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

1987 DONRUSS #492 BARRY LARKIN RC HOF BGS 9.5 B1599031-590
$15.99

2016 Tier One Barry Larkin Brandon Phillips Dual Auto #05 25
$31.11

1987 DONRUSS #492 BARRY LARKIN ROOKIE CARD REDS HOF PSA 10 GEM MINT NEW PSA CASE
$21.99

1986 Sportflics RKS. #34 - BARRY LARKIN - PSA 9 Mint
$17.25

2000 BARRY LARKIN SN 099 100 TOPPS CHROME ALLEGIANCE REFRACTOR #10 *87
$80.00

1990 LEAF # 18 BARRY LARKIN BASEBALL CARD GRADED PSA 10 GEM MINT
$19.00

BARRY LARKIN 1987 DONRUSS OPENING DAY #191 REDS HOF RC ROOKIE PSA 10 VERY SHARP☆
$38.00

BARRY LARKIN AUTO 20 SCRAPBOOK SIGNAURE 2005 UD SUPER RARE LARKIN AUTO 20 HOF
$149.99

1987 Topps Baseball Wax Box - BARRY BONDS MARK MCGWIRE BARRY LARKIN ROOKIES
$14.95

1988 TOPPS #102 BARRY LARKIN LOT OF 177 MINT B46972
$15.00

1988 TOPPS #102 BARRY LARKIN LOT OF 109 MINT B46974
$10.00

2 Graded 1987 Barry Larkin Rookie Cards - Donruss #492 GMA 7 - Topps #648 PSA 8
$15.00

1995 BOWMAN'S BEST #25 BARRY LARKIN RED REFRACTOR PSA 9 REDS 21161401
$50.99

2015 Topps High Tek Gold Barry Larkin Signature On-Card Auto #19 50 - HOF
$29.99

1987 CLASSIC TRAVEL #133 BARRY LARKIN UPDATE YELLOW-YELLOW BACK PSA 9 REDS 1546
$67.99

CINCINNATI REDS BARRY LARKIN POST CEREAL 1991 COLLECTOR SERIES BASEBALL CARD #18
$15.00
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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

BARRY LARKIN SIGNED REDS HALL OF FAME BASEBALL OMLB PSA DNA X90126
$169.99

BARRY LARKIN SIGNED REDS HALL OF FAME BASEBALL HOF 12 OMLB PSA DNA X90127
$169.99

BARRY LARKIN Signed Autograph Auto 11x14 Photo Picture Cincinnati Reds PSA DNA
$89.99

Barry Larkin Signed OMLB Baseball, Tristar COA, Reds Legend
$30.00

Barry Larkin Signed Reds Jersey (JSA COA)
$169.95

BARRY LARKIN signed PSA DNA 1987 topps RC card slabbed cincinnati reds #648
$149.95

Barry Larkin H&B Game Used Signed Bat Cincinnati Reds PSA DNA GU 10 HOF
$3,995.00

Barry Larkin Game Used Signed Bat 1990 Reds PSA DNA GU 9 HOF
$3,995.00

Barry Larkin Game Used Signed Rookie Bat 1987 Reds PSA DNA GU 9 HOF
$3,995.00

Barry Larkin H&B Game Used Signed Bat Cincinnati Reds HOF PSA DNA GU 9.5
$1,995.00

BARRY LARKIN SIGNED OFFICIAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA
$85.00

BARRY LARKIN 1993 TOPPS PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$39.00

BARRY LARKIN 1992 TOPPS PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$39.00

BARRY LARKIN 1991 FLEER ULTRA PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$39.00

1988 Topps #102 Barry Larkin PSA DNA Signed Auto Reds Card
$39.00

Barry Larkin Signed ROMLB Baseball HOF Cincinnati Reds JSA Coa
$90.00
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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