Bryce Harper Rookie Cards Checklist and Autograph Buying Guide

Bryce Harper

Date of Birth: 10/16/1992
Rookie Card Year: 2012
Investment Rating: 8.5


Rookie Cards

As you may be aware, a lot of hype surrounds Bryce Harper. An outfielder for the Washington Nationals, he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Official Bryce Harper rookie cards did not come until 2012 products. These, along with Bryce Harper prospect cards, remain some of his most popular trading cards.

Despite some inconsistency, Harper has already put forth several stretches of greatness and is one of the biggest stars of MLB and the hobby. He won National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 and followed that up with an NL MVP in 2015.

Shop for Bryce Harper rookie cards and prospects on eBay.

All of the Bryce Harper cards that came out prior to his MLB debut in April of 2012 are considered prospect cards. His very first releases were issued in Upper Deck's USA Baseball products, although his most popular prospect cards are from 2011 Bowman Baseball.

For further details on his earliest cards, check out our article on the Top 10 Bryce Harper Rookie and Prospect Cards.

Bryce Harper Rookie Card Checklist

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2012 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper RC #214

A straightforward Bryce Harper rookie, this card is more popular for its many Refractor parallels. For those on a tighter budget simply looking for an official rookie card of the phenom outfielder, 2012 Bowman Chrome certainly fits the bill.

2012 Bowman Chrome Baseball Bryce Harper RC

2012 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Bryce Harper RC #10

A cheap, entry-level option, the 2012 Bowman Draft Bryce Harper rookie is overlooked by many. Still, it has a nice, clean design. The card also has several parallel versions that garner solid prices.

2012 Bowman Draft Bryce Harper RC

2012 Bowman Platinum Bryce Harper RC #56

While the 2012 Bowman Platinum Bryce Harper rookie card isn't rare, for those who like a little shine, it's a reasonably priced option from an attractive set. The card further stands out thanks to the sharp action photo of Harper running.

2012 Bowman Platinum Bryce Harper RC 56

2012 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper RC #1

Although Harper's 2012 Bowman Sterling rookie isn't numbered, autographed or souped-up in any way, collectors shouldn't dismiss it. The high-end set has just one base card per pack, making it a tough pull. Not accounting for the many Refractor parallels, you've got what's likely one of the rarest Bryce Harper base rookie cards.

2012 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper RC

2012 Panini National Treasures Bryce Harper RC #160 #/99

Part of the Rated Rookies subset, this high-end Bryce Harper rookie card in comes with a massive game-used jersey piece. Some are single-color swatches while others do have multiple colors. Although it's still one of his most expensive rookies, the price is somewhat reasonable given the high cost of 2012 National Treasures Baseball.

2012 Panini National Treasures Bryce Harper RC

2012 Panini Prizm Bryce Harper RC #152

It didn't take long for Prizm to become one of Panini's most popular brands. The 2012 Panini Prizm Bryce Harper rookie card is cheaply priced, but the Refractor-esque parallels garner a lot of attention and value.

The fact that this set wasn't released until after the 2013 season started may prevent some from considering it as a rookie, but it's still a solid choice for those on a budget. Harper is also featured in the Prizm USA Baseball insert set.

2012 Panini Prizm Bryce Harper RC

2012 Panini Signature Series Bryce Harper RC #18

While not numbered, the 2012 Panini Signature Series Bryce Harper is another of his tougher first-year cards. Coming from a hit-focused product, base cards aren't all that plentiful. Increasing its appeal, the intense, close-up image helps it stand out from other Bryce Harper rookie cards. However, because Panini only has an MLBPA license, the card does not have team logos.

2012 Panini Signature Series Bryce Harper RC

2012 Playoff Prime Cuts Bryce Harper RC #10 Jersey #/99

Extremely limited, the 2012 Playoff Prime Cuts Bryce Harper relic card can still be acquired for a fair price, if you can find one. The lack of MLB logos no doubt hurts the overall appeal of the card. But for fans of low-numbered stuff, this may be a bargain.

2012 Topps Baseball Bryce Harper RC #661

A last-second addition to the set, the flagship Bryce Harper rookie card is also a short print. Although not extremely rare, it is in high demand due to set collectors looking to finish their 2012 Topps Baseball collections. There is also an autographed parallel and several image variations. Harper had later 2012 flagship cards in Update but this was the first.

2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball Short Prints 661 Bryce Harper

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Bryce Harper RC #12

The first readily available Bryce Harper rookie card, 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter features another classic design from the brand. An artistically rendered Harper poses with his bat, surrounded by a gold border. The card also has several different mini parallels.

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Bryce Harper

2012 Topps Archives Bryce Harper RC #241

The first official Bryce Harper rookie card released, Archives gives collectors an extremely short-printed option. Harper is pictured using the 1984 Topps Baseball design and the same design is featured on his Fan Favorites autograph. Inserted as a redemption, the rare autograph is signed on-card.

2012 Topps Archives Bryce Harper

2012 Topps Chrome Bryce Harper RC #196

Featuring a chromium design, the 2012 Topps Chrome Bryce Harper rookie is especially great for parallel collectors as Refractors come in several colors. Harper also has a Rookie Autograph variation and a base set variation, both of which are rare. Of all the base variations in 2012 Topps Chrome Baseball, Harper is the only player to have a regular and Refractor version.

2012 Topps Chrome Bryce Harper RC

2012 Topps Finest Bryce Harper RC #73

Another choice with a metallic design, the 2012 Topps Finest Bryce Harper rookie is the top card in the base set. That said, because it's not a short print, prices aren't too bad. The Bryce Harper Rookie Autograph and rare Refractor parallels represent the chase element in the set.

2012 Topps Finest Bryce Harper RC

2012 Topps Five Star Bryce Harper RC #1 #/80

The 2012 Topps Five Star card for Bryce Harper doesn't need much to make it one of his priciest rookie cards. Coming from a product that costs hundreds per pack, the rookie is limited to just 80 copies. The card itself is somewhat plain from a design perspective, but that might not be a bad thing. Being Harper's rarest official rookie card, it will always have an audience.

2012 Topps Five Star Bryce Harper RC

2012 Topps Heritage High Number Bryce Harper RC #H650

Offered as a box set sold only through Topps' online store, this is not the easiest Bryce Harper rookie card to track down. Limited to 1,000 copies, the 2012 Heritage line is very popular with set builders. That means an already small supply of cards is that much tougher to come by as a single.

2012 Topps Heritage High Numbers Bryce Harper RC

2012 Topps Mini Bryce Harper RC #661

Looking for a Bryce Harper rookie sleeper? His 2012 Topps Mini card might be it. Outside of a few boxes issued at the National in Baltimore, the set was originally only available online and the small print run sold out in about a month. Channeling the feel of 1975 Topps Mini, 2012 Topps Mini is simply a shrunken version of the base set. And while Harper was a short print in 2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball, he isn't here. The tiny card is just as common as every other base card.

2012 Topps Mini Baseball Bryce Harper RC

2012 Topps Triple Threads Bryce Harper RC #129 Autographed Jersey #/99

2012 Topps Triple Threads includes the first official Bryce Harper rookie card to have either an autograph or memorabilia swatch. Numbered to just 99, it's also extremely rare. In addition to an on-card signature, the memorabilia pieces are set behind die-cut windows that note both his position and number.

Bryce Harper Prospect Card Checklist

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Top eBay Listings

2012 Topps Update #US183 Bryce Harper
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2011 Bowman Chrome RE Red Bryce Harper Rookie Graded BGS ALL 9.5 Subs
$24.95

BRYCE HARPER NATIONALS 2011 BOWMAN CHROME SILVER & RED BASEBALL CARDS BCE-1
$18.99

PSA 10 BRYCE HARPER 2012 BOWMAN CHROME RC 250 BLUE REFRACTOR RARE POP 10 HOT
$499.99

BRYCE HARPER 2011 Bowman Chrome Retail Exclusives Red Ref #BCE1 PSA GEM MINT 10
$49.99

BRYCE HARPER 2012 Bowman Prospects #BP10 BGS GEM MINT 9.5 RC Nationals
$24.99

BRYCE HARPER 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP10 PSA GEM MINT 10 RC Nationals
$39.99

2012 Panini Black Friday #17 Bryce Harper RC Gem Mint PSA 10
$79.99

2012 Topps Update #US299 Bryce Harper RC Gem Mint PSA 10
$19.99

2011 Bowman Chrome RE Silver Bryce Harper Rookie Graded BGS ALL 9.5 Subs
$29.95

2012 Topps Update Bryce Harper Rookie Card #US183 RC Nationals MINT HOT!!
$50.00

2011 Bowman Chrome Prospect Bryce Harper Rookie Card RC #BCP1 BGS 9 9.5 Subs
$24.95

2011 Bowmans Best Bryce Harper Prospects #BBP51 PSA 10
$64.95

2009 ud signature stars usa star prospects #usa 8 BRYCE HARPER rookie BGS 9.5
$83.00

2012 Bryce Harper Topps Chrome Purple Refractor RC BGS 9.5 Gem Mint Nationals
$199.99

Bryce Harper 2012 Bowman's Best Chrome Prospect #BBP4 - BGS 9.5 Gem Mint - NATS
$59.99
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. although I suffered a serious concussion in the beginning July losing four years in memory, somehow I didn’t lose Bryce Harper. He cut my attention moving up through the single-A division and I look forward to watching Harper continued to entertain many fans, and frustrate those who are not. He’s young, he knows the bats a tool, and he doesn’t come across to me as a player with an ego larger than the Stadium. I think the Washington nationals have made a terrific decision and should be within a few years, without steroids, he slams the records of Mark McGwire. Great player equals excitement, hype and abet the Metro and the District of Columbia is packed on game day. Good luck Harper I’m sure I’m going to see him at the World Series soon.

  2. Where does one buy baseball cards in the DC area?

  3. Question
    in regards to the Autograph card you have listed, Wouldn’t the first official Bryce Harper Autographed RC be the Archives on Card auto? this card was released prior to Triple threads and it also has the RC logo on it.
    Please let me know.
    Thanks
    GW

  4. Gary The Archives autograph is an insert, a parallel of the base version.

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  6. I can’t find the 2012 Topps Baseball Bryce Harper RC #661 you have listed on ebay. There are a ton of minis, but no regular sized ones. Is that the correct information for that card?

  7. Ryan,

    I was actually shocked to read the review of the 12′ Topps Bryce Harper SSP RC #661!!! I was fortunate enough to pull it from a handful of RETAIL packs I had picked up at walmart one night! I was ecstatic, A. cuz of all the hype surrounding BH at the time. And B. Because, among a mixed bag of reports, the resounding conclusion I got from most people was, that this card would be EXTREMELY hard to pull! And those who do pull one arent going to be rushing to sell it. Because A. Harper’s cards started out outrageously HOT and havent wavered all that much since, especially stuff from his rookie and prospect years. And B. Its the final card needed to complete the 2012 Topps set! Im not exactly sure what it’s current book value is(I never pay attention to price guides anymore. Ebay pretty much sets and dictates the real world value for the hobby these days. A card is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.). But as of 2015 that card was listed in Beckett at $250 with all signs pointing up! Since I pulled it in early 2012, ive routinely tried to place a realistic market value on it, both graded and ungraded. In the last 5 years ive only been able to locate THREE for sale on ebay! 2 ungraded, 1 Beckett 8.5. The 2 ungraded sold for WELL over the $250 book value, and the 8.5 went for something astonishing, for a non-auto, non-serial #ed card! Dont quote me on this cuz it was a long time ago, but i want to say it was north of a grand!!! Now the scarcity of this card on ebay could logistically be explained by the set building factor, that i mentioned earlier. The insanely high prices on the very few ive seen sell, could partially be explained by the Bryce Harper mania at that time. But why im CONVINCED this card is not only the best and most slept on non-auto BH RC, but is, in all reality, one of the toughest to pull and most scarce of all his cards!!! And I say this for many reasons. In part, cuz of my total inability to find them for sale, anywhere, for 5 years now. But mostly cuz of my closest friends in the hobby. Who are all either long time hobby shop owners or major major online sellers. These guys buy and break open more hobby cases in a week than i do in a YEAR!!! They see everything and have a firm hand on the pulse of the market. Im talking about 5 guys in particular. 2 hobby shop owners, 3 major online sellers. Not ONE of them have pulled a single BH 661A!!! In fact, theyve only ever seen a few of them in person! Ive gotten offers from each of them on several occassions to purchase my card at WELL above its listed book value! Its unannomously agreed upon that my card will almost certainly grade a 10, as its about as perfect centering ive ever seen on a card, flawless corners and edges etc etc. My plan is to have it graded, sooner than later. But i also have no intentions of ever really selling it. But we’ll see. All i can say for sure is this. I literally ould not disagree with this page’s description of this card more!!! I have to imagine he meant to be descrbing one of the RC parallels form that same set, that book for literally 1/10($25) of the SSP 661A($250)! Those are supposedly “Short print variations” but are a dime a dozen. I have a dozen or more of all 3 variations. So, in conclusion, Ryan, you havent found one cuz, in my humble opinion, there just arent that many to be found. And most of the ones that have already been pulled are being horded away in sets or part of someone’s overall collection. Go on ebay right now and youll find dozens, maybe even hundreds of the 661A MINI! But the original sized SSP 661A is nowhere to be found!

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