Nik Wallenda Crosses Gorge Near Grand Canyon, Gets His Own Baseball Card

Nik Wallenda Crosses Gorge Near Grand Canyon, Gets His Own Baseball Card

2013 Topps Allen and Ginter Nik Wallenda Baseball CardMillions watched as Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope across a windy gorge near the Grand Canyon. Up next: his own baseball cards.

Wallenda is slated to appear in the upcoming 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball. The set is popular for mixing current and retired baseball players alongside "champions" from other realms. These can be other mainstream sports and others that are  on the fringes. Past non-baseball subjects have ranged from college basketball coach Bob Knight to hot dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, Kate Upton. Monster trucks and champion dogs have also made the cut.

Besides having a card in the main set, Nik Wallenda also has autographs and relic cards randomly inserted in packs of 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter. The relic cards have a piece of memorabilia provided directly from the high-wire walker.

Wallenda's trek across the Little Colorado River Gorge, which is located close to the Grand Canyon, was done without a net or harness. The rope was about 1,500 feet in the air. Adding to the danger were strong gusts of wind. It took Wallenda 22 minutes to cross the 1,400-foot long wire. The entire thing was broadcast live on Discovery Channel.

Wallenda holds numerous world records, including one for crossing Niagara Falls.

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball is scheduled for release in early August.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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