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Bryce Harper’s first game-used jersey as pro hits auction block by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Plenty has been written about 18-year-old baseball prospect Bryce Harper and plenty has been sold featuring Harper, too.

But until now he’s never had any officially licensed MLB trading cards or game-used MLB memorabilia for the deep-pocketed investors to latch on to.

What’s new? No, it’s not a Bowman baseball card bearing the Washington Nationals logo beside his name — we’ll get that in 2011 — but we’ve got the next-closest thing.

Harper’s first jersey worn in a game as a professional — a Nationals home jersey from his Arizona Fall League debut on Oct. 20 — has hit the auction block at and already is commanding attention.

The jersey sits at just $2,535 after 36 bids, a relative bargain so far — though the auction does not close until next Sunday, Nov. 21.

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The Kicker is . . . by Tracy Hackler

Here’s yet another reason why I love the Arena Football League:

It’s just before kickoff at tonight’s huge showdown between the Dallas Desperados and Philadelphia Soul and the guy about to be doing the kicking is talking to me about Beckett Grading Services.

Turns out Dallas kicker Remy Hamilton, the only All-America at the position in University of Michigan history, is a huge collector. He favors the older stuff, has some 1909 tobacco cards and three Fleer Jordan Rookies. We talked a little grading (he prefers BGS because of its reputation) and a little about his AFL cards. Literally two minutes later, he kicked off to start the game.

Hamilton, the AFL’s all-time leader in field goals made (183 and counting), drilled a 36-yarder tonight and went 7-of-9 on extra points. Unfortunately, Dallas (11-3) lost to the Soul (11-3), 71-64.

By the way, Hamilton’s heading up to Beckett in the next week or so for a tour of the office (and to pick up some cards he dropped off to BGS three weeks ago). Pretty cool.

The Thing Only I Miss by Tracy Hackler
November 15, 2007, 5:30 pm
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pettis2.jpgsippio.jpgTrusted Beckett colleague and all-around good guy David Lee penned a blog two weeks back rattling off a list of the things he misses. Apparently, it struck a chord. More than 80 people have since commented on his whimsical pining, a Beckett Behind the Scenes record.Inspired by Lee’s lovable leap down memory lane, I thought I’d tell you what I miss. It’s short, simple and virtually guaranteed to appeal to absolutely no one else on this site: I miss Arena Football League trading cards. I do. I miss ‘em bad.

For two years (2005 and 2006), all three of us diehard AFL fans had real-life, honest-to-goodness trading cards to collect thanks to the fine folks at Upper Deck. We had base cards and inserts and jersey cards and autographs, just like the big boys on the outdoor field. It was awesome.And then, just like that, they vanished.
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