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Very early in Wax Heaven’s history, I wrote a satire about collector’s obsession with young prospects. It was a slight jab to the 40-something year old men who chase down High School kids for autographs and photos. You can read my preview of 2007 Bowman Little League here.
Thanks to a very publicized Sports Illustrated cover and story, Bryce Harper is perhaps the biggest name in The Hobby right now. On the cover, journalist Tom Verducci goes on to call Bryce, “Baseball’s Chosen One“. Considering just how awful a curse Sports Illustrated can be, one has to wonder what Bryce himself is thinking about this national media exposure.
Of course, this attention has helped Bryce’s baseball cards, including his most popular Upper Deck USA Baseball release. The card you see below is numbered to 50 copies, features a patch and jersey, plus a sticker autograph. It’s about to end on eBay and is nearing 40 bids and $700 dollars.
Did I mention the kid is just sixteen years old?