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Gypsy (Queen)

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Thanks to a group break with our go-to casebreaker friends, Christopher and LQ from Crackin’ Wax, I am a first-time owner of some Topps Gypsy Queen cards. I actually purchased a Topps Bundle group break spot with Crackin’ Wax and since the Dodgers spot was already taken, I purchased the Cubs spot. The Topps Bundle also includes breaks of Topps Series 2, Chrome and Update. You can see the Cubs cards I got from the Series 1 group break here.

Each case of Gypsy Queen contains 10 boxes, each including two autograph cards. Each box also contains a 3-card pack of Chrome Gypsy Queen cards. Now I’m not a devoted fan or expert of the Gypsy Queen line of Topps products, but as luck would have it, my share of the GQ group break leans to the lackluster side (no auto for me out of the 20 autos pulled):

2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Cubs base cards and a missing nameplate variation
2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Cubs base cards and a missing nameplate variation
More 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Cubs base cards
More 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Cubs base cards
Two 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Chrome Cubs
Two 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Chrome Cubs
2019 Topps Gypsy Queen: Cubs Fortune Teller inserts with an Indigo parallel
2019 Topps Gypsy Queen: Cubs Fortune Teller inserts with an Indigo parallel

For the most part, these cards are pretty attractive, especially the Chrome cards. The front design and backs are fairly eye-catching. But these cards do not fit into the scope of what I collect. So into the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block they go.

In total, I got:

Base Cards

  • #4 Kyle Schwarber (6 each)
  • #32 Anthony Rizzo (6 each)
  • #68 Ian Happ (6 each)
  • #79 Willson Contreras (6 each)
  • #83 Kyle Hendricks (6 each)
  • #91 Albert Almora Jr. (6 each)
  • #100 Kris Bryant (6 each)
  • #117 Francisco Arcia (6 each)
  • #155 Javier Baez (6 each)
  • #182 Yu Darvish (6 each)
  • #272 Jason Heyward (6 each)

Inserts, parallels, variations

  • #83 Kyle Hendricks, Missing Nameplate (1)
  • #FTM-JB Javier Baez, Fortune Teller Mini (2)
  • #FTM-KB Kris Bryant, Fortune Teller Mini (2)
  • #FTM-JB Javier Baez, Fortune Teller Mini, Indigo parallel, serial #’d 152/250 (1)
  • #4 Kyle Schwarber, Chrome (1)
  • #155 Javier Baez, Chrome (1)

So my spot got no autos but ten (or more) spots also got no autos. But that’s okay. This is part of the risk of participating in group breaks. Perhaps there are some Cubs team set collectors or Cubs player collectors that would want to swing a deal for these cards–but I’m definitely keeping the cool Crackin’ Wax button!

Stay tuned…

Lucky Man

Recently, Matt from the great hobby blog Parts of my Past (the blog formerly known as Sports Card Collectors) had a Twitter giveaway. Matt was giving away a number of 2019 Topps Heritage inserts and variations from a box he broke and reviewed here. I’ve been on Twitter a little over a year and this is the first time I’ve ever won anything on Twitter (not that I participate in a ton of Twitter contests).

Assorted 2019 Topps Heritage inserts and variations
Assorted 2019 Topps Heritage inserts and variations

The six cards I won are:

  • #457 Eric Hosmer – French Text parallel
  • #3 Khris Davis – 1970 Topps Scratch Offs
  • #468 Nolan Arenado – Action Variation
  • #NAP-7 Francisco Lindor – New Age Performers
  • #NAP-14 Shohei Ohtani – New Age Performers
  • #NAP-22 Nolan Arenado – New Age Performers
Assorted 2019 Topps Heritage inserts and variations (backs)
Assorted 2019 Topps Heritage inserts and variations (backs)

As we give Matt a rousing Stadium Fantasium standing ovation, I gotta say I’m so happy I won these. Normally I don’t enter any card contests unless the prize includes cards that fit into my collection.

Did you like the image at the top of this post? The inspiration to frame Matt’s tweet with the 1970 Topps design came from these fellow bloggers’ helpful posts:

UPDATE: Matt is having another Twitter giveaway featuring some 2019 Gypsy Queen cards from a box that he broke and reviewed here.

Matt's Twitter giveaway!
Matt's Twitter giveaway!

So in my next post we’ll see if my luck continues in a group break–stay tuned…

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Long time set collector with a particular passion for Topps flagship baseball cards along with some cards from other sets/sports (almost no Upper Deck, Panini, high-end or hockey to see here).

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