One of the big things from 2011 Topps Heritage was all the variations; this paid homage to the 1962 set. The Gypsy Queen set has a similar throwback. There are around 115 players known to be featured in the 1887 Gypsy Queen (N175) set, but there are around 150 known cards. This is because a number of the players – particularly the stars of the day, are shown in different poses.
Topps did a similar tribute to this – they paid homage to those pose variations from the original Gypsy Queen via their mini set. This is a hobby-only offering, coming in the 10-card mini pack that comes per each hobby box. The first 100 mini cards have pose variation – these cards come 1 per the 10-card mini pack.
Here’s some of the pose variations from the 1887 Gypsy Queen set. 363-game winner Pud Galvin actually has 4 cards from the set – here are 3 of them
Hall-of-famer and Brotherhood leader John Montgomery Ward had two variations as well, one of him fielding, another of him sliding into a base.
The New York players definitely tended to have more of these – which isn’t surprising. Today’s baseball card manufacturers tend to have a bias toward teams from Gotham City.
Buck Ewing was another New York player with a couple of variations.
Here are a couple of the photo variations from this year’s Gypsy Queen set put out by Topps. I pulled an Aroldis and a David Ortiz from the two boxes I opened – I traded the Ortiz for a variant of Scott Rolen.