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04-17-2013, 04:49 PM #1
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
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!
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.
Cards will be signed on card and be exclusive to the mini-box. #'d to 10. MINI-box ONLY
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!
A selection of current and retired pitchers that have thrown a no-hitter. NEW!
The top pitchers in baseball will be featured in all 4 suits: Heart, Club, Spade, and Diamond. NEW!
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!
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!
Hometown Currency Parallel
Relic cards featuring a U.S. State Quarter or foreign currency from where the player was born. #'d to 5. NEW!
Cards will have a BLUE paper frame Sequentially numbered. Silver Framed Parallel Sequentially numbered 1/1. Hobby Only NEW!
Printing plates of the base set. Hobby Only
MINI PARALLEL 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.
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)
(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.
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.
Base - 4/5
Design - 4.25/5
Fun - 3.5/5
Value - 3.5/5
Rebuy - 4/5
Total - 19.25/25 (77%)
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 = ?
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04-22-2013, 10:11 PM #2
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