Saturday, May 14, 2011

2011 Gypsy Queen blaster recap

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen blaster [$19.99 at a Target] - I was hoping to get lucky looking for retail 2011 Bowman which came out in the last two days, but didn't find any.

However, I found a lone blaster box of Gypsy Queen and decided to pick it up since it has been out for about two weeks - but I hadn't seen any of the cards in-hand.

Pack one
#58 Dale Murphy - my memories of Murphy are tied through his baseball cards of the early 1990s, so I really only remember him as the longtime veteran probably five years past his prime.
#210 Aaron Rowand
#295 Phil Hughes

#WC-10 David DeJesus - Wall Climbers insert
#291 Chris Young - mini parallel
Decoy card - the thick white filler variety sometimes I'd use to get someone's autograph on.

#341 Nyjer Morgan - short print

Pack two
#199 James Shields
#115 Jeremy Jeffress
#248 Dustin Pedroia
#SF-2 Chase Utley - Sticky Fingers insert
#116 Jake Peavy - mini parallel
Decoy card
#GO-12 Johnny Bench - Great Ones insert

Pack three
#91 Josh Johnson
#85 Frank Robinson
#203 Brian Matusz
#140 Shaun Marcum
#256 Wade Davis - mini parallel
Decoy card
#HH-24 Rogers Hornsby - Home Run Heroes insert
Checklist 4 of 4

Pack four
#276 Ian Stewart
#144 Jon Niese
#111 Jason Bay

#12 Ryan Howard - framed paper bronze parallel; serial #'d 589/999
#150 Kosuke Fukudome - mini parallel; Gypsy Queen back
Decoy card
#FS-14 Mat Latos - Future Stars insert

Pack five
#69 Kevin Youkilis
#38 Walter Johnson
#151 Michael Young
#SF-7 Jose Reyes - Sticky Fingers insert
#218 Austin Jackson - mini parallel
Decoy card
#GO-3 Bob Gibson - The Great Ones insert

Pack six
#32 Carl Crawford

#176 Kendrys Morales - will he ever wear the Angels' uniform again or is he done as a Halo?
#112 Carlos Zambrano
#255 Barry Zito

#27 Roy Oswalt - mini sepia parallel; serial #'d 41/99
Decoy card

#HH-23 Mickey Mantle - Home Run Heroes insert
Checklist 1 of 4

Pack seven
#65 Babe Ruth
#124 J.J. Hardy
#152 Paul Maholm
#WC-3 Nick Swisher - Wall Climbers insert
#179 Neil Walker - mini parallel
Decoy card
#315 Jered Weaver - short print

Pack eight
#15 Matt Kemp
#77 Hunter Pence
#263 Johnny Damon

#GQ-15 Lavenia, Praha - Gypsy Queen insert; it is a little creepy not knowing who these gypsies are, even though they maybe just ordinary women featured as 'props' Topps hired, dressed up and photographed to enhance the overall theme of the set.
#209 Tim Hudson - mini parallel
Decoy card
#FS-17 Clay Buchholz
- Future Stars insert

Judging from a small sample size of cards pulled from a blaster, maybe I was hoping for something a little more to jump out at me - to make the images on the cards really stand out and to give the cards a different feeling in-hand, perhaps the themed inserts should have been 'framed' like the 'framed paper' parallels.

I really want an opportunity to bust any 2011 Bowman [unlike 2010 Bowman, which was a ghost as far as availability was concerned] - so unless I really can't find any 2011 Bowman, my interest in Gypsy Queen probably stop and ends with this blaster.

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