First look: 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One of Topps‘ most popular retro baseball card lines of the year, Gypsy Queen, will be back once again in 2012.

The company revealed the basic product information and preview images for the second edition of the cards modeled after the 1880s tobacco cards on Thursday, and it looks like it will once again include two autographs and two Relics per hobby box when it arrives on April 18.

Next year’s edition will include a 350-card base set with 50 short-prints as well as standard and mini versions. There also will be mini exclusives again, too, as each 24-pack hobby box will contain a 10-card mini box-topper. That set will consist of 91 players with autographs — a new inclusion– and other inserts also included in the box-toppers.

Parallels for 2012 will include Blue Paper cards limited to 599, Black Paper cards limited to just one copy apiece and printing plates. Minis will have GQ backs, straight cut backs, black parallels, green parallels, sepia tone parallels and printing plates.

The autograph lineup will include autographed Relics, dual autographed Relics and triple autographed Relics with all cards signed directly on the cards.

Meanwhile, the Relic lineup will include Indian Penny Relics, standard Relics, framed mini Relics, a new round of game-used patch sketch cards and stadium seat Relics.

The insert card lineup will include Moonshots, which feature home run hitters, Glove Stories (strong fielders), Slide Show (base stealers) and —  all also with mini framed printing plate versions. There also will be a 12-card set of Gypsy Kings, a “famed mythical 1887 Barnstorming team,” which will also include autograph and bat Relic cards.

Among the signers on the preliminary checklist for on-card autograph set include: Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Albert Belle, Allen Craig, Bob Gibson, Carlton Fisk, Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Frank Robinson, Frank Thomas,  John Smoltz, Robinson Cano and Ryne Sandberg, among others. That set will include at least 40 players.

The mini autograph preliminary checklist is much smaller. It will include only 15 players and, thus far, only  Thomas, ALCS hero Nelson Cruz and Matt Kemp have been announced.

For the autographed Relics, there will be at least 20 players featured, including Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Carl Yastrzemski as well as Ryan Braun, Carlos Gonzalez, Cruz and Jesus Montero thus far. Players slated to appear on multi-player autographed Relics include Jackson, Montero, Yaz, Ralph Kiner, Dustin Pedroia, Andrew McCutchen, Ernie Banks, Starlin Castro, Chipper Jones and Evan Longoria.

First take: 2012 Gypsy Queen

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  1. Jeremy Brannon
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Hall of Famer Autos look great would love to add them to my collection.

  2. John Tayne
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    gypsy is probably my favorite MLB set. I just wish we could see a better auto checklist, Hammerin Hank and Sandy were there last year, the only major inclusions seem to be Mr October, and Say hey Willie mays… long as Cal Jr as an auto in there I’ll be happy though.

  3. Yankee_Pride
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    The names on the front are really hard to read they should’ve been done in black. Other than that not a bad looking product.

  4. Chris H
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I loved GQ this year & I like this look for next year. My only worry is the price explosion we had this year. I was, however able to get awesome mini relics of Gehrig, Jackie Robinson & Rickey Henderson.

  5. Posted November 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    It’s pretty much the exact same product as last year’s GQ; only with one less hit per box and a fake baseball team replacing the fake gypsies.

    So there.

  6. Posted November 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    By this: “and it looks like it will once again include two autographs and two Relics per hobby box”
    do they mean “it will actually include TWO autographs and two relics per hobby box, unlike last year where it was just promised. For realsies this time?”

  7. actual collector
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink


  8. mike
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    nothing to get too excited about. Looks like the exact same checklist as last year. couple new HOF auto’s added and indian head pennies???? but i bet there is going to be some tabata, stubbs, jon jay, and all the repeats from the last two years. maybe they will rememeber to put all the autos in the packs this time instead of sending scrub $1-2 autos in the mail with no sleeve or toploaders.

  9. Luke Harley
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    I want those Jesus Montero’s!!!!!!!

  10. Posted November 4, 2011 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    One of these years I’ll get last year’s set (with insert sets). Then I’ll go after this one. Looks like another hit.

  11. Scott87
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    I like these alot. Seems like to many of my fellow collectors are investors so they complain about the hits and such. If you care that much about it then just buy a different product, Not that hard. Id like to see Topps step up on there Jerseys/Patch cards in terms of being able to write that the card is from a Season, Game and Player. Something they havent done in years and in my mind, gives Panini a huge edge when it comes to MEM cards.

  12. Mark
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Generally nice looking, but the boarder around the cards is WAY too big.

  13. subpop77
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    I like them, I would like what John Tayne said Hammerin Hank and Sandy Koufax were in last years I do like Willie Mays, Albert Belle, Allen Craig, Bob Gibson, Carlton Fisk, Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Frank Robinson, Frank Thomas, John Smoltz, Robinson Cano and Ryne Sandberg, among others.They need to change it up and keep it fresh with the autos they do. I got my Cal Ripken, Jr. from last years. I am excited that Frank Thomas is in the auto set. They could have done Pujols instead of Belle. I would also like to see other players like Ryan Sweeney as well in there.

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