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Bryce Harper’s first team-issued Minor League Baseball card will cost you … $22

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

Bryce Harper carries a .261 average, two home runs and eight RBIs with him after his first 14 games with the Class-A Hagerstown Suns.

Well, all that and the hopes of quite a few card collectors who are heavily invested in the Washington Nationals’ top draft pick from last season and the 18-year-old former Sports Illustrated coverboy.

However, Harper’s sluggish start apparently hasn’t dampened demand for his first pieces of minor-league memorabilia based on prices for Harper’s Hagerstown items on the Maryland team’s webstore.

The Suns’ 2011 team set of baseball cards, which will be made by Multi-Ad Sports, can he pre-ordered now and it’ll cost you $22 — that’s Harper’s first MiLB card since Topps Debut arrives later in pack form and these sets will arrive sometime around May 15. (Oh, and with shipping and tax? Make that about $30 for a set … )

While the pricetag might seem higher than the typical minor league set — often somewhere between $7 to $15 — the quantities made for this card certainly can’t be in the ballpark of the Bowman or Pro Debut releases to come later this year. (There should be a healthy number of these sets produced, though — the Suns didn’t even have a webstore when Harper was assigned to the squad.)

Also available is a Harper authentic model Suns jersey — his No. 34, of course — for $200, and a $30 Harper jersey T-Shirt for the more casually inclined.

Harper also appears on the team’s 2011 souvenir program, which can be had for $7.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

2 Comments

sam

I went to a Hagerstown Suns game this week to see Harper play they only gave him 2 at bats in a DH role. He looked like he did not want to be there the entire time he was sitting in the dugout. The only good thing was that he was very nice to the kids that came up to him after the game to ask for an autograph even going so far as to take a picture with a toddler.

Posted April 22, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink
tim reed

i went to that game! and thats how i feel to he hides in the dugout and at the batting cage we go to! he needs to get used to the intention

Posted April 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

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