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The box: 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 48
Base set completion: 44 of 300 (15 percent)
Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, David Ortiz, Giancarlo Stanton, Jake Arrieta, Yoenis Cespedes, Addison Russell, Nolan Arenado, Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel
Rookie Cards (4) – Tyler Glasnow, Jharel Cotton, Seth Lugo, Raimel Tapia
Insert cards: 4 (all inserts and some base in gallery below)
Short-prints (Nos. 301-320) (1) – Ryne Sandberg
Fortune Teller (1) – Adrian Gonzalez
Portrait Art Reproduction (1) – Cole Hamels
Purple parallel (1) – Mitch Moreland (/250)
What’s Buzz-worthy: This brand has been revamped with more color, no minis and a lot of simplification — a few types of parallels applied to everything — but I think you see those positives a lot more clearly on the hobby side. Like last year’s Stadium Club blasters, the blaster results here don’t seem that hot — they’re pretty dry with just three inserts and a short-print in this particular box. One plus? The guaranteed short-print in every box, which might help some set-builders. … Losing the minis is a big change for this collector — a mini per pack would have added some intrigue in every pack of this box, whether they were good or bad players — but aesthetically this one does look quite improved. I’ll save more on what works for the breakdown of a hobby box right here soon — there are a lot of good autos, fun variations and other striking inclusions in this brand but they just weren’t found in this box.
Product Grade: B+
Box Grade: C
Fun Grade: C
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