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

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

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

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.

Top eBay Listings

TOPPS 1987 # 648 Barry Larkin PSA GRADED Excellent (4394)
$18.88

1986 SPORTFLICS ROOKIES #34 BARRY LARKIN ROOKIE RC, REDS - PSA 9 (934)
$16.15

1987 Donruss Baseball Factory Set-660 Cards Bonds Barry Larkin Greg Maddux RC's
$34.95

1987 Fleer Baseball Factory Set-672 Cards Bonds Barry Larkin Will Clark RC's
$39.95

1987 Topps Baseball Factory Set-792 Cards Bonds Mark McGwire Barry Larkin RC's
$24.95

1987 Fleer #204 Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds Rookie RC PSA 10 GEM MINT
$22.50

1997 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BARRY LARKIN EXTRA EDITION RARE 173 500
$10.00

2001 SP Game Used Edition Authentic Fabric #BL Barry Larkin 2 color
$10.99

BARRY LARKIN 2005 UD SWEET SPOT SIGNATURES BAT BARREL AUTO 21 25
$29.00

(19) 1987 87 BARRY LARKIN FLEER RC ROOKIE LOT (5) GLOSSY (14) BASE NM MT+ BV$162
$22.99

Barry Larkin Baseball Cards Mix Lot 17 Card's
$18.75

BARRY LARKIN 1987 DONRUSS #492 ROOKIE RC PSA 10!!!!!
$23.99

BARRY LARKIN 143 Card Lot RC x4 1987 Topps+1995 Top Of+++94 Different Cards Reds
$34.99

1992 Bowman #353 Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds ISA 10 GEM MINT
$10.00

2003 Prestige Barry Larkin Adam Dunn Jersey Patch SP 100 Pinstripe 3 Color REDS
$19.95

1988 Topps Tiffany #102 Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds ISA 10 GEM MINT
$10.00
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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

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

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Barry Larkin Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

RARE BARRY LARKIN PSA DNA COA "1995 NL MVP " SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NL BASEBALL
$149.00

BARRY LARKIN SIGNED OMLB BASEBALL PSA DNA CINCINATTI REDS HOF ESPN
$84.99

BARRY LARKIN REDS PSA DNA SIGNED 1999 KAHNS AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$49.00

BARRY LARKIN Signed Autograph Full Size Cincinnati Reds Baseball Helmet JSA
$199.99

BARRY LARKIN (Cincinnati Reds) signed Hall of Fame baseball w PSA DNA
$129.95

Barry Larkin Signed 1991 Score Dream Team Baseball Card JSA COA
$49.95

Barry Larkin Signed 1991 Leaf Baseball Card #168 JSA COA REDS
$49.95

Barry Larkin Signed 1992 Donruss Baseball Card #185 JSA COA REDS
$49.95

Barry Larkin Signed 1992 Fleer Baseball Card #411 JSA COA REDS
$49.95

SLUGGER MINT SIGNED 34" BARRY LARKIN HOF COOPERSTOWN BAT. JSA
$170.00

Cincinnati Reds Barry Larkin Signed Baseball JSA Authenticated
$59.00

Barry Larkin Signed 1990 World Series Autographed Baseball Reds TRISTAR COA
$216.00

Barry Larkin Signed Michigan Baseball Autographed Jersey JSA COA Reds
$421.00

BARRY LARKIN AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CINCINNATI REDS OML BASEBALL JSA w HOF 2012
$169.99

BARRY LARKIN SIGNED BASEBALL - REDS - PSA DNA#I55785 STICKER AND COA
$140.00

1990 Upper Deck #99 Barry Larkin PSA DNA Autograph Signed Reds HOF
$69.99
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