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 RARE BLUE ROOKIE Refractor SP 167/199 Rookie RC

Watchers: 121  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $255
Auction Ends: 21-Jul-2024 00:07
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2012 Trea Turner Panini USA Baseball /99 RPA Game Used Patch Auto PSA 9 POP 1/1

Watchers: 70  
# of Bids: 18
Current Bid: $59
Auction Ends: 18-Jul-2024 03:07
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2012 Topps #661 Bryce Harper Batting Nationals RC Rookie PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 56  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $54
Auction Ends: 19-Jul-2024 02:07
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BRYCE HARPER 2011 Bowman Chrome 1ST BOWMAN CHROME Autograph BGS 8 Card #BCP111

Watchers: 47  
# of Bids: 24
Current Bid: $165.5
Auction Ends: 17-Jul-2024 01:07
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Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Update GOLD SPARKLE #US183 PSA 10! RC ROOKIE LOW POP!!

Watchers: 38  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $59
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 01:07
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BRYCE HARPER 2012 TOPPS BASEBALL ROOKIE BLUE HELMET NATIONALS RC PSA 10 Q2066

Watchers: 37  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $102.5
Auction Ends: 17-Jul-2024 01:07
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2017 Topps Update Jumbo Hobby Box 1 Auto 2 Relics 500 Cards Aaron Judge Rookie

Watchers: 36  
# of Bids: 51
Current Bid: $280
Auction Ends: 19-Jul-2024 01:07
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2012 Topps Chrome Baseball Bryce Harper Rookie Purple Refractor #196

Watchers: 33  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $5
Auction Ends: 20-Jul-2024 01:07
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9320 BRYCE HARPER 2012 Bowman Chrome 214 Green Refractor RC Rookie BGS 9.5

Watchers: 30  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $37
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 02:07
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2012 Topps Chrome Baseball Rookie #196 Bryce Harper Off Centered

Watchers: 28  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $7.5
Auction Ends: 19-Jul-2024 20:07
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2012 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper Rookie card # 214 Nationals PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 27  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $68
Auction Ends: 23-Jul-2024 01:07
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2012 Topps Chrome Bryce Harper Orange Refractor Rookie #196 *READ DESCRIPTION*

Watchers: 25  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $12.5
Auction Ends: 22-Jul-2024 02:07
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2012 Topps Update #US183 Bryce Harper Rookie RC PSA 10

Watchers: 23  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $76
Auction Ends: 17-Jul-2024 01:07
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2012 Bryce Harper RC Topps Blue Helmet Front Leg Up Rookie Card #661 PSA 10 GEM

Watchers: 23  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $56.15
Auction Ends: 21-Jul-2024 02:07
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2012 Topps Chrome BRYCE HARPER #BH /199 Blue Refractor Auto RC *1/199 PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 22  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $74.73
Auction Ends: 26-Jul-2024 01:07
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2012 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT #10 BRYCE HARPER ROOKIE RC PSA 10

Watchers: 20  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $49
Auction Ends: 16-Jul-2024 16:07
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2012 Topps Chrome Baseball Bryce Harper Rookie Washington Nationals #196

Watchers: 19  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $5.5
Auction Ends: 20-Jul-2024 01:07
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2012 Bowman Platinum Bryce Harper Nationals RC Rookie PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 19  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $13.5
Auction Ends: 19-Jul-2024 02:07
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2023 Topps Chrome Update Breaker's Delight Box: Chase Rare MLB Debut Patch Cards

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 25
Current Bid: $171.2
Auction Ends: 16-Jul-2024 06:07
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BRYCE HARPER 2012 TOPPS BASEBALL ROOKIE SCREAMING NATIONALS RC PSA 9 Q2066

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $15.5
Auction Ends: 17-Jul-2024 01:07
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2012 Bryce Harper RC Topps Screaming Rookie Card #661 PSA 10 GEM MINT Washington

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $49
Auction Ends: 21-Jul-2024 02:07
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2012 Allen & Ginter Bryce Harper Rookie RC PSA10

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $34
Auction Ends: 18-Jul-2024 14:07
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BRYCE HARPER 2012 Topps Baseball Rookie Card #661. Rare Mint!

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $5.5
Auction Ends: 19-Jul-2024 22:07
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2012 Topps Update #US183 Bryce Harper Nationals RC Rookie PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $55
Auction Ends: 17-Jul-2024 03:07
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2012 Topps Update Series - Rookie Debut #US183 Bryce Harper (RC)

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $3.25
Auction Ends: 20-Jul-2024 19:07
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