It appears, as GCA put in a comment on my last post, that the Gypsy Queen retail ship has sailed. I haven't seen so much as a single pack, rack pack or blaster in weeks. I'm bummed that I finally got on board with hand-collating a modern baseball set, and now I'm stopped dead in my tracks unless I want to pay $160 for a hobby box. Until those come down in price, if they ever do, I'm going to bide my time and collect the 2011 Topps flagship set. The cards look great, probably my favorite flagship Topps set since I returned to collecting in 2007, so why not.
Last time I came up empty on the Gypsy Queen front at Target, I noticed they had these large 2011 Topps Series 2 boxes out. They are larger than the cereal boxes I remember from 2009, but basically the same deal. 72 cards for $9.99, plus a Diamond Giveaway redemption card.
Just like the '09 cereal boxes, the 72 cards just come in one cellophane-wrapped brick. I've scanned in all 72 so you can see exactly what $9.99 gets you. Enjoy:
#591 - John Axford #395 - Tyler Flowers #349 - Drew Stubbs #622 - Matt Thornton #390 - Danny Valencia #406 - John Lackey #603 - David Murphy #542 - Mike Pelfrey #579 - Jeff Niemann #509 - Michael Bourn #453 - Joe Saunders #331 - Carlos Guillen #626 - Dan Haren #566 - Jordan Zimmermann #645 - Adam Wainwright #460 - Cole Hamels #477 - Franklin Gutierrez #605 - Brandon Belt - Rookie #548 - Ryan Franklin #555 - Madison Bumgarner #449 - Austin Kearns #635 - Jason Heyward #479 - Justin Duchscherer #346 - Jose Bautista #580 - Chris Young #600 - Neftali Feliz #THP-22 - Ian Kinsler - Ruby Red (Target Exclusive) #487 - Chris Snyder #437 - Jordan Schafer #420 - Ryan Howard #615 - Shaun Marcum #567 - Dallas Braden #459 - Frank Francisco #427 - Brad Emaus - Rookie #608 - Casey McGehee #392 - Kris Medlen #588 - Rajai Davis #583 - Ryan Spilborghs Gold #528 - Bobby Abreu (#'d/2011) #DD-10 - Adrian Gonzalez & Kevin Youkilis - Diamond Duos
Alright, an insert I actually want to keep! I'm not a fan of these cards whatsoever, but Gonzalez is absolutely raking the ball for the Sox so I'll gladly add another of his cards to my collection. Most people predicted he'd have a monster year at Fenway Park, but I think he's exceeded nearly everyone's expectations. As of this post he's leading the AL in batting average, hits, doubles, RBI, and total bases! Dude can hit.
#T60-27 - Andrew McCutchen - Topps 60
Annoying that they used the same numbering scheme as Series 1 for these Topps 60 inserts, and didn't do anything to indicate this is a Series 2 card. Now there is a Topps 60 David Wright insert from Series 1 that has the exact same number as this card, T60-27.
#565 - Mark Teahen - Diamond Anniversary Parallel
I thought these were the greatest thing ever for about a week, but now I've cooled on them. I'll still take any Red Sox I don't have though.
#TDG-12 - Topps Diamond Giveaway - Mike Schmidt
Here's the guaranteed Diamond Giveaway card. Mike Schmidt brought me some good luck, I'll save what I got for the end of this post...
#KC-89 - Duke Snider - Kimball Champions
Night Owl, if you need this just leave a comment and it's yours.
#TT2-47 - Jay Bruce - Ticket to Toppstown Series 2
So they thought enough to number the Series 2 Toppstown cards as #TT2-xx, why didn't they do this for the Topps 60 inserts?
#DS-24 - Ryan Braun - Diamond Stars #60YOT-90 - Steve Garvey - 60 Years of Topps (1982 Topps In Action)
Useless insert. I wish they put the actual '82 Topps In Action Garvey in my pack, I need it for my set.
#647 - Jeanmar Gomez #396 - Adam Jones #596 - Anibal Sanchez #442 - Brad Bergesen #499 - J.A. Happ #434 - Mark DeRosa #332 - Melky Cabrera #416 - Everth Cabrera #358 - Paul Janish #362 - Shane Victorino #489 - Marc Rzepczynski #648 - Cody Ross
I've seen this one posted on a few other blogs. Absolutely awesome photo.
#560 - Chris Iannetta #378 - Mark Reynolds #646 - Los Angeles Dodgers Checklist #589 - Seattle Mariners Checklist #334 - St. Louis Cardinals Checklist #529 - Maicer Izturis #413 - Derek Holland #658 - Mitch Maier #636 - Chris Tillman #428 - Brett Myers #446 - Brandon Beachy - Rookie #391 - Phil Coke #581 - Fernando Rodney
Not a bad deal all in all. Close to 60 base cards and some inserts I can use for trade bait. I'm keeping the base cards and the Gonzalez/Youkilis insert, anything else is already on my Zistle trade list. Here's what I got when I redeemed my Diamond Giveaway code:
Very cool. I've redeemed 5 codes so far and this is the best card I've gotten by a long shot. I love 1959 Topps, I only hope that when I have this shipped it's in similar condition to the Dick Groat I got last year
I think collecting Topps' 2011 flagship set will keep me occupied for a while. At least I know when I get the urge to rip a pack I'll actually be able to find it.