Bryce Harper’s big league call up was rather sudden and it sent those who’ve been stockpiling his rookie cards…er…his unofficial pre-rookie cards…all tingly. The fact that he looks like he belongs is a bonus. The kid is in the majors and even though he’s not that long out of high school it seems like we’ve been waiting forever since he’s all we’ve been hearing about since he was just getting old enough to drive.
Harper’s debut on Saturday sent Topps into action, tweeting out an image of what will be his ‘true, official rookie card’ when it arrives, along with the rest of Series II, on June 6.
Topps can’t call any player’s card his ‘rookie card’ until he’s at least played in one major league game so the card you see on the left is going to be it. However, unless it gets short-printed, it’s not likely to cause much of a ripple price-wise since he’s had autograph and relic cards out there for a couple of years now. In fact, Beckett reports that Harper has already appeared on 248 cards. There are over 3400 on eBay right now.
Official or not, collectors buy what they think is worth owning.
SCP Auctions has put the Dmitri Young collection of PSA 10 cards into its own catalog as part of their April auction, which launches today .The rest of SCP’s lots are in a separate catalog. There’s a binder to hold them. Quite a classy presentation.
Young is getting some attention for the collection, which he spent several years piecing together with friend Dave Bailey. In this interview with CBS’ Eye on Baseball, he talked about it getting him through some rough times a few years ago and again confirmed that he has no love at all for Barry Bonds–and why.
Glenn Rosengard of Boston, Mass., has completed a quest to have an historic NBA photo signed.
Over the last year and a half, he’s been tracking down the six members of the Basketball Hall of Fame who appear in a photo from the 1966 NBA Finals– along with two others and an official
Jerry West’s appearance back in his home state allowed Rosengard to drive down to West Virginia and put the finishing touches on the picture. He’s spent considerable time and effort to make it happen according to this story.