Wilson to don Rangers jersey on Topps card


Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson may never wear a Texas Rangers jersey in a big league game, but he’ll appear in one on a Topps baseball card later this season.

Wilson, who was selected by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft in December and has expressed interest in joining the club at some point during spring training, will appear in a Rangers uniform on the card, which will be available in late April as part of Topps’ Bowman series. It will be a “limited edition” card.

“Sports fans have always been fascinated by the two-sport star,” Topps vice president of product development Clay Luraschi said. “When you talk to fans about amazing athletes, you always hear the name Bo Jackson come up. And whenever you have an athlete that could potentially be a two-sport star, there’s always a lot of buzz about him.

“Will he ever play for the Rangers? We don’t know. But we thought we’d make a card to let people know what it would look like if he did.”

This isn’t the first time Wilson has appeared on a baseball card.

Topps made a Wilson card as part of its Bowman Draft and Topps Pro Debut Series in 2010.

The Rangers have made no secret of the fact that it’s a longshot Wilson ever would end up playing baseball. But they made the decision to draft him, at a cost of $12,000, because they wanted someone like Wilson to be around their young players and show them what it takes to succeed at the highest level.

A group of players, like Wilson, can boast about having a football and baseball card as two-sport athletes, headlined by Jackson. And more than a few have Dallas connections. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Quincy Carter, Drew Henson and Chad Hutchinson have football and baseball cards, along with former Texas Longhorns running back Ricky Williams and former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders.

“[Wilson] is a very popular collectible and even more so now,” Luraschi said. “He’s young and he’s done well, and there are a lot of great young QBs that collectors chase.”

Wilson is preparing to play in his first Super Bowl on Sunday against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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