The Houston Astros’ stay in Tampa will be brief. The team announced Wednesday it would be returning to Minute Maid Park for the weekend but their stay at Tropicana Field inspired a new Topps NOW card that is being sold to benefit the American Red Cross.
Topps created the card following the Astros-Rangers game that was moved out of Houston because of flooding after Hurricane Harvey. It pictures Astros players standing, caps removed, during a moment of silence for storm victims who lost their lives. The back features an image of the scoreboard encouraging fans at the stadium to donate.
The cards are priced at $9.99 and will be available through the Topps NOW page until early Thursday afternoon Eastern time.
Topps also indicated it would be making a separate donation to the Red Cross.
Topps also announced Wednesday that it had signed Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres to an exclusive autograph deal for its Topps Authentics line.
The 20-year-old Venezuelan is considered a potential future star, but he was forced to the sideline this summer because of a torn arm ligament. He underwent Tommy John surgery but is expected back in time for the 2018 season.
Torres has already signed baseballs and bats as part of the agreement with Topps and they’re listed on the company’s site. Baseballs are $99.99 and bats are $179.99.
“I’m happy to be part of this big family,” said Torres, who has appeared on Topps’ Bowman line of baseball cards. “I’m happy to be here and everything Topps has done for me.”
Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Luis Severino, prospect Mickey Moniak and several other athletes are part of Topps Authentics.