2012 Topps Gypsy Queen was recently released and it’s a gorgeous set. Being a Padres team collector, naturally I wanted to see which Friars could be found in this set. After perusing the checklist, here they are:
- #109 Cory Luebke
- #172 Cameron Maybin
- #216 Jesus Guzman
- #252 Tony Gwynn
- #252 Tony Gwynn SP Photo Variation
Only 4 cards plus the Tony Gwynn short print. Not much, considering the 2011 Gypsy Queen set had 9 cards in the base set. This year’s Gypsy Queen doesn’t feature any Padres players in inserts, autographs, or relic cards. That’s right, no “Mr. Padre” Tony Gwynn autograph for me to chase. The 2012 Topps Heritage set has a slightly better checklist for us Padres fans. Nine base cards plus 2 short prints. But I really prefer the design of Gypsy Queen.
In fact, I did an Ebay search for any 2012 Padres autograph or relic cards. If you’re looking for players on the current roster, you’re out of luck. No Chase Headley, Corey Luebke, or Nick Hundley autograph/relic cards are out yet. For those of you who think baseball is only played in New York, Boston, LA, or Chicago, those are Padres baseball players. That’s right, Major League players. They give them uniforms and everything. Cameron Maybin has been on the team since the beginning of last season and he still doesn’t have a Padres autographed card. 2012 Topps Museum Collection has some Anthony Rizzo autographs (in a Padres uniform), but he’s a Chicago Cub farmhand now. When 2012 Bowman comes out, we’ll see a lot more Padres autograph cards hit the market. But most of those will be prospects – whether any of them ever actually wear a Padres uniform is anyone’s guess.
It is frustrating as a team collector – especially if your team isn’t the Yankees, Red Sox, or some other “glamorous” organization. I understand that most Padres players are not household names. While everyone could probably care less, I’d love to see a Chase Headley base card in Gypsy Queen, a Cameron Maybin autograph in Museum Collection, or a Yonder Alonso relic in Heritage. Here’s hoping that future 2012 sets will have a lot more cards for a Friar fanatic to chase.