Friday, April 6, 2018

Gypsy Queen Over the Years

Gypsy Queen is now on its eighth rendition.

Here's a look at the designs over those eight years...

The first year was fairly true to the original cards from 1887.  Since then Topps has had to come up with something original.  The first four years they kept the same basic design for the brand name.  The shape of the picture was pretty similar too,  

The past four years have seen different designs for the brand name and different shapes of the pictures.  This year they eliminate the brand name and replaced it with initials.

For six years they kept the tradition of listing the players last name and first initial.  It was a unique feature for Gypsy Queen and a nod to the originals.  That changed last year and this year they players name is the larger than the brand initials.


  1. They started with retro fonts, framed pictures, scrollwork, and the nameplate - last name first, etc. Then progressively, they lost the scrollwork, then the frames, then the naming changed, and the colors all lightened to pastels. The only thing remaining that looks retro is the name font. Everything else that made GQ distinctive is now gone. Now it's just another artsy set that they just leave out parts to make variations.

  2. The last 2 years designs have started to grow on me. The first year now appears the most boring. I would rank the designs 2015, 2018, 2017, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2011

  3. I think 2015 and 2011 are my two favorite designs.