Friday, May 13, 2011

2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Autograph Redemption

I hope Bryce Harper hits .400 with 35 HR this season in the minor leagues. Set the hobby world on fire kid - because your potential Nationals teammate, Stephen Strasburg, did the same thing a year ago around this time (with a little help from Jason Heyward, Buster Posey and Starlin Castro too). Harper is doing his part to live up to the hype - .395 Ave - 8 HR - 30 RBI in just 30 games. If he continues his torrid pace - it could send boxes of 2011 Bowman Baseball through the roof - much like last season - which saw hobby boxes approach $200.00.  Boxes typically pre-sell between $65-80 each.
Interest in the set might be tempered a bit because the Harper retail autograph is a redemption. It would have been wonderful to see the actual on-card autograph fresh out of the pack. Sometimes those situations are out of the companies control - but you'd think the guy whose face is on the cover of the box would have his autographs inside. We'll have to wait and see if the hobby versions are also redemption cards. Nonetheless, it shouldn't hamper the sale prices of Harper autograph cards too much. Expect early prices to exceed $1,000.00.

Harper's very first Bowman Chrome non-autographed card listed for sale on eBay drew quite the audience despite being a 1-day auction. The 187 watchers were the most for any auction listed card - and the 2,518 page views is staggering for a baseball card. Final price: $135.29.

2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Auto Redemption
Watchers: 393 (Most Watched Card)
Current Price: $710.00
Final Price: $745.88
Auction Ends: May 18, 2011

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