I'm sure you've all read about the EPIC Yu Darvish printing plate I pulled from one of two boxes of 2012 Gypsy Queen I bought last Thursday (here), but here's a quick look at the big hits that I got out of those same two boxes. I've already done a full review of box #1 that I opened (here) and let's be honest, you only want to see the big stuff anyway.
Autos (4): John Smoltz, Drew Stubbs, Mitch Moreland, and Jordan Zimmerman
Sorry Braves fans, the Smoltz is going on Ebay. It's getting a pretty decent ROI, and I need to recoup the cost of what I spent on cards last week. Until the Darvish sells, I'm not sure how much else will be sacrificed in the name of reimbursing my Visa.
Relics (4): Evan Longoria, Kevin Youkilis, Madison Bumgarner, Adam Jones.
Awesome Longoria jersey, and Youkilis isn't too bad. This is my second Bumgarner relic out of three boxes, but a different one, as box #1 gave me his framed bat relic.
Blue Frame (3)/Gypsy Kings (1): Mickey Mantle, Carl Yastrzemski, Hanley Ramirez, Drago Koval.
The Mantle and Yaz cards are great looking, and considering how many lesser players are in the set, the Hanley ain't too shabby either. The Gypsy Kings set is similar to last year's Gypsy Queens, but inserted at a rate of just 1:48 packs. Rare, but since no one really cares about them, they only sell for 4 or 5 bucks a piece.
Mini Variations (9): Sepia /99: Albert Belle, John Lester, Brett Myers. Green: Ted Lilly, Eric Thames. Black: Eric Hosmer, Derek Jeter, Rod Carew (2)
I like the sepia-toned inserts, especially how they're serial numbered. Has anyone ever heard the color sepia used outside of baseball cards? I think it's like how hazel is only used to describe eye color and nothing else.
Mini Inserts (6) Glove Stories Jeff Francoeur, Derek Jeter. Moonshots Evan Longoria, Ralph Kiner. Sliding Stars Derek Jeter, Jacoby Ellsbury
Getting two Jeters is never a bad thing, but I think these box toppers are a little unnecessary. Of course, had I pulled a mini auto, I'd feel much differently, but still.
Well, there ya go. If you see anything you like, just let me know. I'm putting the Smoltz and most of these minis up on ebay, but not the autos or relics. There's not that much of an ROI on any of them and I can probably get a bigger return through trades, so let me know what you'd like.