Completed insert set – 2011 Gypsy Queen Great Ones

25 12 2011

Merry Christmas to everyone!

The third and final “standard” baseball insert sets I’ve completed from 2011 Gypsy Queen is the Great Ones set.  I’m still working on the actual Gypsies insert set and have just a little to go on the base set, too.

Info about the set:

Set description: “Honoring 30 legends who have led the league in a statistical category”.  Another fairly broad description, but I still like what they’re doing by giving the set some parameters.  The cards have a maroon border with some fancy siding.  The Gypsy Queen script is at the top, with a banner with “Great Ones” just below that.

Set composition: 30 cards, 1:4 odds (2011 Gypsy Queen)

Hall of Famers: 26. Everyone but Thurman Munson is enshrined in Cooperstown.

Also, the last 3 cards feature players on their second card in the set, but with a different team from the earlier card – Babe Ruth (Yankees), Frank Robinson (Reds), Nolan Ryan (Rangers).

How I put the set together:

  • 8 cards from 2 wax boxes
  • 2 cards from retail looseys
  • 2 cards from a retail value pack
  • 11 cards from trades
  • 5 cards from Sportlots
  • 2 cards from COMC

Thoughts on the set:  I like what Topps did with their 3 regular insert sets.  This one is a full retired players set, Home Run Heroes was mixed, and Future Stars was all current players.  This is the middle one as far as my favorite.  I like that they gave it parameters – but I don’t like that they put 2 cards of players in the set.

Card that completed my set: #GO21 – Thurman Munson

One of 2 cards (the other being the Mick) that I got from Check Out My Cards in the beginning of December.

Highest book value: #GO15 – Mickey Mantle

Same answer as the Home Run Heroes sets.  When it comes to Beckett book value – the Mick is king.

Best card (my opinion): #GO10 – Jimmie Foxx

Double-X with an old school catcher’s mitt.  I’d have never known it, but Foxx did play over 100 games at catcher in his career.

This narrowly beats out the Mantle card.  The photo for the Mantle(well, for Gypsy Queen – the painting), is actually the same as an early 90’s card from Score of the Commerce Comet.  The shot is clearly set up – hard to tell in the GQ card, but for the Score card, it’s easy to tell it’s not during a game.  Either way, the flying dirt looks great.

My Favorite Reds card: #GO12 – Johnny Bench

This beats out the Frank Robinson for a couple of reasons.  It’s his first card, and like I said, I don’t like having multiple cards of the same player in a 30-card insert set.  Plus, the Bench photo is just cooler – and the Robinson photo is the same one as his Reds base set card.

Here’s the league-leading statistic each player is selected for:

  • GO1 – Andre Dawson: 189 Hits in 1983
  • GO2 – Babe Ruth: 1.75 ERA in 1916
  • GO3 – Bob Gibson: 13 Shut Outs and 1.12 ERA in 1968
  • GO4 – Brooks Robinson: 118 RBI in 1964
  • GO5 – Christy Mathewson: 37 Wins in 1908
  • GO6 – Frank Robinson: 122 RBI in 1966
  • GO7 – George Sisler: 51 SB and .420 AVG in 1922
  • GO8 – Jackie Robinson: .342 AVG in 1949
  • GO9 – Jim Palmer: 22 Wins in 1976
  • GO10 – Jimmie Foxx: .749 SLG in 1932
  • GO11 – Johnny Mize: 39 Doubles in 1941
  • GO12 – Johnny Bench: 129 RBI in 1974
  • GO13 – Lou Gehrig: .363 AVG in 1934
  • GO14 – Mel Ott: 135 RBI in 1934
  • GO15 – Mickey Mantle: 130 RBI in 1956
  • GO16 – Nolan Ryan: 1.69 ERA in 1981
  • GO17 – Pee Wee Reese: 30 SB in 1950
  • GO18 – Robin Yount: 11 Triples in 1988
  • GO19 – Rogers Hornsby: 250 Hits and 42 HR in 1922
  • GO20 – Rollie Fingers: 28 Saves in 1981
  • GO21 – Thurman Munson: 151 Singles in 1975
  • GO22 – Tom Seaver: 18 CG and 2.08 ERA in 1973
  • GO23 – Tris Speaker: 193 Hits, 46 Doubles and 287 TB in 1914
  • GO24 – Ty Cobb: 83 SB in 1911
  • GO25 – Walter Johnson: 313 K in 1910 and 303 K in 1912
  • GO26 – Honus Wagner: .423 OBP in 1904
  • GO27 – Cy Young: 1.62 ERA in 1901
  • GO28 – Babe Ruth: .732 SLG in 1930
  • GO29 – Frank Robinson: 134 Runs in 1962
  • GO30 – Nolan Ryan: 1.006 WHIP in 1991 (at age 44)



3 responses

25 12 2011
the sewingmachineguy

That’s a great looking set. I like that over a third of it was ‘pack-pulled’.

26 12 2011
Play at the Plate

That Bench card is nice, but I really like the Munson. Congrats on finishing it!

26 12 2011

The Munson is great, too – in fact, most of the cards in this set are all great cards. I’m glad they’re bringing Gypsy Queen back next year.

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