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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Hobby Edition

    Hello all, Today the Pack Rip Cafe jumps on board with the Gypsy Queen craze I bought 2 packs at my LCS so here is one and the other one will be over on The Buffet.

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Hobby Edition
       First thing I noticed was how thick the packs were.
#46 Thurman Munson (Yankees)
#43 Matt Cain (Giants)
#3 Cole Hamels (Phillies)
   Two Stars and one of my favorite Yankees of that era.

#113 Jose Bautista (Blue Jays)
#149 Adam Jones (Orioles)
#220 Tyler Colvin (Cubs)
   All quality players here.

#240 Fausto Carmona (Indians)
#150 Kosuke Fukudome (Cubs)
Mini #110 Todd Helton (Rockies)
    More quality players including a regular back mini.

Mini Bat Relic #FMRC-TM Thurman Munson (Yankees)
SP #344 Josh Beckett (Red Sox)
  WOW! A Munson bat relic! My first hit of him, I couldn't be happier with any other Yankee hit (except Mantle maybe). A Beckett SP also is icing on the cake for a great pack. An extra card was even inside as I got 11.

Some Backs.

Total Cards:
10 11 extra card
Teams Represented: 9
Rookie Cards:
Sub Sets:
1 (Helton mini)
1 (Beckett)
Hits: 1 (Munson bat) 
Keepers for Me:
 2 (Munson base and Munson bat card) The rest are for trade.

Front Design: 9 out of 10 Good pictures, nice design, great artwork, good old school cardboard feel, I like the inclusion of the background artwork, no team logo.
Back Design:
 6 out of 10 Nice design, team logo, good player factoid, no stats, only 2 colors.
Player Selection: 7.5 out of 10 Good, nice mix of quality players plus the legends.

FINAL OVERALL RATING: 3 RBI Home Run to center field. A Hit, an SP, an extra card, what's not to like. I love the design and the feel of these cards. I am not the retro set kind of collector but this set has me tempted.

   Head on over to The Buffet and see how the other pack was, although I can't see it being much better then this one.

Thanks for Reading!