Topps adds Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to 2014 Bowman … baseball?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Russell Wilson is headed to the Super Bowl in February, and he’s headed to the baseball field in April.

Well, at least on cardboard.

The second-year pro out of Wisconsin helped his Seattle Seahawks clinch a spot in the big game on Sunday and Topps announced it will be adding the quarterback to 2014 Bowman baseball as a short-printed card arriving on April 30.

It’s not the first time that a former two-sport star has had both a baseball card and a football card. In fact, it’s happened many times with the likes of Bo Jackson, Brian Jordan, Ricky Williams, Quincy Carter, Drew Henson, Chad Hutchinson, Deion Sanders, Brandon Weeden, Josh Booty and others through the years.

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This time, though, the card will be a short-print, meaning it will be made in smaller quantities than other cards in the product.

Wilson actually already has a baseball card — 28, in fact — in 2010 Bowman Draft and in 2010 Topps Pro Debut when he played in the Colorado Rockies farm system. He never made it Class A ball, hitting .229 with 26 RBI in 93 games spread over two seasons. It goes without saying that his 2012 NFL cards — which are valued at more than $85,000, excluding rarities — will probably remain the choice of Seattle fans.

In December, the Texas Rangers selected him in the Rule 5 draft giving the team Wilson’s rights if he somehow opts to try pursuing an MLB job when not busy on Sundays.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

5 Comments

  1. Jeremy
    Posted January 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Just an FYI for everyone reading this article, Crabtree is a sorry receiver.

  2. joe
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    lol omg lol!!!!!!!

  3. Rick
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    I have no problem with Wilson or the Seahawks, but this is kinds stupid to me. I personally feel this is just to make sales happen. But I guess it is there right.

  4. Jason
    Posted January 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    This is a great addition to the 2014 initial Bowman launch.

    Chris, do you think Tanaka will make it into the same April 30 product? With him ready to sign by this Friday I have to believe they have his card ready to go and simply need to drop the proper hat and uniform on him.

  5. Ben
    Posted January 22, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Hey rubes, here’s our latest gimmick. It’s a football player wearing a baseball uniform he’s never worn and most likely never will. Happy speculatin’. Love, Topps.

    At least when companies used to do these kind of stunts the subject actually took part in the pictured action. i.e. Michael Jordan actually took batting practice with the White Sox and that’s where Upper Deck got the photo and idea for his first baseball card. They didn’t just Photoshop a White Sox uni on an old photo of Jordan playing baseball.

    Topps liberal use of Photoshop is one of the worst things on a long list of things they do wrong. Plus, they don’t even do it particularly well.

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