Hobby shops were slated to receive their shipments in time for Wednesday’s official release day but enough blaster boxes have been opened to piece together a 2016 Topps First Pitch checklist for Series One.
First Pitch made its debut last year and earned plenty of media attention for its inclusion of celebrities from the world of entertainment and others deemed special enough to get their own trading card. While Topps had announced the checklist of ’16 Topps last week, there was still no word on who was included in the 20-card First Pitch set.
The headliners are probably 2015 Masters and U.S. Open champ Justin Spieth, who has few trading cards despite his success and Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis who tossed out a pitch after being drafted by New York last June.
Retired commissioner Bud Selig gets a card as does retiring soccer star Abby Wambach, skateboard legend Tony Hawk, Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis, colorful hockey announcer Don Cherry and Triple Crown jockey Victor Espinoza.
Crooners and Actors
Singers Bill Withers and James Taylor are in the set and so is Steve Aoki, described as an “electro house musician and record producer known for throwing cake into the crowd”. Actors Johnny Knoxville, Carrie Brownstein and IronE Singleton appear too.
Based on what’s been posted so far on eBay, the checklist looks like this:
Evelyn Jones (oldest to toss a first pitch)
You can see what’s been posted on eBay here.