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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Lot of 2 Clayton Kershaw Topps 5x7 Jumbo 2015 Archives Draft Picks serial #d 99

2016 Topps Bunt Clayton Kershaw Signature Digital Card! Only 175

2009 Topps Chrome Red Hot Rookies #11 Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card Refractor

Clayton Kershaw jumbo 5 x 7" 44 99 Topps Fire 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw jumbo 5 x 7" 18 49 Topps Alternate Reality Gold 2016 LA Dodgers


Clayton Kershaw 2015 Topps Bubble Gum Variation Card #100 Dodgers SP

2016 Topps Stadium Club Photo Variation Clayton Kershaw Sp! Ssp!

2016 Topps Baseball Series 2 All Star Futures Game Logo Card Of Clayton Kershaw


Clayton Kershaw RC 2008 Tristar GR8 Xpectations Dual Autograph 25 Dodgers

2013 (DODGERS) Select En Fuego Prizm #17 Clayton Kershaw

2014 (DODGERS) Classics Timeless Tributes Silver #29 Clayton Kershaw

2016 Topps Museum Meaningful Prime Relics Copper Clayton Kershaw 35 35 HT 152

2013 Topps Heritage Venezuelan #5 R.A. Dickey Clayton Kershaw Cole Hamels BX H4L

2016 Topps Throwback Thursday (TBT) Set 3; Week 3 - card #2 Clayton Kershaw
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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

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2009 Topps Chrome Red Hot Rookies #11 Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card Refractor

Clayton Kershaw RC 2008 Tristar GR8 Xpectations Dual Autograph 25 Dodgers



2006 bowman heritage prospects #85 CLAYTON KERSHAW rookie BGS 9 (10 9 9.5 8.5)

2006 Just Rookies GOLD CLAYTON KERSHAW (RC) #JRPr7, Serial #'d (43 100)

2008 topps allen and ginter #72 CLAYTON KERSHAW dodgers rookie BGS 9.5 W 10

2005 Clayton Kershaw Upper Deck USA BLUE ROOKIE RC JERSEY AUTOGRAPH #d 360

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2008 Stadium Club First Day Rookie Card RC BGS BCCG 10 Dodgers

2008 TriStar Projections GOLD# 263 CLAYTON KERSHAW rookie RC = Serial #d (24 25)

Clayton Kershaw, 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft (Futures Game) ROOKIE!!!, Beckett 9

Clayton Kershaw, 2008 Tri-Star (Projections) ROOKIE!!!, Beckett Mint 10

Clayton Kershaw, 2008 Upper Deck (20th Aniversary), ROOKIE!!!, Beckett Mint 10


2006 Clayton Kershaw Bowman Heritage Rookie Gem Mint 10 #BHP85

BGS 9.5 2008 Tristar AUTOGRAPH CLAYTON KERSHAW (RC) GEM AUTO Serial #d 2 5
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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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Clayton Kershaw Signed Auto 2.5x6 Large Cut Chit Framed W 8x10 Photo Steiner 10

Clayton Kershaw Signed Auto 2.5x6 Large Cut Chit Framed W 8x10 Photo Steiner 30

Clayton Kershaw Signed Auto 2.5x6 Large Cut Chit Framed W 8x10 Photo Steiner 40

Clayton Kershaw Signed Topps Rookie Card JSA COA in slab

Clayton Kershaw Signed Auto 2.5x6 Large Cut Framed w 8x10 Photo Steiner 20

Clayton Kershaw Signed Shirt PSA DNA #AB61007 Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Signed Autograph Major League Baseball Custom Framed Steiner LA

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 #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 Authentic

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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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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