Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The 2015 Topps Series 1 Checklist is Now Live!

As they promised last week, Topps has released the 2015 Topps Baseball Series 1 Checklist.

Before we get to the guts of the list, they also posted one more picture:

These are the rainbow foil parallels. Now I don't collect parallels, and some took to the twitterverse wishing that these weren't going to be included, but they look nice, and if I get one in a pack, I'd be happy with it. I mean, with the color scheme of the cards for this year's design, they do look pretty in the light...

But I digress...

The checklist is out. Not only are there 350 base cards (1-6, 8-351...the seven is really gone), but there are a ton of inserts that look to be split between the Hobby shops, the retail stores, and both in terms of exclusivity.

Now understand, I'm only listing the checklists for the base and basic inserts sets. No relics, no autos, no auto-relics, no manufactured relics. Just the cards I'd be willing to collect for this product. So, without further ado, here is the base checklist:


1 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
2 Jose Altuve/Victor Martinez/Michael Brantley LEAGUE LEADERS
3 Rene Rivera San Diego Padres
4 Curtis Granderson New York Mets
5 Josh Donaldson Oakland Athletics
6 Jayson Werth Washington Nationals
8 Miguel Gonzalez Baltimore Orioles
9 Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants WORLD SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
10 Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies
11 Jon Jay St. Louis Cardinals
12 James McCann Detroit Tigers Rookie
13 Toronto Blue Jays
14 Kendall Graveman Toronto Blue Jays Rookie
15 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
16 David DeJesus Tampa Bay Rays
17 Brian McCann New York Yankees
18 Cody Allen Cleveland Indians
19 Baltimore Orioles
20 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
21 Brett Gardner New York Yankees
22 Tyler Flowers Chicago White Sox
23 Michael Bourn Cleveland Indians
24 New York Mets
25 Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays
26 Bryce Brentz Boston Red Sox Rookie
27 Kendrys Morales Seattle Mariners
28 Alex Cobb Tampa Bay Rays
29 Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants 2014 BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
30 Tanner Roark Washington Nationals Future Star
31 Nick Tropeano Houston Astros Rookie
32 Carlos Quentin San Diego Padres
33 Oakland Athletics
34 Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies
35 Brandon Moss Oakland Athletics
36 Julio Teheran Atlanta Braves
37 Arismendy Alcantara Chicago Cubs Future Star
38 Jordan Zimmermann Washington Nationals
39 Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals
40 Joakim Soria Detroit Tigers
41 Chris Colabello Minnesota Twins
42 Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds
43 Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs
44 Gio Gonzalez Washington Nationals
45 Carlos Beltran New York Yankees
46 Wilson Ramos Washington Nationals
47 Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
48 John Axford Pittsburgh Pirates
49 Dominic Leone Seattle Mariners
50 Yu Darvish Texas Rangers
51 Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
52 Fernando Rodney Seattle Mariners
53 Nathan Eovaldi Miami Marlins
54 Joe Nathan Detroit Tigers
55 Trevor May Minnesota Twins Rookie
56 Matt Garza Milwaukee Brewers
57 Lyle Overbay Milwaukee Brewers
58 Evan Gattis Atlanta Braves Future Star
59 Jake Odorizzi Tampa Bay Rays
60 Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals
61 Johnny Cueto/Clayton Kershaw/Adam Wainwright LEAGUE LEADERS
62 Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies
63 Chris Owings Arizona Diamondbacks Future Star
64 Atlanta Braves
65 Alexei Ramirez Chicago White Sox
66 Vance Worley Pittsburgh Pirates
67 Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants
68 Lonnie Chisenhall Cleveland Indians
69 Justin Upton Atlanta Braves
70 Charlie Furbush Seattle Mariners
71 Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers 2014 BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
72 Jordan Lyles Colorado Rockies
73 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
74 Tyler Skaggs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
75 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
76 Ian Kennedy San Diego Padres
77 Edwin Escobar Boston Red Sox Rookie
78 Yordano Ventura Kansas City Royals
79 Starling Marte Pittsburgh Pirates
80 Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
81 Chris Young Seattle Mariners
82 Nick Tepesch Texas Rangers
83 David Wright New York Mets
84 Jonathan Schoop Baltimore Orioles
85 Adam Wainwright/Johnny Cueto/Clayton Kershaw LEAGUE LEADERS
86 Tim Hudson San Francisco Giants
87 Eric Sogard Oakland Athletics
88 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants WORLD SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
89 Michael Choice Texas Rangers
90 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Future Star
91 Corey Dickerson Colorado Rockies
92 Ian Kinsler Detroit Tigers
93 Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
94 Tommy Kahnle Colorado Rockies
95 Junior Lake Chicago Cubs
96 Sergio Santos Toronto Blue Jays
97 Dalton Pompey Toronto Blue Jays Rookie
98 Mike Trout/Nelson Cruz/Miguel Cabrera LEAGUE LEADERS
99 Yonder Alonso San Diego Padres
100 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
101 Scooter Gennett Milwaukee Brewers
102 Gordon Beckham Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
103 Guilder Rodriguez Texas Rangers Rookie
104 Bud Norris Baltimore Orioles
105 Jeff Baker Miami Marlins
106 Pedro Alvarez Pittsburgh Pirates
107 James Loney Tampa Bay Rays
108 Jorge Soler Chicago Cubs Rookie
109 Doug Fister Washington Nationals
110 Tony Sipp Houston Astros
111 Trevor Bauer Cleveland Indians
112 Daniel Nava Boston Red Sox
113 Jason Castro Houston Astros
114 Mike Zunino Seattle Mariners
115 Khris Davis Milwaukee Brewers
116 Vidal Nuno Arizona Diamondbacks
117 Sean Doolittle Oakland Athletics
118 Domonic Brown Philadelphia Phillies
119 Anibal Sanchez Detroit Tigers
120 Yoenis Cespedes Boston Red Sox
121 Garrett Jones Miami Marlins
122 Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians
123 Ben Revere Philadelphia Phillies
124 Mark Melancon Pittsburgh Pirates
125 Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
126 Detroit Tigers
127 Andrew McCutchen/Justin Morneau/Josh Harrison LEAGUE LEADERS
128 Anthony Swarzak Minnesota Twins
129 Jacob deGrom New York Mets Future Star
130 Mike Napoli Boston Red Sox
131 Edward Mujica Boston Red Sox
132 Michael Taylor Washington Nationals Rookie
133 Daisuke Matsuzaka New York Mets
134 Brett Lawrie Toronto Blue Jays
135 Matt Dominguez Houston Astros
136 Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles
137 Alcides Escobar Kansas City Royals
138 Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants
139 Gary Brown San Francisco Giants Rookie
140 Alex Avila Detroit Tigers
141 Cory Spangenberg San Diego Padres Rookie
142 Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees Future Star
143 Jonathan Papelbon Philadelphia Phillies
144 Rusney Castillo Boston Red Sox Rookie
145 Jesse Hahn San Diego Padres
146 Tony Watson Pittsburgh Pirates
147 Andrew Heaney Miami Marlins Future Star
148 J.D. Martinez Detroit Tigers
149 Daniel Murphy New York Mets
150 Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins
151 C.J. Cron Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Future Star
152 Michael Pineda New York Yankees
153 Josh Reddick Oakland Athletics
154 Brandon Finnegan Kansas City Royals Rookie
155 Jesse Chavez Oakland Athletics
156 Santiago Casilla San Francisco Giants
157 Ubaldo Jimenez Baltimore Orioles
158 Kevin Kiermaier Tampa Bay Rays Future Star
159 Brandon Crawford San Francisco Giants
160 Washington Nationals
161 Howie Kendrick Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
162 Drew Pomeranz Oakland Athletics
163 Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies
164 Brian Schlitter Chicago Cubs
165 John Jaso Oakland Athletics
166 Jenrry Mejia New York Mets
167 Matt Cain San Francisco Giants
168 Colorado Rockies
169 Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles
170 Tommy Medica San Diego Padres
171 Mike Foltynewicz Houston Astros Rookie
172 Didi Gregorius Arizona Diamondbacks
173 Carlos Torres New York Mets
174 Jesus Guzman Houston Astros
175 Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
176 Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox Future Star
177 Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox
178 Christian Yelich Miami Marlins
179 Jason Vargas Kansas City Royals
180 Steve Pearce Baltimore Orioles
181 Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves
182 Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds
183 Craig Gentry Oakland Athletics
184 B.J. Upton Atlanta Braves
185 Ricky Nolasco Minnesota Twins
186 Rex Brothers Colorado Rockies
187 Marlon Byrd Philadelphia Phillies
188 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants WORLD SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
189 Dustin Ackley Seattle Mariners
190 Zach Britton Baltimore Orioles
191 Yimi Garcia Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie
192 Joc Pederson Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie
193 Buck Farmer Detroit Tigers Rookie
194 David Murphy Cleveland Indians
195 Garrett Richards Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
196 Chicago Cubs
197 Glen Perkins Minnesota Twins
198 Alexi Ogando Texas Rangers
199 Eric Young Jr. New York Mets
200 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
201 Tommy La Stella Atlanta Braves
202 Mike Minor Atlanta Braves
203 Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
204 Eduardo Escobar Minnesota Twins
205 Josh Harrison Pittsburgh Pirates
206 Rick Porcello Detroit Tigers
207 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
208 Wilin Rosario Colorado Rockies
209 Daniel Corcino Cincinnati Reds Rookie
210 Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals 2014 BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
211 Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox
212 Cliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies
213 Jered Weaver Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
214 Corey Kluber/Max Scherzer/Jered Weaver LEAGUE LEADERS
215 Alejandro De Aza Baltimore Orioles
216 Greg Holland Kansas City Royals
217 Daniel Norris Toronto Blue Jays Rookie
218 David Buchanan Philadelphia Phillies
219 Kennys Vargas Minnesota Twins
220 Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals
221 Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians
222 Antonio Bastardo Philadelphia Phillies
223 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
224 Bryan Mitchell New York Yankees Rookie
225 Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees
226 Dioner Navarro Toronto Blue Jays
227 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants WORLD SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
228 Jake Peavy San Francisco Giants
229 Bryan Morris Miami Marlins
230 Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers
231 Andrew Cashner San Diego Padres
232 Andrew Susac San Francisco Giants
233 Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies
234 Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants
235 Jeremy Guthrie Kansas City Royals
236 Zack Wheeler New York Mets
237 Lucas Duda New York Mets
238 Hyun-Jin Ryu Los Angeles Dodgers
239 Jose Iglesias Detroit Tigers
240 Anthony Ranaudo Boston Red Sox Rookie
241 Dilson Herrera New York Mets Rookie
242 Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays
243 Al Alburquerque Detroit Tigers
244 Bartolo Colon New York Mets
245 Tyler Colvin San Francisco Giants
246 Chris Carter Houston Astros
247 Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
248 Addison Reed Arizona Diamondbacks
249 Jose Reyes Toronto Blue Jays
250 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays
251 Anthony Rendon Washington Nationals
252 Travis Wood Chicago Cubs
253 Gregory Polanco Pittsburgh Pirates Future Star
254 Steve Cishek Miami Marlins
255 James Russell Atlanta Braves
256 Adam Eaton Chicago White Sox
257 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Miami Marlins
258 Kansas City Royals
259 Brian Dozier Minnesota Twins
260 David Peralta Arizona Diamondbacks
261 Lance Lynn St. Louis Cardinals
262 Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
263 Dillon Gee New York Mets
264 Tony Cingrani Cincinnati Reds
265 Arizona Diamondbacks
266 Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
267 Zack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers
268 Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds
269 Jordy Mercer Pittsburgh Pirates
270 Steven Moya Detroit Tigers Rookie
271 Pittsburgh Pirates
272 Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers
273 Brandon Hicks San Francisco Giants
274 Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals
275 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
276 Conor Gillaspie Chicago White Sox
277 Cincinnati Reds
278 David Phelps New York Yankees
279 Coco Crisp Oakland Athletics
280 Miguel Montero Arizona Diamondbacks
281 Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers
282 Alex Presley Houston Astros
283 Chris Johnson Atlanta Braves
284 Brandon League Los Angeles Dodgers
285 Chris Carter/Mike Trout/Nelson Cruz LEAGUE LEADERS
286 Trevor Rosenthal St. Louis Cardinals
287 Everth Cabrera San Diego Padres
288 Chris Parmelee Minnesota Twins
289 Matt Joyce Tampa Bay Rays
290 David Lough Baltimore Orioles
291 Mark Reynolds Milwaukee Brewers
292 Neil Walker Pittsburgh Pirates
293 Zach Duke Milwaukee Brewers
294 Aaron Sanchez Toronto Blue Jays Future Star
295 Erick Aybar Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
296 Charlie Morton Pittsburgh Pirates
297 Scott Kazmir Oakland Athletics
298 Rymer Liriano San Diego Padres Rookie
299 Joaquin Arias San Francisco Giants
300 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
301 Zack Cozart Cincinnati Reds
302 Martin Prado New York Yankees
303 Ike Davis Pittsburgh Pirates
304 Shawn Kelley New York Yankees
305 Sonny Gray Oakland Athletics
306 Juan Lagares New York Mets Future Star
307 Mark Teixeira New York Yankees
308 Carl Crawford Los Angeles Dodgers
309 Maikel Franco Philadelphia Phillies Rookie
310 Jake Lamb Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie
311 Jhonny Peralta St. Louis Cardinals
312 Kyle Lobstein Detroit Tigers Rookie
313 Anthony Rizzo/Giancarlo Stanton/Lucas Duda LEAGUE LEADERS
314 Jackie Bradley Jr. Boston Red Sox
315 Javier Baez Chicago Cubs Rookie
316 R.A. Dickey Toronto Blue Jays
317 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers 2014 BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
318 George Springer Houston Astros Future Star
319 Derek Jeter New York Yankees 2014 BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
320 Shin-Soo Choo Texas Rangers
321 Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
322 Phil Hughes Minnesota Twins
323 Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals
324 Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays
325 Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
326 C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
327 Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox Future Star
328 Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers
329 Logan Forsythe Tampa Bay Rays
330 Brian Duensing Minnesota Twins
331 Danny Espinosa Washington Nationals
332 Kyle Seager Seattle Mariners
333 Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds Future Star
334 Gerardo Parra Milwaukee Brewers
335 Matt Barnes Boston Red Sox Rookie
336 Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals
337 Jedd Gyorko San Diego Padres
338 Yasmani Grandal San Diego Padres
339 Austin Jackson Seattle Mariners
340 Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers
341 Corey Kluber/Chris Sale/Felix Hernandez LEAGUE LEADERS
342 San Diego Padres
343 Shane Greene New York Yankees
344 Manny Parra Cincinnati Reds
345 Brandon Cumpton Pittsburgh Pirates
346 Trevor Cahill Arizona Diamondbacks
347 Dexter Fowler Houston Astros
348 Carlos Santana Cleveland Indians
349 Justin Upton/Adrian Gonzalez/Giancarlo Stanton LEAGUE LEADERS
350 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
351 Tom Koehler Miami Marlins

The breakdown:
  • 269 Veterans
  • 30 Rookie Cards
  • 17 Future Stars
  • 15 Team Cards
  • 10 League Leaders
  • 5 2014 Baseball Highlights
  • 4 World Series Highlights
Number one on the checklist, recently retired Derek Jeter. Personally, it would have been fitting if he was card #2 (get it?). People on the twitter were complaining about Jeter being included in this set. But hey, retired players have been in sets when they're already out of baseball (See Mark McGwire in 2001, Tony Gwynn in 2002, and Paul Konerko in 2014. Yes, he's in here too.

Now, Topps brought back the Future Stars subset for 2015. But instead of picking 17 guys who might never pan out (ala Tim Pyznarski), some of the subjects the company chose were among the ones who were voted as 2014 Topps All-Star Rookies (with that glorious ASRT Rookie Cup).

Team cards, I noticed made a comeback, for the first time since 2011. Now, was NOT WHAT I WAS THINKING ABOUT when it was announced that the set would be 700 cards. That means of the 40 extra cards for this set, after the 30 team cards, only 10 cards are left for whatever. So much for extra players.

Of the 30 Rookie Card-eligible players in Series 1, 5 come from the Red Sox, 4 from the Tigers, 3 are from the Blue Jays, and the rest consist of players from the Diamondbacks, Cubs, Reds, Astros, Royals, Dodgers, Twins, Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Giants, Padres, Rangers, and Nationals. None made their debut before August 1, 2014. As a Cubs fan, seeing both Baez and Soler on the checklist makes me happy. The RC class also includes Brandon Finnegan, who bolted his way from the 2014 MLB Draft to the World Series and my new favorite name, George Runie Farmer, aka Buck Farmer, of the Tigers.

The five season highlight cards will serve as checklists, as they have since 2011.

Now, on to the inserts. Many we've already seen on the sell sheets. Others are brand spanking new. There are at least four retail (that would be Walmart, Target, Toys r Us, etc) exclusive insert sets. Here we go:

A-1 Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics
A-2 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees
A-3 Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies
A-4 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
A-5 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
A-6 Yoenis Cespedes Boston Red Sox
A-7 Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
A-8 Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins
A-9 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
A-10 Babe Ruth New York Yankees
A-11 Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals
A-12 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
A-13 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
A-14 Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers
A-15 Mike Piazza New York Mets
A-16 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
A-17 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres
A-18 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox
A-19 Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
A-20 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves
A-21 Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers
A-22 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves
A-23 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants
A-24 Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers
A-25 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners

H-1 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees
H-2 Babe Ruth New York Yankees
H-3 Babe Ruth New York Yankees
H-4 Bob Feller Cleveland Indians
H-5 Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals
H-6 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox
H-7 NEW YORK GIANTS Win The Pennant
H-8 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox
H-9 Enos Slaughter St. Louis Cardinals
H-10 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs
H-11 Roger Maris New York Yankees
H-12 Roger Maris New York Yankees
H-13 Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves
H-14 Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
H-15 Juan Marichal San Francisco Giants
H-16 Catfish Hunter Oakland Athletics
H-17 Nolan Ryan California Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
H-18 Willie McCovey San Diego Padres
H-19 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
H-20 Fergie Jenkins Texas Rangers
H-21 Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers
H-22 Nolan Ryan Houston Astros
H-23 Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics
H-24 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
H-25 Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals
H-26 Nomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox
H-27 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
H-28 Josh Beckett Florida Marlins
H-29 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers
H-30 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers

I-1 Manny Machado/Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
I-2 Ken Griffey Jr/Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners
I-3 Don Mattingly/Mark Teixeira New York Yankees
I-4 Al Kaline/Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
I-5 Steve Carlton/Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies
I-6 Rod Carew/Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
I-7 Clayton Kershaw/Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers
I-8 Jim Rice/Yoenis Cespedes Boston Red Sox
I-9 Stan Musial/Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals
I-10 Fred McGriff/Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
I-11 Tom Seaver/Matt Harvey New York Mets
I-12 Jose Abreu/Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox
I-13 Craig Kimbrel/John Smoltz Atlanta Braves
I-14 Randy Johnson/Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
I-15 Andrew McCutchen/Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates

GG-1 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
GG-2 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox
GG-3 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
GG-4 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners
GG-5 Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves
GG-6 Mike Piazza New York Mets
GG-7 Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals
GG-8 Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
GG-9 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
GG-10 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
GG-11 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
GG-12 Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies
GG-13 Hanley Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers
GG-14 Willie Mays New York Giants
GG-15 Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers
GG-16 Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves
GG-17 Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
GG-18 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
GG-19 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees
GG-20 Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers
GG-21 Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees
GG-22 Babe Ruth New York Yankees
GG-23 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
GG-24 Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers
GG-25 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

1A Geneva Conference begins
1B Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves
2A Polio Vaccine announced as safe
2B Robin Roberts Philadelphia Phillies
3A American Bandstand debuts
3B Red Schoendienst Milwaukee Braves
4A Nixon / Kennedy debate
4B Ted Williams Boston Red Sox
5A MLK leads march on Washington
5B Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves
6A Apollo 11
6B Tom Seaver New York Mets
7A Top 40 Countdown premiers
7B Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves
8A Gerald Ford sworn in as President of USA
8B Nolan Ryan California Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
9A Apple founded
9B Reggie Jackson Baltimore Orioles
10A ESPN's first broadcast
10B Bruce Sutter Chicago Cubs
11A CNN begins broadcasting
11B Darryl Strawberry New York Mets
12A Space Shuttle Columbia launches
12B Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers
13A Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in
13B Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies
14A Live Aid concert
14B Nolan Ryan Houston Astros
15A Clinton earns Democratic nomination
15B Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners

F40-1 Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
F40-2 Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners
F40-3 CC Sabathia New York Yankees
F40-4 Nolan Ryan Houston Astros
F40-5 Goose Gossage New York Yankees
F40-6 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
F40-7 Andre Dawson Chicago Cubs
F40-8 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves
F40-9 Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers
F40-10 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks
F40-11 Reggie Jackson New York Yankees
F40-12 Carlton Fisk Chicago White Sox
F40-13 David Cone Kansas City Royals
F40-14 Roger Clemens Houston Astros
F40-15 Ivan Rodriguez Florida Marlins

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


R-1 Dustin Ackley Seattle Mariners
R-2 Alexi Amarista San Diego Padres
R-3 Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees
R-4 Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers
R-5 Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
R-6 Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves
R-7 Ryan Ludwick Cincinnati Reds
R-8 Michael Morse San Francisco Giants
R-9 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
R-10 Colby Rasmus Toronto Blue Jays
R-11 Ben Revere Philadelphia Phillies
R-12 George Springer Houston Astros
R-13 Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins
R-14 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
R-15 Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox

FHR-01 Jorge Soler Chicago Cubs
FHR-02 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
FHR-03 David Wright New York Mets
FHR-04 Robinson Cano New York Yankees
FHR-05 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
FHR-06 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
FHR-07 Mike Moustakas Kansas City Royals
FHR-08 Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals
FHR-09 Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals
FHR-10 Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves
FHR-11 Anthony Rizzo San Diego Padres
FHR-12 Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves
FHR-13 Javier Baez Chicago Cubs
FHR-14 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
FHR-15 Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners
FHR-16 Matt Adams St. Louis Cardinals
FHR-17 Adam Dunn Cincinnati Reds
FHR-18 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
FHR-19 Paul Konerko Los Angeles Dodgers
FHR-20 Adrian Gonzalez Texas Rangers
FHR-21 Jose Bautista Pittsburgh Pirates
FHR-22 Josh Hamilton Cincinnati Reds
FHR-23 Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies
FHR-24 Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
FHR-25 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
FHR-26 Adam Jones Seattle Mariners
FHR-27 Chris Davis Texas Rangers
FHR-28 Don Mattingly New York Yankees
FHR-29 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
FHR-30 Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox
FHR-31 Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics
FHR-32 Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
FHR-33 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
FHR-34 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
FHR-35 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays
FHR-36 Victor Martinez Cleveland Indians
FHR-37 Mike Piazza Los Angeles Dodgers
FHR-38 Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
FHR-39 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
FHR-40 Deion Sanders New York Yankees

JR-1 Two-Sport College Star
JR-2 Serving his country
JR-3 .387 with Kansas City
JR-4 Robinson Signs with the Dodgers
JR-5 Robinson Travels North
JR-6 Breaking the MLB Color Barrier
JR-7 NL MVP in 1949
JR-8 World Series Title in 1955
JR-9 Call to The Hall
JR-10 Number 42 Retired across MLB

BR-1 St. Mary's Industrial School Student
BR-2 Hometown Hero Baltimore
BR-3 Red Sox Double Threat Boston Red Sox
BR-4 Postseason Pitching Phenom Boston Red Sox
BR-5 From Hurler to Hitter Boston Red Sox
BR-6 The Home Run King New York Yankees
BR-7 MVP in '23 New York Yankees
BR-8 Murderer's Row Member New York Yankees
BR-9 The Called Shot New York Yankees
BR-10 The Babe becomes a media star New York Yankees


It hasn't been announced how the retail sets are split. I highly doubt both Walmart and Target would be willing to share exclusives. So one store should get the Babe Ruth story, the other Jackie Robinson.

The First Home Run and Robbed inserts look to be blaster exclusives. The First Home Run set, at 40 cards, that's a bit too big for one store to carry in one series.

I would have preferred the First Pitch set to be a retail set as well. The subjects chosen, all unique: mostly musicians, a Olympic gymnast, and some people I've never heard of. So let's review:
  • Jeff Bridges, actor, "The Dude"
  • Jack White, White Stripes
  • McKayla Maroney, Olympic Gold Winning Gymnast
  • Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam
  • Biz Markie, more than "Just a Friend"
  • Agnes McKee, 105-year old from Indiana who threw out a first pitch in San Diego honoring the Veterans
  • Austin Mahone, a singer...I guess...my daughter probably has heard of him
  • Jermaine Jones, New England Revolution midfielder
  • Tom Willis, whose goal is to throw out a first pitch at all 30 stadiums...did I mention he doesn't have arms?
  • Graham Elliot, Chicago chef who hangs out with Gordon Ramsey making and breaking kids' hearts on MasterChef Junior (and MasterChef)
  • Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine
  • Macklemore, rapper, frequent "Thrift Shop" customer
  • Suzy, a K-POP (that would be Korean) singer
  • 50 Cent, rapper, entrepreneur, worst first pitch EVER
  • Meb Keflezighi, Eritrean-born American marathon runner who recently won the 2014 Boston Marathon
I can't wait for February 4, when these cards go live. Must save for a master set.

It's time to get closer to the game. You ready??!


JayBee Anama


Billy Kingsley said...

A couple of thoughts- is that 105 year old now the oldest person to get a card? (The oldest at time of card issuance, not counting the historical subjects)

Why is there no card #7? It sounds like there is a reason but it's unknown to me. I am fairly clueless though.

Those Apollo 11 and Space Shuttle cards are going to be on my wantlist. Big fan of space exploration.

cynicalbuddha said...

I'll have to wait to get some of these in hand to pass judgement, but I will say the design looks like it will work well in Chrome. To answer Bills question. Topps retired the #7 card in 1997 then unretired it when they got the licensing rights to use Mickey Mantles likeness and have now rereretired #7 since they lost likeness rights.

The Junior Junkie said...

I NEED a Bix Markie card. NEED.

PhilM said...

I always wondered if Markie named himself after the HOFer:

P-town Tom said...

I like the first homerun insert idea. Something new that I can get behind. Doesn't hurt that two of the Cubs are included in that one!

I'm after the Biz Markie card, too. Girlllllll you got what I need!

I wouldn't mind snagging an Eddie Vedder as well.

Anonymous said...

I hate that missing #7, so stupid.