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Gypsy Queen – Carlton Fisk

I found this photo while looking for Bo Jackson pictures, and thought it looked good enough for a card. Maybe it’s not true to the Gypsy Queen style, but I like it anyway. Carlton Fisk, one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game.

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Gypsy Queen – Bo Jackson

He was an All-Star only once. He only played more than 100 games in four seasons. His lifetime batting average is .250. Yet, Bo Jackson was and still is a hugely popular baseball (and football) player.

Gypsy Queen – Hannibal Lecter

What fictional set of fictional killers would be complete without Hannibal Lecter? I haven’t seen all the movies, but Silence of the Lambs is one of the best serial killer movies out there.

Gypsy Queen – Bip Roberts

How have the card companies not picked up on the blogosphere’s love of all things Bip Roberts? Why is there no Bip in A&G? Why isn’t Bip featured as one of the short-printed retired star parallels in the base set? Would we not go absolutely looney over a certified autograph of Bip? Why is there no Gypsy Queen issue featuring Bip?

Now there is.

Gypsy Queen – Ron Cey

I have come to appreciate Ron Cey over the past couple of years, thanks to a couple of Dodger fans. He had a very impressive six-year run as an All-Star for the NL from 1974-1979 and was the World Series MVP in 1981.

Gypsy Queen – Brandon Phillips (Sticky Fingers)

Brandon Phillips is one of the most exciting players to watch, not only on the Reds, but in the whole MLB. It got me to thinking…who better to host a new version of “The Baseball Bunch” than BP? He’s always smiling, he’s an All-Star, and he’s very popular. What do you think? Would the Reds second baseman be an awesome “Baseball Buncher” or what?

Gypsy Queen – Vada Pinson

My first exposure to Vada Pinson was on a 1982 Donruss card, depicting him as a coach for the Chicago White Sox. Pinson had a very solid career starting with the Reds in 1958. By the time he put the bat down, he had collected 2757 hits, an amazing feat. Not amazing enough to put him in Cooperstown, evidently. He spent fifteen years on the ballot, but the most support he ever received was 15.7% in 1988.

Gypsy Queen – Charles Lee Ray

Did you hear they are remaking Child’s Play? Hollywood has no original ideas, so they rip themselves off creatively.

The original Chucky, while not completely original, was creatively executed. I always wanted a Good Guy toy, and probably will get a hold of one someday. I just hope mine isn’t possessed by Charles Lee Ray.

Gypsy Queen – Tony Perez

Hall of Famer Tony Perez…it took him long enough to receive that honor. He was denied for eight years, but always had at least 50% of the vote. Finally in the year 2000, the BBWAA saw fit to put Perez where he belonged, alongside teammates Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan in Cooperstown.

Gypsy Queen – Jim O’Toole

I never got to see Jim O’Toole pitch…his career ended eight years before I was born. But I have met him at the Redsfest. I don’t really have much to say about him more than that. He wasn’t particularly friendly, nor was he unfriendly. He was there to sign autographs, and that is what he did. He had a 19-9 record for the pennant-winning 1961 Redlegs. The ’61 team will have a special exhibit at the Reds Hall of Fame this summer, and I’m sure you will see some photos pop up on this blog so you can experience it even if you live a thousand miles away.

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