First pitches are first surprises in 2015 Topps

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Dude and a seven-nation army might be impressed.

A 15-card set of ceremonial first pitches will be among the baseball cards to be found when this year’s first set of cards, 2015 Topps Series 1, arrives on Feb. 6.

Among them are actor Jeff Bridges, musicians Jack White and Eddie Vedder, Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney and even 50 Cent, whose notoriously bad first pitch at a New York Mets game has become the highlight reel of legend.

Each of them recently threw out the first pitch at a game and should appear in MLB jerseys as the company released their names and team affiliations on a checklist Tuesday. Click here for the full product checklist.


Also among those showcased? A 105-year-old named Agnes McKee, who threw out the first pitch at a Padres game last July, a man named Tom Willis who threw out a first pitch at a game despite being born without arms — something he has done in 18 ballparks and counting — and 20-year-old Bae Suzy a singer-actress from Korea.

Who else made the cut? Check out the checklist below.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


FP-01 Jeff Bridges — Los Angeles Dodgers
FP-02 Jack White — Detroit Tigers
FP-03 McKayla Maroney — Chicago White Sox
FP-04 Eddie Vedder — Chicago Cubs
FP-05 Biz Markie — Oakland Athletics
FP-06 Agnes McKee — San Diego Padres
FP-07 Austin Mahone — Atlanta Braves
FP-08 Jermaine Jones — Los Angeles Dodgers
FP-09 Tom Willis — Kansas City Royals
FP-10 Graham Elliot — Chicago Cubs
FP-11 Tom Morello — Chicago Cubs
FP-12 Macklemore — Seattle Mariners
FP-13 Suzy — Los Angeles Dodgers
FP-14 50 Cent — New York Mets
FP-15 Meb Keflezighi — Boston Red Sox



  1. Richard
    Posted January 20, 2015 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Kind of fun. Be a great autograph set, good luck at getting Agnes though, at 105 …..

  2. Posted January 20, 2015 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    no thanks..

  3. KBilly
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    No Gary “Baba Booey” Del’Abotte?

  4. James
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Fla Fla Flo Hee SP Variation ?

  5. Bryan
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Ba Ba Bad Pitch Del’Abotte needs to be included

  6. Posted January 21, 2015 at 12:28 pm | Permalink


  7. Posted January 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea! These look awesome. I’m looking forward to collecting the full set. I know some sour pusses will always complain about non-baseball players in a baseball set, but there are some really cool moments captured on these cards.

  8. phillies_joe
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Fun…yes. Cool…depends on who you get. Does it belong in Topps Flagship….no. This is what A&G is for. I want baseball cards with baseball players/managers on them from flagship. Again, include in A&G or have them in thier own product. I don’t want one of these as a “hit”.

  9. chrisolds
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    They happened at a game, so I don’t see them as a stretch at all. Last time I checked, an insert card wasn’t a hit.

  10. Tom
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    What about the other subset inserts that did not happen at a game (like polio vaccine or whatever)? Don’t those belong in Topps Heritage, a look back product, not Topps Series One? Those cards appeal to older collectors not younger ones that Topps Series One is designed to attract to the hobby.

  11. Paul Angilly
    Posted January 21, 2015 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Tom – those “other subset inserts” very nicely, I think, pair up a historical event with a legendary baseball player that was active at the time – a nice way to but baseball history in perspective with national history. And you’re talking about 15 cards total out of hundreds of different inserts – everything else is all baseball.

    When I was a younger collector, I loved getting stuff like that in packs. I think a lot of kids today will feel the same way.

  12. Troy Allarding
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    If anybody should be on a baseball card it’s the one and only @Buck65!

  13. Marc Foster
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    No Sung Woo for Kansas City? Unacceptable.

  14. phillies_joe
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Chris…I havn’t read a full checklist yet (I did see you posted one that I downloaded), but I was assuming these would have autos and possibly relics….that was the “hit” I was talking about. I have nothing aginst the cards themselves, and think the design is really awesome…just think they belong in another product.

  15. olds
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Doubtful on autos or Relics this time.

  16. Killerzeek
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    FP-04 Eddie Vedder — Chicago Cubs will be the most valuable and sought after card in the entire 2015 Topps set.

  17. CoachFX
    Posted January 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    They should have done one for Jon Hamm (Mad Men). He threw out the first pitch at a Cardinals game in 2014.

  18. Posted January 23, 2015 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they had 15 more of these in series 2 – possibly covering all 30 teams between the two series. Just a hunch.

  19. Posted January 23, 2015 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Sorry – wrong about the covering all 30 teams. My bad for not looking closer at the checklist …

  20. chrisolds
    Posted January 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Common sense says if they do well in Series 1, this will not be a one-and-done thing.

  21. Brian
    Posted April 18, 2015 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Austin Mahone down. 14 more autographs to go.

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