Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen - The Inserts

I made out pretty well on inserts from the blaster and rack pack I bought. I haven't received my hobby box yet so I may have more later. There are 5, what I would call, base inserts. These don't have relics, autos, and are not some sort of parallel. I got at least one of each. As I mentioned in a previous post, it looks like a blaster box of this product is a pretty good deal. I think you should expect to get a good selection of base insert cards in a blaster.

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Future Stars Jeremy Hellickson
Future Stars is the only base insert card to return from last year although it went from a 20 card set to 15 cards.

Two of the inserts last year, Sticky Fingers and Wall Climbers featured fielding. Only one does this year.

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Glove Stories Trayvon Robinson
Trayvon only made it into 44 games last year but managed this spectacular play. He dove into the stands to snatch a pop foul from a fan.

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Moonshots Evan Longoria
Last year they had Home Run Heroes, featuring legendary players, this year it's Moonshots featuring current players.  The back of the card celebrates a 447-foot home run that Longoria hit in the 3rd inning of a game in September at Tropicana Field. Is this really a photo of Evan hitting that home run? If so, why does he seem to be wearing an away uniform? If they didn't have a picture of him actually hitting this fantastic home run, couldn't they at least use a photo of him in a home uniform?

And another thing, did you know that there are two major league ball barks named after orange juice brands?

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Sliding Stars Jose Reyes
 Instead of a second card featuring fielding, we have another aspect of the game, running, or at least sliding. Jose Reyes looks spiffy in his photoshopped Marlins uniform.

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Hallmark Heroes Joe DiMaggio
This 15-card set replaces last years 30-card set, "The Great Ones".

I like all of these inserts. The player pictures feature the same photo enhancement tricks used on the base cards. The border designs are different but the Gypsy Queen logo ties them all together.

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