I generally am a big fan of retro products, but for some reason I don't think of Gypsy Queen as your typical retro offering. The design of Gypsy Queen is in the style of tarot cards. The stock on the cards has a slick, almost matte like feel to them. These cards truly make up a unique set! Many retro sets throw in cards from pop culture or history - think Allen & Ginter. This is not the case here. Gypsy Queen is pretty much all focused on baseball. You won't be pulling cards of eggs or presidents in these packs.
Gypsy Queen is very similar to your standard baseball set with a nice mix of veterans and rookies. The final short printed portion of the main set features retired players. Those cards come about one per hobby box. You'll find additional stars in insert sets like the Cody Bellinger above. This is where the tarot card theme really comes into play. This particular insert has rounded corners as well as mystic symbols all around it.
I've never been a fan of odd-sized cards, so I'm not a huge fan of these Fortune Teller cards. These cards are the same height as a standard card, but they are much skinnier. I've heard there were more of these smaller cards in previous products - and some collectors miss them - but not me. I just never know how to store these cards and keep them in good condition. For now, they just kind of awkwardly sit in penny sleeves. If it's particularly valuable they would go into a top loader.
Like Topps does, there are tons and tons of parallels and variation cards in Gypsy Queen. Some short prints can be difficult to distinguish while others are easy. This black and white variation card is an obvious parallel. They are also numbered to 50 on the back. I also pulled a Ronald Acuna Jr. card in a pack in my box break that came in the pack flipped the other way. It made me curious and wonder if it was a special card. Turns out it was a short print image variation. So with this set you really have to be on the lookout for these types of cards.
Everybody likes little bonuses, and in hobby boxes of Gypsy Queen Topps is giving us a Chrome version of the set. Collectors will get a 3-card bonus pack with the Chrome cards. Topps has included parallel versions as well with a chance at pulling Superfractors numbered to just 1. I love the added value of these cards and they look good too. The Chrome treatment on Topps cards never gets old!
Autograph collectors will appreciate that each box will have two on-card autographs inside. I love the fact that these cards are auto'd on-card. There are also new mem cards that feature cut-outs of line-up cards from actual games. It's a unique concept that be really awesome to pull. Too bad they are almost impossible to get!
- On-card autographs.
- Not too expensive and an excellent mid-tier product.
- Lots of interesting types of cards in the product.
- Hard to pull hits if just purchasing by the pack.
- Some cards have odd sizes that may not please every collector.
- It can be easy to miss some variant cards in the set.