Topps adds Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to 2014 Bowman … baseball?
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.