2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Variations Gallery

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2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball variations come in a couple of different forms. Topps confirmed two sets of short prints when the set was first announced. One is a continuation from 2017 with more Capless Variations. Jackie Robinson Day Variations bring over a theme used in the past in other Topps Baseball sets.

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Variations

And then there are Team Swap Error Variations that play with baseball fans’ emotions, listing stars on rival teams.

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Jackie Robinson Day Variations

On of baseball’s best additions in recent years is Jackie Robinson Day. Every April 15, the anniversary of Robinson breaking MLB’s color barrier, players around the league suit up wearing the legend’s number 42. It’s just one part of the league paying respect to Robinson and his important legacy.

The 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Jackie Robinson Day Variations are simple enough. They use images of players wearing one of the commemorative jerseys. That means the thing to look for is the number 42 on what they’re wearing.

2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball used a similar approach for some of their variations.

Jackie Robinson Day Variations land 1:106 hobby packs. In addition to there, parallels also exist. GQ Logo Swap versions (1:422 hobby packs) have the regular ‘GQ’-style logo replaced by a lady’s face. Black versions fall 1:41,298 packs. Select cards also have Jackie Robinson Day Autograph (1:535), Autograph Black and White (1:955) and Autograph Black (1:38,544).

 

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Capless Variations

Capless SSP cards take a straightforward approach as well. Simply put, players aren’t wearing any hats or helmets in the alternate photos.

This is a carryover from last year where similar cards were included.

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Capless Variations land 1:121 hobby packs. Like the Jackie Robinson Day Variations, there are parallels as well: GQ Logo Swap (1:303 hobby), and Black (1:28,898 hobby).

Team Swap Error Variations

Team Swap Error Variations are the toughest of the 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen short print variants, landing 1:843 hobby packs. They’re also the most sneaky.

These cards play “What If?” by listing the player with the wrong team. The image isn’t changed. It’s simply the team name on the front at the top of the card.

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Team Error Swap Variation Aaron Judge Arrow

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Team Swap Error Variations have no additional parallels.

We’re still waiting to see exactly what these look like.

Bazooka Backs Are Parallels, Not Variations

Among the  2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball variations were Gum Back SSP cards, but only for certain cards. 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball has similar Bazooka Back cards, however, they are a full parallel set and not variations.

All 320 cards on the base set checklist, including the 20 high number short prints, have Bazooka Back cards. They’re relatively tough at 1:43 hobby packs for the first 300 cards. The final 20 are 1:1,263 packs.

This Mike Moustakas Isn’t a Variation Short Print

Mike Moustakas’ base card has him in one of the Jackie Robinson Day uniforms.

The number 42 is clearly visible. This isn’t appear to be a variation short print. Rather, it’s his regular card. The parallels don’t line up. For example, it has Indigo versions. These aren’t part of the variation mix.

The code on the back of the Moustakas card also matches base cards, not Jackie Robinson variations.

Neither Is This Justin Upton

It looks like a Capless Variation, doesn’t it? It’s not. This is Justin Upton’s regular base card.

Spotting 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Variations: The Code Method

So you think there’s a chance you’ve got one of the SSP 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball variations but you’re not entirely sure. The code trick is in play. Flip the card over and focus in on the fine print at the bottom of the card. Specifically, look to the end of that fine print to a long and not very exciting looking string of text. Here are the code endings that matter when it comes to variation hunting:

• Base – 829
• Jackie Robinson Day Variations – 864
• Capless Variations – 867
• Team Swap Error Variations – 870

It’s important to note that these codes in the fine print aren’t meant to be used for spotting short prints. In fact, they’re not intended for collectors at all. Rather, it’s part of the production process. That said, they can be a handy tool for stuff like this. While you can use them for identifying other inserts, the regular card numbers and different designs are much, much easier in this regard. Think of the codes as a last resort or confirmation tool for variations.

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a master 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball variations checklist.

If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the link to see what’s currently available on eBay.


1 Mike Trout – Team Swap Error
8 Eric Hosmer – Jackie Robinson
14 Yoenis Cespedes – Jackie Robinson
22 Amed Rosario – Capless
23 Francisco Lindor – Capless
23 Francisco Lindor – Jackie Robinson
25 Carlos Correa – Jackie Robinson
25 Carlos Correa – Team Swap Error
27 Scooter Gennett – Capless
35 Ichiro – Capless
35 Ichiro – Jackie Robinson
42 Adam Jones – Jackie Robinson
50 Bryce Harper – Capless
50 Bryce Harper – Jackie Robinson
50 Bryce Harper – Team Swap Error
53 Rafael Devers – Team Swap Error
65 Trevor Story – Jackie Robinson
74 Noah Syndergaard – Team Swap Error
79 Jose Altuve – Capless
79 Jose Altuve – Jackie Robinson
81 Buster Posey – Capless
86 Ervin Santana – Jackie Robinson
98 Manny Machado – Capless
98 Manny Machado – Jackie Robinson
100 Chris Sale – Capless
100 Chris Sale – Jackie Robinson
118 Eric Thames – Jackie Robinson
123 Alex Bregman – Jackie Robinson
125 Corey Seager – Jackie Robinson
125 Corey Seager – Team Swap Error
133 Lance McCullers Jr. – Jackie Robinson
146 Carlos Martinez – Jackie Robinson


148 Josh Donaldson – Capless
156 Yasiel Puig – Jackie Robinson
163 Ozzie Albies – Team Swap Error
164 Hunter Renfroe – Team Swap Error
165 Justin Turner – Capless
176 Jacob deGrom – Capless
176 Jacob deGrom – Jackie Robinson
187 Matt Olson – Team Swap Error
191 Andrew McCutchen – Jackie Robinson
192 Corey Kluber – Jackie Robinson
199 Rhys Hoskins – Capless
199 Rhys Hoskins – Team Swap Error
200 Cody Bellinger – Capless
202 George Springer – Jackie Robinson
208 Khris Davis – Capless
208 Khris Davis – Jackie Robinson
217 Joey Votto – Jackie Robinson
224 Ben Gamel – Capless (base card is #166)
233 Robinson Cano – Team Swap Error
242 Daniel Murphy – Jackie Robinson
253 Jose Ramirez – Team Swap Error
256 James Paxton – Jackie Robinson
259 Edwin Encarnacion – Jackie Robinson
260 Kris Bryant – Team Swap Error
265 Justin Verlander – Jackie Robinson
268 Rougned Odor – Team Swap Error
280 Yuli Gurriel – Capless
287 Charlie Blackmon – Capless
292 Nolan Arenado – Jackie Robinson
297 Nelson Cruz – Capless
287 Charlie Blackmon – Jackie Robinson
300 Aaron Judge – Team Swap Error


2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Variations Gallery

Use the tabs to easily navigate between variation types.

Jackie Robinson Day

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Jackie Robinson Day Image Variations

The Basics:

Code: 864
Inserted: 1:106 hobby packs
Parallels: GQ Logo Swap (1:433), Black (1:41,298)

8 Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals


Jackie Robinson Variation – 42 on jersey


Base – 35 on jersey


14 Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets


Jackie Robinson Variation – gray jersey


Base – pinstripe jersey


23 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


Jackie Robinson Variation – back turned


Base – fielding


25 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros


Jackie Robinson Variation – batting


Base – running


35 Ichiro, Miami Marlins


2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Jackie Robinson Variation 35 Ichiro

Jackie Robinson Variation – back turned


Base – orange jersey


42 Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles


Jackie Robinson Variation – orange jersey


Base – white jersey


50 Bryce Harper, Washigton Nationals


Jackie Robinson Variation – batting


Base – running, Independence Day jersey


65 Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies


Jackie Robinson Variation – gray jersey


Base – black jersey


79 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Jackie Robinson Variation – gray jersey


Base – orange jersey


86 Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins


Jackie Robinson Variation – pinstripe jersey


Base – gray jersey


98 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles


Jackie Robinson Variation – orange jersey


Base – black jersey


100 Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox


Jackie Robinson Variation – ball not visible


Base – ball visible


118 Eric Thames, Milwaukee Brewers


Jackie Robinson Variation – running


Base – batting


123 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros


Jackie Robinson Variation – brown bat


Base – black bat


125 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers


Jackie Robinson Variation – white jersey, 42 on front


Base – gray jersey, 5 on front


133 Lance McCullers Jr., Houston Astros


Jackie Robinson Variation – 42 on jersey


Base – 43 on jersey


146 Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals


Jackie Robinson Variation – black glove


Base – brown glove


156 Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers


Jackie Robinson Variation – no bat


Base – batting


176 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets


Jackie Robinson Variation – gray jersey


Base – pinstripe jersey


191 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates


Jackie Robinson Variation – running


Base – batting


194 Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians


Jackie Robinson Variation – white jersey


Base – dark jersey, standing


202 George Springer, Houston Astros


Jackie Robinson Variation – 42 on jersey, orange batting gloves


Base – 4 on jersey, dark batting gloves


208 Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics


Jackie Robinson Variation – white jersey


Base – green jersey


217 Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds


Jackie Robinson Variation – white jersey


Base – red jersey


242 Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals


Jackie Robinson Variation – running


Base – batting


256 James Paxton, Seattle Mariners


Jackie Robinson Variation – back turned


Base – ball visible


259 Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians


Variation – white jersey


Base – dark blue jersey


265 Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers


Jackie Robinson Variation – Detroit Tigers


Base – Houston Astros


287 Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies


Jackie Robinson Variation – gray jersey


Base – black jersey


292 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


Jackie Robinson Variation – holding ball


Base – batting


Capless

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Capless Image Variations

The Basics:

Code: 867
Inserted: 1:121 hobby packs
Parallels: GQ Logo Swap (1:303), Black (1:28,898)

22 Amed Rosario, New York Mets


Capless Variation – holding cap


Base – batting


23 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


Capless Variation – dark blue jersey


Base – fielding


27 Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds


Capless Variation – holding towel


Base – batting


35 Ichiro, Miami Marlins


Capless Variation – black jersey


Base – orange jersey


50 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals


Capless Variation – no helmet


Base – running


79 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Capless Variation – arms at side


Base – batting


81 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants


Capless Variation – holding bat


Base – kneeling


98 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles


Capless Variation – holding helmet, white jersey


Base – holding bat, black jersey


100 Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox


Capless Variation – wearing jacket


Base – pitching


148 Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays


Capless Variation – kneeling, wearing sunglasses


Base – throwing


165 Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers


Capless Variation – white jersey


Base – batting


 

176 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets


Capless Variation – holding cap


Base – wearing cap


199 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


Capless Variation – holding helmet


Base – red jersey, holding bat


200 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


Capless Variation – holding helmet


Base – batting


208 Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics


Capless Variation – standing


Base – batting


224 Ben Gamel, Seattle Mariners


Capless Variation – dark blue jersey, #224 on back


Base – white jersey, #166 on back


280 Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros


Capless Variation – hair sticking up


Base – batting


287 Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies


Capless Variation – gray jersey


Base – black jersey


297 Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners


Capless Variation – in dugout


Base – holding bat


300 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Capless Variation – no cap


Base – batting


Team Swap Error

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Team Swap Error Variations

The Basics:

Code: 870
Inserted: 1:843 hobby packs
Parallels: none

1 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Team Swap Error Variation – Los Angeles Dodgers


Base – Los Angeles Angels


25 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros


Team Swap Error Variation – Texas Rangers


Base – Houston Astros


50 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals


Team Swap Error Variation – Baltimore Orioles


Base – Washington Nationals


53 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox


Team Error Swap Variation – New York Yankees


Base – Boston Red Sox


74 Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets


Team Swap Error Variation – Philadelphia Phillies


Base – New York Mets


125 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers


Team Swap Error Variation – San Francisco Giants


Base – Los Angeles Dodgers


163 Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves


Team Swap Error Variation – New York Mets


Base – Atlanta Braves


164 Hunter Renfroe, San Diego Padres


Team Swap Error Variation – Arizona Diamondbacks


Base – San Diego Padres


187 Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics


Team Swap Error Variation – Seattle Mariners


Base – Oakland Athletics


199 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


Team Swap Error Variation – Washington Nationals


Base – Philadelphia Phillies


233 Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners


Team Swap Error Variation – Oakland Athletics


Base – Seattle Mariners


253 Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians


Team Swap Error Variation – Detroit Tigers


Base – Cleveland Indians


260 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


Team Swap Error Variation – St. Louis Cardinals


Base – Chicago Cubs


268 Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers


Team Swap Error Variation – Angels


Base – Texas Rangers


300 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Team Swap Error Variation – Boston Red Sox


Base – New York Yankees


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15 comments

  1. JDonovan 20 March, 2018 at 19:06

    I wish they would stop calling stuff like team swaps “error cards.” They are not errors if they done intentionally. Call them what they are, chase cards, or perhaps more accurately, money grabs.

  2. Broadus Roland 22 March, 2018 at 05:41

    Seems to be another parallel that has the team name missing. I pulled a Votto (217) and Lopez (205) that do not have team names. It would seem these are listed as “Missing Name Plates.”

  3. Joe Iafrat 24 March, 2018 at 22:55

    Are all the 2018 Angel cards without California or Los Angeles??? I am wondering about this as I have Trout and Ohtani both with just Angels on the front!

    • Ryan Cracknell 26 March, 2018 at 01:14

      @Joe — For the past few years all of their cards have simply said “Angels” for all sets. I believe I have heard this was at the request of MLB.

  4. paul hertel 25 March, 2018 at 21:49

    i just opened my first few packs of GQ and see card #32 of martin perez.perez is a lefty thrower but the card shows a right handed thrower,not perez.is this considered an error card or a non corrected error?

  5. jeffrey D Wiltse 28 March, 2018 at 12:46

    Verlander in a #42 Uniform But Team name is Tigers . Its normal I believe ? Seems all other sets have him already as Astro’s .

  6. paul hertel 30 March, 2018 at 21:31

    card #162,francisco mejia rc,shows him capless,but not listed as a capless variation.this is considered his base card?

  7. Jack pallen 10 April, 2018 at 16:45

    I opened BOX WHICH CONTAINED A PACK WITH DIFFERENT PACKAGING..GOT A VICTOR ROBLES CARD WITH PINKISH TINT #254……IS THIS A PARALLEL, OR WHATEVER

    PLMK
    THANKS
    JAKE

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