So I noticed something fun on Bryce Harper’s 2011 Bowman card …

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By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

Firmly in the Just For Fun category …

Some baseball cards just get looked at more than others — the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. card, the 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken, the 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco. There are countless cards that people examine to know every little detail.

That’s what we do if we’re collectors.

For some like the Griffey, it’s the hair, the gold chains, the little things. For the Ripken, well, you know … For the Canseco, it’s a combination of how to tell if it’s real while marveling at that moustache — if you can call it that.

But I noticed a little something on the 2011 Bowman Bryce Harper card that every one seems to be treasuring — or at least selling — these days.

I’ll let you guys guess what it might be — I’m not telling. It’s simple, trivial, and it adds a little “huh” to the card to me.

However, the answer WILL be found on the back cover of the next issue of Beckett Baseball coming soon.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

50 Comments

  1. steve miller
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Harper plays Catcher not outfield for starters.

  2. Posted June 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Not as a pro

  3. Patrick McCollough
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    It would appear that this is a picture of him at bat when the Nationals were playing the Atlanta Braves plus it looks kinda like Bobby Cox in the background to the left.

  4. wampier
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    he has his initials on the bottom of his bat… But he is also wearing bracelets

  5. wampier
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    should it not say “Junior college batting record”?

  6. Posted June 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Don’t the Nats wear blue batting helmets?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=547180&c_id=was#sectionType=career

  7. Posted June 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Scratch that last comment. Harper was wearing an Arizona Fall League helmet, and Topps airbrushed it into a red Nats helmet.

    http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/images/photos/001/110/559/105982559_crop_650x440.jpg?1294937359

  8. Zach Thiel
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Haha I was going to say it looks like he is missing a finger on his left hand.

  9. Caleb Douthitt
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Too bad this is not a contest, I think Mr. Olds is refering to the Magnetic bracelet on Harper’s right wrist.

  10. Andrew
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    In this picture, he’s not wearing the Nats current uniform, nor is it their Spring Training uni’s, or the Fall Instruction league unis…so the question is, when was this picture taken? Is that really his body?

  11. Gonzalo
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    His face was photoshopped onto someone else’s body.

    From Olds: I’ll definitely say NO to that one.

  12. Barry
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    The massive amount of eye black he uses perhaps.

  13. Barry
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Plus, he is a lefty, why is he wearing a pad on the wrong bicep… or is that a bionic arm? Did Topps blow Bryce Harper’s cover?!

  14. steve emerick
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    it doesnt say his first card like all the others from this subset do!

  15. Jason
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    His helmet was replaced with the newer design. It’s photoshopped on and it looks to big for his head.

  16. Posted June 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    It is really Bryce’s (lesser known, less talented) twin brother Brett in the photo. Also, Billy Ripken wrote the initials on the bat…

  17. JonathanI
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Is he wearing lipstick?

  18. Caleb Wilson, Gilbert AZ
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    it looks like his left hand only has 4 fingers……………..

  19. Caleb Wilson, Gilbert AZ
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    it kind of looks like the guy right behind him looks like he is literally right behind him……………i have no idea lol

  20. Daniel Estes
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    There is no # on the front of his jersey.

  21. Brian
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    This contest is as exciting as stale gum (yes, that one CH). Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  22. Posted June 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I dunno if this is what you were thinking, but there seems to be a reflection on his helmet that’s kind of interesting. I can’t really tell if it’s the bat or something else, but it doesn’t look like it belongs.

  23. IEZ
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    He’s not blowing a kiss to anyone…

  24. Jerome J Wood SR
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I would think real simple….Like it just says Bowman….Not 1st Bowman card etc…..But there are a few other prospects that say this as well not being there 1st bowman card…Thats my guess..

  25. Ryan
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    The tape on his bat spells out “Harper”…

  26. Posted June 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Looks like he signed the auto as BIG

  27. Matt Traylor
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    THIS – “It would appear that this is a picture of him at bat when the Nationals were playing the Atlanta Braves plus it looks kinda like Bobby Cox in the background to the left.”

  28. Posted June 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Bryce Harper has never batted in the majors . . . So how is he in a National uniform against the Braves?

  29. Rob
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Says on the back…

    “Belted school record 23 HRs at JC of Southern Nevada” and shows 31 in the totals?

  30. Trey
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Good call Jason. I bet you hit it on the money with your answer.

  31. Todd
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    It’s the titanium bracelet on his right wrist. My kids just tricked me into buying 2 of these pieces of junk.

  32. Jeff B
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    It’s Ozzie Canseco!!!

  33. Ron
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    It looks like he may be using an aluminum bat.

  34. kollectonet
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    I just notice the sun light that is shining on his body versus the light in the back ground. They don’t seem to be shining the same direction.

  35. Jason
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    It looks like the “W” on his helmet was airbrushed on. You can almost see the whole letter. It’s not centered on the helmet.

  36. Bill
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Since he plays for the Hagerstown Suns, why is he wearing a Nationals’ uniform? Spring training photo no doubt

  37. Yankee_Pride
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Could it be what appears to be a sparkle on his right hand ?

  38. Andrew Wishon
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Answer should be obvious.
    http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=547180&c_id=was#sectionType=career

  39. XstreamINsanity
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    lol. Wow, that’s messed up if you ask me. Who cares if his helmet matches, they don’t need to photoshop it on there. Thanks for the link, that helped.

  40. David Campos
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    From that link, it looks like they photoshopped the whole upper torso. Do the nats pants have the red piping on them normally or did they take another players picture and add his upper body?

  41. cisco
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    He is not wearing a cup ?

  42. bob
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    His full name is NOT Bryce Harper Outfield

  43. Joe
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    he didn’t GTL the day this photo was taken.

  44. karl
    Posted June 9, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    It doesn’t say “1st Bowman Card” because he had a Bowman Card last year, it was a USA card, but his 1st Bowman card nonetheless

  45. Matthew
    Posted June 10, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    The full image…

    http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/1300/105982567.jpg

  46. Josh
    Posted June 17, 2011 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I think it has something to do with the text on the back. I don’t have the card in front of me now, but the way something in particular is phrased could be a double entendre.

  47. chrisolds
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    The magazine should be arriving any day now for the “mystery” to be revealed to all. Haha.

  48. Rob Wesley
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Photos Properties – XXXX prospect playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs Scottsdale Scorpions during the AZ Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Basically it is not a picture of him in a Washington Nationals uniform but it is made to look like it is. Rather odd that this picture was chosen for this card. – Rob –

  49. Justin Allen
    Posted July 5, 2011 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I think the whole cards is just fake

  50. Posted July 15, 2011 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    it,s really chris olds on the card ha ha lol

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