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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52 Card PSA LOT - Rookies / Autos / SPs - Elway, Griffey Jr, Jordan and More!

Watchers: 36  
# of Bids: 19
Current Bid: $331
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 04:02
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2012 Topps Chrome Bryce Harper #196 Rookie Card RC Phillies

Watchers: 23  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $11.5
Auction Ends: 26-Feb-2024 20:02
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219 Card Lot NFL NBA MLB Football Baseball Basketball Binder Rookie Auto RC PSA

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $6.5
Auction Ends: 26-Feb-2024 02:02
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2024 Topps Series 1 Complete Set 1-350 Base Cards RC Elly De La Cruz Evan Carter

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 10
Current Bid: $31
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 03:02
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2024 Topps Series 1 Lot 63 Cards RCs & Vets All Inserts Or Parallels No Dupes

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 24-Feb-2024 01:02
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2012 Topps Bryce Harper rookie card RC Front Leg Up #661 PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $13.28
Auction Ends: 25-Feb-2024 00:02
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BRYCE HARPER (Blue Helmet) (PSA 10) 2012 Topps Rookie RC Card #661

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $51
Auction Ends: 25-Feb-2024 21:02
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140+ Card Lot - HUGE Football Baseball Basketball Rookie Auto /#d Patch PSA 10 A

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $5.5
Auction Ends: 25-Feb-2024 05:02
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Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Update Rookie Card RC #US183 Nationals H15

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $3.25
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 03:02
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BRYCE HARPER - 2012 BOWMAN DRAFT #10 ROOKIE RC TRUE ROOKIE CARD PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 14  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $5
Auction Ends: 25-Feb-2024 22:02
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BRYCE HARPER (Screaming) (PSA 10) 2012 Topps Rookie RC Card #661

Watchers: 13  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $26.01
Auction Ends: 25-Feb-2024 21:02
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2023 TOPPS CHROME CORBIN CARROLL RC #95 PSA 10 GEM MINT ROY Rookie Card

Watchers: 12  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $17.25
Auction Ends: 25-Feb-2024 02:02
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2024 Topps Series 1 Stars of the MLB Full Set (30 Card) Lot

Watchers: 11  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $2.51
Auction Ends: 24-Feb-2024 00:02
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2012 Topps Update Bryce Harper Debut Rookie Card RC #US183 Nationals

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $11.5
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 02:02
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Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Update Rookie Card RC #US183 Nationals Phillies H16

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $2
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 03:02
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BRYCE HARPER 2024 TOPPS SERIES 1 HOME SWEET HOME STADIUM CARD/299 #HSH-BH

Watchers: 9  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $3
Auction Ends: 25-Feb-2024 22:02
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2011 Bowman’s Best Bryce Harper Prospect Card #BBP1 BGS 10 Pristine

Watchers: 8  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $26
Auction Ends: 24-Feb-2024 02:02
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2011 BOWMAN BASEBALL BRYCE HARPER "PROSPECT" CARD #BP1

Watchers: 8  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $1.99
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 01:02
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2009 Upper Deck Bryce Harper #USA-83 18U National Team Rookie Card EX-MT-NM

Watchers: 8  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $150
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 23:02
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NEW SEALED 2021 Topps Holiday Mega Box MLB Baseball Rookie Cards AUTO/RELIC NICE

Watchers: 7  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 25-Feb-2024 17:02
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Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Update All Star Game Rookie Card RC #US299 Nationals H15

Watchers: 7  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $1.25
Auction Ends: 22-Feb-2024 03:02
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Bryce Harper 2011 Topps Bowman Chrome Prospect RC Rookie Card #BCP1

Watchers: 6  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $9.99
Auction Ends: 23-Feb-2024 19:02
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PSA 9 BRYCE HARPER 2021 Topps Chrome #196 Hitting Rookie Card

Watchers: 6  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $70
Auction Ends: 23-Feb-2024 02:02
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Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Bowman Platinum RC Rookie Card #56

Watchers: 5  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $9.99
Auction Ends: 23-Feb-2024 19:02
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