Bryce Harper Autographs In All Remaining 2012 Topps Products
Just two days after his debut, Topps has outlined their initial plans for Bryce Harper cards and autographs. Now that Harper has played his first major league game, he is eligible for official rookie card status. Instead of letting speculation run rampant, Topps has already given the details of what collectors can expect over the next several months and give them time to plan accordingly.
"[I am] really excited we found a way to get Harper into all of our products," said Mark Sapir, Vice President for Sports & Entertainment at Topps. "The team did a wonderful job moving quickly to make this happen and I think, ultimately, the collectors will benefit and be rewarded."
Below is a look at what Topps has planned for Bryce Harper in 2012. Topps has also stated that Harper autographs will be in all remaining 2012 Topps baseball products, including sets not on this initial list. The card maker has an exclusive autograph deal with the Nationals outfielder.
2012 Topps Bryce Harper Cards
Release date: 5/9/12
Bryce Harper has long been a centerpiece on the 2012 Bowman Baseball checklist. However, he is part of the Prospect inserts and the card is not be considered an official rookie card. His Prospect card is available in both Bowman and Bowman Chrome versions as well as numerous parallels. Retail packs have randomly inserted Bryce Harper autographs. Collectors can also look for Bowman Black Bryce Harper autographs numbered to 25. Finally, Harper is the second 2012 Bowman Baseball Lucky Redemption. Limited to 100 copies, the autographed card is done as though it were a 2012 Bowman rookie card.
Estimated release date: 5/23/12
Topps has added Harper to the Fan Favorites Autograph checklist, however it will be a redemption. The on-card signature is in both hobby and retail packs and will use the 1984 Topps Baseball design. Harper is also an addition to the base set, albeit a short printed one. The 2012 Topps Archives Bryce Harper rookie is #241.
Estimated release date: 6/6/12
Bryce Harper has an official rookie card is in 2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball. A last-minute addition to the checklist, the card is number 661 in the set and is a short print. An autographed version is available in both hobby and retail packs.
Estimated release date: 6/20/12
A total of 25 redemption cards are inserted, good for an on-card On the Rise rookie.
Estimated release date: 7/11/12
The first readily available Bryce Harper rookie card, his 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter base and mini cards are produced in equal numbers as the rest of the set. Random Rip Cards have 'Mystery Redemptions' good for one of ten Bryce Harper Red Autograph mini cards.
Estimated release date: 7/16/12
Like on the 2012 Topps Series 2 checklist, Harper is number 661 in the factory sets. The image is different from those used on the pack-inserted card.
While these initial plans focused largely on base cards and autographs, Sapir expects game-used memorabilia cards featuring Harper this year as well.
"I think his first game used rookie product is Bowman Platinum," Sapir said. "I am sure products like Triple Threads and Five Star will have really beautiful cards for Harper that include game used." He also said that the company is looking at the possibility of adding Bryce Harper autographs to the 2012 Topps Golden Giveaway program.