Bryce Harper's Phillies jersey sets 24-hour sales record across all sports

Bryce Harper hasn’t even seen a spring training plate appearance for the Philadelphia Phillies, and he may already be paying for himself.

A day after he was officially introduced as the newest member of the Phillies and his jersey hit the team’s store, Harper’s jersey has broken the 24-hour sales record for a jersey launch in any sport. That data comes via Fanatics, which runs the Phillies’ online store.

Overall, Harper’s introduction drove a 5,000 percent increase in sales of Phillies merchandise compared to the same day last year, per Front Office Sports.

Harper’s Phillies jersey notably features a new number from the No. 34 he donned with the Washington Nationals. Since that number was worn by the late Roy Halladay in Philadelphia, Harper will instead wear No. 3 out of respect.

The 26-year-old star is expected finally make his spring training debut on Saturday against the Blue Jays, per Phillies.com.

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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper demonstrates his batting stance with a teammate during a workout before a spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees in Tampa, Florida, March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Nineteen-year-old Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (L) greets a fan on the sidelines during warm-ups as he prepares to make his major-league debut playing against the Los Angeles Dodgers in their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles, California April 28, 2012. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals reacts after getting out with two men on base in the 8th inning against the New York Mets in Washington June 7, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Washington Nationals Bryce Harper celebrates after scoring the go ahead home run against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of Inter League MLB baseball action at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts June 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (R) yells after striking out against New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte (not pictured) during the fifth inning of their MLB interleague baseball game in Washington June 16, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Washington Nationals batter Bryce Harper waits to hit against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning during their MLB interleague baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland, June 24, 2012. REUTERS/Patrick Smith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (R) congratulates teammate Ryan Zimmerman after the Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins in their MLB National League baseball game in Miami, Florida July 13, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper steps into the batter's box against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington, July 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Oct 3, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is hit with a pitch during the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper watches his two RBI home run during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Washington Nationals won 9-1. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) celebrates his solo home run during the tenth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 3-2 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 12, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League outfielder Bryce Harper (34) of the Washington Nationals before the 2016 MLB All Star Game at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a two run double in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals deafened Baltimore Orioles 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Baseball player Bryce Harper arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Apr 10, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hustles to third against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 14-6. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 9, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits an RBI single against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jul 26, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) is ejected from the game by home plate umpire Chris Segal (96) after arguing a called third strike in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 26, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) listens during a press conference to unveil the official logo for the 2018 All-Star Game prior to the game between the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, D.C. - SEPTEMBER 25: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals bats during a game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 30: Washington Nationals Bryce Harper (34) leaves the dugout following their loss to the Colorado Rockies in their last game of the 2018 season at Coors Field. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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The other way Bryce Harper is already printing money for the Phillies

In addition to buying up more Harper jerseys than ever previously seen, Phillies fans have also been hitting the team’s box office hard since it was reported that Harper was headed for Citizens Bank Park.

Between when the news broke on Thursday that Harper would sign a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies to early Friday morning, the team sold a whopping 100,000 tickets according to its senior vice president of ticket operations.

Clearly, Phillies fans are excited to see a team that has added not just Harper, but also J.T. Realmuto, Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson in a transformative offseason. Acquiring all that talent has come at a great cost, both in dollars and prospects, but it’s hard to second-guess a team when it’s now projected as an NL East favorite and making money like it has since we first learned Harper was coming to town.

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