First pitches are first surprises in 2015 Topps



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



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  1. Paul Angilly 21 January, 2015 at 12:29

    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.

  2. phillies_joe 21 January, 2015 at 12:32

    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”.

  3. chrisolds 21 January, 2015 at 13:02

    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.

  4. Tom 21 January, 2015 at 16:25

    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.

  5. Paul Angilly 21 January, 2015 at 18:10

    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.

  6. phillies_joe 22 January, 2015 at 11:55

    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.

  7. Killerzeek 22 January, 2015 at 15:10

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

  8. CoachFX 22 January, 2015 at 18:07

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

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