eric Hosmer
  • AGS2 – Dustin Ackley
  • AGS3 – Mike Moustakis
  • AGS4 – Dee Gordon
  • AGS5 – Anthony Rizzo
  • AGS6 – Charlie Blackmon
  • AGS7 – Brandon Crawford
  • AGS8 – Juan Nicasio
  • AGS9 – The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge
  • AGS10 – U.S. Navy Seals



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