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.

Now that Craig Biggio has been elected to the Hall of Fame, look for his autographs and other cards to get a second life. There likely won't be a huge jump on the cardboard side, but there will be sustained demand, especially for signed memorabilia.

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.

1988 Fleer Update Craig Biggio RC

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

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Craig Biggio 2014 Classics Significant Signatures Patch Auto 5 Astros
$100.00

2016 Donruss Craig Biggio Test Proof Black Parallel 12 25 #189 Houston Astros
$5.00

2015 Topps Tribute Prime Patches #PP-CB Craig Biggio 45 Houston Astros Card 2f9
$12.00

1988 Fleer Update #U-89 Craig Biggio Houston Astros RC Rookie Baseball Card 4m0
$12.00

1997 Donruss Limited Fabric of the Game #58 Craig Biggio 500 Houston Astros 2e1
$5.24

1997 Pinnacle Certified Mirror Red #9 Craig Biggio Houston Astros Card 2e1
$16.24

1998 Topps Stadium Club One of a Kind #49 Craig Biggio 150 Houston Astros 2e1
$13.24

2015 Topps Update Series First Home Run Medallions #FHRM-4 Craig Biggio Card 2i7
$29.99

2000 Pacific Crown Royale Platinum Blue #62 Craig Biggio 75 Houston Astros 0f6
$6.39

1998 Bowman Chrome International Refractor #37 Craig Biggio Houston Astros 1e5
$6.24

1999 Upper Deck Encore FX Gold #43 Craig Biggio 125 Houston Astros Card 2e1
$15.24

1997 Flair Showcase Row 0 #14 Craig Biggio Houston Astros Baseball Card 1u9
$7.99

2005 Donruss Studio Proofs Gold #131 Craig Biggio Houston Astros C
$15.25

1988 Fleer Update #U-89 CRAIG BIGGIO Rookie RC Astros PSA 9 MINT
$15.00

1999 Pacific Paramount Platinum Blue #103 Craig Biggio Houston Astros Card 0r4
$8.25

1989 Score #237 Craig Biggio Houston Astros RC Rookie Card PSA 10 Gem Mint
$19.99
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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

Craig Biggio Cut Signature Exemplar

 

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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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON ASTROS JERSEY TRISTAR #7556583
$349.00

CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON ASTROS JERSEY TRISTAR #7556589
$349.00

CRAIG BIGGIO & JEFF BAGWELL SIGNED RAWLINGS BLONDE BASEBALL BAT TRISTAR #7604589
$429.00

CRAIG BIGGIO & JEFF BAGWELL SIGNED RAWLINGS BLONDE BASEBALL BAT TRISTAR #7604588
$429.00

CRAIG BIGGIO #7 SIGNED AUTO MLB BASEBALL HOUSTON ASTROS NUMBER 7 HOF PSA DNA COA
$149.62

CRAIG BIGGIO & JEFF BAGWELL SIGNED RAWLINGS BLACK BASEBALL BAT TRISTAR #7604575
$429.00

CRAIG BIGGIO Signed Autographed GOLD GLOVE Baseball Tristar & MLB Authenticated
$152.96

CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOF 15 OML BASEBALL JSA COA ASTROS
$45.00

1996 All-Star Jumbos CRAIG BIGGIO Signed Autographed Baseball Card PSA DNA #345
$70.20

CRAIG BIGGIO --1994 COLLECTOR'S CHOICE #456 -- SIGNED-AUTOGRAPHED -- JSA COA
$44.95

Craig Biggio Signed Autographed Houston Astros Rainbow Jersey- TRISTAR 0134737
$350.00

JEFF BAGWELL & CRAIG BIGGIO ASTROS SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA K27334
$349.95

Craig Biggio 1988 Rookie Era Single Signed Autographed Auto Baseball JSA HOF
$119.99

CRAIG BIGGIO & JEFF BAGWELL SIGNED RAWLINGS BLONDE BASEBALL BAT TRISTAR #7604592
$429.00

CRAIG BIGGIO & JEFF BAGWELL SIGNED RAWLINGS BLONDE BASEBALL BAT TRISTAR #7604594
$429.00

Mike Piazza Craig Biggio Paul Molitor Rafael Palmeiro + Signed Baseball PSA DNA
$339.99
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His 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.

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