You know, all this talk of Gypsy Queen is making me....I'm not even sure of the word I'm looking for. Let's begin with the basics here. Normally I'm all for retro themed sets. Sure, they look nice too but seems impossible to collect with it's endless amounts of parallels. They reduced the size of the set by 100 cards, now standing at 350. This is good. 450 was WAY too many. Apparently they also screwed up the relic/auto collation too. Nice. That isn't whats gotten me into this thinking though. While checking out Baseballcardpedia, I noticed they have a little 'hobby buzz' section on the bottom right side of the page. Essentially telling us the goings on of the industry. I was pretty miffed when I read this about Gypsy Queen:
Upon the release of Gypsy Queen, there is talk abound the hobby about limited availability. It appears that only small amounts of Gypsy Queen are being made available to collectors, hobby shops, online retailers, etc... Some long-time set builders are debating on buying retail rather than hobby due to the high initial cost of hobby boxes.
THIS IS COMPLETE CRAP! They are limiting the amount of product released...when they're going to sell it anyway? Creating an artificial demand of a product that has demand, and raising box prices to unrealistic levels. Why wouldn't it sell? They are the only company in the baseball card industry!! Seriously Topps, get with the damn program. I know I'm not going to be paying $140 per box, $7 per pack. Nuts to that. This whole bunch of nonsense is almost making me want to buy NONE of this set, save for the six (yes, SIX) Blue Jays for my collection. You know? It's almost a good thing that I'm broke-er than I was, so I won't be tempted to fall for Topps' hyjinxs. Also thankfully I have no interest in any products coming out before series 2 in June, then Lineage in August (unless they mess that up too). I'm not big into Ginter's and could care less about Bowman and Pro Debut. What crap. CrapcrapcrapCRAP. I'm only holding back due to this blog being PG but man, am I miffed...
Send in the failboat!