2006 Allen & GinterThis set was the weakest in terms of non-sport cards within the Master Set. There were the usual non-sport cards within the base set, which mainly focused around U.S. Presidents and a few notorious figures such as this cool card of outlaw Billy the Kid.
2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Billy The Kid
2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Vladimir Guerrero Postcards Front
2007 Allen & Ginter
This was the first year that the Ginter set took on it's current look in terms of non-sports cards. The 2007 Allen & Ginter set featured three such insert sets: Snakes, Flags, and Roman Emperors. There is a very good original Ginter feel to these three sets. The snakes set is pretty cool, but I really like the Flags and Roman Emperors sets.
2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Flags Columbia
All three insert sets are featured on the miniature card format with the Flag set being the largest at 50 cards. The original Ginter sets had flag cards, so this is a good attempt by Topps to recreate the original feel of the cards. The subsequent Ginter sets also had flag cards, but they often tied into baseball, such as the 2008 State Flags set which featured players and the flags of their home states. The set has more of a feel like the Bowman International cards....
2008 Topps Allen & Ginter State Flags Ryan Zimmerman North Cacilacky
The Roman Emporers set was also good in the 2007 set with a grand total of 10 cards. Collectors can get a miniature sized history lesson on the lengthy history of the Roman Empire by putting together this set and reading through the snippets on the backs of the cards.
2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Roman Emperors Titus
2008 Allen & Ginter
The 2008 Ginter set picked up right where the 2007 set started and offered collectors more cool non-sport cards. There were once again three primary non-sport inserts, all minis, in the 2008 release with Topps offering World Leaders, Deadliest Sharks, and World Icons. My favorite two were the World Leaders and the Deadliest Sharks. Again, the World's Leaders set was a large insert set of 50 which made a little bit more challenging to assemble.
2008 Topps Allen & Ginter World Leaders Nguyen Tan Dung
My other favorite from the 2008 release was the Deadliest Sharks set which only featured five cards. The cards aren't really hard to find, but I really enjoy the set. Not sure why, just so.
2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Deadliest Sharks Oceanic Whitetip Shark
The 2008 set also featured the Pioneers of Aviation set, but I have never added any cards from that set and never pulled any out of packs. They are really cheap on Ebay and it appears that there are only five cards in the set.
2009 Allen & Ginter
My two favorites from the 2009 Ginter set were the National Heroes set and the World's Biggest Hoaxes set. The National Heroes set, again, had the feel of the some of the original Ginter cards from the late 1800s.
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter National Heroes Rigas Feraios
The hoaxes set though is really cool. Lots of cool cards in this little set with a shout out to Enron, DB Cooper, and Cold Fusion.
2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Biggest Hoaxes Cold Fusion
Was this card based on the plot of a Val Kilmer movie? Roger Moore was way better in this role...