Topps announced on Thursday the winner of their online fan vote to decide which Major League Baseball star would have the distinction of being card number 1 in 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout was the fans’ choice as he was selected out of a field of 30 players.
“It’s awesome. I appreciate the support from fans across MLB,” said Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout in a Topps press release. “It’s pretty special to be the No. 1 card for Topps.”
The initial group of 30 players was paired down to a final five candidates after the first round of voting concluded. Trout went up against Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson, Bryce Harper and Buster Posey on the final ballot.
“The first card in the Topps baseball set has historically been given to top players or has been meaningful,” said David Leiner, VP & General Manager of North American Sports and Entertainment for Topps. “This time around, we wanted our great collectors to be part of the 65th Topps Baseball set, and they made their mark by picking one of the best players in baseball today.”
The image on Trout’s Topps card depicts an amazing highlight from the 2015 season. On Sept. 26, he scaled the outfield wall, extended his body over it and robbed Seattle’s Jesus Montero of a home run in a tremendous catch.
Trout is included on a long list of great players who have been represented on the first Topps card of the year, including Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays and Derek Jeter.
2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball will be released on February 3.