Wednesday, April 24, 2013

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Trading Cards Box Break Recap And Review

Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Cards, which is based on the 1887 N174 release, is now in its third year.  While this is still a set the builders look forward to putting together, some of the luster is gone compared to the first two releases.  But on the plus side Topps has kept the multiple levels of commitment for set builders and made the photo variations much easier to spot.

Gypsy Queen falls under our classification of trading cards.  You can find it in retails and hobby form with Hobby Boxes containing 24 – 10 card packs with a box topper of 10 minis and 2 relic and 2 autograph cards.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

Base Set
Jackie Robinson, front and back
Carlos Beltran, George Brett, Tony Gwynn
Catfish Hunter, Dustin Pedroia, David Wright
Mat Cain, Felix Hernandez, Larry Doby
Harmon Killebrew, Duke Snider, Willie Mays
Jose Reyes. Mike Minor, Starlin Castro
Chris Sale, Corey Hart, Mariano Rivera
Andrew McCutchen, Lou Gehrig, Hank Aaron
Doc Gooden, Bryce Harper, Mike Olt
Eric Hosmer, Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Altuve
Willie Stargell, Justin Verlander, Matt Kemp
Carlos Gonzalez, Ernie Banks, Clayton Kershaw
Matt Moore, Alex Gordon, Monte Irvin
Cal Ripkin Jr., Josh Hamilton, Rickey Henderson

Jim Abbot, front and back
Adrian Beltre, Ian Zimmermann

Box Topper 10 pack of minis

Albert Pujols, front and back
Manny Machado, Prince Fielder, Rickey Henderson
Will Clark, Yoenis Cespedes, Bob Gibson
Giancarlo Stanton, Dustin Pedroia, Cole Hammels

Black Mini Parallels #/199
Michael Brantley, front and back, Warren Spahn

Green Mini Parallel #/99
Mark Buehrle, front and back


Glove Stories
Travis Snider, Mike Trout, Coco Crisp

Collisions at the Plate
Gary Carter, Carlos Ruiz

Nolan Ryan, Bob Feller, Johan Santana

Sliding Stars
Joe Morgan, Adam Jones

Dealing Aces
Stephen Strasburg, Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez

Paper Framed
Jon Niese #/499

The Hits

Alex Gordon Base, Yonder Alonso Mini Framed

Todd Frazier Auto, A.J. Ramos Auto

Overall Look
This year’s look gets back closer to the original release of Gypsy Queen.  Some of the photo manipulation is a little heavy handed this time around and the reuse of certain photos, even from prior years, is abundantly clear.  The absence of stats on the back is normally an issue for me, but feels appropriate for this release.  The autographs are some of the most attractive out there and anything framed in this set works well.

Quality and Variety of Players and Subsets.
This is a good mixture of the past and the present with the big names of yesterday, today and the future all represented very well.

Do the hits hold up?
On Card autos that are look fantastic with a shot at some big names.   The inclusion of button relics and coin cards adds value too.

Will you want to collect them all?
Yes.  This is a fun set to build and offers collectors a variety of options to sink their teeth into.

4 out of 5

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball is a nice release for set builders.  

Review box provided by Topps

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