Skip to main content

How the Gypsy Queen hater is doing acquiring Gypsy Queen


As the resident hater of Gypsy Queen, I suppose people are waiting for me to fall off the wagon and announce that I've purchased two cases of GQ because I confess I just love the stuff so much! It's so BEAUTIFUL.

Well, first, I don't hate any set. Hate is too strong a word for cards.

Except 1992 Donruss. Sorry, '92 D, I really, really, really hate you. Burn in the ground you disgusting, putrid, vile set of horror.

But everything else I measure in "like" and "dislike." Sometimes "love."

I still dislike Gypsy Queen, particularly this year's version. And, no, I haven't bought any GQ since my first experience with a pack. I'm not even tempted in the card aisle. All I have to do is look at the price tag and I say to myself "$9.49 for THAT?"

Yup, the chances of suddenly discovering random Gypsy Queen in my shopping cart is nil.

But fool team collector that I am, I'm required to obtain cards from each and every set regardless if it's one of the homeliest things put to cardboard. And that's where you come in -- sending me cards that I believe have no redeeming value.

The first person to send me this year's GQ was Topher at Crackin' Wax. He was shipping cards out free and, gee golly, I had to have the Dodgers. You see the Dee Gordon card up there. Dee hasn't lost his smile despite hitting .237.


Here is my first GQ mini, of the equally light-hitting James Loney. This Loney card says "Straight Cut" on the back, which leads me to believe it's a ridiculous back parallel. I only know this because some blogger mentioned that a certain card they pulled was the "Straight Cut Variety," and after sitting puzzled for a moment, it occurred to me that Topps wants you to collect two versions of the same card just because it printed "Straight Cut" on the back.

Honestly, these back parallels are moving into the realm of parody. How does anyone take them seriously anymore?


Here is the final card from Crackin' Wax. It's yet another Jackie Robinson card. From one of the insert sets in Gypsy Queen.

If this pose looks familiar to you, it's because it's appeared in dozens of sets over the last few years. In fact, one of those sets was Gypsy Queen, JUST LAST YEAR.


There it is. One year ago. But Topps tricked us by zooming in on Jackie for this year's set and colorizing the trees in the background. Gosh, it's like a WHOLE DIFFERENT PHOTO.

Sigh.

Really, Topps. I'm OK without a Robinson card in the set. In fact, you can never print another Jackie card ever and I won't hold it against you. Think about it.

The second person to ignore my whining about GQ and send me some GQ Dodgers was Ryan from Ryan's Pitch.

I'll show some of the other cards he sent some other time. I don't want to sully them by having them appear in a Gypsy Queen post.


All of the cards are minis. You'll be pleased to know they all have the same backs, too. I know everyone is wondering.

By the way, Ted Lilly and Chris Capuano are the Dodgers' two most successful pitchers this year. Have both of them on your fantasy team? I thought so.


Hey, it's Dee again! So glad I didn't go on a binge of buying Dee Gordon autographs. But I'm certainly hoping he'll get things going again.


The Bison gets card No. 44. Still hitting above .400. Still in beast mode.

Finally, Brian at Play at the Plate sent me some GQ, too. A couple of the cards are repeats of what I showed already, but there is at least one new one.


A mini Jackie. Different pose from the other card that I loved so much. But still one that we've seen many times.

This Jackie is the red gypsy back, which means ... well, it means nothing. It means I'm done collecting 2012 GQ Jackie Robinson minis.

Oh, and I'm supposed to wonder if any of these are picture variations.

Done wondering. Don't care.

GQ sure is full of itself for something so hideous.

Brian also sent another card. It's not GQ, but we could all use something colorful after all these pictures of players in their dirty, wrinkled uniforms.


It's Dee one more time. And it's a Heritage short-print.

Doesn't that look so much better?

Unfortunately, because I'm avoiding buying the stuff, I still need more GQ Dodgers. The want list has officially been updated with 2012 offerings.

Help me out. My binder can't be filled completely with colorful, pleasantly designed sets. Help me ugly it up.

Comments

Commishbob said…
Hey, I picked up Capuano last week. He was icing on a pretty good staff for me. Now if I had a middle infielder hitting above the Mendoza line I'd be all set.
carlsonjok said…
I picked up a couple of rack packs of GQ today to see if I liked it (I didn't.) But I did get Dodger base cards 31 and 46, plus framed bordered parallels 44 and 290. They are set aside for you.
AdamE said…
I mailed you two more on Monday...
Glad you're enjoying the few GQs that I was able to scrounge up for you. :)

Popular posts from this blog

This guy was everywhere

It's interesting how athletes from the past are remembered and whether they remain in the public conscious or not.

Hall of Fame players usually survive in baseball conversations long after they've played because they've been immortalized in Cooperstown. Then there are players who didn't reach the Hall but were still very good and somehow, some way, are still remembered.

Players like Dick Allen, Rusty Staub, Vida Blue and Mickey Rivers live on decades later as younger generations pick up on their legacies. Then there are all-stars like Bert Campaneris, who almost never get discussed anymore.

There is just one memory of Campaneris that younger fans most assuredly know. I don't even need to mention it. You know what's coming, even if Lerrin LaGrow didn't.

But there was much more to Campaneris than one momentary loss of reason.

A couple of months ago, when watching old baseball games on youtube hadn't gotten old yet, I was watching a World Series game from…

Some of you have wandered into a giveaway

Thanks to all who voted in the comments for their favorite 1970s Topps card of Bert Campaneris.

I didn't know how this little project would go, since I wasn't installing a poll and, let's face it, the whole theme of the post is how Campaneris these days doesn't get the respect he once did. (Also, I was stunned by the amount of folks who never heard about the bat-throwing moment. Where am I hanging out that I see that mentioned at least every other month?)

A surprising 31 people voted for their favorite Campy and the one with the most votes was the one I saw first, the '75 Topps Campy card above.

The voting totals:

'75 Campy - 11 votes
'70 Campy - 4
'72 Campy - 4
'73 Campy - 4
'76 Campy - 4
'74 Campy - 3
'78 Campy - 1

My thanks to the readers who indulged me with their votes, or even if they didn't vote, their comments on that post. To show my appreciation -- for reading, for commenting, for joining in my card talk even if it might …

Return of the king

(If you haven't voted for your favorite Bert Campaneris '70s card in the last post, I invite you to do so).

So you've been away for a few years and want everyone to know that you're back.

How do you do that?

Do what The Diamond King did when he returned to card blogging last month: Bombard readers with contests and giveaways! Well, you've certainly gotten MY attention, sir!

I'll start with the giveaways first. Since he returned, the Diamond King has issued multiple "Diamond King 9" giveaways, straight out of the chute and rapid fire in the last month-plus. As I've said before, I am very slow to get to these "first come, first serve" giveaways. I used to think "I spend too much time on the computer" and now I realize "I don't spend enough time on the computer at all!"

But I was able to nab two cards out of the many giveaways.


I won this key 1981 Fleer Star Sticker of The Hawk. I have since acquired several more &#…