There is a cipher wheel, and the GQ logo is not quite as distinct. In fact, you really have to look to find the GQ logo on the card front.
The 2022 Topps Gypsy Queen set is a less quirky version of Allen & Ginter, as it sticks only to baseball and keeps it simple.
There are 300 base cards and 20 short prints. The short prints are tough to find and only fall once in a 24-pack hobby box. Since I bought a blaster box, my chances of pulling an SP were slim.
And for the record, I did not find one. The short prints include 17 Hall of Famers and one who should be elected when he becomes eligible (Ichiro). The other two cards feature Bo Jackson and Roger Maris.
A blaster box contains seven packs, with seven cards per pack. Topps promises a Green parallel per pack, and that average was met.
The player’s position is directly underneath his name, and an abbreviated team name is situated in the lower right-hand corner of the card.
The GQ logo is much more prominent on the card back, sitting in the top middle of the design. There is a four-line biography under the player’s name.
The card number is to the left and between the GQ logo and the player’s name, with an “out of 320” note directly across on the right-hand side.
Each player has a four-line biography, which includes interesting statistics and personal information.
She had a 64-crayon box with a built-in sharpener, so we thought she was rich.
Sure enough, burnt umber was a Crayola color but it was apparently retired in 1944. Perhaps I was thinking of Raw Umber.
What is nice about pulling this parallel is that it falls approximately once every 35 packs, so that was a bonus.
One was Crystal Gazing Die-Cut, a card fashioned in the shape of a crystal ball. This card gazes into the projected future of young players. There are 22 cards in this subset and I pulled a Casey Mize card.
The other insert was GQ Gems Minis, a mini-card collection of 30 subjects that has plenty of foil. I pulled a card of Nolan Arenado.
If you are trying to build a set, it should be fairly easy to complete the Gypsy Queen base set. Short prints, however, will make it extremely difficult to complete a master set.