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    SCF Official Review: 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

    First and foremost, I'd like to thank our sponsors at Topps for providing us with this box.



    24 packs per box
    10 card per pack
    1 10-mini card box loader pack
    Current Retail Price (online): $94.99 - $109.99

    PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

    AUTOGRAPHED CARDS

    Bat Barrels
    Featuring the name plate from the bat barrel #'d to 1. NEW!

    Mini Button Cards
    Mini relic card will include a button from the player's jersey #'d to 3 Exclusive to MINI BOX. NEW!

    Autograph Cards
    On-card autographs of veterans, rookies and retired stars. 2 per Hobby box

    Autographed Relic Cards
    Standard-sized on-card autographs featuring a game-used relic. Cards will be sequentially numbered to 25 or less.

    Dual Autographed Relic Cards
    Autograph cards featuring 2 autographs and 2 relic swatches. Cards will be sequentially numbered to 25 or less.

    Triple Autographed Relic Cards
    Autographed cards featuring 3 autographed stickers and 3 relic swatches. Cards will be sequentially numbered to 10 or less.

    Autographed Minis
    Cards will be signed on card and be exclusive to the mini-box. #'d to 10. MINI-box ONLY


    RELIC CARDS

    Relic Cards
    Game-used bats and game-worn jerseys of veterans and retired stars. 1 PER HOBBY box Black Parallel #'d to 25 (jumbo-size relic) NEW!

    Mini Relic Cards
    Game-used bats and game-worn jerseys of veterans and retired stars. Cards will be framed. 1 PER HOBBY box
    - Black Parallel #'d to 10. Both the card border and frame will be black, and certain uniform relics will be patches. NEW!

    Original Art Patch Cards
    Cards will be hand-painted original Gypsy Queen-style portraits, and will feature a game-used patch. Cards will be numbered 1/1. HOBBY ONLY

    Mini Autograph Relic Books
    One panel will include a relic, and the other will include an autograph sticker. #'d to 5. Exclusive to MINI box NEW!


    INSERT CARDS

    No-Hitters
    A selection of current and retired pitchers that have thrown a no-hitter. NEW!

    Dealing Aces
    The top pitchers in baseball will be featured in all 4 suits: Heart, Club, Spade, and Diamond. NEW!

    Sliding Stars

    Insert Card Printing Plates
    Printing Plates of each of the inserts. Hobby Only

    Collisions at the Plate
    Several of the most spectacular and memorable home-plate collisions NEW!

    Glove Stories

    Gypsy Kings
    This year, we will give collectors the opportunity to be featured in this year's insert. On the Topps Facebook page, collectors can enter to tell us why they deserve to be this year's Gypsy King and Gypsy Queen. We will select one Gypsy King and one Gypsy Queen to be featured with an autographed card in this year's product. Autographs #'d to 25. Hobby Only NEW!


    PARALLEL CARDS

    Hometown Currency Parallel
    Relic cards featuring a U.S. State Quarter or foreign currency from where the player was born. #'d to 5. NEW!

    Framed Parallel
    Cards will have a BLUE paper frame Sequentially numbered. Silver Framed Parallel Sequentially numbered 1/1. Hobby Only NEW!

    Printing Plates
    Printing plates of the base set. Hobby Only


    MINI PARALLEL CARDS

    Base Cards
    Original Gypsy Queen-sized version of the base set. 1 PER PACK.
    - Black Parallel #'d to 199
    - Green Parallel #'d to 99
    - Sepia-Tone Parallel #'d to 50.

    Mini-Box Variations
    Variations of 100 base card subjects with new images. Cards will only be found in the mini box! 10 PER BOX. Hobby ONLY

    Mini Printing Plates
    Framed printing plates of the base minis and the mini-box variations. Hobby ONLY

    Wood Minis #'d to 5

    Leather Minis #'d 1 of 1

    Mini Boxes Includes 10 exclusive cards 1 Per Hobby Box .


    BASE CARDS (350)

    Base Cards
    (300 subjects): Veterans, rookies and retired players.

    Short Printed Base Cards
    (50 subjects) 1:4. Additional subjects from the first 300.

    Base Card Variations
    Shares a card number with one of the 350 base subjects.

    WHAT WE PULLED



    Base - 193/350 (55%), including 6 Short Prints



    Gypsy Queen has surfaced again for another year. The base set comprises of 350 cards, 50 of which are short prints. Short Prints should fall 1:4 packs. Be on the lookout for photo variation short prints. There are 25 subjects with these and they are much harder to find, 1:465 packs. While I do enjoy the look and appeal of the product, I still feel there are too many throwback products on the market. In many ways, this is like Allen & Ginter (which will release in the summer). This may be why collectors do not flock to Gypsy Queen as A&G is a much more preferred product. Would like to note that the box actually came with 25 packs, instead of 24.

    Base Minis (22)
    Base SP Minis (10) - From Box Loader
    Black Minis /199 (2) - Brandon Belt, Jake Peavy
    Green Minis /99 (1) - Troy Tulowitzki



    Each pack will yield a mini card of some kind. There are various parallel levels, including framed versions and 1/1s. In addition, each box comes with a box loader of 10 SP Mini Variations. There are 100 subjects overall, so theoretically, you are looking at a full case in order to possibly complete the set of SPs. Outside of the different photos, it looks like the variations are a tad different in color as they appear grey around the border instead of white.

    Framed Blue /499 (1) - Derek Holland
    Dealing Aces (6)



    There are regular sized parallels available for the base cards. Two levels of framed borders (Blue /499 and Silver /1) can be found in packs. In addition, there are Printing Plates and Hometown Currency cards. Hometown Currency features the player and a US State Quarter or a piece of foreign currency matching where the player is from. There are five chase sets, which are discussed more into detail below.

    Collisions (3)
    Sliding Stars (4)
    Glove Stories (5)
    No Hitters (7)




    There are five distinct insert sets, some are a continuation from previous years as others are new additions. Collisions feature catchers and their prowess around the plate with their ability to handle themselves with base runners coming their way. Dealing Aces and No Hitters are all about pitchers. Dealing Aces center on the stars of today while No Hitters recaps some the No-Nos over the past few years. Glove Stories highlight amazing plays on the field and Sliding Stars focuses on the players past and present who have helped out their teams with heads up running. On average, you should see one of these inserts in every pack. Instead of mini versions of the cards, it appears Topps has decided to go the Printing Plate route with each card. Oversaturation?

    Brett Jackson Autograph



    Yasmani Grandal Autograph



    Adam Jones Mini Jersey



    Carlos Santana Jersey



    On average, boxes will yield 2 autographs and 2 relics. A huge plus that I see on the regular autographs is that they are signed on-card. Can only imagine how awful they would look with stickers. Not only can you find these "hits" in packs, some are inserted into the 10-card mini box loader. You can find autographs and mini-booklet featuring a relic and auto. Other items to find include things such as buttons from uniforms and name plates from bat barrels.

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    Base - 4/5
    Design - 4.25/5
    Fun - 3.5/5
    Value - 3.5/5
    Rebuy - 4/5

    Total - 19.25/25 (77%)

    NPN Information:

    NPN 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen BB
    PO Box 2036
    Duryea, PA 18642

    Limit 1 Request per household

    Postmarked By: 7/17/13
    Received By: 7/24/13

    Canada Skills: 8 x 8 + 8 -14 = ?

    Once again, I'd like to thank our wonderful sponsors at Topps for giving us the opportunity to open and review this release. For more information on all of their products, you can visit them today at www.topps.com.

    If interested in any of the base or inserts, they are available for request. Please PM me with the card or cards of interest. Cards will remain available for 30 days from the time this review is posted. As always, only VIP members may make requests for the first 48 hours.
    Hidden Content - Receive your choice of 2,000 card cash or a random free card from the SCF CC Store (your team/sport of choice) when you buy a box (prize boxes not included).
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    Hidden Content - 120/140 (85.7%), Hidden Content - 103/271 (38.0%)

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    If you pulled cards 14, 62, 87, 92, 111, 114, 162, 181, 187, 189, 198, 204, 208, 215, 248, 251, 288, 295, 302, 305, 310, 318, 331, 334, 346, or 350 I need those for my set

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