2017 Topps First Pitch Features Stars and an Incognito Wrigley Field Hot Dog Vendor

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some collectors aren’t fans of celebrities and non-baseball people appearing in their packs because they’re not baseball. The 2017 Topps First Pitch inserts find a way to branch the sport and pop culture.

Entering it’s third year, the 2017 Topps First Pitch checklist features a mix of actors, singers, athletes from other areas and even a Miss USA.

A total of 20 First Pitch cards are available in 2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball. They’re not all that tough to pull at 1:8 hobby packs (they’re not exclusives and are in hobby jumbo and retail as well).

Among the bigger names in the set are Star Trek legend, William Shatner, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk and rock pioneer, Joan Jett. There’s also Stephen Colbert who attempted to go undercover as a hot dog vendor at Wrigley Field last September.

Everyone in Series 1 is a celebrity to a certain extent. Although they have always dominated the checklists, there are usually a couple of notable exceptions such as military veterans and inspiring people.

Here’s a full gallery of all the 2017 Topps Series 1 First Pitch cards. The insert set is slated to grow with the release of Series 2. They’ve been in Update Series in the past as well, although no details are currently known for that set.

2017 Topps First Pitch Gallery

FP-1 William Shatner, Boston Red Sox

2017 Topps First Pitch 1 William Shatner

Who?: actor, best know for playing Captain Kirk on Star Trek
When?: August 12, 2016
Where?: Fenway Park

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FP-2 Bob Odenkirk, Chicago Cubs

2017 Topps First Pitch 2 Bob Odenkirk

Who?: actor, most recently on Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad
When?: Wrigley Field
Where?: August 12, 2016

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FP-3 Judd Apatow, New York Mets

2017 Topps First Pitch 3 Judd Apatow

Who?: director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, creator Freaks and Geeks
When?: August 2, 2016
Where?: Citi Field

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FP-4 Jeremy Piven, Chicago Cubs

2017 Topps First Pitch 4 Michael Piven

Who?: actor, most notable on Entourage
When?: July 5, 2016
Where?: Wrigley Field

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FP-5 Deshauna Barber, Washington Nationals

2017 Topps First Pitch 5 Deshauna Barber

Who?: Miss USA 2016
When?: July 5, 2016
Where?: Nationals Park

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FP-6 John Goodman, St. Louis Cardinals

2017 Topps First Pitch 6 John Goodman

Who?: actor on Roseanne, The Big Lebowski, The Babe
When?: July 6, 2016
Where?: Busch Stadium

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FP-7 Keegan-Michael Key, Los Angeles Dodgers

2017 Topps First Pitch 7 Keegan-Michael Key

Who?: actor/comedian, the “Key” in Key & Peele
When?: July 30, 2016
Where?: Dodger Stadium

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FP-8 Joan Jett, Chicago Cubs

2017 Topps First Pitch 8 Joan Jett

Who?: legendary musician
When?: July 18, 2016
Where?: Wrigley Field

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FP-9 Joe Mantegna, Chicago Cubs

2017 Topps First Pitch 9 Joe Mantegna

Who?: actor on Criminal Minds plus more than 140 other movies and TV shows
When?: June 2, 2016
Where?: Wrigley Field

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FP-10 Leslie Jordan, Washington Nationals

2017 Topps First Pitch 10 Leslie Jordan

Who?: actor in dozens of films and TV shows including American Horror Story and The Help, wearer of bright pants
When?: June 14, 2016
Where?: Nationals Park

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FP-11 Paul Wall, Houston Astros

2017 Topps First Pitch 11 Paul Wall

Who?: rapper
When?: August 16, 2016
Where?: Minute Maid Park

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FP-12 Chris Lane, Chicago White Sox

2017 Topps First Pitch 12 Chris Lane

Who?: country singer
When?: August 7, 2016
Where?: U.S. Cellular Field

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FP-13 Luis Coronel, Arizona Diamondbacks

2017 Topps First Pitch 13 Luis Coronel

Who?: singer
When?: July 16, 2016
Where?: Chase Field

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FP-14 Brett Eldredge, Chicago Cubs

2017 Topps First Pitch 14 Brett Eldredge

Who?: country singer
When?: Wrigley Field
Where?: June 21, 2016

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FP-15 Victoria Justice, Detroit Tigers

2017 Topps First Pitch 15 Victoria Justice

Who?: actress, best known for Nickelodeon shows Victorious and Zoey 101
When?: June 29, 2016
Where?: Comerica Park

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FP-16 Lou Ferrigno, Chicago White Sox

2017 Topps First Pitch 16 Lou Ferrigno

Who?: bodybuilder and actor who played the Hulk in the Incredible Hulk TV show
When?: August 19, 2016
Where?: U.S. Cellular Field

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FP-17 Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Arizona Diamondbacks

2017 Topps First Pitch 17 Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Who?: doubles tennis player, won gold medal at 2016 Olympics
When?: August 17, 2016
Where?: Chase Field

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FP-21 Jon Lovitz, Chicago Cubs

2017 Topps First Pitch 21 Jon Lovitz

Who?: actor, Saturday Night Live alum
When?: September 6, 2016
Where?: Wrigley Field

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FP-22 Stephen Colbert, Chicago Cubs

2017 Topps First Pitch 22 Stephen Colbert

Who?: late night talk show host
When?: September 17, 2016
Where?: Wrigley Field

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FP-23 Mase, Miami Marlins

2017 Topps First Pitch 23 Mase

Who?: hip hop singer
When?: September 9, 2016
Where?: Marlins Park

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Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

3 Comments

  1. Aaron Riseman
    Posted Friday February 24th, 2017 at 10:40 PM | Permalink

    Any reason why they skipped FP-18, 19 and 20 ?

  2. Henry Hunsinger
    Posted Wednesday April 5th, 2017 at 09:22 PM | Permalink

    Why aren’t FP #18-19-20-24-25 included?

  3. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted Thursday April 6th, 2017 at 08:22 AM | Permalink

    Looks to be an error unless there were intentional plans to fill them in later.

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