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Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Chrome ROOKIE CARD!!!

Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Chrome ROOKIE CARD!!!

After that horrible card of Giancarlo Stanton that I just showed off a few hours ago, I had to jump in and find a really sweet card to show off after so I could balance out the mood at ’30-YOC’.

And I think I did just that!

Here is Bryce Harper’s rookie card from the 2012 Topps Chrome baseball card set:

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I LOVE IT!!!

The colors are fantastic and the action is supreme!  Another great Bryce Harper rookie card for my collection.  YES!!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Donruss – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Donruss – Base

I don’t like the set and I don’t care for all of the recycled pieces of ‘other’ cards that Donruss gave us with this release.

But, the card does feature my guy, Jose Fernandez.  So, I had to grab one!!

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And one is where I will stop.

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Chrome Update – Home Run Derby Card

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Chrome Update – Home Run Derby Card

Yes, I am the guy that is still working on hauling in cards from 2013 issues while most other collectors have moved on to the new, 2014 stuff.

I cannot help it, I want to complete a few projects and now that I have ventured into the ‘modern player collector game’ I will readily admit that I am falling behind and a bit overwhelmed by the number of cards to go after that feature the players I am collecting.

It probably does not help that I am going after some of the players that are also the most featured, right?  I mean, Bryce Harper has to be in the ‘Top 10′ of players featured on 2013 baseball cards.  And McCutchen, Stanton, and Pedroia cannot be that far behind either…

Anyway, this card is from the 2013 Topps Chrome Update set.  It is Bryce’s Home Run Derby card from the All-Star game.

Have a look:

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And now with this one in my collection, it is time for me to grab his All-Star card from the same set.

And then, this set is done.

Come Watch The New Bryce Harper / Gatorade Commercial. It Is SWEET!!

Come Watch The New Bryce Harper / Gatorade Commercial.  It Is SWEET!!

No time for chit-chat.  Watch this!!

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps – ‘The Future Is Now – Batting Third’

Bryce Harper 2014 Topps – ‘The Future Is Now – Batting Third’

I love the look of this card – Topps chose a great action image!

The card celebrates Bryce Harper getting shifted to the 3rd spot in the batting order for the Nationals during the 2013 baseball season.

Have a look:

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This season has been a bit of a battle so far for Harper, but he has turned it around a bit over the last week…

Now, the Nationals just need to decide where they want him to be producing from.  So far, Harper has hit in the 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 7th spots in the batting order.

To be honest, I like him in the 1-spot.  But, who am I???

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Heritage ‘New Age Performers’

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Heritage ‘New Age Performers’

As I sit here and shop for cards from the 2014 release to finish picking up the cards I ‘need’ from this set for my player collections, I wanted to see if I had any from the 2013 set that I have yet to show off.

And I did.  And it is a solid insert too.

Have a look:

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This is the Bryce Harper card from the 2013 Topps Heritage insert set tagged as ‘New Age Performers’.

Harper also has a card in this subset in the 2014 set.  There goes my hunch that Topps found a neat way to introduce us to some new talent with their ‘New Age’ theme…

I’ll have to grab the 2014 Harper version now too.

2014 Topps NL ERA League Leaders Card w/Fernandez, Kershaw, and Harvey – GOLD Border Version

2014 Topps NL ERA League Leaders Card w/Fernandez, Kershaw, and Harvey – GOLD Border Version

Yes, it is another parallel of the 2013 NL ERA League Leaders for my Jose Fernandez collection.

This time around it is the Gold version of the card.  The Gold versions are serial numbered to just 2,104 copies and mine is 1525/2014.

Have a look:

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I don’t know about you, but something tells me that Jose Fernandez will be sporting some Gold very soon.

It’s nice to see him set next to Clayton Kershaw on this card as Kershaw will more than likely be his competition for the ERA and Strikeout titles in 2014 and beyond.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage ‘New Age Performers’

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Heritage ‘New Age Performers’

I scooped up the short print of Jose Fernandez from the 2014 Topps Heritage release the other day and once that purchase was finalized, I immediately sought out the other cards of him from the set.

And some of them carry a pretty hefty price tag.

So, while I may not be adding the Bazooka mini anytime soon, I was able to grab this ‘New Age Performers’ card for less than a buck.

Have a look:

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Up next, Chromes and Colored Parallels.  I hope!

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Update – Home Run Derby Card – Blue Border

Bryce Harper 2013 Topps Update – Home Run Derby Card – Blue Border

Yep, I am going back to 2013.  But not for too long as I still have a good amount of cards from 2014 issues that I want to go after still.

While shopping for 2013′s, I found this card of Bryce Harper from the 2013 Topps Update set so I had to scoop it up.

I still have a few holes in my 2013′s Harper collection as it relates to the numerous parallels that he was featured on, but at least I can scratch off the ‘Blue’ Home Run Derby card off my list!

Enjoy.

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Million Dollar Question – What Is Matt Williams Doing With Bryce Harper??

Million Dollar Question – What Is Matt Williams Doing With Bryce Harper??

The first week of the baseball season always brings a lot of afternoon games to the schedule.  And that allows me the chance to listen to games on my MLB app during the day while doubling-up and watching games on TV at night.

When choosing a game to listen to, I either look for a stellar pitching match-up or for a game that features a dynamic player that can affect the game at the plate, on the base paths, or while playing defense.

One of those players in Bryce Harper, a ’30-YOC’ favorite!

And what Matt Williams and the Nationals are doing with Harper is driving me nuts.  The constant back and forth, and up and down, of his position in the batting order is doing nothing for his ability to get consistent looks.  Pitchers pitch differently to the guy batting 1st or 2nd versus the guy hitting 5th or 6th.  And as a result, Harper is not hitting the ball the way that he can.  He is being too aggressive and swinging at bad pitches.

Here is where Bryce has hit in the first four games of the season:

Game 1 – 5th, 1-for-4
Game 2 – 6th, 0-for-4
Game 3 – 2nd, 1-for-5
Game 4 – 6th, 1-for-4

Seriously, how would anybody do well in this situation?  It reminds me of how the Marlins treated Cameron Maybin during his first year with the team (yes, I know is not as skilled as Harper).  These young players need consistency.  They need confidence builders.  They need help from their managers.  They need to be put into the best possible position to succeed and help their teams win.  This constant shuffling is not the proper way to get a player infused into a team’s offense – if his role is changing on a daily basis, no consistency can be formed.

And I do not believe that this is the right approach.  Not at all.

So that leads up to tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ - What Is Matt Williams Doing With Bryce Harper??

You know my stance.  Now tell me what you think.

Go!

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