George W. Bush debuts sloppy signature on baseball cards

Former President George W. Bush is apparently on a roll this week, not only receiving birthday bouquets, but also fulfilling perhaps every Little Leaguer’s dream by getting his own baseball card.

The Topps Co. announced on Wednesday it’s rolling out a new line of cards with Bush’s signature. But the former leader of the free world certainly couldn’t be elected the president of penmanship — his John Hancock is a bit hard to read, to say the least. Instead of “George Bush,” the autograph looks more like “Zen El.”

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The baseball cards also feature an image of Bush, who once co-owned the Texas Rangers, throwing out the first pitch at Game 3 of the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

An interesting tidbit for trivia night at the bar: The 200 limited-edition autographed cards mark the first time a U.S. president has provided his signature for an actual baseball card.

It’s not the first time that Topps, which is known for its sports cards, has drawn inspiration from outside the baseball diamond. Past cards have depicted 1969’s moon landing, the Operation Desert Storm conflict, the life stories of ex-President John F. Kennedy and President Obama, and the royal wedding (although ITK questions the demand for royal wedding trading cards … just sayin’).