Just like they did in 2014 with Major League and in 2015 with Will Ferrell, 2016 Topps Archives Baseball Bull Durham merges traditional MLB cards with baseball-themed entertainment. Found as both a basic insert and autograph set, the Bull Durham insert is led by signed cards for Kevin Coster, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.
The popular baseball film covers the story of a veteran catcher in the minor leagues — Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner — and is widely viewed as one of the best sport-themed movies of all-time. Although he is a very limited signer, this is not the only Costner autograph in a baseball product as he can also be found in 2015 Leaf Trinity Baseball with hand-drawn images from both Bull Durham and Field of Dreams. However, the Archives version bests that with the actual photo of Costner in his Durham Bulls uniform.
Collectors will notice that the full 2016 Topps Archives Baseball Bull Durham checklist has nine autographs but only seven base insert cards. The two biggest subjects — Crash Davis and Annie Savoy — did not make the cut for the base insert and no explanation was offered. The rest of the subjects have both signed and unsigned versions.
The guide below features the full visual checklist for the 2016 Topps Archives Baseball Bull Durham autographs and inserts. All of the autographs except for Sarandon and Costner are serial numbered and noted below. While the exact amounts are not known for the two film stars, they are in much shorter supply compared to the rest. In addition to the base versions, each signed card is also available in Red Border (#/50), Black Border (1/1) and Printing Plate (1/1) parallels. The basic inserts follow under the autographs and also feature the same parallels.
2016 Topps Archives Baseball Bull Durham Autographs
Click on the images or listings to shop for cards on eBay. All signed cards have a "BDA-" prefix.
#BD-NL Nuke LaLoosh
#BD-RS Ron Shelton