Pirates Charities, in partnership with the Topps Company, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officers, today announced the launch of the 2020 Pirates Charities Pittsburgh Police Baseball Card Program. The unique program features Pirates players and City of Pittsburgh Police officers on trading cards used to encourage positive youth behavior.
The cards were specially designed by Topps and will be given to Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officers to distribute to youth throughout the summer as a reward and incentive for positive actions and attitude. The program dates back to 2012, with Pirates Charities providing the funding to print thousands of cards each year. This year, the Pirates’ philanthropic arm also worked with Topps, the leading producer of American sports trading cards, on the individual design.
There are six baseball cards in all, each featuring a different Pirates player and a different officer. The front of the cards features an action shot of Pirates Chris Archer, Josh Bell, Adam Frazier, Keone Kela, Bryan Reynolds and Trevor Williams. The back of each card features one City of Pittsburgh Police officer with a quote from Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
The cards were unveiled today in an online video conference call with Pirates President Travis Williams, members of law enforcement, Topps representatives, Kela, Pirates play-by-play broadcaster Joe Block and others. The launch of the Baseball Card program takes place in coordination with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s “Need a Mask, Take a Mask” initiative, a program assisting Pittsburgh residents obtain free face masks if they do not have them. Boxes have been placed in front of all six Zone stations and two substations to serve as dispensers of community cloth masks.