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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
An early version of the 2016 Topps Series 1 baseball checklist arrived on Tuesday and that first glimpse offered a few surprises before its arrival on Feb. 3.
But there are also undoubtedly more still to come.
The First Pitch cards showing celebrities making ceremonial appearances? They’re not on the checklist but are confirmed as still coming. There’s no note of variations or short-printed cards for the release — we all know those are coming. They always do.
What else? Keep reading for a rundown of what’s known and notable from the checklist
Fans of the Kansas City Royals and their successful run to the World Series have two more options from Topps as the company has released an oversized set for the team and re-issued all of its Postseason Moments wall art in one smaller set.
The Kansas City Royals are your World Series champions with a cast of younger veteran players who have all-around skills but perhaps not one overall superstar who is a hobby darling.
But thanks to Eric Hosmer‘s hustle on a ground ball in the ninth to tie it and a five-run rally in the 12th, the Royals wear the crown this year in MLB.
Hosmer has arguably the most potential in the hobby with a good amount of 2008 USA Baseball and other prospect cards predating his MLB card arrivals in 2011. Overall, he has more than 1,500 unique cards and more than 300 certified autographs for collectors to chase. They’re not overly plentiful like some stars from that timeframe, but they are out there. If you can’t land some of his USA ink, look for the affordable autos in 2008 Razor Signature Series. He’s there because he was a Razor exclusive before his Topps autos arrived in 2011.
Keep reading for five more Royals to know.
Update (Nov. 8): Alcides Escobar’s home run ball sold for $19,200.
If you’re a collector of the Kansas City Royals or New York Mets, there are already a number of options for collecting the 2015 World Series just two games into the showdown.
That’s thanks to Topps and MLB Auctions.
From Topps there are already commemorative prints showcasing plays from the first two games as part of its ongoing Postseason Moments wall art line. From MLB Auctions, there are game-used items already on the auction block.
With the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets squaring off in Game 1 of the World Series tonight, there’s plenty of collecting potential for both squads
Why? While there are some young stars and veterans who were once much higher on the radar of collectors in the past, there isn’t one unquestioned hobby power player in the group. You know, one guy whose cardboard will be on the minds of everyone with a championship in hand.
Instead, there are a few players with big potential here … so it’s time for a Buzz List.