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The box: 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby when available)
Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 48
Base set completion: 36 of 300 (12 percent)
Notable players on base cards – Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Carlos Correa, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Paul Goldschmidt
Rookie Cards (1) – Max Kepler
Inserts/short-prints: 12 (all in gallery below with some base)
Short-print (301-350) (1) – Craig Biggio
Mini (5) – Trea Turner, Dallas Keuchel, Ryan Howard, Eddie Rosario, Jordan Zimmermann
Mini foil short-print (301-350) (1) – Warren Spahn
MVP Mini (1) – Jeff Bagwell
Green Mini (1) – Ozzie Smith (/99)
Walk-off Winners (1) – Omar Vizquel
Power Alley (1) – Albert Pujols
Glove Stories (1) – George Springer
What’s Buzz-worthy: Here’s another discount bin find and it delivered OK with a one-in-26-pack Green and some good names overall but nothing super-flashy. This isn’t the best year for Gypsy Queen but it was the last year for mini parallels and that makes it a dramatically different rip than what we saw this year and better than the year before it. Interestingly, this one included just a single Rookie Card, while a previous box here included seven — so there can be some streaky surprises. Hobby boxes of this one guarantee two autos and two Relics — so they aren’t that cheap when you can find them — and that makes blasters a bit better option for those building sets or wanting a shot at something without going higher-end price-wise. This one is a definite improvement on 2015’s dark-bordered cards though I ultimately gave it the same grade as last year. If you like retro MLB sets and see them cheap, these boxes are one to consider.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B+
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