What surprises may be found in 2016 Topps baseball card packs?

Screen-Shot-2016-01-11-at-11.41.52-AMAn early version of the 2016 Topps Series 1 baseball checklist arrived on Tuesday and that first glimpse offered a few surprises before its arrival on Feb. 3.

But there are also undoubtedly more still to come.

The First Pitch cards showing celebrities making ceremonial appearances? They’re not on the checklist but are confirmed as still coming. There’s no note of variations or short-printed cards for the release — we all know those are coming. They always do.

What else? Keep reading for a rundown of what’s known and notable from the checklist

There are 41 Rookie Cards in this one with the notables being Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager and Michael Conforto. None of these are surprises, but there will inevitably be some surprises with the early sales of these cards and their parallels early on.

The 10-card Pressed into Service set includes position players who have taken the mound during blowout games. It’s a checklist that includes Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Stan Musial, Nick Swisher and Ichiro Suzuki to name a few. Five of these players will have Relics (Suzuki, Canseco, Boggs, Michael Cuddyer and Paul O’Neill), while five will have certified autographs (Canseco, Cuddyer, O’Neill, Musial, Boggs) and five will have auto Relics (Canseco, Cuddyer, Swisher, O’Neill, Boggs). It’s an odd inclusion with a strong lineup, meaning there could be interest here.

2016ToppsLaserThe Topps Laser cards will showcase 25 top stars in 2016 Topps Series 1 with 14 of them getting Laser Relics, 10 getting Laser autos and 10 getting Laser Relic Autos. On the Relic Auto list? Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, Kris Bryant … it’s quite the list.

Among the Scouting Report autos will be Duke Snider, who died in 2011, while other posthumously released autographs will be Musial and as Berger’s Best cuts Roberto Clemente, Jackie Robinson, Roger Maris, Satchel Paige and Ted Williams. (The final Best cut is of Willie McCovey, who is 78.) Standard cut autos also will include Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Buck Leonard, Jim “Catfish” Hunter, Enos Slaughter, Earl Weaver, George Kell, Harmon Killebrew, Hoyt Wilhelm, Lou Boudreau, Phil Rizzuto, Rick Ferrell, Ralph Kiner, Robin Roberts, Ty Cobb, Warren Spahn and Willie Stargell.

The 100 Year at Wrigley set will start with 25 cards. No big surprises here with the likes of Bryant, Ryne Sandberg, Greg Maddux, Mark Grace and so on but there are cards of the famous marquee installation, the stadium’s renaming, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams worked into the mix. One Relic surprise may be in store with the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” — who or what might it be for the famed song at the park? The autograph set will consist of 10 cards — all Cubs except for a Musial appearance.

Only five members of the Kansas City Royals have autos in the World Champion Autos set — Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon, Kelvin Herrera, Kendrys Morales and Salvador Perez.

Some inserts found only in retail packs also were noted — a 10-card Amazing Milestones set, a 40-card MLB Debut set that will also have a medallion version, a 10-card Greatest Streaks set and 10 MLB Debut autographs. Signers there will include Posey, Bryant, Ryan Howard and Paul Goldschmidt to name a few.

Six Wacky Packages promo cards also will be found in some types of 2016 Topps Series 1 retail packs — cards for Giants Magic Beans, Mets Deli Meat, Royals Blue Cheese, Dodgers Sushi, Red Sox Tea Bags and Cardinals Eggs. With the MLB-themed Wacky Packages release coming, these may be popular with the non-sports crowd.

Click here to see the 2016 Topps Series 1 checklist as it appears so far. Have a comment or observation about the checklist? Let us know …

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