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2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Is Garbage

Stick to singles when it comes to 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball ($80 per box wholesale). 

The Sporting News says Topps works on products, like Series 1 Baseball, a year before it comes out. If they're doing that with Gypsy Queen it's time to reevaluate hiring choices. 

For a product with a weird name you'd think it'd be more interesting than opening a box of Series 1 ($49 wholesale), Heritage ($60 wholesale) or Allen & Ginter ($78 wholesale). 

Don't waste your money.

If you do, try not to fall asleep during your 5th pack of Gypsy Queen in a 24 pack box. 

I feel like every low-to-mid tier Topps Baseball product has a similar theme. Likely pull a couple weak hits and spend the rest of the time hunting to see if you got some lame variation nobody will care about in a week. 

Monetarily speaking, I did well with the box I opened. The Mookie Betts 1/1 card will probably pay for the entire box. It's a 1:73,443 pull, so don't think you'll get something like that.

Too often, I feel people in the hobby judge the box they open, good or bad, by the money they'll get back selling the cards. I try to not evaluate products like that. 

2019 Topps Gypsy Queen is uninspired.

The card images look like the close-cropped Series 1 card pictures, nothing is unique. 

Over the years Topps has cut the content and hits from Gypsy Queen, but still charges the same per box.

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen
Per Hobby Box:
24 Packs - 10 Cards Per Pack
2 Autographs - 2 Memorabilia Cards
10 Card Mini Box Loader

2019 Topps Gypsy Queen
Per Hobby Box:
24 Packs - 8 Cards Per Pack
2 Autographs
3 Card Box Loader

I wish Topps would go back and listen to the Star Wars presentation from their own Industry Conference. The Lucas Film employee I felt did a great job explaining the different types of Star Wars fans and how every product doesn't fit them all. 

Topps tries to cater to everyone too often. Gypsy Queen isn't a "base" product (too expensive) and it's not a "hit" based product (only 2 hits). It straddles the line and therefore totally whiffs. 

This "something for everyone" mentality is why most of their products feel similar. 

I wish they'd pick one with Gypsy Queen. Make a collector, base heavy set, or make something that features the on-card autographs and hits more. 

Or, because it has a totally stupid name like Gypsy Queen do something off the wall and try something new. 

Good economy and good rookies are probably driving card sales right now. Hopefully Topps isn't sitting around patting themselves on the back for 2019 Gypsy Queen, even if it is a commercial success. 

2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball Checklist

2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball

  • 5 Cards Per Pack
  • 5 Packs Per Box
  • 20 Boxes Per Case

-8 Autographs
-2 Memorabilia
-5 Numbered Parallels

Release Date: December 12, 2018

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Elite once again returns for another season highlighting future stars and hits. This comes with average eight autographs and two memorabilia cards.

The 2018 Panini Elite Extra Edition base set is limited to 999 copies or less including 10 parallels printed on seven substrates. 

Base cards will also have Aspirations and Status cards. Aspirations include Red (#’d/150), Orange (#’d/100), Blue (#’d/75), Tie-dye (#’d/25) and 1/1 Gold cards, while Status will have Red (#’d/99), Emerald (#’d/49), Tie-dye (#’d/25) and 1/1 Gold cards.

             

Hits include Triple Material cards which feature top prospects paired with three swatches. Parallels include Silver (#’d/149 or less), Gold (#’d/99 or less), Red (#’d/49 or less), Purple (#’d/25 or less), Emerald (#’d/10 or less), Blue (#’d/5 or less), and Holo Silver (1/1).

Contenders College Ticket Signatures (#’d/99) features signatures of the game’s future stars from their collegiate days. This includes Holo (#’d/25 or less), Gold (#’d/10 or less) and Gold Vinyl (1/1).

The Future Threads Silhouettes (#’d/299) features autographed memorabilia cards from upcoming biggest stars. Parallels include Gold (#’d/99 or less), Red (#’d/49 or less), Purple (#’d/25 or less), Emerald (#’d/10 or less), Blue (#’d/5 or less), and Holo Silver (1/1) version.

Collectors can find Panini-exclusive Dominican Prospect League players in the base set as well as on autographs and Future Threads Silhouette Autos.

Autographs will be limited to 100 copies or less. This features on-card autographs of top draft picks and current prospects. Parallels include Emerald (#’d/25), Tie-dye (#’d/10), Yellow, Cyan, Magenta, Black, and 1/1 printing plates version.

There also will be Autograph Aspirations and Status Die-Cut. Aspirations will have Purple (#’d/100), Blue (#’d/50), Tie-dye (#’d/5) and 1/1 Gold cards, while Status die-cuts will have Red (#’d/75), Emerald (#’d/25), Tie-dye (#’d/5) and 1/1 Gold atop the standard versions.

             

New inclusion for this year are Dual Silhouettes cards which features one top prospect with 2 oversized swatches of memorabilia.

Collectors can also find autographs in USA Collegiate Silhouette Autographs and National Team Signatures, which showcases 18U and 15U teams.

 

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball Checklist

2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Hobby:

  • 14 Cards Per Pack
  • 24 Packs Per Box
  • 12 Boxes Per Case

-1 Autograph or Relic Card

Jumbo:

  • 46 Cards Per Pack
  • 10 Packs Per Box
  • 6 Boxes Per Case

-1 Autograph Card
-2 Relic Cards

Release Date: January 30, 2019

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Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Professional Baseball, 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball comes with a new look and a number of new inclusions.

The 350-card base set features a mix of veterans, future stars, stadium cards, league leaders, rookies, World Series highlights and team cards. Parallels include Rainbow foil, Gold (/2,019), vintage stock (#’d/99), Independence Day (#’d/76), Mother’s Day Pink (#’d/50), Father’s Day Blue (#’d/50), Memorial Day Camo (#’d/25) and 1/1 Platinum as well as printing plates.           

In addition, there will be the all-new 150th Anniversary foil stamp, Black Parallel #’d/67 Hobby/Hobby Jumbo Only, and the Hobby-only Clear parallels for just 100 base subjects.

            

On the insert side, there will be three 150 Years of Professional Baseball sets. These include Greatest Players, Greatest Moments and Greatest Seasons. Each subset will have 150th Anniversary parallels (#’d/150), Red (#’d/10) and 1/1 Platinum as well as Autograph Parallels #d to 25 or less.

            

Among the inserts will be Evolution of: which showcases the changes in professional baseball from inception to its sesquicentennial year. This includes the changes in team logos, uniforms, stadiums, and equipment. Parallels include 150th Anniversary Parallel (#’d/50), Red (#’d/10) and 1/1 Platinum.

Greatness Returns features retired greats which are paired with their
modern counterparts. 1984 Topps Baseball pays homage to the 35th Anniversary of the 1984 baseball set. This includes rookies, veterans and retired players. Cards will feature a special 35th Anniversary logo. Both sets will have the same rainbow of parallels.

 

Revolution of the Game will have autographs limited to 199 copies or less. This features non-player subjects that had a revolutionary effect on the game. Parallels include 150th Anniversary Parallel (#’d/50), Red (#’d/10) and 1/1 Platinum. Also in play will be Iconic Card Reprints with 150th Anniv parallels as well as autos (#’d/25).

New for this season will be Cactus League Legends and Grapefruit League Greats cards which can only be found in blaster boxes. Both sets will have 150th Anniversary (#’d/150), Red (#’d/10) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.

Hits include Major League Material Autograph Cards (#’d/50 or less) which highlights players from each MLB team, past and present,  World Series Champion Autograph Relic Cards which showcases players on the 2018 World Series Champion team, Postseason Performance Autograph Relic Cards, and Topps Reverence Autograph Patch Cards which features on-card autographs and premium relic pieces. These sets will have Red (#’d/25 max) and 1/1 Platinum versions.

On Autograph side, there will be Legacy of Baseball Autographs, Legacy of Baseball Dual, World Series Champion Autograph Cards, Postseason Performance Autograph Cards, Cut Signatures, and the all-new 1984 Topps Baseball Autograph Cards.

            

Relic cards include Major League Material Cards and the all-new 1984 Topps Baseball Relics. These sets share the same rainbow of parallels including 150th Anniversary Parallel (#’d/150), Gold (#’d/50), Red (#’d/25 ) and 1/1 Platinum versions.

Among the relics are World Series Champion Relic Cards and Postseason Performance Relic Cards with Red (#’d/25 ) and 1/1 Platinum versions. There also will be Historic Homes Relic Cards and In The Name Relics.

Commemorative Relics will include Retro Hat Logo Patches with 150th parallels as well as Gold (#’d/50), Red (#’d/25) and 1/1 Platinum versions as well as autos (#’d/10). Also in the mix will be 150th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion Cards with the same parallels.

2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Checklist

2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball

  • 8 Cards Per Pack
  • 24 Packs Per Box
  • 10 Boxes Per Case

-2 Autographs

Release Date: March 27, 2018

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Gypsy Queen returns for another season featuring a colorful retro look, wide-ranging base card set, unique parallels, and “unannounced hidden gems.” 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball comes with two autographs in every box.

The 300-card base set covers rookies and veterans featuring a mix of past and present players. Parallels include Missing Nameplate, Indigo (#’d/250), Black & White (#’d/50; Hobby only), Red (#’d/10) and Black (1/1) parallels.

Gypsy Queen baseball includes a number of unique insert subsets. Jackie Robinson Day Image Variations showcases current players wearing #42 jersey to pay homage to Jackie Robinson. The Short Printed Base Cards highlights retired players and all-time greats. Among the inserts are Fortune Tellers Minis with Indigo (#’d/250), Green (#’d/99) and 1/1 Black versions. Also, the all-new Player’s Weekend variations featuring current stars in their Player’s Weekend Uniform. Returning this year, Tarot of the Diamond with Indigo and Black versions.

Gypsy Queen Autographs features autographs of active veterans, rookies, and MLB retired greats. Parallels include Indigo (#’d/150), Black & White (#’d/50; Hobby only), and Black (1/1) parallels.

Mini Rookie Autographs will be limited to just 99 copies with Black & White (#’d/50) and 1/1 Black parallels. Also in the mix will be Fortune Teller Mini Autos and Jackie Robinson Day Image Variation Autos. Each will have 1/1 Black versions, while the Robinson Black & White versions will be limited to no more than 42 copies. 

Gypsy Queen comes with Auto Relics too, with Autograph Garments (#’d/50) with jersey or bat pieces and 1/1 Black parallels along with autographed patch books (#’d/20), Pull-up Sock Auto Relics (#’d/10) and Bases Around the League Auto Relics (#’d/20).

Other inclusions are Power Performers Portrait Art Patch sketch cards and a new type of box-toppers, a chrome card showcasing design work of the Gypsy Queen era. Parallels include Indigo (#’d/150), Gold (#’d/50), Red (#’d/5), Superfractor (1/1) and autographs (#’d/25).

Blaster box bonus packs will have five Green parallels and can be found in other retail packs. Also, retail-only will be Green Tarot of the Diamond cards (#’d/99) found in all three formats, 24-pack display boxes, blasters and value packs.

2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball Checklist

2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball

  • 7 Cards Per Pack
  • 36 Packs Per Box
  • 20 Boxes Per Case

-36 Inserts

Release Date: March 13, 2019

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This entry-level baseball card collecting product of Topps focuses more on the fun side of collecting. Returning for its 20th season, 2019 Topps Opening Day Baseball comes with in-game photography of players and mascots. Every pack contains insert card, autographs, and relic cards.

The 200-card base set features a mix of Series 1 and Series 2 players including popular superstars, rookies, and rising young players. Parallels include Opening Day Edition (2,019copies) and 1/1 Opening Day and printing plate parallels.

Inserts include 150 Years of Fun, Sock It To Me! (features players wearing high socks), Rally Time!, Opening Day, Mascots, Team Traditions and Celebrations, Dugout Peeks, and Base Card Variations. 

Other inclusions are autographs and Relics which includes Opening Day Autos, Base Card Variation Autos (New), Mascot Autographs, Opening Day Relics, Mascot Relics and Mascot Autograph Relics, and the new Diamond Relics and Diamond Autograph Relics.

         

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