2012 Topps Gypsy Queen

Set Type: Primary
Card dimensions:
2½” x 3½”
Parallels: Blank Backs, serial numbered “1/1” on back of card; Framed Black, serial numbered “1/1” on back; Framed Blue, serial numbered to 599 on back; Framed Gold; Black, Cyan, Magenta & Yellow Printing Plates — each serial #ed “1/1”; Mini; Mini Black; Framed Mini Black, Cyan, Magenta & Yellow Printing Plates — each serial #ed “1/1”; Mini Green; Mini Gypsy Queen Red Back; Mini Sepia, serial numbered to 99 on back; Mini Straight Cut Back. Topps distributed the Blank Backs parallels exclusively on eBay via The Topps Vault and only issued them for the base (non-SP variation) versions of the cards.

Additional information regarding the Mini parallels follows the primary set checklist.

Inserts: Dual Autographed Relics, Framed Mini Relics, Indian Head Penny, Moonshots, Original Art Patches, Relics, Sliding Stars, Triple Autographed Relics.
Additional Information/14,000 Phillies Commentary: Unlike 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen, this set does not actually replicate any previously used design. Although Topps clearly attempted to replicate the feel and spirit of the previous year’s offering (as it has done with its Allen & Ginter’s sets over the years), when you compare the 2012 set to other cards issued during the 19th century it certainly seems as if the border is just a little too ornate.

I love the fact that so many cards contain photo variations — this is completely keeping in the spirit of the very first Gypsy Queen set in 1887. However, there is no good reason for Topps to not just assign each of the variations its own card number — especially given the sheer number of variations in this set and the Mini parallel (again, more information on those after the primary checklist). Just giving each of the photo variations its own card number would make life a lot easier for collectors.

Another, incredibly small, quibble comes from the relative lack of Phillies autograph cards in this set. Maybe the 2011 edition spoiled me, but seeing none whatsoever in this set (outside of the incredibly short-printed Dual Autographed Relics and Triple Autographed Relics) was a huge disappointment.

Hunter Pence
Roy Halladay (mid-pitch, home jersey variation)
Roy Halladay (SP; running, alternate uniform variation)
Cole Hamels
Ryan Howard (finished swinging bat, home jersey variation)
Ryan Howard (SP; running, alternate uniform variation)
Carlos Ruiz
Domonic Brown
Roy Oswalt (mid-pitch, right hand behind head variation)
Roy Oswalt (SP; beginning of pitch, ball below hip variation)
Shane Victorino
Cliff Lee (road jersey, mid-windup variation)
Cliff Lee (SP; home jersey, throwing pitch variation)
Jimmy Rollins
Mike Schmidt (road jersey, fielding variation)
Mike Schmidt (SP; home jersey, hitting variation)
Vance Worley
Chase Utley

Additional Information on Mini Parallels
With the exception of the Framed Mini Printing Plate cards, which are encased in clear plastic within a standard-sized 2½” x 3½” frame, all the mini parallels measure 1716” x 21116.” All the non-SP cards in the primary set have a corresponding card in each of the Mini parallel sets. However, the regular Mini parallel set, and only the regular Mini parallel, contains all the variations in the primary set, as well as five additional Phillies: four variations and an extended series card. Unlike the variations in the primary set, all the Mini variations seem to be produced in equal quantities. To further complicate the matter and cause unneeded confusion, the four added variations do not appear in any of the other Mini parallels. However, the extended card — #325, Shane Victorino — does appear in all the other Mini parallel sets. The Mini additions are as follows:

Hunter Pence (hitting variation)
Cole Hamels (retro uniform variation)
Jimmy Rollins (hitting variation)
Chase Utley (hitting variation)
Shane Victorino

3 responses to “2012 Topps Gypsy Queen

  1. I’ve been waiting for this post! I knew you’d be able to make sense of the checklist, and now I can figure out what I need to go after.

    • I’m glad to be of help. Trying to figure out how to present the checklist, without resorting to posting multiple versions of it, was the primary reason why it took so long for me to make this post. I hope that my explanation on the variations and the various Mini parallels are clear, but if not, I can always edit and clarify as needed.

  2. I agree, this is a great guide for us…I still have a long way to go though…

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