Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lineage vs. Gypsy Queen

Both Lineage and Gypsy Queen have a retro theme and both sets are full of players from the past. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the checklists of both sets to see exactly which retired players were included and how many ended up in both sets.

By my count there are a total of 108 different old-timer cards between the two sets. They represent 61 different players, which means several had cards in both sets, and some had multiple cards in the set.

Lineage only (14): Roberto Alomar, Luis Aparicio, Albert Belle, Bert Blyleven, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Ford, Monte Irvin, Fergie Jenkins, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Tony Perez, Mike Schmidt, and John Smoltz

Gypsy Queen only (14): Gary Carter, Rollie Fingers, Tony Gwynn, Rogers Hornsby, Barry Larkin, Roger Maris, Christy Mattewson, Dale Murphy, Pee Wee Reese, Red Schoendienst, Bernie Williams, Dave Winfield, Cary Yastrzemski, and Robin Yount

In Both Sets (33): Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Roy Campanella, Ty Cobb, Andre Dawson, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson, Walter Johnson, Al Kaline, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Mize, Thurman Munson, Stan Musial, Mel Ott, Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Tom Seaver, George Sisler, Ozzie Smith, Duke Snider, Tris Speaker, Frank Thomas, Honus Wagner, and Cy Young.

Out of the 61 players, only six are not in the Hall of Fame: Albert Belle, Barry Larkin, Roger Maris, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, and Bernie Williams.

Finally, the question needs to be asked: How often did Topps use the same picture of a player in both sets? Surprisingly, you have to give Topps some credit here. They only repeated pictures twice.

This one I can understand. After all, there probably isn't a large photo library of pictures of Johnny Mize with the Giants.

But these? Come on, Topps. I'll give you that these aren't the exact same....they are only about a quarter of a second off of each other. Surely you could have come up with another picture of Frank Thomas taking a swing. Just do a Google image search like the rest of us do when we make cards!

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