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

2013 Topps Five Star #41 Clayton Kershaw 75 Los Angeles Dodgers Card 7i2
$29.99

2014 Panini National Treasures Franchise 5 Clayton Kershaw 99 Baseball Card 7i2
$5.99

2015 Topps Toys R Us Purple #317 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers Card 4z8
$6.25

clayton kershaw 2014 blue bowman chrome mini
$5.00

Clayton Kershaw(Dodgers) 2012 Gypsy Queen #135 - Regular Card & Action Card
$8.00

2012 Topps Golden Giveaway Contest Moments Die-Cut #GMDC-54 Clayton Kershaw 5b8
$17.75

2015 Topps Archives Gold #1 Clayton Kershaw 50 Los Angeles Dodgers Card 7i2
$6.99

2009 SP Authentic Silver #22 Clayton Kershaw 59 Los Angeles Dodgers Card 4z4
$10.24

Clayton Kershaw BGS 9.5 Auto 10 Autograph #8 10 Topps Simply Supreme LA DODGERS
$125.00

Clayton Kershaw 2015 Topps High Tek Auto BGS 10 10 PRISTINE Dodgers FREE SHIP
$249.99

2006 Bowman Heritage Mini Draft Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card Graded BCCG 10
$49.95

Clayton Kershaw(Los Angeles Dodgers)1 2005 Upper Deck USA Junior National Tm Rc
$19.99

2013 Topps Supreme Clayton Kershaw & Hyun Jin Ryu Dual Auto 10 25 Dodgers
$100.00

Clayton Kershaw Autograph Card
$29.99

Dodgers RC Lot Clayton Kershaw Adrian Gonzalez Puig Corey Seager Turner Ethier
$25.00

2012 Triple Threads Clayton Kershaw Kemp Ethier ( DODGERS ) AUTO JERSEY Card 27
$199.99
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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

2006 Bowman Heritage Mini Draft Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card Graded BCCG 10
$49.95

Clayton Kershaw(Los Angeles Dodgers)1 2005 Upper Deck USA Junior National Tm Rc
$19.99

Dodgers RC Lot Clayton Kershaw Adrian Gonzalez Puig Corey Seager Turner Ethier
$25.00

PSA 9 10 RC CLAYTON KERSHAW 2006-07 Bowman Chrome REFRACTOR 1991 PEDRO MARTINEZ
$14.00

PSA 8 10 2008 UD Timeline CLAYTON KERSHAW RC #358 COREY SEAGER RC 2 REFRACTOR
$19.00

2008 SPx Clayton Kershaw RC Auto - Near Mint Condition!
$240.00

2005 UD USA Baseball Junior National Team Clayton Kershaw RC Rookie PSA 10
$76.99

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2008 TOPPS STADIUM CLUB FIRST 1ST DAY ISSUE SP DODGERS RC #107B
$15.99

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2016 TOPPS CHROME MLB ROOKIE DEBUT AUTO REFRACTOR # 50 DODGERS
$119.95

2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Clayton Kershaw PSA 9 Rookie Los Angeles Dodogers
$8.00

(3) CLAYTON KERSHAW 2007 GTC FIRST EVER HIGH SCHOOL ROOKIE CARD CY YOUNG
$6.89

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2008 UPPER DECK GOUDEY RC BGS 9.5 ! *W 10 CENTERING ! MVP CY !
$42.99

2007 Bowman Clayton Kershaw #BDP26, Rookie NM-MT+ 8.5.
$9.99

2008 Bowman Draft #BDP26A CLAYTON KERSHAW Dodgers rookie BGS 9.5
$62.99

2008 Clayton Kershaw Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor RC- BGS 9.5 Gem Mint- #49 50
$599.99

CLAYTON KERSHAW DODGERS 2006 JUST ROOKIES ROOKIE PREVIEW # JRPR-07 GRADED 10 BCG
$7.99
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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:

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Clayton Kershaw Signed Baseball

Clayton Kershaw Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Clayton Kershaw Signed Jersey

Clayton Kershaw Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Clayton Kershaw Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Clayton Kershaw Signed Baseball AUTO Autograph JSA COA Los Angeles Dodgers
$147.72

Clayton Kershaw Signed Baseball 2011 NL CY Inscr Auto PSA 2011 Cy Young Dodgers
$249.00

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

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 (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 AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL OMLB SS ALL STAR CY MVP STEINER +MLB
$249.99

Clayton Kershaw Hand Signed Autographed LA Dodgers Replica Jersey MLB PSA DNA XL
$369.99

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

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

CLAYTON KERSHAW (Dodgers) signed Official 2014 ALL-STAR Baseball w PSA COA
$249.95

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2006 Bowman Heritage Signed Auto BGS JSA Authentic!
$125.00

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2007 Great Lakes Loons AUTO Signed Autographed RARE PSA
$99.99

Clayton Kershaw Hand Signed Autographed 2.5"x6" Large Cut Chit Dodgers Steiner
$139.99
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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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