Topps adds left-handed Yu Darvish, more Bryce Harper autos to Series 2

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

You’re not imagining things if you know what you are looking at.

When 2012 Topps Series 2 arrives on Wednesday, it will include a short-printed variation card of Yu Darvish pitching left-handed. It’s one of more than 20 short-printed cards (26 at last unofficial count) to be found in the set.

Why left-handed? Apparently Darvish likes to warm up as a lefty from time to time — a quirk that Topps opted to capture on cardboard (card No. 660) as the Japanese star has received plenty of attention in his rookie season. (Need a Darvish checklist or OPG? Click here.)

In addition, the company announced on Tuesday that Bryce Harper autographed cards can now be unlocked on its Golden Giveaway site. The code cards are found six per hobby box or one in every HTA Jumbo pack of Series 2 cards. (Need a Harper checklist or OPG? Click here.)

There will be only 25 copies of the card signed.

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

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