Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.
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Rays’ Myers is Bowman’s fifth lucky redemption
Posted Jun 17, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Jun 17, 2013 at 07:41 PM
It didn’t take long for Topps to jump on the Wil Myers bandwagon.
Several hours after being called up from Triple-A Durham by the Rays, Topps announced that Myers was named the fifth and final Lucky Redemption card for its Bowman baseball set.
Myers was the main acquisition in the trade that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis and infielder Elliot Johnson to Kansas City. In 64 games at the Triple-A level this season, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Myers hit 14 home runs and had 57 RBIs for Durham. He also has 13 doubles and seven steals in eight attempts. In his last 23 games, Myers was hitting .354 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs.
Myers, who throws and bats right-handed, is expected to make his major-league debut on Tuesday in Boston at Fenway Park.
Collectors who find the 2013 Bowman Lucky Redemption No. 5 will receive an on-card autograph by Myers; the card layout will be done in Bowman’s 65th Anniversary blue sapphire refractor design.
To recap, redemption No. 1 was an autograph card of Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, No. 2 was Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar, No. 3 was Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman and No. 4 was Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.