Craig Biggio Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Craig Biggio

Date of Birth: 12/14/1965
Rookie Card Year: 1988
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Craig Biggio's career is one marked by consistency, not dominance. Alongside Jeff Bagwell, he was the face of the Astros franchise for two decades. And while he is beloved and respected by many, Craig Biggio cards don't have the sizzle of a lot of other players. That's what happens when you're known more for singles and doubles than dramatic home runs.

Biggio spent his entire career with the Astros. He was a seven-time All-Star and winner of four Gold Gloves. He finished with 3,060 hits.

The first Craig Biggio cards can be found in a pair of late-season box sets, 1988 Fleer Update and 1988 Score Rookie/Traded. Both are readily available and extremely inexpensive. Both sets also have Glossy versions. The Fleer Glossy card doesn't carry much of a premium. However, the 1988 Score Rookie/Traded Glossy Craig Biggio is quite rare and is his most valuable early card. It is worth noting that some people consider these cards to be XRC, or pre-rookies. As a result, many label Biggio's 1989 base cards as rookie cards.

Because his rookie cards come from an era of massive print runs, collectors may want to look to Craig Biggio autographed cards as a better investment opportunity. To this point, he is a fairly tough signature to find. While he has signed for several sets over the years, supply has largely dried up. Likewise, autographed memorabilia is relatively rare. It's out there, but not in huge numbers.

Should he make it to Cooperstown, which is very likely, Craig Biggio cards and autographs will get a second life and prices will rise.

Craig Biggio Rookie Card Guide

1988 Fleer Update Craig Biggio RC #U-89

Bolstered by a nice photo, the 1988 Fleer Update Craig Biggio can be found for very little money. Because they're so cheap, collectors may want to look to high-grade versions as they too are relatively cheap. There is also a Glossy version of the card, similar to Topps Tiffany sets. However, because of its massive print run, it remains cheap.

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1988 Score Rookie/Traded Craig Biggio RC #103T

Like the Fleer Update card, a huge supply means that the 1988 Score Rookie/Traded Craig Biggio remains a bargain. From an investment perspective, collectors may want to look for the Glossy version that is easily his most costly 1988 card due to its rarity.

1988 Score Rookie Traded Craig Biggio RC 208x300 Image

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Craig Biggio Lot - G U Jersey, Numbered card (61 99)
$9.99
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Craig Biggio 1989 ROOKIE LOT (10) DONRUSS, TOPPS, UPPER DECK
$7.99
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2014 Topps Gypsy Queen 1 1 Blank Back. Craig Biggio ASTROS
$9.95
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1995 Select Artist's Proofs #107 Craig Biggio
$6.10
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1995 Sportflix Artist's Proofs #80 Craig Biggio
$7.28
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1995 Select Certified Mirror Gold #69 Craig Biggio
$7.28
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1995 Stadium Club First Day Issue #185 Craig Biggio
$5.46
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CRAIG BIGGIO JEFF BAGWELL 2001 FLEER PLATINUM WINNING COMBINATIONS # 1000
$5.84
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2007 UD Masterpieces Captured on Canvas Jersey Card CRAIG BIGGIO Astros
$6.13
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1995 Upper Deck Electric Diamond Gold #25 Craig Biggio
$10.92
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2013 TOPPS TIER 1 CRAIG BIGGIO JERSEY 68 399
$13.95
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2003 Topps Chrome Refractor RBCR-CB Craig Biggio Record Breakers Game Worn
$7.75
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1998 FLAIR ROW 0 + 11 DIF ROW 1 W CRAIG BIGGIO JOE CARTER TINO BELLE
$11.99
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1989 89 Donruss Craig Biggio RC Lot Houston Astros
$6.95
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Craig Biggio 2007 UD Artifacts Game Jersey #001 199
$20.00
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2000 Aurora "Pinstripes Premiere Date" #63 Craig Biggio SP #27 52.
$10.00
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Autograph Guide

Craig Biggio Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Craig Biggio'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 companySome 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.

Craig Biggio Cut Signature Exemplar

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Craig Biggio Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Craig Biggio signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features, particularly the first two traits:

  1. The signature is written with a right lean on a slight slant of about 20 degrees.
  2. The first letter is a combination of "C-g", it contains a down stroke at the top of the "C" and a long tail coming of the bottom of the "C" for the letter "g."
  3. The letter "B" is distinct it is closed on all sides and resembles a finger pointing.
  4. Coming off the "B" is a scribble of circles implied to be "i-g-g-i."
  5. An extending line connects the least letter, a discernible "o."

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1991 91 ASTROS TEAM SIGNED BASEBALL JEFF BAGWELL CRAIG BIGGIO CAMINITI KILE JSA
$419.00
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA AUTHENTICATED P95811 HOUSTON ASTROS AUTOGRAPH
$139.00
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2002 Topps Gallery #114 Craig Biggio PSA DNA Authentic Signed Auto Astros
$38.97
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1998 Pinnacle Zenith #Z61 Craig Biggio Autographed Signed Auto Certified PSA DNA
$44.99
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED HOUSTON ASTROS NEW JERSEY WITH 2005 WS PATCH JSA E 12996
$155.00
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CRAIG BIGGIO Auto Autograph Signed 16x20 Photo Picture Houston Astros PSA DNA
$129.99
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1995 Stadium Club CRAIG BIGGIO Signed Autographed Baseball Card PSA DNA
$66.00
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1989 Topps #49 Craig Biggio PSA DNA Autographed Signed Rookie Card RC Astros HOF
$199.99
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA AUTHENTICATED U45790 HOUSTON ASTROS AUTOGRAPH
$139.00
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL BAT PSA DNA COA ALL STAR ASTROS HOF?
$149.99
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED RAWLINGS OFFICAL MLB BASEBALL ASTROS JSA
$150.00
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Jeff Bagwell Craig Biggio Signed 2000 Astros Media Guide Autographed PSA DNA
$59.95
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Craig Biggio signed Houston Astros 1997 Pacific baseball card Psa Dna
$49.00
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JEFF BAGWELL, CRAIG BIGGIO & LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED ASTROS MINI HELMET PSA DNA
$399.00
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2007 UD Masterpieces #80 Craig Biggio PSA DNA Authentic Signed Auto Astros
$49.00
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A 1998 Donruss #363 Craig Biggio PSA DNA signed autographed
$35.00
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