Card of the Day: Rhys Hoskins 2019 Topps Utz #44

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Card of the Day: Cesar Hernandez 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Auto

2019 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Box Break & Review

Gypsy Queen has become a classic that lots of collectors look forward to opening.  Retro designs combined with on-card autographs and bright colors make for some interesting pulls.  Before opening a pack, box, or case, I highly suggest reading up on it before diving in.  Over the years Gypsy Queen has become quite concentrated with all sorts of goodies to look for.  Many of these items could easily be overlooked.

Ok.  Here we go.  The base set consists of (300) cards.  Parallels include Green (retail), Purple (Mega Box), Missing Nameplate, Indigo #’ed/250, Gypsy Queen Logo Swap, Bazooka Back, Black & White #’ed/50 (hobby), Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed 1/1.  The Missing Nameplate and Gypsy Queen Logo Swap cards need to be watched for the most.  Quickly flipping through a pack could cause you to miss them as they don’t have a different back or border color change that jumps right out.

An additional (20) cards make up the Short Prints.  You’ll notice that card numbers #301-#320 are of retired stars and Hall of Famers.  These have parallels too – Missing Nameplate, Gypsy Queen Logo Swap, Bazooka Back, and Black #’ed 1/1.

Despite not being their main purpose, the CMP codes really come in handy when it comes to identifying variations.  Especially when Gypsy Queen has so many other things to be watching for at the same time.

  • Base (#1-#300) – #293
  • Short Prints (#301-#320) – #323
  • Jackie Robinson Variation – #328
  • Player’s Weekend Variation – #331
  • 4th of July Variation – #334

Its important to note that the Jackie Robinson Day and Player’s Weekend variations have Gypsy Queen Logo Swap and Black #’ed 1/1 parallels.

Every hobby box comes with (2) on-card autographs.  (15) cards have Jackie Robinson Day variations that have Black & White #’ed/42 and Black #’ed 1/1 parallels.

Box Toppers are a common thing for Gypsy Queen.  The Box Toppers for 2019 are cool!  (3) Chrome cards are awaiting inside the Box Topper pack.  These cards look awesome.  You even have a shot at some parallels and autographs.  Yes.  You read that correctly.  On-card autograph, Chrome, Gypsy Queen cards.

Relics can be found too.  These are much more difficult to pull.  As always, my favorites are going to be the Power Performers Portrait Art Patch Originals.  Topps has made these a staple for Gypsy Queen.  I don’t believe any other product on the market has cards like this.  One day it would be fun to see them come in a booklet format with an autograph.  An upgrade to these would be nice to see.  I want to see Bryce Harper in a Phillies uniform with a Phillies patch for 2020 Gypsy Queen.

You’ve got to pay close attention when opening Gypsy Queen.  Topps packs a lot in here.  A hobby box will cost around $110 right now.  You’re going to need a lot of luck in order to pull something that’s going to pay for the box.  Then again, if all you’re thinking about is getting you’re money back, you’re not doing this for the right reasons.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Chance Adams RC Auto
  • Austin Meadows Auto

Short Print

  • George Brett #315

Parallels

  • Dennis Santana RC Bazooka Back
  • Ryan O’Hearn RC Missing Nameplate
  • Eric Hosmer Black & White #’ed/50
  • Christian Yelich Indigo #’ed/250

Box Topper

  • Kyle Schwarber Chrome
  • Jacob deGrom Chrome
  • Justin Upton Chrome Gold Refractor #’ed/50

Inserts

  • Ronald Acuña Jr. Fortune Teller Mini
  • Khris Davis Fortune Teller Mini
  • Gleyber Torres Fortune Teller Mini
  • Corey Kluber Tarot of the Diamond
  • Aaron Judge Tarot of the Diamond
  • Mike Trout Tarot of the Diamond

2019 Topps Inception Baseball Box Break & Review

While attending the 40th annual Ephrata Lions Club Sports Card Show & Auction (the longest-running one-day show on the east coast) on 3/30, I saw a handful of dealers selling new wax.  One of the products that I witnessed many collectors breaking was 2019 Topps Inception Baseball.  People seem to really enjoy it.  By the end of the show, I didn’t see many boxes left.

The Topps Inception brand reminds me a lot of Star Wars.  Especially when it comes to the design.  Some years its dark, while other times its light.  As fun as the dark-side can be, I prefer my Inception to have the lighter look.  That’s exactly what the 2019 version has.  It seems to swap back and forth one year to the next.  Show prices for a box seemed to settle around $55.  Online its a bit higher, and that doesn’t count shipping.

I enjoy quick-thrill, one pack per box products.  Inception is just that.  I hope the format never changes.

Housed inside every pack are (7) cards.  You should find (4) base, (2) parallels, and (1) autograph or autograph/relic.  The base set has (100) cards with the following parallels – Green, Purple #’ed/150, Magenta #’ed/99, Red #’ed/75, Orange #’ed/50, Blue #’ed/25, Inception Black #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.  Matte backgrounds, glossy player photos, and thick card stock continues from previous years.

Hits are truly what Inception is all about.  Autographs come in a wide range of ways.  For the most part, its highly likely your autograph will come from the Base Rookies & Emerging Stars checklist.  Really lucky box breakers can find rarer gems which range from Short Print Autographs to Autographed Team Logo Patch Booklets.  Not everything is signed on-card, but a good chunk is.  Silver and gold paint-pen autographs which are in the Silver Signings set continue to be some of my favorites.

Did you pull a redemption for a Mystery Autograph?  There are two – A & B.  As of this writing we have yet to learn who A will be.  Topps recently announced that B is of White Sox star rookie Eloy Jimenez.

Every product today can be considered hit or miss.  That’s only if you’re concerned about the dollar value of your hit.  So many products get unnecessarily bashed today because the hit didn’t pay for the box.  If that’s the only reason you’re opening a box, you’re not doing it for the correct reason.

Colorful explosion of fun!  White stock really makes these cards pop.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto/Relic

  • David Fletcher RC Blue Button Relic Auto #’ed/6

Parallels

  • Luis Urias RC Green
  • Ryan Borucki RC Magenta #’ed/99

Base

  • Bryse Wilson RC #22
  • Chris Shaw RC #30
  • Jose Altuve #79
  • Noah Syndergaard #43

Card of the Day: Trace McSorley 2019 Leaf Draft Auto

Guess The Set – April 5, 2019

Can you Guess The Set?  This evening I’ll post the correct answer in the comment section and on Twitter.  Good luck!

Hint – Before buying a complete set, make sure #51 isn’t missing.