When Topps Gets Something Right

Featured Cards: 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #111, Carlos Ruiz; 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Autographs #GQA-CR, Carlos Ruiz; 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Autograph Relics #AR-CR, Carlos Ruiz

Given the levels of negativity I’m feeling towards Topps and Beckett, I thought it would be a good idea to focus on a positive before writing another post where I find myself griping yet again about something one of those two entities did, or didn’t do. So, here’s a wonderful example of Topps doing something right:

2013 Topps GQ Ruiz2013 Topps GQ Auto Ruiz2013 Topps GQ Auto-Relic Ruiz

One of the reasons I love Gypsy Queen so much is that Topps actually makes the autograph, relic, and autograph relic inserts look like extensions of the base set. Furthermore, the pictures on the cards are different and the cards themselves are autographed directly, rather than having an autograph sticker slapped on them. Topps has been doing this since the first year of Gypsy Queen, and it’s something I wish Topps would duplicate in their other sets — I really like the fact that it is clearly obvious which set these inserts were issued with. Unfortunately, Topps only issued five such cards (not counting the framed mini relics) in 2013 Gypsy Queen — a far cry from the 10 such Phillies cards in the 2011 set.

With the exception of Allen & Ginter, Topps doesn’t have a track record of printing a vintage brand for more than a few years. Hopefully, we’ll either see more of this in 2014 Gypsy Queen or, if there is no Gypsy Queen, in whatever set Topps replaces it with.

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