2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Box Break & Review

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Gypsy Queen is 100% baseball.  It certainly has the look and feel of a product like Allen & Ginter, but it doesn’t have all that crazy extra stuff.  Its baseball from the most common base card all the way to the big high-end “hits”.  There have been a few changes over the years, but overall its pretty much the same.

Even though I’m not someone that opens products that are put together like this, I’ve always admired Gypsy Queen’s overall design.  I really enjoy the artistic look.  This is a product that has some meat on it’s bones.  It certainly isn’t a product that you simply rip through really fast and just look for the autographs and relics.  You need to take your time and do your homework in order to get the full Gypsy Queen experience.  That mini or base card you’re holding which isn’t serial numbered could very well be rarer than any of the autographs or relics you just pulled.

The base set consists of (300) cards.  Technically its (350) when you add in the (50) short prints.  Card numbers (301-350) are considered SPs.  SPs should fall 1:4 packs.  Mini SPs that parallel the base come (1) per box.  Photo variations are a big deal when it comes to Gypsy Queen.  There are (50) photo variations when it comes to the base set.  The mini cards have (100) photo variations.

Inside every hobby box you should find (2) autographs and (2) relics.  Hobby boxes also contain an exclusive 10-card mini box.  Within the mini box you’ll find (10) exclusive mini variation cards that cannot be pulled from the regular packs.  You can also look for randomly inserted autographs numbered to (10).  The biggest addition to 2015 Gypsy Queen this year are the inserts.  Glove Stories, Walk-Off Winners, and The Queen’s Throwbacks are all new.

Like I said before, my favorite aspect of Gypsy Queen is the artwork.  Gypsy Queen is known for it’s Original Art Patches.  Monty Sheldon and Brad Utterstrom worked on these cards.  Monty Sheldon even did the artwork for the Basics Of Base Ball insert set.  I would like to see Topps make some art patch booklets.  I think those would look really nice.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Anthony Ranaudo RC Auto
  • Brock Holt Auto

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  • David Wright Jersey
  • David Wright Mini Jersey

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  • Jered Weaver Silver Mini #’ed/199
  • Yusmeiro Petit Silver Mini #’ed/199
  • Justin Upton Bronze Paper Framed #’ed/499
  • Howie Kendrick Bronze Paper Framed #’ed/499

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Mini Photo Variations

  • Willie McCovey Mini #163
  • Troy Tulowitzki Mini #155
  • Ozzie Smith Mini #47
  • Goose Gossage Mini #118
  • Billy Hamilton Mini #105
  • Chris Sale Mini #29
  • Lorenzo Cain Mini #164
  • Javier Baez RC Mini #91
  • Carlos Santana Mini #90
  • Rod Carew Mini #152

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Mini SP

  • Al Kaline #310

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Regular SPs

  • Jimmy Rollins #344
  • Eddie Mathews #302
  • Sparky Anderson #325
  • Matt Holliday #342
  • Mike Schmidt #322

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I wonder why Topps didn’t put Jimmy Rollins in a Dodgers uniform.  Opening Day and Heritage have him with LA.


Basics Of Base Ball

  • Sacrifice Fly #3

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Pillars of the Community

  • Yadier Molina

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The Queen’s Throwbacks

  • Rougned Odor #10
  • Joe Mauer #16
  • Mike Trout #22
  • Manny Machado #20

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Walk-Off Winners

  • Jason Giambi #20
  • Raul Ibanez #11
  • Travis Ishikawa #19
  • Luis Gonzalez #13
  • Ozzie Smith #9
  • Giancarlo Stanton #3

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Glove Stories

  • Billy Hamilton #2
  • Alex Gordon #9
  • Steven Souza Jr. #1
  • Ben Revere #7

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