Clayton Kershaw Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Clayton Kershaw

Date of Birth: 3/19/1988
Rookie Card Year: 2008
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Clayton Kershaw is in a good spot to join a long line of Dodgers pitching greats. Kershaw is already a decorated starter, having won the National League Cy Young Award in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Yet, despite being one of baseball's best pitchers, Clayton Kershaw cards haven't enjoyed the same success as some of his peers. But that is changing.

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The seventh pick in the 2006 MLB Draft, Kershaw was selected by the Dodgers out of high school. He also spent time with USA Baseball. The southpaw wasted little time in the minors, making his big league debut in May, 2008. His ascension up the MLB ranks was equally fast, culminating in a stellar 2011 in which Kershaw led the NL in wins, strikeouts and ERA. Besides the Cy Young, he also snagged a Gold Glove for his defense. In 2012, Kershaw came close to a Cy Young repeat but finished second to R.A. Dickey. He captured his second Cy Young in 2013, this time in dominant fashion, and added a third in 2014.

Despite his dominance on the mound and place in the game as a true role model, Clayton Kershaw cards remain fairly affordable. While pitchers are more easily overlooked in the hobby, Kershaw doesn't command the same level of attention among collectors as Justin Verlander, one of baseball's other premier pitchers.

Official Clayton Kershaw rookie cards are found in 2008 products. They range from a couple of dollars for low-end base cards to much higher for serial-numbered autographs. There are also lots of autographs and tough inserts that aren't technically rookies but still popular. However, the most desirable Clayton Kershaw cards are found in 2006 Bowman products, which include the first cards of Kershaw in a Dodgers uniform. The 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Clayton Kershaw autograph is the key card among these.

Collectors can also look back a little earlier for some great deals on early Clayton Kershaw autographs. The 2005 Upper Deck USA Baseball set has several numbered autographs of the pitcher, including some dual autographs.

Kershaw remains a regular signer in a lot of current releases. Perhaps this explains why his signatures are so reasonably priced given his place in the game.

Top Clayton Kershaw Rookie Cards

 2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Clayton Kershaw RC #107 Autographed Jersey #/99

Featuring a large jersey swatch and an autograph signed directly on the fabric, this card is serial numbered to 99 and is one of Kershaw's most popular rookie cards.

2008 Ultimate Collection Clayton Kershaw

2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Clayton Kershaw RC #133 #/199

A classic brand delivers a classic rookie card. Serial numbered to 199 and featuring an on-card autograph, the card features textured seams of a baseball and shows Kershaw having just delivered a pitch.

2008 Sweet Spot Clayton Kershaw

 2008 SPx Clayton Kershaw RC #151 Autograph

Another on-card signature rookie card. While it lacks serial numbering, the SPx brand carries great weight and tradition with collectors, making this a solid RC choice.

2008 SPx Clayton Kershaw

Top eBay Listings

2014 Panini National Treasures #122 Clayton Kershaw 99 Los Angeles Dodgers 2k5
$9.00

8 Card CT Player Lot Clayton Kershaw ALL Rookie RC Loaded w Value
$26.65

2014 Panini Immaculate Clayton Kershaw On Card Auto 04 25
$31.00

2016 Topps Strata Clayton Kershaw Clearly Authentic Black Relic Auto 50 Patch?
$109.99

Clayton Kershaw 2007 Bowman Sterling Jersey Auto RC BGS 9, Auto 10 DODGERS
$199.99

(3) CARD LOT - CLAYTON KERSHAW 06 GOLD CARD, 06 TOP PICKS AND 07 PROSPECT RSRV
$8.49

2015 (DODGERS) Elite All Star Salutes Gold #3 Clayton Kershaw 25
$9.60

2014 Panini Donruss Elite Status Gold Die-Cut #26 Clayton Kershaw 49 Card 1j6
$11.25

2015 Donruss Diamond Kings #14 Clayton Kershaw PSA 10 Gem Mint POP 1
$19.95

Clayton Kershaw Ryan Braun 2011 Panini Limited Match-Ups Dual Autograph #5 07 20
$109.99

2009 Topps 206 Clayton Kershaw Mini Framed Auto
$79.99

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2015 TOPPS DYNASTY 2 COLOR PATCH AUTO AUTOGRAPH #3 10 BGS 9 10
$249.99

2016 TOPPS TIER ONE CLAYTON KERSHAW AUTO COPPER 25 ON CARD
$125.00

2014 Stadium Club Triumvirates Luminous #T1B Clayton Kershaw BX 24T
$5.39

(37) 2014 Bowman Clayton Kershaw - 2 State Parallels, 35 Base - Dodgers!!!!!
$7.00

2015 Topps Update Series Gold #US310 Clayton Kershaw 2015 Baseball Card 2c0
$6.23
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Original article by Ryan Cracknell.

Rookie Cards

Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

Clayton Kershaw cards - 2008 Stadium Club RC

Top eBay Listings

8 Card CT Player Lot Clayton Kershaw ALL Rookie RC Loaded w Value
$26.65

Clayton Kershaw 2007 Bowman Sterling Jersey Auto RC BGS 9, Auto 10 DODGERS
$199.99

CLAYTON KERSHAW ROOKIE 2008 TOPPS UPDATE #UH240 PSA 10
$125.42

2007 BOWMAN CHROME CLAYTON KERSHAW #BDPP77 ROOKIE PSA 9 MINT
$9.99

LOS ANGELES DODGERS CLAYTON KERSHAW SEAGER URIAS GARCIA AUTO ROOKIE RC CARD LOT
$5.99

CLAYTON KERSHAW ROOKIE CARD 2008 Upper Deck TIMELINE DIE CUT #187 NM RC - SALE!!
$7.95

2007 BOWMAN CHROME RC CLAYTON KERSHAW ROOKIE LOT 5 CARD LOT
$5.50

2007 BOWMAN RC CLAYTON KERSHAW ROOKIE LOT 10 CARD LOT
$6.50

CLAYTON KERSHAW Dodgers 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft rookie BGS BCCG 10 MINT NL CY!
$21.95

2008 Allen & Ginter's Rookie Card Clayton Kershaw 72 Dodgers
$8.99

2008 Upper Deck Goudey #75 Clayton Kershaw RC Graded 10 Gem Mint
$55.99

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2007 BOWMANS BEST PROSPECT AUTOGRPAH ROOKIE!!
$79.99

Clayton Kershaw 2006 Bowman Chrome RC Blue Ref 150 BGS 9.5 Gem Mint 10 Auto!
$3,750.00

2014 Topps Baseball #'s RCP-16 Yu Darvish & RCP-22 Clayton Kershaw Rookie Patchs
$7.37

Scott Elbert * CLAYTON KERSHAW * Rookie Autograph BGS Auto RC 1 2
$95.99

CLAYTON KERSHAW * JUSTIN UPTON * Rookie Autograph BGS Auto RC 1 2
$119.99
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Autograph Guide

Clayton Kershaw Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Clayton Kershaw's authentic signature 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.

Clayton Kershaw Cut Signature Exemplar

Clayton Kershaw Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Clayton Kershaw signature autograph 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 consists of some fairly difficult to decipher hieroglyphics and the pen lifts for each.
  2. The letter "C" is discernible.
  3. The signature is written on a, relatively, level plane.

Clayton Kershaw Signed Baseball Pricing:

Active Listings for Clayton Kershaw Signed Baseballs

Clayton Kershaw Signed Baseball

Clayton Kershaw Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Clayton Kershaw Signed Jersey

Clayton Kershaw Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Clayton Kershaw Signed Photographs

Clayton Kershaw Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Autographed Signed CLAYTON KERSHAW Koufax Baseball Jersey PSA DNA COA Holo Only
$349.99

Clayton Kershaw Single Signed Baseball AUTO Autograph PSA DNA COA Dodgers
$100.00

Clayton Kershaw #22 Signed Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey Autograph Sz L PSA DNA COA
$151.38

CLAYTON KERSHAW SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED OML BASEBALL STEINER COA DODGERS
$41.00

Autographed Signed CLAYTON KERSHAW SI Sports Illustrated Magazine JSA COA Auto
$174.99

Clayton Kershaw Signed 2013 Allen&Ginters Card Los Angeles Dodgers w PROOF JSA
$79.99

CLAYTON KERSHAW SIGNED ON GAME TICKET 06 07 12 PHILLIES JSA CERTIFIED
$125.00

Clayton Kershaw signed Tristar Prospects Plus Farm Hands Card
$79.99

Clayton Kershaw Signed *Laker Color* Los Angeles Dodger Baseball Hat JSA
$299.99

Clayton Kershaw Signed Los Angeles Dodgers - Authentic Majestic Jersey - PSA DNA
$275.00

CLAYTON KERSHAW (LA Dodgers) signed Official MLB Baseball w PSA COA
$279.95

Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers signed 8x10 photo PSA DNA #4A51407
$124.99

Clayton Kershaw signed Official MLB Baseball Steiner Authenticated
$224.99

Clayton Kershaw Signed Baseball PSA DNA Authentic Dodgers Case Included RARE
$199.99

CLAYTON KERSHAW SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL OMLB SS ALL STAR CY MVP STEINER +MLB
$249.99

Clayton Kershaw Evan Longoria 07 Futures Team Signed AUTOGRAPH Baseball PSA DNA
$299.99
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User Comments

  1. Ryan,

    Question…

    You list this Kershaw card as a great rookie card….

    2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Clayton Kershaw RC #133 #/199

    There is one numbered on eBay to 50… What are your thoughts on this card as far as value compared to the version to 199… Worth the 500 asking price?

    Thanks,

    Chris

  2. Chris Welling » I’m personally not a fan of parallels over the rookie versions, but that’s a personal preference. If you like the card and are comfortable with the price, go for it. That said, that’s a bit amount for a Kershaw autograph. There’s no shortage of his signature. Look up completed eBay autographs for similarly numbered cards and you’ll get a sense of what the current going rates are.

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