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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.

2012 Topps ‘Timeless Talents’ Featuring Frank Robinson & Jose Bautista

2012 Topps ‘Timeless Talents’ Featuring Frank Robinson & Jose Bautista

I only like 50% of this baseball card; I find the other 50% to be an insult.

Topps usually does a pretty solid job of matching up the players on these ‘Duo’ cards.  

But this one is way, way off.

Frank Robinson has one of the most complete and impressive offensive resumes in the history of the sport.  There are very few players in major league history that could match Robinson’s tally.  And in today’s game, there is less than a handful with the potential to do so.

But, Jose Bautista is not one of them.  Not even close.

Sure, Bautista is a 2-time Home Run Champ.  And yes, he has hit more than 100 home runs in the last three seasons, but that is all that he offers. 

Bautista’s season in 2011 was impressive, incredible even, but compared to Frank Robinson’s numbers, it was just another solid campaign…

Can you guess which 50% of this card I like???

1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

Frank Howard was known as ‘The Capital Punisher’ due to his impact on the Washington Senator teams of the mid-to-late 1960s.  His power and run production was unmatched, both by his teammates and the league.  A 2-time home run champ, Howard connected for 248 home runs in eight seasons with the squad.

Howard was a Rookie of the Year winner in 1960 and a 4-time All-Star.  He was part of the 1963 World Series championship team in Los Angeles.

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