Triple Cards and Collectibles owner Al Gilliland is looking forward to late April.
The owner of a sports card shop in Plano, a suburb north of Dallas, believes that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a Texas Rangers uniform will get plenty of local interest. And Topps said it plans on debuting Wilson's Rangers card in a Bowman Series on April 30.
"It will be a Ranger and it's the novelty of it," Gilliland said Tuesday. "He's probably going to end up at spring training in some form or fashion. There are enough people that will want to look for that card and add it to their collection."
Gilliland, whose store sells cards and collectibles from all sports, is anticipating a solid year for selling Rangers items.
"The Rangers are going to be very popular this year because of what they’ve done this offseason," Gilliland said. "There's new blood on the team with Prince Fielder, (Jurickson) Profar as the full-time second baseman, (Shin-Soo) Choo in the outfield. All of those guys will give it more interest. They are a stronger team than what they were and the novelty of the Wilson helps, too."
Topps' first 2014 series of cards comes out Wednesday, but Wilson won't be available until late April in the Bowman Series, which is reserved for prospects.