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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hitting the Gypsy Queen Jackpot (Yu Darvish 1/1!!!)

After picking up a box of Gypsy Queen from my LCS and having some pretty good luck, I decided to pick up a few more boxes. I remember last year, not only the amazing hits that were pulled, but how difficult it became to find it later on, and how expensive it became once the demand increased. I figured 2 more boxes would put me ahead of the game enough to where I would just need to trade for a few SPs and be done with the set.

My superstition with box busting, is that if it's behind the counter, I let the dealer pick for me. I do this, simply because it absolves me from all responsibility for choosing a bad box, because, well, I didn't choose it. He gets me my two, sets them on the counter, and then informs me that one of the boxes is dented and asks if I would like a different one. Being superstitious, I say no. You have to stick with the one fate gives you.

Luckily, I stuck with that box, because I was pleasantly surprised to find my very first pack-pulled 1/1 printing plate.

It's hard to identify too much from the front, and with no name, all I know is that it's a Texas Rangers pitcher. I never think of myself as extremely lucky when it comes to pack ripping, so I figure it's Alexi Ogando or Neftali Feliz. So I flip it over to identify the mystery pitcher, and here's what I see.

Yu Darvish 1/1. Wow.Wow.Wow. Wow. The pull of a lifetime. It's weird to think that of all the places in the world that a card like this could end up, it landed in a card shop in Fargo, North Dakota, and it just happened to be on the top of the stack when I just so happened to walk in looking for a couple of boxes.

Of course, this card is already on Ebay. Having been in the hobby long enough to know, what I do know, is that it is highly unlikely that this card will ever be more valuable than it is right now, so now is the time to cash in. It's a good thing, too, because I've gone on quite the spending spree the past month, and I need to reimburse my Visa card for the damage that has been dealt to it.

I'll post the rest of the goods from my 2 boxes when I get around to it, but I think you will all agree, this just is a card that just could not wait.


  1. Nice hit! I've seen a lot of great GQ hits in the last few days.

  2. Wow! Congratulations. Your breaks are making me wish we picked up a case. But they wouldn't have been from Fargo, so obviously nothing good would be left over. Good luck on the auction!

  3. Awesome. I hope you get a ton for it.

  4. You could make it rain with all of these amazing pulls! Congrats!

  5. Great pull. Good luck with the auction.

  6. You're rich, Dude! I think you'll be able to pay off your credit card and then some.

  7. That's awesome! Hope you kill it with the listing.

  8. regular darvish is super short printed....i can't imagine the printing plate odds....good luck with the auction!

    1.'s a 1/1...every 1/1 in a set has the same odds...

  9. We'll see about this guy. I've seen them come and go with big expectations.

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    1. Sadly, yes. I was hoping for MUCH more than that, but that's the way it goes, I guess.