by Rich Klein
The 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen product is another example of Topps creating a modern “retro” brand tradition by bringing back an old card design and adding modern touches. The longest running of these is Topps Allen and Ginter which has now been in the market for several years. Last year, 2011 Gypsy Queen was among the surprise success stories of the year. The secondary market was hot and dealers had a tough time actually finding product to stock.
Once Topps gets a product mix and flow down pat, the consistency that Topps is known for takes over and each year they generally provide good value to the collector as well as letting the product line become a yearly tradition. 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen hasn’t been quite as hard to locate (although it’s been missing from a lot of retail discount stores) but demand has been good.
On the hobby shop level, each box contains 24 packs with 10 cards per pack. In addition, each has a “box-topper” of 10 minis which usually include “better” mini cards. Each box promises two autographs and two relics.
The current selling price for these boxes online is in the $100-110 range while my local card store (Triple Cards in Plano, TX) reported selling through approximately five cases at $114 per box. He also mentioned that none of his patrons purchased more than six boxes and he also believed with the short prints a case of 10 boxes is needed to complete a full set of 350 cards.
Unlike some sets, notably Allen and Ginter, where the short prints are numbered 301-350, the Gypsy Queen SP’s are pose variations which means set collectors really don’t feel compelled to buy them, which some said is a refreshing change. From researching this product, some of the SP’s are very difficult to figure out so some guidance from Topps would be appreciated so collectors do not accidentally sell off cards which are tougher. This is very similar to what occurred in 2012 Heritage.
Base Set: 182 of 300 or slightly more than 60 percent of the set
Short Prints: Wade Boggs, Freddie Freeman, Ken Griffey Jr., Josh Hamilton, Dustin Pedroia, Jered Weaver
Framed Blue Parallel (#d to 599): Mark Teixeira
Minis: Bobby Abreu, Dustin Ackley, Ty Cobb, Dee Gordon, Cole Hamels, Daniel Hudson, Catfish Hunter, Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel, Jon Lester, Roger Maris, Stan Musial, Josh Reddick, Jimmy Rollins, Tom Seaver
Mini SP’s: Roberto Clemente, David Freese, Tom Seaver
Mini Black: Chipper Jones, Roger Maris
Mini Sepia (#d to 99): Chris Young
Mini Gypsy Queen Back: Asdrubal Cabrera, Dustin Pedroia, Seth Smith, Dave Winfield
Mini Straight Cut Back: Dustin Ackley, David Price, Shane Victorino, Michael Young
Glove Stories: Endy Chavez, Jeff Francoeur, Ken Griffey Jr., Josh Hamilton
Glove Stories Mini: Josh Hamilton
Moonshots: Josh Hamilton, Ralph Kiner, Evan Longoria, Mickey Mantle,Willie McCovey, Babe Ruth, Mike Schmidt, Mike Stanton
Moonshots Mini: Frank Thomas
Sliding Stars Mini: Dustin Pedroia
Gyspy Kings: Dragon Z
Relics: Alex Avila
Framed Mini Relics: Alex Avila (Yes, we received the same player on both relic cards)
Autographs: Brett Anderson, Nathan Eovaldi
Well, although we did not receive any “big” hits, the sheer volume of minor hits certainly helps. Any collector opening this product, especially if they like smaller cards, will have a fun time going through the cards they get out a Gypsy Queen hobby box.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]