These 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Cards Will Grow on You


One of the mini card inserts in 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball taps into the distant past of the line — the roots if you will. Over a century ago, Allen & Ginter tobacco cards covered a little bit of this and a whole lot of that. Sure, there were baseball players and other athletes, but many Allen & Ginter sets ventured out into nature and history as well.

Fast forward to 2019 and the revived Allen & Ginter sets itself apart by going beyond baseball and sports. In fact, the natural world inhabits several parts of the set’s checklist. There are dogs, baby animals, worldly waterfalls and even plants.

In Bloom is a set of 25 mini cards that focus on flowers frequently found in flourishing gardens. Roses, tulips, marigolds and even Johnny Jump-ups are all included on checklist.

And while the colorful cards are beautiful in their own right, things get a lot more interesting when you get the six Plant Me variations.


These cards have seeds inside them. But it’s not behind a plastic display window like some memorabilia cards or some Allen & Ginter magic bean cards (yes, there’s one of those). The seeds are actually part of the card.

How the 2019 Allen & Ginter In Bloom Plant Me Variations Work

Thanks to the magic of science, you could conceivably plant these in a pot and get yourself some actual flowers.

2019 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball In Bloom Plant Me Variation Black Eyed Susan

Printed on biodegradable stock, the In Bloom “Plant Me” cards will quickly break down when buried in soil, watered and given proper sunlight. The seeds become sprouts, and sprouts become flowers.

2019 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball In Bloom Plant Me Black Eyed Susan Reverse

Kind of strange coming from a baseball card, but kind of cool as well.

This isn’t the first time Allen & Ginter has included plantable cards. 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Flora of the World took a similar approach of seeds in cards. This set has five cards with one landing every 1:144 packs.

As for the 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter In Bloom “Plant Me” Variations, it’s unlikely many will ever find their way into a dirt comforter. The reason being they’re so tough to pull. They fall 1:2,327 hobby packs, which is roughly 1:100 boxes.

2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball In Bloom Plant Me Variations Checklist

If you’re looking for Plant Me cards, here’s a list of what’s currently available on eBay.

IBPM-BES Black-Eyed Susan
IBPM-MH Mexican Hat
IBPM-OP Oriental Poppy
IBPM-SA Sweet Alyssum
IBPM-SP Shirley Poppy
IBPM-SS Spurred Snapdragon


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Wally 17 July, 2019 at 23:16

    Can’t imagine what the 2018 crypto’s go for. Genius move by AG to not release in 2019.

  2. fred 18 July, 2019 at 11:17

    My general take on the Allen & Ginter brand is, well, there was a reason these types of checklists including random non-baseball and non-sports cards died out in the early 20th century. Nobody cared to collect this stuff. It’s amazing Topps has revived it for 13 years running with checklists dotted with random celebrities, objects, historical figures, and other random flotsam. It’s telling that Topps busies itself with this stuff instead of providing sets that include full rosters of players (pitcher turned author Dirk Hayhurst got 0 cards for his 25 games pitched for the Padres and Blue Jays in 2008-2009, his only major league release was in the 2011 Allen & Ginter set as an author, and no, this year’s topps total release doesn’t count due to its prohibitive cost), and since all of these mini screwball sets are short-printed, they carry high book values, however I can pick up piles of them at card shows for almost nothing because there’s no actual demand for them. While the brand has had its finer points, like the full color Ascent of Man set in 2011, the endless parade of inventors, biblical figures, sailors of the seven seas, and world’s dudes? only appeals to fans of history and minutiae. Rip cards and seeds, pieces of fossils, etc. is sheer madness. I frankly won’t miss this product when it’s gone.

  3. Ryan Pace 8 January, 2021 at 09:35

    For every fred there is a person like me. I love Ginter and all it’s wackiness. If you don’t like Ginter than you have no appreciation for the history of sports cards in general.

    It’s telling that Topps busies themselves with it because it sells out every year.

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