You know you’re a collector when … Bryce Harper edition


My issue of Baseball America arrived on Friday afternoon, the 2010 Draft Preview issue, with Bryce Harper on the cover.

It wasn’t the headlines that I noticed, it wasn’t the color choice that the designer made and it wasn’t the Bo Jackson-style portrait of Harper with his bat across his shoulders that I noticed.

First, it was the zig-zag tape job on his bat … but then I noticed the nameplate of his Marucci CU26 Pro Model.

It reads “Luke 1:37” where the player’s name typically appears.

Its meaning? “For nothing is impossible with God.”

Those who are well-read about the teenager, who should have been a junior in high school this season but instead got his GED and enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada where he hit a school record 23 homers, this probably isn’t a passage reference that is anything new.

But for a collector of game-used baseball bats, it might be something new — something not quite seen before.

In fact, off the top of my head the only other players I can think of who have used bats without their names appearing on them are Ken Griffey Jr. (“Swingman”) and Roger Clemens (“Rocket”). It’s common for nicknames, phrases, numbers, etc., to be found as extra markings on bats, particularly the knobs, but not as part of the burned-on nameplate.

I’m sure there are others, though … anybody have any come to mind?

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


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1 comment

  1. steve uhlmann 23 May, 2010 at 19:24

    as a pittsburgh pirates season ticket holder they had an event in the winter when you got to hit in the batting cages at PNC Park and meet players. The equipment were old bats the players used, and Nyjer Morgan’s featured “El Caballo” for some odd reason

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