Review: 2019 Topps Gypsy Queen

1. Card Design:

Let me first say that I love Gypsy Queen, so I might be a little bias. GQ comes with a thicker card stock, similar to those familiar with Topps Heritage. The imagery looks more like art, for those that love the look of the 1953 Topps set, or those collecting Topps Living. The colors pop and the players come alive. I’ve seen some negative comments towards this release, but I believe most of that comes from “hit” collectors, or the subsequent return this product offers for “prospectors” or “rip-n-flip” types.

Score 4.5/5.0

2. Checklist Review:

With a 300 card base set (and 20 SP veteran/HoF), this is a great set for set builders. Most team sets consist of an average of 9-12 cards, perfect for those that want a robust set of their favorite team. Short Prints (SPs) include: Jackie Robinson Day, 4th of July and Player’s Weekend photo variations. The insert checklist is light(er) than most, when compared to Flagship and other “set builder” products, but GQ usually features a smaller insert CL historically. Chrome parallels are new to GQ in 2019, featuring a 100 card set, with 3-4 cards per team. These were packed out as a an extra pack found as a “box topper” in select boxes. I am not a fan of Chrome cards being inserted into a set like Gypsy Queen. I think sets like this, Heritage, Flagship and Allen & Ginter should be free of chrome, but that’s just me. However, I did complete a team set, as well as the Indigo team set #’d /150. These are gorgeous cards and I’d highly recommend them for Chrome collectors. The base chrome are not numbered, but you can find Indigo /150, Gold /50 and Red /5 for those seeking to add additional parallels to their collection.

Score 4.0/5.0

3. Collectibility:

Looking at this objectively, I would still rate this set very highly. It’s color scheme and card design should make this a collector’s favorite. It has a deep CL for anyone collecting the set, or just their team (or favorite players). Again, the insert set leaves a bit to be desired, but there’s always Flagship for that. And remember, Allen & Ginter is lurking, if “inserts” are your thing. The CL features a ton of fun parallel sets, so there is plenty to chase for your PC, as you see fit.

Score 5.0/5.0

4. Favorite Parallel/Insert Set:

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This set has some great parallels as I’ve eluded too. Some of the parallel options collectors have include; Green, Purple (mega box exclusive), Indigo /250, Black & White /50, Missing Nameplate and the GQ Logo Swap. I, myself, have at least one of each, and completed A’s team sets of Green, Purple, Indigo and the Missing Nameplates. Each are fantastic in their own right and offer excellent chase variations for collectors. My personal favorite is actually not the Green (which it usually is as an A’s fan) but the Indigo. The Indigo blue is a great parallel color, that is generally only used in GQ, so it doesn’t get tired like some of the others (such as Gold, featured in almost every parallel CL).

Score 4.5/5.0

5. Autos/Relics:

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The auto’d cards feature on-card autos, with the brilliant GQ design. These are personal favorites, due to the card design, but probably don’t hold as much re-sell value for those looking for investments or for a solid ROI. The relics might be my least favorite aspect of this release. They are in there because, that’s just the way it is now. However, they don’t offer anything unique, outside of the GQ design. Overall this category will be trumped by many other products throughout the year.

Score 3.5/5.0

Overall: 

Gypsy Queen is one of my personal favorites, so I tried my best to be unbiased. It’s a great product for collectors, set or team, but might not be for you, if you are looking for a short/long-term investment opportunity. There just isn’t much of a return factor. My personal score for this set is probably a perfect five, as it’s probably my second favorite product behind the highly anticipated Stadium Club.

Overall Score 4.3/5.0

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