Barry Larkin Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Barry Larkin

Date of Birth: 4/28/1964
Rookie Card Year: 1987
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Even though Barry Larkin cards aren't going to make anyone rich, his election into baseball's Hall of Fame ensures his hobby legacy. The 1995 National League MVP, Larkin isn't your standard Cooperstown inductee. He hit over 30 home runs just once and failed to break the 100 RBI plateau. Yet his consistency, strong defense and speed made him a perennial spark for the Cincinnati Reds. A 12-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Larkin helped lead the Reds to a World Series Championship in 1990 versus the Oakland Athletics.

Barry Larkin's first card came in the 1986 Sportflics Rookies box set. It's perceived as being too obscure to be regarded as his true rookie card. As a result, Larkin's rookie cards are found in 1987 Donruss, 1987 Fleer and 1987 Topps Baseball. All three sets are hugely over-printed, keeping prices very low. Even professionally graded gem mint and pristine copies of these Barry Larkin cards are within reach for collectors on a tight budget.

From an investment perspective, the best rookie options are the 1987 Fleer Glossy and 1987 Topps Tiffany Barry Larkin cards. Better still are later Barry Larkin cards featuring a certified autograph. Although there are around 400 different autograph cards, not a lot pop up anymore. Autographed Barry Larkin memorabilia, particularly photos and baseballs, is also popular with collectors, although there's not a ton of it out there either. Because so many people have Hall of Fame autograph collections, interest in his signature is on the rise. Prices are bound to follow.

Barry Larkin Rookie Card Checklist

1987 Donruss Barry Larkin RC #492

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A simple but attractive card, the black borders make this card somewhat tough to keep in top shape. However, the huge print run has ensured there's more than enough to go around, keeping prices low.

1987 Fleer Barry Larkin RC #204

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The blue border doesn't mix well with Cincinnati's team colors. The result is a card that has a nice, albeit generic, photo but isn't able to hold it together. As far as 1987 baseball cards set go, Fleer has emerged as a favorite, but print runs smother any potential value gains. 1987 Fleer Glossy is tougher to find and slightly more valuable as it was only available in factory sets.

1987 Topps Barry Larkin RC #648

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Collectors seem to either love or loath the wood-grain 1987 Topps Baseball design. As far as value goes, like Larkin's other rookie cards, raw versions can be found for a buck or two. The best option, however, is his 1987 Topps Tiffany card. Available only in factory sets, the upscale card is much more limited than any of the other 1987 Barry Larkin cards.

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2002 DONRUSS DIAMOND KINGS #20 BARRY LARKIN REDS HOF POP 2 PSA 10 B1600379
$10.99
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1996 BOWMAN'S BEST MIRROR REFRACTOR #4 BARRY LARKIN-RIPKEN POP 6 PSA 9 B1550636
$20.99
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Ron Darling Andy Van Slyke Barry Larkin Psa 9 And 10 Rookie Card Lot
$30.00
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BARRY LARKIN 1987 2001 AUTHENTIC BASEBALL ROOKIE CARD BECKETT SLABBED
$19.96
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1998 Donruss Silver Press Proof ERROR - Barry Larkin Front, Jeff Bagwell Back
$80.00
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Ken Griffey Jr Barry Larkin 2002 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia TEAM TANDEMS
$10.95
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1991 TOPPS DESERT SHIELD BARRY LARKIN #730
$12.00
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1991 TOPPS DESERT SHIELD BARRY LARKIN #400
$10.00
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BARRY LARKIN Lot of 38 Different Cards ROOKIES Oddballs INSERTS Cincinnati Reds
$35.00
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Barry Larkin #23 1993 Donruss Elite
$17.95
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Barry Larkin #5 1990 Leaf Preview
$34.95
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2012 Historic Autographs BARRY LARKIN Auto Autograph PSA DNA #1 6
$125.00
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1994 TOPPS FINEST BARRY LARKIN REFRACTOR #240 PSA 9 MINT CINCINNATI REDS
$24.99
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1995 BOWMAN'S BEST REFRACTOR BARRY LARKIN #25 REDS (681)
$37.99
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1996 BARRY LARKIN TOPPS CHROME REFRACTOR #116 REDS SHARP
$23.74
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2012 Leaf Memories Buyback BARRY LARKIN Foil Stamp Parallel #15 20
$20.00
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Autograph Guide

Barry Larkin Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Barry Larkin autograph looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Cut Signature Exemplar

 

Barry Larkin Cut Autograph Image

Barry Larkin Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Barry Larkin signature will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The entire signature is typically written on a steep angle of about 60 degrees.
  2. The letters "B" and "L" are over-sized.
  3. The letter "B" has open loops, the pen lifts and then starts the letter "a."
  4. A single letter "r" is discernible that flows into the letter "y" which is bisected by the tail of the letter "B."
  5. The letter "L" is very flamboyant with a big loop at the top.
  6. The remaining letters are very clear.
  7. He often uses an inscription of his jersey number "11."

Signed Baseballs

Active Listings for Barry Larkin Signed Baseballs

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Signed Bat Pricing:

Active Listings for Barry Larkin Signed Bats

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Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Barry Larkin Photographs

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BARRY LARKIN Signed 1993 FLAIR CARD #27 PSA DNA AUTO CINCI REDS HALL OF FAME HOF
$39.99
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Barry Larkin signed Cincinnati Reds full size authentic helmet w AL MVP JSA COA
$225.00
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BARRY LARKIN REDS HAND SIGNED CARD PSA DNA AUTO 1997 STADIUM CLUB #17
$39.99
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BARRY LARKIN SIGNED #11 CINCINNATI REDS JERSEY AUTOGRAPHED JSA COA
$199.99
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1984 OLYMPIC BASEBALL TEAM USA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED MARK MCGWIRE BARRY LARKIN PSA
$249.99
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REDS BARRY LARKIN SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #W24579
$74.99
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BARRY LARKIN SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$65.00
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JSA Authentic Signed Rookie Card 1987 Topps Barry Larkin RC Auto
$37.95
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Barry Larkin Signed 1990 World Series Baseball Reds TRISTAR COA
$269.00
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Barry Larkin Signed Michigan Baseball HOF Jersey JSA COA Reds
$499.00
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RARE BARRY LARKIN PSA DNA COA "1995 NL MVP " SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NL BASEBALL
$149.00
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BARRY LARKIN REDS PSA DNA SIGNED 1999 KAHNS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$49.00
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BARRY LARKIN Signed Autograph Full Size Cincinnati Reds Baseball Helmet JSA
$199.99
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Barry Larkin Signed 1990 World Series Autographed Baseball Reds TRISTAR COA
$216.00
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Barry Larkin Signed Michigan Baseball Autographed Jersey JSA COA Reds
$421.00
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BARRY LARKIN AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CINCINNATI REDS OML BASEBALL JSA w HOF 2012
$169.99
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