2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball CardsBrand: Topps Gypsy Queen
2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball marks the fourth year for the brand. And while there are some new elements and tweaks, it should feel familiar to those who have enjoyed it in the past. Hobby boxes include two autographs and two relic cards as well as lots of mini cards.
Standing pat at 350 cards, the 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball base set includes a mix of veterans, rookies and retired players. Fifty of these cards are short prints, inserted at a rate of 1:4 packs. Short prints are all different players from the main set and not variations like the product has sometimes done in the past. Collectors can also be on the lookout for base card variations.
A total of 100 base cards have blue Framed Parallels. There are also 100 Silver Parallels that are numbered 1/1. All 350 base cards have Printing Plates as well.
Likely, the biggest buzz as far as parallels go are the mini cards. Landing one per pack, all 350 cards in the set have a shrunken tobacco-sized mini version that measures 1 15/32" by 2 11/16". Basic mini parallels include Black (#/199), Sepia (#/50), Wood (#/5), Printing Plates and Leather (1/1). Other rare versions include 150 Clear Minis and 150 Graphite Minis. Both of these are new to 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball and are numbered 1/1.
Every hobby box comes with a box of ten Mini Box Variations from a checklist of 100 cards. Also exclusive to these box topper boxes are Mini Birth-Year Pennies, which have a penny embedded in them from the year the player was born.
One of the key parts of Gypsy Queen that has set it apart from other sets is the extensive use of on-card autographs. Inserted two per box, basic Autographs are once again hard-signed. The checklist has more than 60 veterans, rookies and retired players. A new twist are color-based parallels: Red (#/49), Gold (#/25), Green (#/10) and Purple (1/1). Also new are Around the Horn Autograph Pop-Up Book Cards. Numbered to 25, each has a 3-D element to go with the signature. Exclusive to the mini box toppers are Autographed Minis (30 cards, #/10) and Mini Auto Relic Books (15 cards, #/5).
Autographed Relics (20 cards, #/25) come with both a signature and a game-used memorabilia swatch. There are also Dual (15 cards, #/10) and Triple Autographed Relics (ten cards, #/5). New to the set are Button Auto Relic cards (ten cards, #/3).
Relic cards include a mix of full-sized and mini cards. Both versions land one per hobby box and come with either pieces of game-used bats or game-used uniforms. Regular-sized Relic Cards come with a checklist of more than 50 players. Parallels include Black Jumbo Swatch (#/25), Gold Jumbo Swatch (#/10) and Silver Jumbo Swatch (1/1). Mini Relic Cards have a similar sized checklist with Black (#/10) and Silver (#/5) parallels.
Exclusive to box topper mini boxes are 30 Mini Button Cards. Each is numbered to 3. The product also has Dual Button (20 cards, #/3) and Triple Button Cards (10 cards, 1/1). Original Art Patch Cards return. Each one-of-one has a hand-painted portrait and a game-worn patch swatch. One-of-one Bat Barrels return with a checklist of 20 cards.
New to the set are Hometown Flags. Each of the 100 cards in the set has a manufactured patch of the featured player's home country or state. All are numbered to 5.
In the basic insert card realm, there's a mix of new and old. Dealing Aces (20 cards), Collision at the Plate (ten cards) and Glove Stories (ten cards) all return. New to 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen are N174 Gypsy Queen cards, which are based on a set from 1888. The insert set as 15 cards. Also new is Debut All-Stars, 15 cards highlighting players making their first appearance at the mid-season match-up. All five basic insert sets have Printing Plates that are exclusive to hobby packs.
Estimated Release Date: 4/9/14
Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 10 cards per pack. Hobby boxes also come with a box topper with 10 mini cards.
Price Point: Mid-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Set Builders, Autograph Collectors, Mini Card Fans
2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Box Break
- 2 Autographs
- 1 Relic Card
- 1 Mini Relic Card
- 24 Mini Cards
- 10 Bonus Mini Cards
- 250 Total Cards