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2013 Topps GQ Box Break Amongst Friends – Part 2

topps_gypsy_queen_boxI continue on with the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Part #2 of the box break.  This is taking a lot longer then I realized but it is fun!

Pack #7
Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds (#254)
Daniel Murphy, New York Mets (#283)
Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees (#83)
Nathan Eovaldi, Miami Marlins (#55)
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals (#100)
Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels (#20)
Mini – Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs (#11)
Jim Johnson, Baltimore Orioles (#268)
Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers (#76)
Jean Segure, Milwaukee Brewers (#58)


Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees


Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

I was able to pull 3 out of the 10 cards (Gehrig, Eovaldi, Rizzo) from pack #7.

Pack #8
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles (#184)
Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves (#211)
Brett Lawrie, Tornto Blue Jays (#243)
Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds (#148)
Reggie Jackson, Oakland Athletics (#284)
No-Hitters – Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds (#NH-HB)
Mini – Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays (#94)
Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves (#47)
Darin Ruf, Philadelphia Phillies (#32)
Tyler Skaggs, Arizona Diamondbacks (#15)


Reggie Jackson, Oakland Athletics


Homer Bailey

I was able to pull 4 out of the 10 cards (Lawrie, Cabrera, Ruf, Skaggs) from pack #8.

Pack #9
Scott Diamond, Minnesota Twins (#138)
Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies (#298)
Francisco Liriano, Chicago White Sox (#227)
Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds (#194)
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers (#310)
Sliding Stars – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (#SS-RB)
Mini – Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers (#5)
John Jay, St. Louis Cardinals (#69)
Jason Motte, St. Louis Cardinals (#322)
Raul Ibanez, Seattle Mariners (#153)


Sliding Stars
Ryan Braun

I was able to pull 2 out of the 10 cards (Young and Liriano) from pack #9.

Pack #10
Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees (#109)
Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners (#78)
Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox (#42)
Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles (#90)
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers (#3)
Dealing Aces – Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners (#DA-FH)
Mini – Carlton Fisk, Boston Red Sox (#130)
Chris Johnson, Atlanta Braves (#195)
C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees (#22)
Don Sutton, Los Angeles Dodgers (#170)


Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles


Dealing Aces
Felix Hernandez


Don Sutton

I was able to pull 4 out of the 10 cards (Pettitte, Quintana, Fisk, Sabathia) from pack #10.

Pack #11
Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels (#291)
Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers (#155)
Edinson Volquez, San Diego Padres (#231)
Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals (#264)
Certified Autograph – Anthony Gose, Toronto Blue Jays (#CQA-AG)
Collisions At The Plate – Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies (#CP-CR)
Mini Black – Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals (#91 – 182/199)
Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals (#128)
Cody Ross, Arizona Diamondbacks (#156)
Aaron Hill, Arizna Diamondbacks (#326)


Ty Cobb


Certified Autograph Card
Anthony Gose


Collisions At The Plate
Carlos Ruiz

I was able to pull 5 out of the 10 cards (Volquez, Gose, Ruiz, Ross, Hill) from pack #11.  I found the second of the Autographed Cards promised on teh box.

Pack #12
David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals (#34)
Frank Robinson, Cincinnati Reds (#220)
Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies (#74)
Tyler Colvin, Colorado Rockies (#102)
No-Hitters – Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants (#NH-MC)
Glove Stories – John Jay, St. Louis Cardinals (#GS-JJ)
Mini – Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates (#115)
Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies (#325)
Mike Morse, Seattle Mariners (#282)
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies (#132)


Frank Robinson


Matt Cain

I was able to pull 5 out of the 10 cards (Rutledge, Colvin, Cain, Rosario, Howard) from pack #12.

This is the end of Part #2 (Packs 7-12).  Stay tuned for Part #3 (Packs 13-18).

To see Part #1 of the 2013 Topps Gyspy Queen Box Break – CLICK HERE.


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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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