By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor
There will be plenty of big pricetags attached to the autograph cards of 18-year-old Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper in the coming days as his highly sought-after first Nationals autographs are found in 2011 Bowman.
Like this one, for example, that is attached to a card that was not announced but was found in packs.
However, the only pricetags that matter — and the only ones that count in the price guides — are actual sales, and the first copy of Harper’s autograph sold on Monday night in advance of the product’s release on Wednesday.
The card sold for $1,150 via a best offer on eBay.
Harper, who is at Class A Hagerstown, Md., is hitting .366 with nine home runs and 31 RBI throguh his first 36 games as a pro. He just recently came off an 18-game hitting streak. His performance is clearly worth promotional consideration. His next level? That’s the question right now.
His autographs aren’t alone as red-hot sellers as a Blue Refractor — perhaps the most sought-after color in the Refractor Rainbow that’s not especially rare (numbered to 250) — sold for $232.50 after 16 bids, while a Green parallel of his standard card, limited to 450 copies, sold for $137.26.
His first standard Chrome card? It sold for $135. 29 — a total that will surely come down as more and more copies are found and sold.
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