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Another Subset Conquered, My 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Is Done!!!

Another Subset Conquered, My 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Is Done!!!

Well friends, it is time to announce that I have completed another subset here at ’30-YOC’.  Yes, that is two subsets in one week – A ’30-YOC’ record!!!

This time around it is the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ subset that I have conquered.  And it looks great!!

Here is the full 10-card set:



As you all know, I am a big fan of the Gypsy Queen product.  I find the base set to be the best looking set that Topps is making at the moment and I also like most of the subsets that they produce as well.  The GQ ‘Collisions’ subset is no different – it is packed with action imagery and features some really great coloring too.

I have just two issues with the set – 1 being minor and 1 being major.

My minor issue is the size of the set – 10 cards.  For a guy that keeps his subsets in album pages, a 10-card set just does not work.  Pages have 9 pockets, so one of these cards either has to go on the back of the page that features nine on the front or stand alone on the next page.  Why not either make the set a 9-card set so it can be displayed all together or increase the number of cards to 18 so it can fill a page, front and back??

My major issue is the player selection.  While I fully understand that modern sets should contain modern players, I think that Topps went a tad-bit overboard with the inclusion of seven modern players and just three legends. While the legends included are solid (Bench, Carter, Fisk), I would have liked to have seen a few more like Pudge Rodriguez, Roy Campanella, and maybe someone like Lance Parrish included as well.

That’s all – not complaining, just commenting!

I love this set, and I love the look of the cards.  A very well thought out plan by Topps and the execution of the set was great.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Carlos Ruiz

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Carlos Ruiz

The theme of ‘Collision At The Plate’ is one that I think all baseball fans could get excited about. The play in which two players collide with completely opposite goals: 1 putting their body on the line in an effort to score a run for their team. 1 putting every ounce of energy, strength, and will into defending their plate.

Oh yes, the ‘Collision At The Plate’ is the perfect place for baseball drama to be born. And as soon as I saw that the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set was going to include a subset of cards with the title of ‘Collisions At The Plate’, I knew I would be going after it.

This is the Carlos Ruiz card from the set:



At one time, while the Phillies were the best team in the National League, it was Carlos Ruiz that was the soft-spoken leader of the team and he was a huge reason that the team’s pitching staff was performing so well.

Sadly, between injuries and suspension due to drug use have limited his play as of late and he is now a ‘What Could Have Been’ kind of player.

Personally, I wish that Topps left him out of this set…


’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players To Watch As The Postseason Approaches’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players To Watch As The Postseason Approaches’

I cannot believe that there are just three weeks left of the 2011 regular season.  It has been fun to watch, most the of the time.

And as we head into the last few weeks, there are still some heated races for divisional crowns and wild-card spots.

Theses are the ‘Top Ten’ guys that I think are pivotal to their team’s success.  If these players can turn it up a few notches, they will help put their teams in better contention.

Away we go…

Honorable Mention – Josh Hamilton, Ryan Braun, Tim Lincecum, CJ Wilson, Dan Uggla, Derek Jeter, Adrian Gonzalez, Carlos Ruiz, Ervin Santana, and Dustin Pedroia.

10 – Zach Greinke – he has the skills,  and with possibly 2-3 more starts to go a few more wins should help his confidence.

9 – Josh Beckett – superb when ‘on’ and that seems to happen less and less.  He has the potential to be the ace and lead the Red Sox.   But will he?

8 – Justin Upton – the Diamondbacks most skilled offensive player, this is his chance to take center-stage and put his team on his back.

7 – Mark Teixeira – a feared hitter, can he get over his nagging injuries to help propel the Yankees?  His defense should not be overlooked either…

6 – AJ Burnett – Arguably the weakest and most unstable link in the Yankees chain, Burnett can be a helpful pitcher.  Will he?

5 – Adrian Beltre – Coming off the DL, Beltre has just a few short weeks to get ready for the post-season.  When he is in the lineup, Texas is a lot more dangerous…

4 – Jered Weaver – The ‘Ace’ of the Angels staff, Weaver will have to be near-perfect for the Angels to succeed.

3 – Tommy Hanson – While the Braves have one of the best bullpens in baseball, their starting rotation is a little shaky.  Hanson is coming off of an injury and if he wants to be helpful to the Braves’ success, he has to prove himself worthy of a role in the starting rotation.

2 – Cole Hamels – With the best record in baseball, and best starting pitching as well, it is very possible that the Phillies move to a 3-man rotation in the playoffs.  Hamels is probably the best man for that challenge, but he has yet to remind us of his prior post-season heroics.

1 – Alex Rodriguez – Hardly near 100%, anything that Rodriguez can offer the Yankees’ lineup will be a big help.  A dangerous threat each time he approaches the plate, A-Rod may be the player responsible for either the Yankees winning or sealing their fate.

And there you have it – I cannot wait to see how the last few weeks of the season unfold.  And while some teams are already locked into their spots for the post-season, there is enough drama and intrigue to make the next 3 weeks ‘Must See TV’.

Enjoy the games everyone!!!

Did You See What Cliff Lee Said To Carlos Ruiz???

Did You See What Cliff Lee Said To Carlos Ruiz???

Bring On The Phillies!!!

Bring On The Phillies!!!

OK, maybe this is not the best approach, but why not go into Philadelphia with a team that is full of confidence in their ability to win?

The Marlins are coming off of a series in which they won 2 out of 3 games from the Braves, and the team’s offense is clicking.  In fact, they’re winning games and scoring runs without the aid of Hanley Ramirez and Mike Stanton.  If those two guys can turn it on, maybe, just maybe ‘The Fish’ can continue their winning ways…

My fingers are crossed, but the opposition is real tough.  And while we’re not facing Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee during this road trip, the challenge of Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels is not a cake-walk either…

My fingers are crossed.  GO FISH!!!