2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Box Break Amongst Friends – Part 1

topps_gypsy_queen_boxAfter reading about group breaks (wasn’t such a thing when I collected last), I took the idea to a few friends of mine.  Myself, along with five other friends who are baseball fans and casual card collectors decided we would try it with a box of 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen.  Each person was allowed to pick their first team, usually their favorite team as I picked the San Francisco Giants.  The other five teams that were selected were the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers.  Then we held a draft to assign the other teams.  Each team was a set price and some participants drafted only two teams, some three teams and the remaining were paid for by me.  I ended up with 15 teams!  Which I didn’t mind since I may decide to attempt to complete the set?

Here is the breakdown of teams –

Barry W. (Rangers, Tigers);  Bill J. (Orioles, Twins, Pirates, Mariners);  Jason C. (Giants, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Cubs, White Sox, Indians, Rockies, Astros, Royals, Marlins, Yankees, Phillies, Padres, Rays, Blue Jays);  Jay H. (Angels, Braves);  Jaime L. (Brewers, Cardinals, Nationals);  Tony F. (Dodgers, Reds, Mets, Athletics)

I will post the pack by pack breakdown and include some photos of random cards.

Pack #1
Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals (#292)
Phil Hughes, New York Yankees (#296)
Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers (#265)
Dan Haren, Washington Nationals (#249)
Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals (#89)
Dealing Aces – R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays (#DA-RD)
Mini – Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals (#324)
Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres (#287)
Brandon Moss, Oakland Athletics (#175)
Niel Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates (#217)


Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres


Dealing Aces
R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays


Stephen Strasburg, Washngton Nationals

I was able to pull 3 out of the 10 cards (Hughes, Dickey, Gwynn) from pack #1.

Pack #2
Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox (#186)
Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals (#209)
Felix Doubront, Boston Red Sox (#232)
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies (#273)
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees (##150)
Certified Autograph  – Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels (#GQA-GR)
Mini – Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers (#294)
Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians (#242)
Paco Rodriguez, Los Angeles Dodgers (#104)
Matt Holiday, St. Louis Cardinals (#91)

We got out first of two promised autographs per box!  Congratulations Jay!


Certified Autograph Card
Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels

Besides the autograph this pack was kind of although I was able to pull 6 out of the 10 cards (Ramirez, Moustakas, Doubront, Gonzalez, Jeter, Cabrera) from pack #2.  So maybe not too much of a dud?

Pack #3
Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds (#300)
Gary Carter, New York Mets (#48)
Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals (#80)
Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers (#10)
No-Hitters – Philip Humber, Chicago White Sox (#NH-PH)
Glove Stories – Travis Snider, Pittsburgh Pirates (#GS-TS)
Mini – Garrett Jones, Pittsburgh Pirates (#197)
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds (#64)
Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves (#56)
Dylan Bundy, Baltimore Orioles (#41)


Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds


Gary Carter, New York Mets


Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals


Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers


Philp Humber, Chicago White Sox


Glove Stories
Travis Snider, Pittsburgh Pirates

As you can tell by the photos I am posting, I am partial to the old-timers!!!  I was only able to pull 1 out of the 10 cards (Humber) from pack #3.

Pack #4
Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics (#121)
Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks (#159)
Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox (#203)
Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers (#234)
Hal Newhouser, Detroit Tigers (#131)
Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay Rays (#266)
Mini – Wily Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers (#169)
Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds (#306)
Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds (#12)
Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays (#317)


Rickey Henderson, Oakland Athletics


Hal Newhouser, Detroit Tigers

Nothing too exciting, I was able to get 4 more cards (Miley, Viciedo, Rodney, Cobb) for my base set though.

Pack #5
Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox (#54)
Michael Bourn, Atlanta Braves (#95)
Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles (#154)
Framed Blue – Jose Quintana (040/499), Chicago White Sox (#42)
Dealing Aces – Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds (#DA-JC)
Glove Stories – Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals (#GS-RB)
Mini – C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels (#224)
Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians (#152)
Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves (#348)
B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves (#342)


Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles


Framed Blue
Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox


Dealing Aces
Johnny Cueto, Cincinatti Reds


Glove Stories
Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals


Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves

Pulled 3 cards here (Ellsbury, Quintana [040/499], Bauer).  

Pack #6
Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants (#323)
C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels (#224)
Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays (#263)
Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals (#303)
Cecil Fielder, Detroit Tigers (#23)
No Hitter – Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies (#NH-RH)
Mini – Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers (#174)
Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves (#77)
Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins (#61)
Fergie Jenkins, Chicago Cubs (#210)


Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants


Cecil Fielder, Detroit Tigers


No Hitters
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies


Fergie Jenkins, Chicago Cubs

Pulled 5 cards here (Vogelsong, Morrow, Butler, Halladay, Jenkins)  including my first San Francisco Giant.

This will be the end of Part #1 (Packs 1-6).  Stay tuned for Part #2 (Packs 7-12).


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