Completed insert set – 2012 Gypsy Queen Classic Stadium Seats

9 08 2012

I’m continuing on with posts of some of the sets & insert sets that I’ve finished over the past few months.  The next one is the first relic set I’ve ever completed.  This year’s Gypsy Queen offering had a 5 card set of relics from some old-time ballparks – Gypsy Queen Stadium Seats.

Info about the set:

Set description: Framed minis with relics of the seats from 5 classic ballparks.

Set composition: 5 cards, 1:2,125 odds – #/100 (2012 Gypsy Queen)

Hall of Famers: N/A – no players in the set.

How I put the set together:

  • 5 cards purchased from eBay

Thoughts on the set:  I would normally never go after a full set of relics, but classic stadiums are my sweet spot.  Since these are framed minis with relics, the pictures are pretty small, but overall this is a very cool set.

Card that completed my set: #MS-WF – Wrigley Field

Highest book value: #MS-WF – Wrigley Field

Best card (my opinion): #MS-WF – Wrigley Field

The best and most expensive card was the hardest one for me to pin down.  I got it on eBay in early July for about half of what Beckett says it’s worth.

My Favorite Reds card:  There are none.

  • MS-SP Sportsman’s Park.  Baseball was first played on the St. Louis site in the 1860’s, while the first grandstand was built in 1881.  A newer grandstands was built and the diamond moved to a different spot 1902, while the final location of the park’s grandstand was opened in April 1909.  The American League Browns were the original tenants, and played their entire stint in St. Louis (1902-1953) there, though the site is more commonly known for hosting the Cardinals.  After Anheuser-Busch bought the team in 1953, the park was controversially renamed Busch Stadium.  The Park also hosted the NFL’s Cardinals from 1960-1965.  It shut down in 1966 when the city built a new Busch Stadium.  The most memorable season for this park had to have been 1944 – when it hosted all 6 games of the World Series, as the Cardinals beat their crosstown rival in the Browns’ only AL pennant while in St. Louis.  The Cardinals won 10 pennants while there; 7 of those ended in World Series titles for the franchise.

  • MS-SHP Shibe Park.  Renamed Connie Mack Stadium for the last 20+ years of its existence, it opened on April 12, 1909 in Philadelphia.  The A’s played there from its opening until they left for Kansas City in 1954.  The Phillies also played there from 1938-1970.  On top of that, the NFL’s Eagles played there in the 1940’s and 50’s.  The A’s won 7 pennants and 5 World Series while there.  The Phillies were not so lucky – they never won a World Series while there, though their 1950 pennant allowed the ballpark to host its last World Series.  Shibe Park also hosted the 1948 NFL Championship Game in 1948 – which ended in a 7-0 win and a title for the Eagles.

  • MS-TS – Tiger Stadium.  Navin Field was opened in on the corner of Michigan and Trumbull in downtown Detroit on April 20, 1912 – the same day as Fenway Park.  It was renamed Briggs Stadium in 1938, then dubbed Tiger Stadium in 1961.  The Tigers played there until it closed in 1999, and they were co-tenants with the NFL’s Lions from 1938-1974.  Tiger Stadium hosted World Series games in 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968 and 1984.  Four of those 6 pennants (all but 1934 & 1940) were followed up by Tiger World Series wins.  As Briggs Stadium, this venue hosted 2 NFL Championship Games – both wins by the Lions, both over legendary Paul Brown’s Cleveland franchise.

  • MS-WF – Wrigley Field.  “The Friendly Confines” opened in Chicago on April 23, 1914 as Weeghman Park.  It’s the only park in this set that’s still around, and it’s the 2nd oldest MLB park still around, behind Fenway.  The Cubs still play there today, though the Bears played there for a half-century (1921-1970).  Wrigley Field has never seen a home World Champion, and though the Cubbies have won 6 NL pennants there, the last was in 1945.  The park has actually seen more football success; it has hosted 4 NFL Championship Games, 3 of them ending in Bear victories.

  • MS-MCS – Milwaukee County Stadium.  Opened in 1953, this is easily the “newest” park out of this group.  It was first the home of the Milwaukee Braves, and thus was the first home park of Hank Aaron.  The Braves moved to Atlanta in 1965, but baseball was there in 1968 and 1969, as the White Sox actually came up to Chicago to play 20 home games there.  Milwaukee was awarded the American League franchise from Seattle after the 1969 season.  The Brewers played there from 1970 through the 2000 season (which also included the end of Aaron’s career), when Miller Park was opened.  The Packers also played 3 home games there from the stadium’s opening until 1994.  The Stadium hosted 3 World Series – the ’57 & ’58 Braves and the ’82 Brewers, but only one home victory (1957).



4 responses

9 08 2012

Fantastic Collection!

9 08 2012
Gregory Zakwin

congrats, looks amazing!

26 09 2012
lawrence pecora

nice to see a complete set. who knows how long anyone will remember the old parks of even 50 years ago. well-executed design! wonderful!

27 09 2012

Yea it is a nice set for sure.

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