Clayton Kershaw Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Clayton Kershaw

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


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

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2008 UD SP Baseball Die Cut #187 Clayton Kershaw ROOKIE DOGDGERS

2014 Topps MLB Milestones 5"x7"Exclusive Postcard Clayton Kershaw 45 99 Dodgers

2014 Topps MLB Milestones 5"x7"Exclusive Postcard Clayton Kershaw 42 99 Dodgers

(6) Clayton Kershaw Bowman rookie cards

2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #72 Clayton Kershaw RC (Los Angeles Dodgers)

2010 Topps Tribute Clayton Kershaw Blue Auto Jersey #68 75 Dodgers

2014 Topps Heritage Blue Border - CLAYTON KERSHAW - Dodgers - #300

2015 Bowman's Best CLAYTON KERSHAW 50 Hi-Def Heritage Auto Los Angeles Dodgers

2005 Clayton Kershaw UD Junior National Team Rookie Baseball Cards Dodgers


2016 Topps Finest Clayton Kershaw Franchise Finest Superfractor Auto 1 1 Dodgers

2008 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw RC #107

2008 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw #107 Variation 1st Day Issue

2011 Contenders CLAYTON KERSHAW Autograph Auto Season Ticket (26 50) Dodgers

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Original article by Ryan Cracknell.

Rookie Cards

Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card Checklist

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2008 UD SP Baseball Die Cut #187 Clayton Kershaw ROOKIE DOGDGERS

(6) Clayton Kershaw Bowman rookie cards

2008 Topps Allen and Ginter #72 Clayton Kershaw RC (Los Angeles Dodgers)

2005 Clayton Kershaw UD Junior National Team Rookie Baseball Cards Dodgers

2008 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw RC #107

Clayton Kershaw 2008 Topps Update Rookie Card UH240, Los Angeles Dodgers Ace !!!

Lot of (5) 2007 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers Bowman Chrome Draft Rookie Card rC

Clayton Kershaw 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft USA rc near mint Dodgers bdpp77 Ace

Clayton Kershaw 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft #bdp26 rc Near Mint Dodgers Ace Cy Mvp

2007 bowman chrome draft fgp #bdpp77 CLAYTON KERSHAW rookie BGS 9 9.5 10 9.5

2006 just 07 preview autographs silver #7 CLAYTON KERSHAW rookie BGS 9.5 auto 10


2008 Upper Deck Timeline #187 Clayton Kershaw 95 STP RC - NM-MT

2008 Bowman Draft Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card BDP-26 Dodgers

2006 Bowman Heritage Clayton Kershaw PSA 10 RC Low PSA Pop 10

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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:

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Clayton Kershaw Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Clayton Kershaw Signed Photo

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2011 Topps Marquee Relic 99 Clayton Kershaw Auto PSA DNA Autograph Signed

Dodgers Clayton Kershaw Authentic Signed 8X10 No Hitter Photo PSA DNA

Clayton Kershaw Signed Framed 8x10 Steiner SportS Mlb Auth Dodgers Los Angeles

Clayton Kershaw #22 Signed Official Major League Baseball PSA DNA COA

Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers Signed Jersey PSA DNA #AB15991

2006 Tristar Prospects Clayton Kershaw SIGNED Rookie AUTO Card #27 SGC Aut

RARE 2011 Gold Glove Signed Baseball (11) Clayton Kershaw Dustin Pedroia PSA DNA

CLAYTON KERSHAW Signed Dodgers Jersey Global Authentics Coa GA GAI Auto 309

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

Clayton Kershaw LA Dodgers Signed AUTO ROMLB Official Baseball JSA COA

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Clayton Kershaw Signed Los Angeles Dodgers CY Young Bobble Head PSA

Autographed Signed CLAYTON KERSHAW SI Sports Illustrated Magazine JSA COA Auto


Clayton Kershaw signed Tristar Prospects Plus Farm Hands Card
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User Comments

  1. Ryan,


    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?



  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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