The 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball variations take the charm of the retro GQ look and combine it with the modern craziness of SSP variations and parallels. Collectors will want to be on the lookout for several different things, and this guide should help make that much easier.
Working with the base and base SP options in the 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball checklist, the differences are fairly obvious but can easily be missed if you are tearing through packs. There are also likely to be many questions about the parallels, which may seem like variations, but are not.
2018 Gypsy Queen Baseball Base Parallels
Although these caught many off-guard in 2017, the 2018 Gypsy Queen base parallels should be more familiar this year. While some collectors immediately label them variations, the Missing Blackplate, Missing Team Nameplate, and GQ Logo Swap editions are more often just base parallels, but there are parallel versions of the short-print variations, as well.
Missing Blackplate Parallels
The Missing Blackplate parallel odds were not listed on Hobby packs this year, but they still seem pretty common. Basically, the end result is a more worn, sepia look with the main attribute being a lack of crispness in the image. Some may list them as "blackless."
Missing Team Nameplate Parallels
Revealed on the initial sales info for 2018 GQ, the Missing Team Nameplate parallel removes the full team name in the upper corner, leaving only a blank spot. Missing Nameplate base odds are 1:16 packs, with base SP editions averaging 1:422 packs.
GQ Logo Swap Parallels
New this year is the GQ Logo Swap parallel that replaces the circular "GQ" image with a drawing of a woman's face. As far as the Hobby odds, these average 1:22 packs for base, and 1:843 packs for base SP.
Bazooka Back Parallels
Pretty hard to miss, Bazooka Back replaces the standard card back with a large Bazooka Bubble Gum ad in red and blue. Collectors can find these at 1:43 packs for base, and 1:1,263 packs for base SP.
2018 Gypsy Queen Baseball Variations
Just to be crystal clear, there are only three primary variations in 2018 Gypsy Queen. However, both the Jackie Robinson Day and Capless variation cards have the GQ Logo Swap parallels mentioned above.
Jackie Robinson Day Image Variations
Honoring the all-time legend, the Jackie Robinson Day image variations substitute player photos from Jackie Robinson Day in place of the base image. These shots all feature the players in the famed #42 jersey. Averaging 1:106 packs, the JRD variations also come as GQ Logo Swap (1:422) and one-of-one Black (1:41,298) parallels.
Plus, collectors can find signed versions for select players at 1:535 packs. Parallels include Black & White (1:955) and Black (1:38,544). It is not yet known if all players in the Jackie Robinson Day set have autographed options.
Capless Image Variations
Returning from 2017, the Capless variations display some of the top MLB players without their hats on. These average 1:121 packs and add rare GQ Logo Swap (1:303) and Black (1:28,898) parallels.
Team Swap Error Variations
The Team Swap Error cards are very tough pulls at 1:843 packs with no listed parallels. These have "error" team listings, matching players with the wrong franchise.
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Variation Codes
In addition to the CMP card back codes, it appears that all short prints come either backward or upside down in packs, so that is another easy way to set them aside for further review as you are opening boxes. Please note that parallels don't have different codes, and the number will still either correspond to the base card or variation.
These codes are part of the production process from Topps and aren't actually intended to be used to identify variations. However, they still function this way, so it can be useful for collectors.
- Base (#1-300) - #29
- Base SP (#301-320) - #59
- Jackie Robinson Variation - #64
- Capless Variation - #67
- Team Swap Error - #70
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2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Variations Checklist
8 Eric Hosmer - Jackie Robinson Day
14 Yoenis Cespedes - Jackie Robinson Day
22 Amed Rosario - Capless
23 Francisco Lindor - Capless
23 Francisco Lindor - Jackie Robinson Day
25 Carlos Correa - Jackie Robinson Day
25 Carlos Correa - Team Swap Error
27/260 Scooter Gennett - Capless
35 Ichiro - Capless
35 Ichiro - Jackie Robinson Day
42 Adam Jones - Jackie Robinson Day
50 Bryce Harper - Capless
50 Bryce Harper - Jackie Robinson Day
50 Bryce Harper - Team Swap Error
53 Rafael Devers - Team Swap Error
65 Trevor Story - Jackie Robinson Day
74 Noah Syndergaard - Team Swap Error
79 Jose Altuve - Capless
79 Jose Altuve - Jackie Robinson Day
81 Buster Posey - Capless
86 Ervin Santana - Jackie Robinson Day
98 Manny Machado - Capless
98 Manny Machado - Jackie Robinson Day
100 Chris Sale - Capless
100 Chris Sale - Jackie Robinson Day
118 Eric Thames - Jackie Robinson Day
123 Alex Bregman - Jackie Robinson Day
125 Corey Seager - Jackie Robinson Day
125 Corey Seager - Team Swap Error
133 Lance McCullers Jr. - Jackie Robinson Day
146 Carlos Martinez - Jackie Robinson Day
148 Josh Donaldson - Capless
163 Ozzie Albies - Team Swap Error
164 Hunter Renfroe - Team Swap Error
165/74 Justin Turner - Capless
166/224 Ben Gamel - Capless
176 Jacob deGrom - Capless
176 Jacob deGrom - Jackie Robinson Day
187 Matt Olson - Team Swap Error
191 Andrew McCutchen - Jackie Robinson Day
194 Corey Kluber - Jackie Robinson Day
199 Rhys Hoskins - Capless
199 Rhys Hoskins - Team Swap Error
200 Cody Bellinger - Capless
202 George Springer - Jackie Robinson Day
208 Khris Davis - Capless
208 Khris Davis - Jackie Robinson Day
217 Joey Votto - Jackie Robinson Day
233 Robinson Cano - Team Swap Error
242 Daniel Murphy - Jackie Robinson Day
253 Jose Ramirez - Team Swap Error
256 James Paxton - Jackie Robinson Day
259 Edwin Encarnacion - Jackie Robinson Day
260 Kris Bryant - Team Swap Error
265 Justin Verlander - Jackie Robinson Day
268 Rougned Odor - Team Swap Error
280 Yuli Gurriel - Capless
287 Charlie Blackmon - Capless
287 Charlie Blackmon - Jackie Robinson Day
292 Nolan Arenado - Jackie Robinson Day
297 Nelson Cruz - Capless
300 Aaron Judge - Capless
300 Aaron Judge - Team Swap Error
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Variations Gallery
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2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Jackie Robinson Day Variations
1:106 packs. Code ends in #64. Variation image shows #42 jersey. *Confirmed autograph versions noted.*
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Capless Variations
1:121 packs. Code ends in #67.
2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Team Swap Error Variations
1:843 packs. Code appears to end in #70. Lists incorrect team name.