First look: 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Gypsy Queen turns five next year.

Set to arrive on April 15, 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen will arrive with the latest new look and retro style for the popular brand with two autographs and two Relics per 24-pack hobby box. It also will include one 10-card mini-box as a box-topper in its fifth season of release.


The base set will consist of 300 cards capped by 50 short-prints found one in every four packs. There will be 50 image variations for collectors to chase as well. There will be three types of partial-parallel sets for collectors to chase for 100 cards — Paper Framed cards, 1/1 Black Paper Framed cards and 1/1 printing plates.

Mini parallels will return once again with one found in every pack and short-printed minis found one per box. There will be five parallels for minis — Silver, Red, Black (/5) and 1/1 Graphite and printing plates.  In the box-topper boxes, there will be 100 mini variations to be found — only in those boxes.

On the insert card side, there are a few new inclusions with Walk-off Winners, The Queen’s Throwbacks and Basics of Baseball Minis. Returning will be Glove Stories, while the Basics of Baseball will have a mini 1/1 sketch-card version to find, too.

On the memorabilia side, there will be Relics with Gold (/25), Red Patch (/5) and 1/1 Black Button parallels to chase. There also will be Mini Relics with the same colors and quantities, though the Black mini will be a patch instead. Jumbo Relics also will be in the mix with the same three parallels.

For autographs, there will be three types of cards to be found. Standard autos will have four types of parallels — Silver, Gold (/25), Red (/5) and 1/1 Black. Mini autos will be found in the box-toppers and be limited to just 10 copies. Lastly, Autographed Relics will be included with Gold (/25), Red Patch (/5) and 1/1 Black Button cards, too.

A preliminary checklist was not released.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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  1. Mark 29 September, 2014 at 14:43

    Nothing innovative or new here. I think the time of Gypsy Queen has come to an end. Or it ended a year ago. GQ is not nearly as flashy as its big brother Allen & Ginter, and even A&G suffered this year from a lack of creativity and a weak non-baseball checklist. There is simply nothing here to distinguish this product from any other GQ set.

  2. Charlie 30 September, 2014 at 09:21

    I really don’t like the gray borders – 2011 and 2014 colors were much less offensive. That said – the Griffey gold autograph looks tremendous.

  3. phillies_joe 30 September, 2014 at 11:30

    Agree with Mark…though I REALLY like GQ, it by itself should be an insert set of the flag-ship product. I do like that a couple of boxes usually has enough (after selling and trading) to complete the base set. Inserts look great which I always enjoy collecting. One of those booklet auto / relics would be cool to pull. I still give the product an A+ but am getting bored with it.

  4. mathew 6 October, 2014 at 10:04

    I keep hearing people complain that Gypsy Queen isn’t needed because of Allen & Ginter’s. However, I refuse to buy packs of Allen & Ginter’s because I want *baseball cards* — I don’t give a frak for any of the cards of celebrities and athletes from other sports. So, I’m very happy to see Gypsy Queen to continue — even if, frankly, the 2015 design is terrible — the border design is far too busy to harken to original 19th century sets and the darker border color is a definite mistake.

  5. Big pimping 22 April, 2015 at 15:35

    Love this product ! Looks and feels high end 2015 is the best design so far hands down better then Allen and ginter even better then heritage now . 2 autos 2 relics a ton of short prints and variations grade a+++

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