Sunday, 29 May 2016

Gyspy Queen Pick-ups with Some 1/1 Action

I'm getting really bad at not scanning and posting thing, so I am making a point of getting back to it, starting with a compilation of recent Gypsy Queen additions. I am pretty excited about the above card, a Charlie Blackmon 1/1 Framed Black from this years GQ. I got this for $11 plus shipping probably due to the auction being listed with an un-descriptive title. I think this is only my second "true" 1/1 as I don't really count printing plates.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Zistle Trade #60

My 60th Zistle trade, way more that I thought, as I didn't really keep track for a while. Starting off with an acetate of Greg Maddux from 1994 Studio, the oldest acetate MLB card in my collection.

Monday, 9 May 2016

First 2016 GQ Trade

My first set help from 2016 Gypsy Queen comes from Judson over at My Cardboard Habit, but the coolest part wasn't the set help, it was the Mini Foil. I don't get a chance for much retail, and I think these are retail only. The shiny foil look is something different for Gypsy Queen and is a nice change of pace.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Big, Big Zistle Trade, Part 1

The fat stack above just by itself would be a big trade for me, but that is not all of it, that's just the 2014 Bowman Platinum portion, putting a big dent in my wantlist for a set that I really wish I would have bought more of when it was around.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Mike Nikorak - Bowman Black Collection

Card number 15 in this collection and up to date until something new comes out. Mike Nikorak was the 27th overall pick in the 2015 draft and struggled in his pro debut, going 0-4 with a 11.72 ERA over 8 starts, but as a 18 year old high school kid, you never know what you will get.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

2016 Gypsy Queen Box 2

Box 2 is torn apart and sorted and won't be posted in as much detail as box one. Above we have the short prints, all the short prints this year are retired players other than Kenta Maeda, The Killebrew being the highlight of these with a bat barrel photo. Surprisingly, two boxes completed my base 300 card set and left me with 69 doubles. Just out of curiosity I checked previous years two box totals. 2014 gave me 298/300, 2013 gave me 268/300 and 2012 gave me 282/300. I didn't keep track in 2015, but seeing as I still need base it doesn't seem close.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

2016 Gypsy Queen Trade/Wantlist

Want-list
Updated May 29, 2016


Base: Complete!

SP: 302, 304-309, 312, 314, 315, 316, 319, 321-325, 327-329, 332, 333, 336-339, 341, 342, 345-350.

Photo Variation: Nolan Arenado

Mini Retail Foil: 301-303, 305-330, 332-350

Framed Green: 24, 76 (Jon Gray)

Framed Blue: 24, 76

Framed Purple: 6, 17, 24, 76

Mini: 24, 30, 76, 244

Mini Gold: 24, 76

Mini Purple: 6, 17, 24, 76, 122, 210, 244, 272

Mini Variations: 17, 76

Power Alley: Andres Galarraga

Autographs: Jon Gray, DJ LeMahieu, Corey Dickerson

Autographs Orange: Jon Gray, DJ LeMahieu, Vinny Castilla
Trade-list
Base: 2, 4, 9, 13, 24, 25, 30, 32, 39, 45, 52, 59, 60, 68, 73, 74, 76, 77, 87, 93, 94, 100, 102, 117, 123, 124, 126, 129, 131, 134, 140, 148, 155, 161, 162, 165, 166, 173, 174, 178, 180, 194, 199, 204, 206, 207, 208, 222, 225, 232, 236, 238, 243, 267, 269, 284, 288, 297, 299

Autographs: Brian Johnson, Rob Refsnyder

Autographs Green #99: Ketel Marte

Full Sized Relic: Matt Carpenter

Mini Relic: Shelby Miller

Mini Relic Gold #50: Javier Baez

Framed Purple: A.J. Pollock

Mini Base: 4, 12, 15, 36, 50, 56, 67, 70, 75, 82, 83, 105, 111, 112, 115, 136, 156, 170, 175, 178, 182, 204, 219, 238, 245, 249, 251, 265, 273, 274, 283, 289, 295

Mini SP: 317, 343

Mini Photo Variations: 1, 5, 14, 15, 18, 34, 44, 57, 61, 69, 71, 88, 90, 105, 125, 138, 155, 158, 163

Mini Gold: Logan Forsythe

Mini Purple: 206, 212, 237, 283, 284, 296

Mini MVP: Chipper Jones, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Stan Musial, Buster Posey

Glove Stories: Mike Trout, Juan Perez, Kevin Pillar, Billy Burns, George Springer, Freddy Galvis, Joey Votto

Power Alley: Willie Mays, Jose Canseco, Carlos Delgado, Dave Winfield, Andre Dawson, Reggie Jackson, Stan Musial, Eddie Mathews, Babe Ruth, Eddie Murray, Albert Pujols

Walk-Off Winners: Eric Hosmer, Manny Machado, Andruw Jones, Jackie Robinson, Josh Donaldson, Wilmer Flores, Kris Bryant, Mike Trout

2016 Gypsy Queen Box One



Base Cards 183 of 300 - No doubles, 61% of the base set. I wasn't sure about the design at first, but now that I have them in hand, I really like this years design. Simple and the red text really pops against the light background, a huge improvement over 2015. I won't flood you with base, but a few stood out.

Monday, 11 April 2016

The Signs of Spring

Snow melting, leaves coming out, baseball on TV, NHL playoffs and my annual 2 boxes of Gpysy Queen. Full review, breakdown, want and trade lists to follow.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

It's a Sickness, is what it is

Don't ask me why, but I now own the above card. I thought having 19 different 2013 Ramon Hernandez cards would be enough. It is not. I had to buy a 2012 Ramon Hernandez printing plate. At least 2013 has a nice photo, this is a photoshop. Don't ask me why, but it's here, on my card desk, looking at me, waiting for more of it's friends.