The Gypsy Queen baseball card series is modeled after the 1887 N174 set bearing the same name. Topps revived the look for a set of cards in 2011. Virtual card makers everywhere jumped at the chance to make their own versions of Gypsy Queen cards for their special players.
For me, that special player is Mike Squires (as everyone knows). Unfortunately, I don't have the skill set to make a Gypsy Queen card of Spanky, but fortunately Jason Carter of The Writer's Journey possesses these skills and he produced a Gypsy Queen Mike Squires card for me.
This isn't the first special request Jason made for me. A while back, he created a Bill Plummer card using the 2009 Topps design. Plummer became part of his series of 2009 Topps Reds Legends. Perhaps Bill Plummer wasn't a star, but he should qualify as a legend (and he is a member of my Backup Catcher Hall of Fame.
Before the Plummer creation, Jason made a Mike Squires card on a 1986 Topps design. While my PhotoShop skills have improved since then, I am still nowhere near his level and couldn't have created the Gypsy Queen Squires card. It's a thing of beauty!
I really appreciate Jason's efforts, The Writer's Journey and his Reds Fest reports. His site has all sorts of interesting thoughts, pictures and more. It's one of my daily stops and it should be one of yours, too.