Strasburg Wins Superfractor Showdown Over Fellow National Bryce Harper
In the latest superfactor news, Bryce Harper's rare 1/1 hit the auction block several weeks back in an attempt to top fellow Washington National Stephen Strasburg's epic final sale price of $16,403. The powerful Harper once smashed a home run off of the scoreboard at Tropicana Field as a 16-year old, but failed to smash Strasburg's superfractor record.
Last week, Bryce Harper's 2010 Bowman Chrome Superfractor sold for $12,500 in auction, falling several thousand dollars shy of Stephen Strasburg's record setting $16,403 final sale price (which was later topped when the card sold for over $21,000 the second time around). Regardless, it's an impressive and encouraging feat for the Washington Nationals. The Nationals may be far from a Play-Off team at the moment, but in the world of Baseball Cards they are certainly one of the hottest teams in professional sports.
A similar situation developed in the Hockey sector of the hobby several years ago with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins were on the cusp of bankruptcy in the early 2000's until losing finally paid off big time. With the 2nd overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, the Penguins selected Center Evgeni Malkin, then the following year selected Canada's favorite son Sidney Crosby with #1 overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft. The Malkin-Crosby one-two punch made the Penguins one of the hottest teams in the entire hobby well before they went on to win the 2008-09 Stanley Cup.
The Nationals were a team on the cusp of bankrupcty and one of the most dreaded teams in the entire sports card world, but this completely changed when the Nationals selected San Diego State Pitcher Stephen Strasburg with the #1 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, then followed that up by drafting the most hyped 17-year old in baseball history with #1 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, Bryce Harper.
These two picks turned the Nationals from the laughing stock of the hobby into one of the hobbies most formidable forces. It will be interesting to see if the Nationals fate parallels that of the Penguins. With Strasburg out for at least a year after undergoing season ending Tommy John surgery and Bryce Harper at least several years away from the bigs, it definitely won't happen in the next couple years, but after that, who knows.