Up front – if you want to skip reading and see something fairly interesting scroll down to the Seaver card.
OK, on to show some posts of actual Gypsy Queen base cards. Gypsy Queen, like some of Topps’ other offerings, combines current players with retired players. I decided I’d take a look at the retired players in this set.
In the 350-card set from 2013, there are 260 current players and 90 retired players.
In the 300-card set from 2012, there are 246 current players and 54 retired players.
In the 350-card set from 2011, there are 297 current players and 45 retired players, plus 8 players who have a second card showing them in a different uniform.
Of those retired players, 21 are in all three sets. Most of those are on the same team for all three years, but Andre Dawson, Gary Carter, Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan and Frank Robinson are shown on different teams in one of the three years.
Gary Carter – and the same picture in back to back years. D’oh!
Frank Robinson – by the way, the picture used in 2013 is actually the same picture as Robinson’s second card in the 2011 set – he is one of the 8 players with cards from 2 teams.
The other 17 players are all shown on the same team each year. And as you’ll see, sometimes the same photo. Those players are: Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Tom Seaver, Cal Ripken, Brooks Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Ryne Sandberg, Frank Thomas, Al Kaline, Sandy Koufax, Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Johnny Bench, Lou Gehrig, and Tony Gwynn.
Ruth – Ruth also has a card in the 2011 set where he’s pictured with Boston. I think the Ruth cards are some of the best in the whole Gypsy Queen product.
Cobb – Cobb also has a second card in the 2011 set. He’s pictured with the Philadelphia A’s, who he finished his career with in 1927 and 1928.
Seaver – oh, Topps. For shame! Same photo 3 years in a row.
Sandberg – fielding, running and hitting in the 3 years!
So a few duplicate pictures, with the Seaver being a pretty egregious error on Topps part.
Other than that, I do like the three cards compared next to each other. Gwynn has two from his later years, and the Thomas cards next to each other are pretty neat.
In my next post, I’ll show the cards of retired players that are new to Gypsy Queen in 2013.