It wasn’t his most memorable day as a player. Bryce Harper, baseball’s top draft pick and teen star in the making, went 0 for 4 in Sunday’s MLB Futures Game. That didn’t diminish the anticipation surrounding his pro career. At age 18, Harper is still considered a possible future star. He’s also driving this year’s Topps products and the jersey he wore on Sunday in Phoenix is being cut up for use in 2011 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects Baseball, set for release this fall.
There will be 69 autographed ‘relic’ cards featuring a swatch of jersey worn by the Washington Nationals’ prospect randomly distributed inside packs. In addition, Harper has signed 350 other cards that were be inserted into the product.
The auto relics will be on Topps’ rainbow foil technology.
Other prospects from the Futures Game will also have signed jersey relic cards in the set including Dayan Viciedo, Manny Machado, Will Myers, Mike Trout and Paul Goldschmidt.
A little old school Bowman and some Chrome melded into one box is what collectors will find when the product hits the market the week before Thanksgiving.
Buyers who invest in a 24-count box are guaranteed at least one on card autograph with the possibility of a Team USA teenager’s signature inside as well.
Once again, the Bowman name will mean a product loaded with almost exclusively young stars, prospects and top amateur players.
Boxes will cost dealers between $47 and $50.
Here are all of the details: 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Sell Sheet
And here’s who will be inside: 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Hobby Checklist