The quarterback's rookie cards are among the hottest in the hobby. But his first cards actually came from the diamond. A former fourth round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies, Wilson found himself on the 2010 Bowman Draft checklist. The Rangers took Wilson in the Rule 5 draft in December. And while it's unlikely that he will ever play serious professional baseball again, it gave Topps a chance at offering a new card.
The card maker made the announcement via Twitter back in January, several months before the set came out.
— Topps Company (@toppscards) January 17, 2014
The card is a rare short print, which further fueled buzz (and prices).