Topps released the official checklist for the first series of its 2015 baseball card set today, and I’m pretty excited about it.
With an official release date of Feb. 4th through hobby channels, scattered cards will probably start to turn up soon since individual Target and WalMart stores never seem to be all that concerned about keeping to day-and-date. (Mine, unfortunately, are more likely to put out the cards late than early.)
We’ve got a 700-card base set to look forward to in 2015, split into two series of 350 – and it does look like that will help us get cards of some middle relievers and bench players who might have been skipped in recent years. (How you feel about this is going to depend very much on your reaction to the news that Carlos Torres is getting his first baseball card since 2006 – if you said “who’s Carlos Torres?,” you probably would have preferred fewer cards to collect. I’m happy and wouldn’t mind going back to the 792-card sets that were the norm in the late 1980s, when there were only 26 teams and they employed a 24-man roster.)
By my count, there are 16 Mets players in the base set, and 14 of them are still Mets as I write this (though Dillon Gee‘s days in New York definitely seem to be numbered.) Daisuke Matsuzaka will be pitching for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks this season, and Eric Young Jr. is still looking for a job.
To make up for that, we’re getting the first Mets baseball cards of the aforementioned Torres (and it only took 106 appearances over two seasons, not bad for a 26-year-old middle reliever who’s not exactly a household name) and rookie Dilson Herrera. Most of the Mets’ stars appear in Series 1, with Matt Harvey and winter acquisition Michael Cuddyer the biggest names who are waiting for Series 2.
Here’s the Mets team checklist:
- 4 Curtis Granderson
- 24 Team card
- 83 David Wright
- 129 Jacob deGrom
- 133 Daisuke Matsuzaka
- 149 Daniel Murphy
- 166 Jenrry Mejia
- 173 Carlos Torres
- 199 Eric Young Jr.
- 236 Zack Wheeler
- 237 Lucas Duda
- 241 Dilson Herrera
- 244 Bartolo Colon
- 263 Dillon Gee
- 306 Juan Lagares
- 313 NL Home Run Leaders (Stanton/Rizzo/Duda)
Former Mets fan favorites R.A. Dickey and Jose Reyes also appear in Series 1, on cards #316 and #249 respectively – just in case anybody else is still collecting their baseball cards.
I’m not super happy about the Derek Jeter love-fest continuing into 2015 – he’s getting the honor of being the first card in the 2015 Topps set even though everyone knew he wouldn’t be playing this season – but I can live with it as long as Topps isn’t tempted to put out a 3,465-card insert set commemorating each of Jeter’s career hits.
As usual, there will be a bunch of parallels and inserts – I’ll leave it to you to check out the Topps Series 1 sell sheet for the full rundown. I’m happy to see Juan Lagares on the checklist for the Career High Autograph insert set – to the best of my knowledge, this will be his first certified autograph release.
And there’s another set that looks like it could be fun, even though I don’t know who many of the subjects are. The checklist for the “First Pitch Insert” set features 15 cards, including 50 Cent who made one of the worst ceremonial first pitches in MLB history at Citi Field last year.
(Also on the First Pitch insert set are Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney)
So who’s excited about the first baseball cards of 2015?