Bryce Harper rookie cards have been making waves since he was still in high school.

Say what, you say?

Well, it’s true … at least, sorta.

See, Harper was one of the most ballyhooed high-schoolers ever back in the 2000s, and he made the 16-and-under squad of Team USA, which led to his inclusion in the 2008-09 Upper Deck USA Baseball set (at #47).

By the end of 2009, Harper had cut his prep career short by attaining his GED, making him eligible for the June 2010 MLB Draft. There, the Washington Nationals would make the 17-year-old the top overall pick in the nation, and comparisons to LeBron James began in earnest.

Any collector who didn’t know about that early Harper card found out in a hurry, and a slew of pre-rookies and prospect cards followed in 2010 and 2011, from Bowman, Topps, Upper Deck, and other brands.

In the meantime, Harper made short work of the Nats’ minor league system, debuting in the bigs on April 28, 2012, after barely more than a full season combined at the A, AA, and AAA levels.

That summer, Bam-Bam hit .270 with 22 home runs and 18 stolen bases while scoring 98 times and garnering his first All-Star selection. For his efforts, the teenager (19) was rewarded with the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

That showing solidified Harper’s status as a budding hobby icon, and his official rookie cards debuted in the 2012 sets to much fanfare.

The ensuing years were a bit up-and-down on the field for Harper, with an otherworldly MVP season in 2015 surrounded by mere star-level (or All-Star-level) showings that had pundits doubting his bona fides as a legitimate eventual Hall of Famer.

And, when the Nationals won the 2019 World Series the season after Harper departed to sign a huge free agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, detractors used that juxtaposition as “proof” that he wasn’t all that valuable.

After the general strangeness of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, though, Harper stormed back to win his second N.L. MVP Award in 2021, keeping the Phils’ playoff hopes alive most of the season on the strength of his .309/35 HR/84 RBI showing.

And, suddenly, whatever softness the market may have heaped on his cards evaporated, and collectors started treating Harper like a Hall of Famer again.

Today, Bryce Harper rookie cards are among the hottest in the hobby, and they show no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by the following list of his most watched RCs (check back often, too, as this list is continually updated).

Also: Check out the rest of our series listing the Hottest Baseball Cards on eBay.

(NOTE: The section below contains affiliate links to eBay listings for the card shown.)

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2012 Topps Chrome BRYCE HARPER Xfractor X-fractor Rookie RC #196 Psa 9

Watchers: 36  
# of Bids: 17
Current Bid: $96
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 21:04
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HUGE MULTI-SPORT, GRADED SPORTS CARD LOT (x645), PSA 10’s, Autos, SP, Rookies

Watchers: 27  
# of Bids: 28
Current Bid: $202.5
Auction Ends: 21-Apr-2024 02:04
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150+ Card Lot - HUGE Football Baseball Basketball Rookie Auto /#d Patch PSA M10

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $150
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 03:04
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2012 Topps Chrome #196 Bryce Harper Hitting Rookie RC PSA 10 Gem Mint

Watchers: 24  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $70
Auction Ends: 23-Apr-2024 18:04
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2012 Topps: #661 Bryce Harper RC NM-MT OR BETTER *GMCARDS*

Watchers: 22  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $3.25
Auction Ends: 26-Apr-2024 05:04
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2012 Topps Bryce Harper #661 Rookie Card PSA 9

Watchers: 22  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $10.5
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 16:04
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2024 Topps Heritage Lot of 550 Base, RCs, NAPs, 1975 Inserts, & A Relic Card

Watchers: 20  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $34
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 12:04
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2024 Topps Series 1 Lot of 40 Home Run Challenge Code Cards Unused

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $17.5
Auction Ends: 21-Apr-2024 17:04
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2012 Topps Bryce Harper Screaming Image Variation Rookie Card RC #661 PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $5.5
Auction Ends: 23-Apr-2024 03:04
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150+ Card Lot - HUGE Football Baseball Basketball Rookie Auto /#d Patch PSA J10

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $11.5
Auction Ends: 24-Apr-2024 03:04
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PSA 10 BRYCE HARPER 2012 PANINI PRIZM #152 RC ROOKIE *PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES* GEM

Watchers: 14  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $19.38
Auction Ends: 24-Apr-2024 03:04
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2012 Topps Chrome BRYCE HARPER Purple Refractor Rookie Card #196 NM RARE!! RC

Watchers: 14  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $6.5
Auction Ends: 29-Apr-2024 00:04
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2012 topps Bryce Harper card no. 661

Watchers: 14  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $8.5
Auction Ends: 20-Apr-2024 23:04
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2008-09 UD USA BASEBALL #47 BRYCE HARPER XRC 1ST EVER ROOKIE CARD BGS 10! POP 3!

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $6.5
Auction Ends: 26-Apr-2024 00:04
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2012 Topps Chrome BRYCE HARPER Refractor Rookie Card #196 NM-MT RARE!! RC

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $10.5
Auction Ends: 29-Apr-2024 00:04
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2013 Ken Griffey Jr. Topps Chrome Cut To The Chase PSA 10 Low POP Gem Mint

Watchers: 12  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $6.5
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 01:04
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2012 Bowman Draft BRYCE HARPER RC BGS Graded 9.5 Philadelphia Phillies

Watchers: 12  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $5.5
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 18:04
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2012 Topps Allen & Ginter #12 Bryce Harper RC Rookie PSA 10 Phillies Nationals

Watchers: 11  
# of Bids: 10
Current Bid: $16.5
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 00:04
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Massive Psa/sgc Slab Card Lot Baseball/soccer/basketball/football Slabs/autos

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $6500
Auction Ends: 21-Apr-2024 18:04
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2012 Topps Allen and Ginter: # 12 Bryce Harper RC NM-MT OR BETTER *GMCARDS*

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $16
Auction Ends: 21-Apr-2024 05:04
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2012 Bowman Prospects (4) Purple (7) Base #BP10 Bryce Harper RC Rookie Lot

Watchers: 9  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $1.25
Auction Ends: 21-Apr-2024 01:04
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2012 Bowman Platinum Bryce Harper Rookie RC #56 Washington Nationals

Watchers: 9  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $4.25
Auction Ends: 20-Apr-2024 00:04
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2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Bryce Harper Base Rookie Card RC #10 Phillies MVP

Watchers: 9  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $4.25
Auction Ends: 20-Apr-2024 04:04
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Julio Rodriguez 2021 Bowman Draft Chrome Refractor Mariners Rookie Card PSA 10

Watchers: 8  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $45.85
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 03:04
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