I finished the 2012 Gypsy Queen master set (meaning the inserts and all of the , so this is the wrap-up post on that. I finished the base set quite a while ago – but the inserts took quite a while. The Gypsy Kings insert set was my final frontier here.
Info about my set:
How I put the set together:
169 cards from my first hobby box
88 cards from my second hobby box
4 cards from the first 2 boxes were replaced by Topps after being damaged
4 cards from a retail jumbo pack
35 cards from a trade with the Dutch Card Guy
Card that completed my set: #227 – Ralph Kiner (1 of about 20 cards I got in a trade from the Dutch Card Guy in early June). See the picture below.
General Set Info:
Set composition: 300 cards (246 current players, 54 retired players)
Earliest active player from this set: #229 – Ty Cobb.
When I’ve done this for sets from my Lifetime Topps project, I usually do “last active player”. For these sets I’m doing first active player. This is easily Ty Cobb – who along with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are the only players in the set who finished their career before World War II. Cobb debuted in 1905.
Player with the most cards in the set: There are 300 different cards and 300 different players with 1 card each :).
First Card and the Hundreds: #1 – Jesus Montero, #100 – Derek Jeter, #200 – Felix Hernandez, #300 – Babe Ruth
A former Yankee. A current Yankee. The all-time greatest Yankee. And a future Yankee. Oh, and 2 Mariners.
Highest book value: #253 – Cal Ripken Jr.
Most notable card: #250 – Ken Griffey Jr.
Hard to pick against this card – getting Griffey back into the mix after he retired was a big deal.
Best card (my opinion): #250 – Ken Griffey Jr. (see above)
For the same reasons as above – the 2nd best player ever born on November 21st in Donora, Pennsylvania.
Second best card (also my opinion): #249 – Stan Musial
Born on November 21st – in Donora, Pennsylvania.
Best subset card: N/A
Favorite action photo: #217 – Eric Thames
This was actually a really hard one to pick. Hanley Ramirez has a really good shot, as does Matt Kemp. There were many cards with a great level of detail considering these photos are touched up to make them look like paintings. But this Thames card was my favorite. The level of detail (his eyes are following the foul ball), where the bat is, the color of the uniform make this a winner for me.
Favorite non-action photo: #227 – Ralph Kiner, #241 – Larry Doby
I couldn’t decide between these guys. I really appreciate that Topps got a couple of great Hall of Famers into this set who don’t always get cards like a Ruth, Koufax or Mantle. And these are great photos.
My Favorite Reds card: #21 – Matt Latos
Another card with a lot of detail.
Other Notable Cards: I think I’ve covered quite a few. Like 2011 Gypsy Queen, this is a really nice set, but I also wouldn’t call any cards particularly “notable” for a 2012 set – so there’s either too many or too few to scan. I don’t like the design as much as the previous Gypsy set, but after going through the set again, the photos are very nice – more so than I had realized.
My “Master” Set Info:
387 cards – 300 “base”, 87 “insert”
- Insert sets: Moon Shots, Sliding Stars, Glove Stories, Hallmark Heroes, Future Stars, Gypsy Kings
How I put the additional sets together: Boxes, packs, card shows, trades and online – various sources, just like I did with the full base set. I covered each insert set in earlier posts. Gypsy Kings was the last insert set I finished up.
General Insert Set Info:
Most notable insert card: Glove Stories #GS-WM – Willie Mays
I don’t know if I’d call anything particularly notable in any Gypsy Queen insert set – but this card shows one of the most recognizable moments in baseball history. Mays with his over-the-shoulder catch from the 1954 World Series.
Best Autograph or Relic card: Autographs #GQA-KG – Ken Griffey Jr.
Best Insert card of any type: Autographs #GQA-KG – Ken Griffey Jr.
The biggest news I remember hearing about 2012 was the addition of Ken Griffey Jr. to the Topps mix. The guy who has been synonymous with Upper Deck since 1989, and he’s going to autograph Topps cards in 2012. That was bigger than Koufax, Aaron, or Mays. Not because his auto was worth more, but because it represented a changing of the guard in a way. If you couldn’t move on from Topps getting an exclusive license 2 years ago – well this was a way to bolt the nail in the coffin for you. This was the card that signified that more than anything.
Best Reds insert card of any type: Indian Head Penny #JBE – Johnny Bench
Cards with coins inserted wasn’t new for 2012 Gypsy Queen, but pairing it up with a penny from back when the original Gypsy Queen came out was a great spin on this. Too bad it’s completely not affordable.