Topps creates bonus cards for First Pitch 5×7 baseball card sets

Topps-AlbaWhen Topps’ First Pitch insert cards arrived in 2015 Topps Series 1 earlier this year, they got collectors buzzing with the first MLB-approved cardboard of a few big-name celebrities.

The same happened for Series 2, but when the company released it’s 5×7 version of the entire set late this summer — a set only initially sold on Topps.com — it snuck in five more celebs, making the total jumbo release 30 cards.

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Among the unannounced additions found exclusively in the jumbos were Jessica Alba, Antonio Banderas, Jon Lovitz, Elle Fanning and a card shared by rappers Fat Joe and Bun B seen taking first pitch instructions from the Houston Astros’ mascot, Orbit.

The jumbo set was released in three versions — all serial-numbered — and all include the bonus cards. The rarest is a Gold set limited to only 49 serial-numbered copies ($99.99), while a Black set is limited to 199 copies ($49.99) and the standard set is limited to 499 ($24.99).

Some collectors have broken up these sets on eBay and sales of single cards from the Gold set have reached as high as $40 for a Jack White, while Eddie Vedder has sold for $35 and a standard card of Fanning sold for $30. Alba Gold cards have sold for more than $20, while White’s standard cards have pushed that high as well.

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