Without legend of Steve Dalkowski there might not be a Bull Durham … let alone thoughts of Bull Durham 2

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In an interview with Dan Patrick this week, Kevin Costner said he’d be opening to reprising the role of Crash Davis in Bull Durham 2 if creator Ron Shelton was open to the idea and could draft the next chapter in the story of big-screen players that have become minor-league baseball icons.

But there’s one cardboard icon in the real world who’s partly responsible for the creation of the 1988 film in the first place.

He’s Steve Dalkowski.

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Buzz-worthy Gallery: 2016 Topps Archives Bull Durham baseball cards

NukeLaLooshIt’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.

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Bull Durham autographs aren’t only highlights on 2016 Topps Archives baseball card checklist

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Annie Savoy, Bobby, Crash Davis, Jimmy, Larry Hockett, Millie, Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, Tony and Bull Durham creator Ron Shelton.

Those are the Durham autographs set to arrive in 2016 Topps Archives when it arrives on June 1, which is one week from today.

For those not familiar with the characters of the memorable baseball film, that’s all of the main stars — Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Robert Wuhl, Jenny Robertson and a few others who helped bring the film to life.

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Bull Durham autographs coming in 2016 Topps Archives

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Crash Davis finally makes it back to The Show — at least in packs of baseball cards.

Topps teased one inclusion coming in its 2016 Topps Archives set on Tuesday morning and it’s a Kevin Costner certified autograph in a Durham Bulls uniform — you know, the team that took center stage in Bull Durham.

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