Russell Wilson will appear on baseball card as Texas Ranger
As Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gets ready to take on Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, there's also word that the Rule 5 pick is getting a baseball card.
By now, it's been well-documented that Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Russell Wilson was a very good baseball player* and with the Super Bowl still several days away, we're sure to hear more about it leading up to the big game.
*No, he was not a good baseball player relative to actual major-leaguers, but instead relative to the rest of America. He played 93 games in Class A in the Rockies system during the summers of 2010 and 2011, hitting .229/.354/.356 (and if you're the guy who gets on here and claims you could hit that line at that level, shut up unless you actually have -- because otherwise, no, you really couldn't).
And now, Wilson has a baseball card depicting him as a member of the Texas Rangers.
Technically still under Colorado's control last season -- see above -- Wilson was selected by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft this past December. He's obviously not returning to baseball at this point, but the card is sure to grab some fanfare for sports fan collectors.
Here it is, via Topps:
The card will be released in Topps' Bowman series as a limited edition card that will become available April 30.
"There are two reasons we decided to put him in," said Marc Stephens, the marketing manager for Topps. "First he switched teams. Plus, for the same reason the Rangers picked him up, he's an exciting story, a big story. As soon as he switched teams we wanted a prospect card of him. It seemed like a good idea considering the success he's had. We wanted to showcase a dual-sport athlete."
To reiterate, though, this is the closest we'll ever get to actually seeing Wilson in a Rangers uniform, barring some unforeseen occurrence.