(Bryce Harper suits up at his introductory press conference in August at Nationals Park. AP Photo)
And so, the Arizona Fall League started last night without Bryce Harper. And Bryce Harper probably won't be heading to the Arizona Fall League this year, although the door is still open (just a crack) according to MASN's Byron Kerr.
Meanwhile, a super duper rare baseball card, the Bryce Harper Superfractor, only fetched $12,500 in an auction on eBay last week. According to ESPN.com, the Harper card sold to an investment banker from Long Island, NY; and the card (gasp!) has a minor defect. Here's Aaron Marcus, the guy who just paid $12,500 for a baseball card:
"The 'issue' with the card's condition was not a huge deal to me as this is the only one that exists," he said. "It is what it is. When I received the card and saw the small scratch, it really wasn't that bad at all. The seller mentioned that it was slightly damaged.
"A bigger deal was made about the imperfection than should have been. Regardless, chances are that the public won't ever see it again, anyway, as I'm putting it away."
(Aaron Marcus, via ESPN.com, 10/9/2010)
By contrast, Stephen Strasburg's Bowman Superfractor rookie card caused quite the brouhaha earlier this summer, initially selling for $16,000+ on eBay in May, before reportedly selling for $21,000+ a second time around a few months later. And then there were the stories floating around the internet about $30,000+ bids for autographed Strasburg baseball cards, and near-$1,000,000 bids for the Strasburg Superfractor card that seemed so messed up the owner supposedly restarted the bidding at $9,000. And now here we are a few months later, and despite Stephen Strasburg being on the mend after undergoing Stephen Strasburg Tommy John surgery, he's still #1 as far has overpriced baseball cards go on the auction block. Bryce Harper still has nothing on Stephen Strasburg.
Speaking of Stephen Strasburg, it 2012 yet?