Topps details its Bryce Harper Rookie Card plans


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Bryce Harper arrived in the major leagues on Saturday — now it’s time for his Rookie Cards.

Topps didn’t wait long into the 19-year-old’s big-league career to tease his first RC — arriving in 2012 Topps Series 2 on June 6 — but waited until today to offer any additional details about that card and future offerings it might have featuring the player who is the most highly touted prospect — and most-expensive on cardboard — prospect in MLB history.

“People at Topps are excited,” said Topps Vice President Mark Sapir. “We are most excited for collectors. He is a special talent and we will do our best to celebrate his MLB debut and Rookie Cards.

“We will do our best to quickly get Harper in product,” Sapir said. “We want collectors to have a chance to pull his card as quickly as frequently as possible.  Due to timing, we are somewhat limited in all we can do. [Our] first few products will be a bit short due to printing windows, but there will be a few planned redemptions. In total, I think our plan is awesome and will truly unlock Harper to the collectors!”

First things, first … Harper will have autographed cards appearing in all forthcoming Topps products this year. (Need a Harper checklist or OPG? Click here.)

Specific details for the rest of the products will include:

In 2012 Bowman arriving May 9, Harper will be the No. 2 Bowman Lucky Redemption, which will be limited to just 100 and be good for an autographed card with the rookie design.

In Topps Series 2, Harper will be a short-printed base card — card No. 661 — found in both hobby and retail packs. He also will have an autographed version of the card, which is seen here.

In Topps Archives, Harper will be a redemption in both hobby and retail packs for a Fan Favorites autograph card. He also will appear on a short-printed base card.

In Tier One, there will be 25 redemptions for an On the Rise autographed card.

In Allen & Ginter, Harper will have a standard Rookie Card and a mini parallel — neither short-printed — as well as autographs. He’ll also have a red-ink auto limited to just 10 copies found in Rip Cards.

In Topps factory sets, the Harper card will be included in every set — with a photo that is different from the short-printed version.

And as for high-end products such as the not-yet-unveiled Topps Five Star?

“We for sure will do some really sweet stuff with him on our high-end releases like Triple Threads and Five Star,” Sapir said.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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  1. @Jaypers413 30 April, 2012 at 12:41

    I just hope this won’t cheapen his previously made autographed cards from 2009, 2010 and 2011.

  2. Bobby 4 May, 2012 at 13:07

    Let’s see where do I start with some collector’s:

    If you want to invest try something other than baseball cards like stocks.

    If Bryce Harper cards get over produced then great lots of kids can get them.

    If you get mad because you cannot afford his SP cards and therefore not obtain every card that gets made you have serious problems in the man crush department.

    As far as RC cards There are prospects and labeled RC’s and stops there. It is up to the individual collector to interpret what he likes and wants to purchase (or she likes my apologies to female collectors everywhere).

    If you don’t like it stop buying it.

  3. james 24 May, 2012 at 21:56

    Why not invest in some new cards Stop being so cocerned
    about over saturation of a potential superstar. If your not
    doing well in the stock market, open your eyes. Harper cards
    are already selling very well. So are vintage cards. Wake up.

  4. Raymond Scott Barber 18 June, 2016 at 14:15

    I just bought a 2012 topps Bryce Harper autograph card and they said the card is a reprint i need to know if topps done a reprint of this card and no reprint on the card and what year did they do a reprint if they did

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