On to my second box of 2012 Gypsy Queen. I did a little better with this box, but no crazy kind of pull to write home about. I again got about 15 cards that were damaged – always the back card from the pack. I looked up what to do, and Topps says you can send in up to 25 cards at a time. I’m going to do that, and just pitch about 5 cards because I don’t care enough to pay the $2 shipping another time to get it to them. Out of the damaged cards, only 4 would have been singles between the two boxes – I’ll send in those cards and some of the “better” players out of the rest. Stay tuned on that front…
First up, here are the variations from this box:
And here are the rarer minis I got. The last 3 are photo variations.
Here’s some of the inserts. I did get a few doubles from the earlier box. If you were wondering – the Jackson refers to his shot in the All-Star game at Tiger Stadium. I figured it could have been that one or the 3rd home run in the ’77 World Series – either would be appropriate to call a “Moonshot”. I think they got the correct homer out of the two, but it would have been nice if they matched the picture up. He hit the All-Star home run while with the A’s, not the Yankees. I also got 2 Framed Paper cards in this box, after getting only 1 in the first box.
I also got a “Gypsy King” card – which means I hit the odds spot on for my 2 boxes (1:48). This is card #2. I’ve mentioned this before – I don’t mind these as much as some other folks have said they do. I like this one better than last year Gypsy Queens, because at least it’s related to baseball!
And finally, here’s the relics. These were comparable to the last box – maybe a little better. Two pretty good names. Interesting – Rivera is on the box cover for Gypsy, while Longoria is on the box cover for Heritage this year.
And here’s the autographs. This was also better than the last box. Jordan Zimmerman isn’t a big name, but he is a bigger name than what I pulled in box #1. And the other is a redemption – but it’s for a Cano, so I can’t complain there either!
My base set collation between the two boxes was… OK. Not great, but not horrible. I’m 43 cards short of the set, with 4 singles damaged (so I should have been 39 cards short). That’s about 80 doubles when I count all cards from the two boxes. I honestly can’t complain with that, but it’s nothing like what I saw with Heritage! But – it’s worth noting that none of the boxes had duplicates individually.
I like the product for its design and the whole idea of it. I kind of liked last year’s design better. I won’t be collecting the photo variations SP’s this year. I actually liked collecting the SP’s last year – at 50 with 1:4 odds, it was a doable challenge. But, at the same time, it’s probably good for the budget that my collection for this set will be finished pretty early.
Overall, I still like this product a lot. I’m glad they didn’t screw up the hits per box like they did last year. In the second year of a product that had a great initial year, it’s easy to have a let down. I think overall, it’s got some areas where ’12 Gypsy is stronger than last year’s, and some where ’11 was stronger.
I’ll note one other thing I thought of last year – PUT IN SOME KIND OF TRIBUTE TO THE ORIGINAL SET 😉 I really think it would do well for the product!!!!
Collecting the Gypsy Queen set in 1887
For my Topps Heritage box break, I did a little blurb on what it would take to collect the actual 1963 Topps set through boxes. Doing so in 1887 for Gypsy Queen would have been particularly challenging! First, you’d need to buy a lot of cigarette packs! I don’t smoke, so I guess I’d just be doing this for the cards. I have a coworker who smokes a pack a day, so maybe I would have cut her some kind of deal. I’m not sure where Gypsy Queen was distributed, but I’m sure the east coast was a safe bet. It doesn’t appear that they created any type of checklist – and card collecting was in its infancy. As most of the Gypsy Queen cards were the same photos as Goodwin & Co’s much larger “Old Judge” set – it’s tough to know now if their even was a way to know which cards were printed as Gypsy Queen cards.
“Suffice it to say” #1 – it would have been very difficult to collect the Gypsy Queen! There were probably more cards produced than the world today knows of.
“Suffice it to say” #2 – I do think it could have been done – what’s more likely is that card collecting was in its infancy and people just thought having a card of John Montgomery Ward was cool – they didn’t think – I should really collect the 149 others! “Suffice it to say” #3 – if anyone had done so, their descendant could make a killing today!
Back to my 2nd 2012 Gypsy Queen Box
Below are the “stats” for the box.
24 packs per box * 10 cards per pack + 10 card mini-pack – 1 card because of one of the relics = 249 cards
182 of the 300 card base set (61% set completion)
6 Photo Variations
19 Minis (10 regular, 7 photo variation, 2 SP)
15 Minis Parallels (4 Gypsy Queen back, 4 Straight Cut Back, 2 Black Border, 1 Green Border, 1 Sepia Tone, 3 Mini Inserts)
2 Framed Paper Blue
8 Sliding Stars, 8 Moon Shots, 4 Glove Stories
1 Gypsy King
1 Relic – (Longoria), 1 Framed Mini Relic (Rivera)
2 Autographs (Cano Redemption, Zimmerman)
Including the first box:
261 / 300 of the base cards (87%)
**For comparison purposes, I only had 235 / 300 last year!