I don't think anyone is surprised to see the return of Gypsy Queen - it was the most talked-about product of the year, and the lack of a set next year would probably result in an Occupy Topps protest.
Hmmm. #OccupyTopps, anybody?
Anyway, the release date, according to Beckett, is April 18. You can expect two autographs and two relics per hobby box, which is the same as last year.
Thoughts: Topps is keeping the formula almost exactly the same. That is a fantastic plan, even if it's what Topps does all the time. Don't fix what isn't broken! There is a bit more flair to the design, but the image size remains the same. It reminds me a bit of Allen & Ginter, but most tobacco issues of the era feature ornate designs. The Glove Stories insert card looks decent, if you ignore the text across the top. It just doesn't quite fit. I don't hate it! I'm hoping the other insert sets are consistent in design, as they were this year.
Unlike the Gypsy Queens from this issue, I probably won't have any interest in the Kings. Gypsy Queens are known for their mystery, sexuality, and psychic powers, while Gypsy Kings conjure up images of snake-oil salesmen and other con artists. I'm interested in seeing where this mythical 1887 barnstorming team set ends up. If they're inserted at the same rate (or easier) as the Gypsy Queens, I'll probably put that set together. But if it's as tough as the "Team Orange" level of minis in Allen & Ginter, I won't have a chance.
Bottom line: We know this will sell. I'll put together a mini-master complete set, with the Moonshots, Glove Stories, Slide Show, and (tentatively) the barnstorming team inserts following as I did this year. I might give the Gypsy Kings inserts a shot. Depending on where I am and my monetary situation, this may be my first on-release hobby box purchase in several years.
To go along with this amazing set, I provide you with Amazing Moustached Bollywood Action. Just watch.