Bryce Harper one of two covers for Beckett Baseball No. 45


Bryce Harper is just 16 years old, but he’s appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and he’s headed to college this fall in hopes of expediting his path to the major leagues next spring when it’s expected he’ll be the No. 1 pick in the draft.


But first things first.

Next up is an appearance on the cover of Beckett Baseball No. 45  as we explore what drives him — and a bit of the circus that comes on cardboard when you’re dubbed the “LeBron James of baseball” — in a five-page feature by Beckett‘s Jon Gold.

Gold last interviewed Harper a little over a year ago when working in Las Vegas and checks in with Harper again now in the wake of some serious mainstream attention and his decision to attend college early. The feature is part of an eight-page section focusing on some of baseball’s future stars.

The Harper cover will only be found in subscribers’ mailboxes, in hobby shops and at The National later this month in Cleveland.

Readers who pick up Beckett Baseball at their newsstand or neighborhood bookstore or other retailers will find an alternative cover focusing on the New York Yankees. (The eight pages of future star coverage, including the Harper feature is inside this issue, too.)

Readers also will find more than 200 pages of pricing, contests to win several one-of-a-kind sketch cards as well as unopened boxes of 2009 products along with all of the editorial coverage you’ve come to expect about the hobby.

It’s the first alternate cover for Beckett Baseball since a pair of Barry Bonds covers — one a Pirate, one a Giant — in 2004.

Harper has just three different baseball cards from the 2008-09 Upper Deck USA Baseball set — and two of them are set to appear on the Hot List in the issue. In fact, one of them tops it.


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  1. President Obama 7 July, 2009 at 12:14

    copycat. sports illustrated was insane to put this kid on the cover. now you guys?

  2. Coach Cruz 23 July, 2009 at 08:30

    The kid at 8 yers old hit a 235 foot homer off my son I will never forget. It does not surprise me of his success.

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