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The box: 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 48
Base set completion: 43 of 300 (14 percent)
Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Gary Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg
Rookie Cards (10) – Aaron Judge, Alex Bregman, Yoan Moncada, Jose DeLeon, Tyler Austin, Reynaldo Lopez, Josh Bell, Jorge Alfaro, David Paulino, Hunter Dozier
Insert cards: 5 (all inserts and some base in gallery below)
Short-prints (Nos. 301-320) (1) – Jim Palmer
Fortune Teller (1) – Jose Altuve
Portrait Art Reproduction (1) – Mark McGwire
Green-back parallel (1) – Nomar Mazara
Missing black plate parallel (1) – Alcides Escobar
What’s Buzz-worthy: Finally, a Judge Rookie Card. (The last box left on the shelf always pays off, right?) You’ve seen past blaster and hobby box breaks here that were Judgeless and there were others I’ve busted that just weren’t Buzz-worthy enough. This one — finally — had Judge and Bregman in the same pack and a total of 10 RCs when a previous blaster ripped here had only four — and none of the good names. … As said in a previous blaster break here, 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. 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: A
Fun Grade: B+
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