“Hit the bull, win a steak” now has a baseball card.
Topps released the final checklist for 2017 Topps Pro Debut on Wednesday and the first card release of the year for Minor League Baseball includes some surprises thanks to a set of Relics that have included some unusual pieces of memorabilia in past years.
The “Fragments of the Farm” are no different this year and one includes a piece of the game that’s paid off for some players in the past.
It’s been nearly 30 years since the arrival of Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh and on Wednesday he gets his first baseball card in a fully licensed MLB release.
The set, of course, is 2016 Topps Archives and the star brought to life by Tim Robbins is just one of the Bull Durham cards to be found inside packs. In all, there will be nine certified autographs to chase and seven unsigned cards along with any parallels.
A minor league baseball team will change its name for a night this summer as a tribute to the Philly Cheesesteak — and you can wear the uniform.
Why? … Why not?
The Durham Bulls‘ history books include Chipper Jones, Evan Longoria, David Price and even the likes of Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh and Crash Davis, but there’s another player you might know who could make their mark with the team this coming season.
Thanks to Topps and the Make Your Pro Debut contest found in packs of the recently released 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards, it could be you. No, really.