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 and 2013. 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.

Despite his dominance on the mound and place in the game as a true role model, Clayton Kershaw cards remain, largely, very 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 young 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, most of which can be found for under $75, 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

2008 Ultimate Collection Clayton Kershaw

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

2008 Sweet Spot Clayton Kershaw

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 SPx Clayton Kershaw RC #151 Autograph

2008 SPx Clayton Kershaw

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.

Top eBay Listings

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2008 topps update gold #UH240 1575 2008 rookie BGS BCCG 10
$200.00

1-2014 BOWMAN CHROME MINI REFRACTOR CLAYTON KERSHAW DODGERS 001 150 FIRST ONE
$49.99

(10) 2012 Sports Illustrated SI for Kids #123 CLAYTON KERSHAW Baseball Cards
$15.99

2013 bowman platinum #23 CLAYTON KERSHAW dodgers BGS 9.5 (10 9.5 9 9.5)
$10.00

2008 bowman chrome draft refractors #bdp26a CLAYTON KERSHAW rookie BGS BCCG 10
$75.00

2008 bowman chrome draft #bdp26a CLAYTON KERSHAW dodgers rookie BGS BCCG 10
$35.00

2008 bowman draft gold #bdp26 CLAYTON KERSHAW dodgers BGS 9.5 (9.5 9 8.5 9.5)
$35.00

2006 just rookies 07 previews autographs #7 CLAYTON KERSHAW rookie BGS BCCG 10
$100.00

2008 upper deck goudey #75 CLAYTON KERSHAW rookie card BGS 9.5 (9.5 9.5 9 9.5)
$52.00

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2008 stadium club #107A rookie BGS BCCG 10
$27.00

2008 CLAYTON KERSHAW BGS 9.5 UPPER DECK TIMELINE 1993 SP ROOKIE RC #333 TOUGH
$169.99

2008 CLAYTON KERSHAW BGS 9 TOPPS UPDATE & HIGHLIGHTS ROOKIE RC #UH240 9,9,9,9
$49.99

2008 CLAYTON KERSHAW BGS 9 TOPPS STADIUM CLUB 1ST DAY ISSUE ROOKIE RC #107 NICE
$59.99

2013 Topps Archives Mini Tall Boy MT-CK Clayton Kershaw PSA 9 Mint
$21.99

2014 panini classic Clayton Kershaw autograph 4 5
$31.19

2008 Topps LOS ANGELES DODGERS True Team Set (31) CLAYTON KERSHAW Rookie +
$32.50
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Rookie Cards

Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

Clayton Kershaw cards - 2008 Stadium Club RC

Top eBay Listings

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2008 topps update gold #UH240 1575 2008 rookie BGS BCCG 10
$200.00

2008 bowman chrome draft refractors #bdp26a CLAYTON KERSHAW rookie BGS BCCG 10
$75.00

2008 bowman chrome draft #bdp26a CLAYTON KERSHAW dodgers rookie BGS BCCG 10
$35.00

2006 just rookies 07 previews autographs #7 CLAYTON KERSHAW rookie BGS BCCG 10
$100.00

2008 upper deck goudey #75 CLAYTON KERSHAW rookie card BGS 9.5 (9.5 9.5 9 9.5)
$52.00

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2008 stadium club #107A rookie BGS BCCG 10
$27.00

2008 CLAYTON KERSHAW BGS 9.5 UPPER DECK TIMELINE 1993 SP ROOKIE RC #333 TOUGH
$169.99

2008 CLAYTON KERSHAW BGS 9 TOPPS UPDATE & HIGHLIGHTS ROOKIE RC #UH240 9,9,9,9
$49.99

2008 CLAYTON KERSHAW BGS 9 TOPPS STADIUM CLUB 1ST DAY ISSUE ROOKIE RC #107 NICE
$59.99

2008 Topps LOS ANGELES DODGERS True Team Set (31) CLAYTON KERSHAW Rookie +
$32.50

2008 Bowman Sterling Gray Uniform Clayton Kershaw RC Gem Mint PSA 10
$199.99

2008 Topps Stadium Club AUTO Clayton Kershaw Rookie card Los Angeles Dodgers...
$80.00

CLAYTON KERSHAW DODGERS 2007 BOWMAN CHROME # BDPP77 ROOKIE RC GRADED 10
$39.10

2006 CLAYTON KERSHAW Autograph Rookie SILVER Auto RC DODGERS # 100
$51.99

2008 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card SP RC Dodgers
$20.00

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2008 Upper Deck Rookie Card RC 1993 SP HOT LOT Dodgers No Hitter
$39.99
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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:

Active Listings for Clayton Kershaw Signed Photographs

Clayton Kershaw Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Clayton Kershaw Autographed Signed Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers GAI GA
$61.00

Clayton Kershaw Autographed Signed 8x10 Los Angeles Dodgers Framed 11x14 GAI GA
$99.99

2005 UD SIGNED JER-RED #CK-GU CLAYTON KERSHAW RC # 100 POP 2 PSA 8 B1854312-878
$399.99

Clayton Kershaw La Dodgers Hand Signed Autographed Mlb Baseball JSA Coa MVP!
$199.99

2005 UD SIGNED JER-BLUE #CK-GU CLAYTON KERSHAW RC # 360 POP 3 PSA 9 B1853327-698
$201.99

Clayton Kershaw Signed Autographed Los Angeles Dodgers Sidepanel Baseball W Gai
$56.00

Clayton Kershaw Signed Autographed Los Angeles Dodgers 16x20 W Gai
$21.50

Mike Trout Clayton Kershaw Signed Autographed Angels Dodgers 16x20 W Gai
$71.00

2005 UD SIGNED-BLACK #CK CLAYTON KERSHAW RC # 495 POP 5 PSA 9 B1853198-855
$169.99

2005 UD SIGNED-BLK #FCL10 CLAYTON KERSHAW # 250 POP 5 PSA 8 B1855063-881
$72.99

2005 UD SIGNED-BLACK #JFM3 CLAYTON KERSHAW # 250 POP 2 PSA 8 B1855062-880
$72.99

Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers Signed Painted Baseball Steiner.
$523.60

CLAYTON KERSHAW Signed MLB Baseball Steiner.
$347.60

CLAYTON KERSHAW 2005 05 Upper Deck USA RC signed auto autographed - with JSA
$110.00

Phenom CLAYTON KERSHAW Signed Autographed 11x14 Photo with "INSCIPTION" JSA AUTH
$295.95

Clayton Kershaw Signed Autographed Los Angeles Dodgers 16x20 W Gai
$99.99
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Ryan's 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. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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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