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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2013 Panini Prizm Prizms Red Pulsar #181 Craig Biggio
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1996 Zenith Artist's Proof #71 CRAIG BIGGIO Houston Astros Star 3000 Hit Club
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CRAIG BIGGIO 48 Card Rookie Lot RC 1989 XRC 1988 Astros Upper Deck Fleer Update+
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Craig Biggio Topps Pristine 2002 Pristine Portions Jersey PP-CB 0201 1000
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1989 TOPPS #49 CRAIG BIGGIO RC LOT OF 81 NMMT B31781
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1989 Upper Deck Baseball Card - # 273 - ROOKIE - CRAIG BIGGIO - Houston Astros
$5.00

CRAIG BIGGIO 2007 BOWMAN HERITAGE PIECES OF GREATNESS BLACK SP JERSEY RELIC 52
$10.00

CRAIG BIGGIO 1990 Leaf #37 *BGS 8.5 NM-MT+ w 9.5 EDGES* ASTROS Great (Fut.HOF)
$7.77

1989 Donruss Craig Biggio Rookie Graded BCCG 10 BGS
$9.95

1999 Bowman Gold #251 Craig Biggio MINT 67 99
$19.00

Craig Biggio 1992 Topps Cd # 393 M NM & Baseball Card Price Guide 6 91 MINT!
$5.75

CRAIG BIGGIO-1993 "TOPPS FINEST" CD 119 MINT NR MINT & BIGGIO 1998 Bowmans Best
$26.50

2013 Five Star Craig Biggio Auto Quad Jersey Book 3 10
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1988 CMC Tucson Toros Craig Biggio RC #15 --- PSA 9 MINT -- Ultra Low Pop!
$119.00

1989 UPPER DECK #273 CRAIG BIGGIO RC GRADED BECKETT 7.5
$7.00

(2006) Fleer Tradition CRAIG BIGGIO Houston Astros Baseball HOF Major Leagues
$7.77
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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 2000 Houston Astros Program PSA DNA X26882
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL BAT HOUSTON ASTROS HOF PSA DNA
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CRAIG BIGGIO houston astros signed auto MLB Baseball JSA COA
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CRAIG BIGGIO HOUSTON ASTROS SINGLE SIGNED RAWLINGS OFFICIAL LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA
$100.00

2002 Flair Game Used Jersey Heights Craig Biggio Signed Card PSA DNA Slabbed
$89.95

2002 Fleer Tradition Craig Biggio GU Signed Card PSA DNA Slabbed Astros
$89.95

2002 Playoff Craig Biggio Piece Of The Game Signed Card PSA DNA Slabbed Astros
$89.95

CRAIG BIGGIO Signed Official ML BASEBALL AUTO TRISTAR #5038248 -ASTROS -HOF 2015
$51.00

Craig Biggio Houston Astros Signed 8x10 Photograph JSA Authenticated HOF
$119.99

Craig Biggio Jeff Bagwell Lance Berkman Astros Signed 8x10 JSA Authenticated
$349.99

CRAIG BIGGIO Astros signed auto MLB Baseball PSA COA
$66.00

TriStar Productions Authentic Craig Biggio signed Baseball.
$50.00

CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED HOUSTON ASTROS MINI HELMET PSA DNA
$124.95

Craig Biggio Signed MLB Baseball w "HOF 15" Inscription Steiner COA PRE ORDER
$199.99

CRAIG BIGGIO Houston Astros Signed Official MLB Baseball Tristar.
$295.00

CRAIG BIGGIO Signed MLB Baseball Inscribed HOF 15 Tristar.
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