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

1990 Score #155 Barry Larkin PSA 10 READ Cincinnati Reds Baseball Card 0q3
$31.00

2015 Topps Finest Greats Autographs Gold Refractor #FGA-BL Barry Larkin Auto 0d4
$75.24

1994 Bowman's Best Refractors #95 Barry Larkin Derek Jeter PSA 9 Card 1j2
$50.95

1987 Fleer Factory Set Glossy 204 Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds Baseball Card 2q9
$20.00

2005 DONRUSS Inside View Unintended Release Barry Larkin
$100.00

2016 TOPPS MUSEUM COLLECTION AUTOGRAPH BARRY LARKIN QUAD BOOKLET AUTO 10 10
$259.99

1987 Topps Box Set Collector's Edition (Tiffany) 648 Barry Larkin PSA 9 Card 0y5
$10.99

1988 O-Pee-Chee Blank Back #102 Barry Larkin BGS 9 Cincinnati Reds Card 0d3
$19.60

1997 Topps #ILM6 Barry Larkin Albert Belle PSA 10 Chicago White Sox Latman 2m2
$45.95

1987 Donruss #492 Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds RC Rookie Baseball Card 3y5
$12.00

2008 Playoff Prime Cuts Icons Bats Memorabilia #29 Barry Larkin 75 Card 2l5
$75.25

2012 Playoff Prime Cuts Icons Autographs Autographed 2 Barry Larkin 10 Auto 2t5
$100.25

1987 TOPPS #648 BARRY LARKIN RC HOF LOT OF 100 MINT *INV3526
$25.00

2002 PLAYOFF PIECE OF THE GAME BARRY LARKIN BAT CARD REDS BOX53
$12.99

Barry Larkin 11 Insert Card Lot CINCINNATI REDS STAR HOF EX
$14.94

Barry Larkin 165 Huge Card Lot RC INSERTS ODDBALLS CINCINNATI REDS STAR HOF EX
$83.00
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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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Top eBay Listings

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

Barry Larkin Signed Reds Jersey (JSA COA)
$169.95

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

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

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

BARRY LARKIN EARLY JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$75.00

Rare 1984 Team USA Signed Bat Mark McGwire Barry Larkin PSA DNA
$639.99

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

BARRY LARKIN SIGNED #11 CINCINNATI REDS JERSEY AUTOGRAPHED JSA COA
$199.99

BARRY LARKIN 1998 DONRUSS ELITE PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$44.99

Barry Larkin Signed Hall Of Fame Baseball JSA Coa Cincinnati Reds
$80.00

Barry Larkin Signed ROMLB Baseball HOF Cincinnati Reds JSA Coa
$72.00

BARRY LARKIN JSA auto autographed signed Hall of Fame Baseball Ball Reds COA
$110.00

Barry Larkin SIGNED 8x10 Photo Cincinnati Reds ITP PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$115.00
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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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