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The box: 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 48
Base set completion: 35 of 300 (12 percent)
Notable players on base cards – Willie McCovey, David Price, Matt Harvey, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Ozzie Smith, Mark McGwire
Rookie Cards (3) – Joc Pederson, Rusney Castillo, Mike Foltynewicz
Insert cards: 13
Short-print (1) – Lou Brock
Short-print mini parallel (1) – Johnny Bench
Mini parallel (7) – Matt Garza, Patrick Corbin, David Price, Adrian Beltre, James Shields, Mark Melancon, Johnny Cueto
Glove Stories (1) – Peter Bourjos
Pillars of the Community (1) – Robinson Cano
The Queen’s Throwbacks (1) – Jose Altuve
Walk-off Winners (1) – Kolten Wong
What’s Buzz-worthy: This discount-price blaster was Buzz’s first of the year (last year) for the popular retro-styled brand. Why? The dark-bordered base cards are prone to chipping — or at least show it easier — so Buzz sat out last year. Overall, the formula here is the same as previous editions — perhaps to a detrimental degree for the insert lineup — but the feel and style of Gypsy Queen is a distinct one. On the hobby side, these boxes deliver well — and they have guaranteed hits that other retro-styled brands from Topps don’t — but the blaster box is a simple sampler. Helping this one is the inclusion of legendary players from the past in the base set, but overall this one seems a bit dry. Overall, there are some cool higher-end inclusions to be found here like button Relics but you can’t find those in every box. Sometimes, thanks to set collectors, a rarer parallel like the short-printed Johnny Bench found in this box can fetch you a few bucks, so it always pays to check those odds and card numbers. These boxes are, however, a fun rip at reduced prices and those hobby boxes can still deliver the goods with some luck.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: C+
Fun Grade: B-
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