Preview: 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball

Coming out for its sophomore season on April 18, 2012, is the return of a 2011 hit. 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball is back after a great first season where collectors were extremely happy with the products and the hits in the product. (Despite Topps screwing up on the hit collation.)

The basic structure of the set at 350 cards, minis, and paper parallel inserts is just about the same. You’ll get just about everything that appeared in last year’s product once again, including some new hits. Every box will contain 4 hits at 2 autographed and 2 game used relics per box.

Some of the autographs on the checklist are spectacular with players like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Ken Griffey Jr. amongst others. And again, all these autographs will be on-card which makes this product look that much better and can also be found in mini form. You’ll also find your standard bat and jersey relic cards as well and the combination relic/autograph cards.

Some new inclusions in the “hit” realm are patch cards and 1887 Indian head pennies embedded into the cards. I know I’ve given Topps flak for embedding coins into cards but I like the 1887 pennies in here.  Also included is the “Gypsy Kings” insert set, kind of mirrored off the “Gypsy Queens” from last year. These “Gypsy Kings” are a fictional 1887 team with “autographs” and “relics”. Again, if these count as one of my hits when opening this product I would be pissed.

It seems like 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen should be another hit for this season. It should retail at right around $100 and while prices shouldn’t go up too much as it wasn’t heavily produced last season, it still looks like a worthy break once again.