Strasburg card could go for $50K
A rare Stephen Strasburg baseball card is hitting the auction block again.
Bidding opens for the autographed 2010 Bowman Prospects rookie card at $9,000 at noon on Wednesday. Huggins and Scott, a sports memorabilia auction house in Silver Spring, Md., is hosting the two-week online auction.
The anonymous owner tried to sell the card on eBay in June, but that auction ended when outrageous bids exceeding $900,000 could not be verified.
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Though the Washington Nationals pitcher might be the most buzzed-about rookie in Major League Baseball this year, Bill Huggins, co-owner of Huggins and Scott, says he believes the Strasburg card might fetch only $50,000. It was originally purchased inside a box of baseball cards for $275.
The auction will end July 28.
Harper 1st, Grandal 2nd
No. 1 draft choice Bryce Harper on Tuesday won the Golden Spikes Award, given to the country's top amateur baseball player by USA Baseball. Reds first-round draft pick and University of Miami star Yasmani Grandal finished second in the voting with 24, four votes behind Harper.
A judge decided Tuesday that the Rangers will be auctioned off after all. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn set the date for Aug. 4.
Selig steers clear of politics
Bud Selig considers Arizona's new immigration law a political issue and is showing no signs that Major League Baseball will shift next year's All-Star Game out of the state.
A day after Milwaukee pitcher Yovani Gallardo and other All-Stars said they could envision boycotting the 2011 game at Phoenix in protest, the commissioner never mentioned a possible shift. The situation "will be solved in the political process at the appropriate time," Selig said Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters before the All-Star Game at Angel Stadium, Selig hit several topics:
■ Players and executives expressed "little appetite" for expanded replay, even after Armando Galarraga lost a perfect game on an umpire's missed call.
■ MLB is "exploring ways" to trim the season so the World Series doesn't run deeper into November.
■ He still intends to retire after 2012.