18 November 2016

2016 Topps Update Series First Pitch

One of my favorite inserts out of Topps in the recent past is the ongoing First Pitch set, which features various personalities throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Major League baseball games. It's a cool idea, and there is plenty of variety when it comes to potential subjects for the set. There are a lot of games in an MLB season, and pretty much every one has someone throwing that first pitch. You get celebrities, stars from other sports, heroes and survivors, musicians, and pretty much everything else you can think of. I picked up a set of the First Pitch cards from 2016 Topps Update recently from an eBay seller for a couple of dollars.

One thing you didn't get in the 2016 Topps Update Series iteration of the set, though, was a lot of variety when it comes to the teams depicted on the cards. Night Owl recently covered this in much more depth across the entirety of the First Pitch series, but there are many teams that haven't been represented yet at all on a First Pitch card, and a few teams dominate the checklist.

As far as the ten cards in 2016 Topps Update, only five teams out of thirty are represented. The Dodgers and Red Sox got three cards each, the Cubs got two cards, and the White Sox and Mariners each got one. The two Cubs cards, featuring Warren G and Craig Sager, were my personal favorites out of the set.

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