Easter weekend was spent in Bethany Beach. I took a box of 2017 Gypsy Queen to break along on the trip. While walking around, I did come across a card shop though. As expected, the prices are very high given that its a tourist destination. The shop I was in asks $5+ for single base cards from modern day products. My money was better spent at D.B.’s Fries.
From the artistic design to the Portrait Art Patch Originals, Gypsy Queen has always been an entertaining product to break. You’ll notice that box prices for 2017 are lower compared to previous years. That drop in price comes with a cost. Instead of (4) “hits” box breakers will only find (2). Other aspects like the mini and framed paper parallels did not return either. With that being said, 2017 Gypsy Queen still packs a punch and comes with a slew of great cards to hunt down.
This new configuration introduced us to the oversize Chrome-like box toppers called GlassWorks. You get one of these per box, and they look really cool. Gypsy Queen is not the typical product where you see many foil-based cards. Certain collectors will find parallels of these box toppers which include Purple #’ed/150, Red #’ed/25, and Black #’ed/1. On-card autograph versions also exist #’ed/25.
Rich and deep easily describes the base set which comes in at (320) cards. The last (20) are of retired and/or Hall of Famers and are short prints. Base parallels include:
- Missing Blackplate
- Missing Nameplate
- Purple #’ed/250
- Green #’ed/99 (retail)
- Black & White #’ed/50
- Green Back #’ed/50
- Red #’ed/10
- Black #’ed/1
Photo variations include:
- Throwback Uniform
- Card Back Content (Gum Ad)
Although it might be difficult to see for some people, Topps did use different codes on the card backs to distinguish between the photo variations.
- Base – ends in #1904
- Short Prints – ends in #1931
- Capless – ends in #1937
- Throwback Uniform – ends in #2100
- Card Back Content (Gum Ad) – ends in #1886/1986
It was a surprise to see that the photo variations also have parallels. This usually isn’t the case. I was just thinking about this the other week. You rarely see parallels of photo variations.
The high-end “hits” from Gypsy Queen have always been a joy to look at. The Portrait Art Patch Originals continue to impress me each year. You can see a complete gallery of these one-of-one masterpieces here. Brian Kong and Monty Sheldon both collaborated on these for 2017. One of these years I’d like to see these come in booklet form. Having a hand-drawn piece on one side and a jumbo patch on the other would look awesome.
Here is what I pulled:
- Adam Conley
- Pat Venditte
- J.D. Martinez Auto/Patch Book #’ed/20
- Troy Tulowitzki Black Border #’ed/1
- Jake Lamb Purple Border #’ed/250
- David Robertson Missing Blackplate
- Dansby Swanson RC Missing Blackplate
- Max Scherzer Missing Nameplate
- Jackie Robinson #308
- Carlos Correa Capless #74
- Robinson Cano GlassWorks Box Topper
- Dansby Swanson Fortune Teller
- Gary Sanchez Fortune Teller
- Jose Altuve Fortune Teller
- Max Scherzer Fortune Teller
- Robinson Cano Portrait Hand-Drawn Art Reproduction #1
- Adam Jones Portrait Hand-Drawn Art Reproduction #2
- Mark McGwire Portrait Hand-Drawn Art Reproduction #1