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).

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

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ebay_market_182x76.gif

2012 Topps Chrome Refractor BRYCE HARPER SGC 8.5 #196 RC Rookie Card RE GRADE

Watchers: 43  
# of Bids: 19
Current Bid: $55
Auction Ends: 27-Jun-2022 00:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2020 TOPPS UPDATE LUIS ROBERT PHOTO VARIATION POSING SSP ROOKIE CARD #U173 SP RC

Watchers: 34  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $26
Auction Ends: 27-Jun-2022 02:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2020 PANINI DOWNTOWN BO BICHETTE BLUE JAYS CASE HIT SSP ROOKIE CARD #D10 SP RC

Watchers: 28  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $128.5
Auction Ends: 27-Jun-2022 02:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Topps Chrome Bryce Harper Rookie Card RC #196 PSA 8 Nationals K806

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $36
Auction Ends: 27-Jun-2022 01:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Topps Update Bryce Harper Rookie Card RC #US183 PSA 10 GEM MINT L922

Watchers: 26  
# of Bids: 10
Current Bid: $82
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 01:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2022 BOWMAN CHROME SAPPHIRE 1ST KAHLIL WATSON MARLINS ROOKIE CARD #BCP3 SP RC

Watchers: 24  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $10.5
Auction Ends: 27-Jun-2022 02:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Topps Chrome Rookie Card Bryce Harper # 196 X 5 Cards Lot

Watchers: 21  
# of Bids: 30
Current Bid: $125
Auction Ends: 28-Jun-2022 22:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Topps Bryce Harper RC Blue Helmet Rookie Card #661 PSA 10 Gem Mint

Watchers: 19  
# of Bids: 23
Current Bid: $41
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 04:07
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Topps Mini #661 Bryce Harper PSA 10 GEM MINT ROOKIE RC ** ONE CARD ONLY

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $103.5
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 02:07
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Topps Bryce Harper Rookie Card Screaming #661

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $1.25
Auction Ends: 27-Jun-2022 21:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

BRYCE HARPER 2012 TOPPS MINI #TMB2 2012 NATIONAL PROMO ROOKIE RC 5 Card Set

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $6.5
Auction Ends: 29-Jun-2022 00:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Topps Update Bryce Harper Rookie Debut Card RC #US183 Nationals (B) L609

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 28-Jun-2022 02:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

Bowman Chrome 2012 ROOKIE 2018 REFRACTOR Bryce Harper 2 CARD LOT PSA 9 PHILLIES

Watchers: 14  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $34
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 00:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

Topps Chrome 2021 Ben Baller Sports Trading Card Hobby Box

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $99.99
Auction Ends: 01-Jul-2022 00:07
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Topps Update Bryce Harper Rookie Debut Card RC #US183 Nationals (A) L609

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 28-Jun-2022 02:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2022 Topps Series 1 MLB Baseball Mega Monster Box 256 Cards 🔥lot Of 2🔥 (both)

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $46.25
Auction Ends: 28-Jun-2022 03:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Bowman Prospects - BRYCE HARPER - Rookie Card #BP10 - RC

Watchers: 12  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $3.25
Auction Ends: 27-Jun-2022 03:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Topps Bryce Harper #661 Baseball Card

Watchers: 11  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $7.99
Auction Ends: 30-Jun-2022 23:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Topps Update Bryce Harper Rookie Card RC #US183 BGS 9.5 GEM Nationals L699

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 12
Current Bid: $24.5
Auction Ends: 29-Jun-2022 01:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2022 Topps Baseball MLB Series 7x Packs Fat VALUE Pack 36 Cards - Factory Sealed

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $12.5
Auction Ends: 28-Jun-2022 01:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2012 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper Refractor Rookie Card RC #214 PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $12.5
Auction Ends: 04-Jul-2022 02:07
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2022 Topps MLB Baseball Series 1 Mega Box 256 Cards | BRAND NEW FACTORY SEALED

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 15
Current Bid: $27
Auction Ends: 29-Jun-2022 04:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

HUGE Sports Card Collection Lot RC’s AUTO Jersey VINTAGE Inserts Numbered RC 🔥

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 29-Jun-2022 23:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

2014 TOPPS BRYCE HARPER NO SPARKLE HELMET PHILLIES MVP CARD #100 PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 9  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $20.5
Auction Ends: 27-Jun-2022 02:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)

LOT of 3x 2022 Topps Baseball Series 1 VALUE Fat Pack 36 Cards ea NEW Sealed

Watchers: 9  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $7.85
Auction Ends: 28-Jun-2022 00:06
See full listing on eBay (affiliate link)