Is Russel Wilson Going to Play for the Texas Rangers?
The card will be available in April as part of the limited edition Topps "Bowman" series. Wilson was selected by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft in December and he has expressed interest in joining the club during Spring Training.
Topps vice president of product development Clay Luraschi said, "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."
Wilson actually has appeared on a baseball card before; in Topps 2010 Bowman Draft Series and Topps Pro Debut Series.
Wilson was drafted in 2007 out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles but chose to go to NC State instead. He was drafted again in 2010 in the fourth round by the Colorado Rockies and signed a contract with them. He eventually had to return part of that signing bonus after signing with the Seattle Seahawks.
Wilson batted .229 with five homers, had 19 stolen bases and 118 strikeouts playing second base in Class A in parts of the 2010 and 2011 seasons.