Category Archives: 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘MOONSHOTS’

My 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘MoonShots’ Set Is COMPLETE!!! Have A Look!!!

My 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘MoonShots’ Set Is COMPLETE!!!  Have A Look!!!

Well, it took me roughly 3 1/2 months, but I am happy to announce that I have been able to piece together another great looking subset.

This one comes from the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen set and is tagged as ‘Moonshots’.

The 20-card set features the great home runs hitters of the past and current game. 

Have a look:




Normally, Purple would not be a border color that would be something I would celebrate, but I really think it works well for this set.  The Yellow and Silver pieces of the card’s graphic design work well with the Dark Purple border color and it allows for the action imagery to stand out nicely.

As for the player selection, I like that Topps included current and former stars in the set.  I could have done with a few more legends and a few less modern guys, but I know that Topps has to cater to all collectors.

Still, if this set had a little more Eddie Murray,  Hank Aaron, and Stan Musial and a little less Giancarlo Stanton, Curtis Granderson, and Nelson Cruz, I don’t think you’d get too many complaints…

Mike Schmidt 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

Mike Schmidt 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

I think that you would be hard-pressed to find a collector that did not think that this card looks good.  From the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen base set tagged as ‘Moonshots’, this card of Mike Schmidt looks fantastic!

Have a look:


Based on the background of the card, it looks like Mr. Schmidt got ahold of a fastball that he deposited into the outfield seats at Wrigley Field.

I love the old Phillies’ uniform that Schmidt is sporting in this shot, and the Purple border color that the ‘Moonshots’ set features is a great match to the Burgundy striping of his uniform.

A great, great card!!!

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

With all of the new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ and all of the modern sluggers that may one day be part of that club as well, I was really excited to see that Frank Robinson was included in this ‘Moonshots’ subset from the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen set.

Here is the card:


And now, a little breakdown of Robinson’s home run prowess:

  • 586 career HR
  • 343 National League HRs, 243 American League HRs
  • 392 HRs versus righties, 194 versus lefties
  • 321 HRs in home ballpark, 265 in away ballparks
  • 275 total pitchers – most was 10 versus Larry Jackson
  • 32 ballparks – most was 176 at Crosley Field
  • 196 Hrs with 0 out, 206 with 1 out, 184 with 2 out
  • highest tally in one inning is 82 in 1st inning

Pretty neat stuff right there!!

Jose Bautista 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

I am slowly ramping up my set building of the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’ subset.

I have just a few cards to go now that I have tackled the card of Jose Bautista.

Here is the card:


Bautista is a great addition to this set, and I really like the image used of him with this card – you can actually see him watching the ball he just crushed as it appears to be leaving the playing field.

Bautista led the American League in home runs during the 2010 and 2011 baseball seasons connecting for 54 and 43 home runs respectively.  He had an injury-filled season in 2012 and still amassed 27 homers, so I am really looking forward to seeing what he does this season.

Mickey Mantle 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

Mickey Mantle 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’.

As I continue to peck away at the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’ subset, I have added one of the most legendary players found in the set to my set – Mickey Mantle.

Easily one of the most popular players in major league baseball history, Mantle crushed home runs during the 1950s and 1960s at a torrid pace.  And amazingly, he did it while being injured for much of that time.

Mantle could very possibly be the most collected player in the history of baseball cards.  His vintage stuff is untouchable by the common collector, and Topps does a solid job of including him in as much of today’s releases as they can.

And while it may rest on the side of over-saturation with so many Mantle cards in modern sets, he is still collected today with energy and excitement.

I guess I am a little surprised that I was able to find this card of ‘The Mick’ for just $0.18.  Trust me, that is not a complaint…


Tons Of Trades = Lots Of Help With The Projects I Am Working On!!!

Tons Of Trades = Lots Of Help With The Projects I Am Working On!!!

I tell you what, I have the best and most generous readers around!

Their desire to help me conquer a few new collecting objectives has left me with mail almost every day for the last two weeks.  In turn, I hope that I have been able to assist a lot of you with cards for your collections as well.

I have finally finished sorting everything.  I have documented my gains and updated my checklists.  I am a lot further along tonight than I was 10 days ago.

So, without further ado, let’s take a peek at what has stuffed my mailbox over the last few weeks, shall we?

2103 Miami Marlins parallel versions and inserts:


2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’


2012 Topps Archives ‘Cloth Stickers’



2012 Topps Archives ‘Deckle Edge’


There is some really great stuff in there, and I am so very thankful to everyone that has helped me get a little closer to knocking out these subsets and team set.

Thank you to Brian, Marcus, Patrick, Ryan, Robert, Doug, Brad, Jeff, Oscar, Q, and Rob!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Curtis Granderson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Curtis Granderson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

While tearing through the bargain bins at the card show, I tried to chip away at the missing cards from the new subsets that I am collecting.

I was only able to find one card from the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’ set.

Thankfully, for me, it was one I needed – Curtis Granderson!!!