Topps, Music City Baseball, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Launch Nashville Stars Rookie Cards
Luke Combs, Kane Brown, and Willie Jones come together to celebrate the history of the Negro Leagues to revive Negro Leagues Player Stories and Backgrounds
By: Topps, Inc.
The group met with Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to become familiar with the stories of legendary players and select a player whose history and passion resonated with them the most. Combs chose 18th & Vine, Brown chose Willie Mays, and Jones selected Satchel Paige.
"The launch of these cards celebrates the players and the impact they made on the world of professional baseball," Kendrick said. "It's an exciting opportunity for us to share the history while expanding the museum's support base."
The creation and release of these baseball cards is one of Music City Baseball's many contributions to the Negro Leagues Museum, including revenue sharing on all promotional items sold on their website. If the group is awarded a Major League franchise, their name would be the Nashville Stars, which pays homage to one of the Negro Leagues teams who played in Nashville in the 1940's.
"The great Buck O'Neil once said 'At 18th & Vine, you couldn't toss a baseball without hitting a musician, and you couldn't whistle a tune without having a ballplayer join in.' I chose this story for my card because it still rings true today - man, I love my job but it sure would be cool to trade places with a professional baseball player for a day," said Music Industry Advisor, Luke Combs.
"The legend of Satchel is more than being one of the greatest pitchers of all time – he knew how to bring another level of energy to the game. Fans exited the stadium knowing he left everything on the field and entertained the heck out of them from start to finish. That's what I aspire to do," said Willie Jones.
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