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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:

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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:

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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…

 

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Wilin Rosario

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Wilin Rosario

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 Wilin Rosario card from the set:

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In just his third big league season, Wilin Rosario is already staking his claim as one of the best young catchers in the game.  He is a solid offensive player and is also showing the needed signs that he is becoming a great defender as well.

Between his high fielding percentage and his ability to stay close to the league average of throwing out base runners that are trying to steal on his team, Rosario has the skills to take it to the next level.

Time will tell if he does…  Stay tuned.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Salvador Perez

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Salvador Perez

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 Salvador Perez card from the set:

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Perez has only been in the major leagues for three seasons, but he has started to establish himself as a solid catcher.  In his first full-time season in 2013, Perez was an All-Star.

He has a career fielding percentage of .991 and is catching just a tad more than 25% of the players trying to steal bases against him.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Brian McCann

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Brian McCann

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 Brian McCann card from the set:

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Brian McCann has been an All-Star catcher in seven of his nine major league seasons.  A solid hitter with the ability to deliver the long ball while also posting a good batting average, has made McCann a very well-rounded player.

On Defense, McCann is showing signs of getting better and better behind the plate.  He has a career fielding percentage of .991 and his error count continues to go down as he becomes more and more comfortable behind the plate and with his staff.