Here is the product break down:
Release Date: Late April 2011
Box Configuration: 24 packs + 1 ten card mini box
Pack Price: NA
Product Type: Vintage Baseball Card
Geared Toward: Fans of Allen & Ginter, old school collectors, collectors looking for something new, collectors looking for something odd, relic & auto collectors, tobacco card connoisseurs
What’s In The Box:
- 2 Autographs
- 2 Relics
- Modeled after the 1887 N174 Gypsy Queen baseball card set.
- Massive 450 card base set featuring 50 short prints and a mix of veterans, rookies, legends and possibly odd balls.
- 7 base cards and 3 parallels in every pack.
- All 450 base cards will feature a stamp relic parallel relating to the player’s city or country of origin numbered to 10 each.
- In addition there will be framed paper parallels numbered to 999 seeded one per box.
- Gold parallels seeded one per pack.
- 1 mini parallel per pack. Mini’s come in hobby-only leather versions limited to 10.
- Other mini parallels include: Sepia numbered to 10, back variants and black-bordered back variants.
- Autograph checklist will include dual and triple autographed relics as well as standard autographed relics and mini autographed relics.
- Art Patch Cards – 1/1 sketch cards featuring an attatched game-used patch.
- “Bonus hits” will include Gypsy Queen cards, inserts, autographs and jewel cards.
- Insert sets include “The Great Ones”, “Home Run Heroes” and “Future Stars” with each insert set coming in the mini variety as well.
- Printing plates both tall and small (regular and mini card).
- Early auto checklist includes: Albert Pujols, Buster Posey, Curt Schilling, Tom Seaver, David Wright, Frank Robinson, Alex Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan, Mike Stanton, Jason Heyward, Johnny Bench, Bernie Williams, Ryan Howard, Brooks Robinson, CC Sabathia, Roy Halladay, Ernie Banks, Stan Musial, Cal Ripken Jr. Al Kaline, Ozzie Smith, Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, Mike Schmidt, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Starlin Castro, Cliff Lee, Ryne Sandberg and Sandy Koufax.
- Relic checklist includes: Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Thurman Munson, Rickey Henderson, Jackie Robinson and more!
Gypsy Queen Baseball is a first year baseball card offering modeled after the 1887 N174 set with the same name. From early pictures and details, Gypsy Queen is built in the mold of Topps’ franchise flashback product Allen & Ginter, rather than other old tyme offerings like Heritage and T206. 2010 Topps Gypsy Queen is set to hit hobby store shelves in late April of next year featuring 4 hits and plenty of oddities per 24-pack hobby box.
OK so what? Is this their new, A&G / Mayo? Why bother? Am I the only one that thinks this is just rehashed old crap? Topps needs to start thinking in the now. Vintage sets were great at first but the idea is tired and the more and more I think about this set the more angry I get that this is just another crap vintage set that’s going to fail.
Why can’t the designers of Topps come up with something new? Want to make a retro set? Start from scratch come up with a great design, sorry but Gypsy Queen’s design is just worn out. I liked Mayo and I liked A&G, but come on replace the Gypsy Queen moniker with A&G and you could have this year’s A&G. Come on Topps, give us an A&G set with a design reminiscent of the 60s-70s. Don’t copy it, just make something old look new.
Topps does this and then all of a sudden I think the card world will get some notice. Focus on design and not content. The design will make the card. On your 60th anniversary reinvent yourself and become the best in the industry again. What do you think . . . Make the call what should Topps do about it’s baseball lineup.