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.

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Craig Biggio Topps PSA Graded 8 NM-MT baseball Rookie card, Houston Astros
$7.00
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Craig Biggio 2002 Fleer Jersey Heights GU jersey Card Houston Astros Flair
$8.00
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craig biggio 1996 finest card #355 rare
$8.99
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Lot of 9 Craig Biggio Rookie Cards RCs – Houston Astros
$12.00
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2004 Topps Cracker Jack MINI BLUE Craig Biggio #71 - Astros
$7.99
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2003 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Gold #69 Craig Biggio 25
$29.00
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2003 Leaf Limited Threads Number #62 Craig Biggio A 7 Jsy
$84.20
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2003 Leaf Limited Threads Number #12 Craig Biggio H 7 Jsy
$84.20
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1995 BOWMAN'S BEST RED REFRACTOR #32 CRAIG BIGGIO ASTROS PSA 10 B1540186
$33.99
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2003 (BB) Donruss Recollection Autographs #21 Craig Biggio 92 1 - NM-MT
$395.00
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2003 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric Game #32JY Craig Biggio JY 101 Jsy
$7.10
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2003 Studio Player Collection #8 Craig Biggio Bat Jsy 300
$7.10
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2003 Studio Player Collection #9 Craig Biggio Jsy 300
$7.10
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1997 Sports Illustrated Extra Edition Craig Biggio #100
$6.00
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2003 Upper Deck 40-Man Rainbow #366 Craig Biggio 40
$13.65
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CRAIG BIGGIO 2005 05 UPPER DECK ESPN GAME USED JERSEY SP
$14.99
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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

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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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Craig Biggio signed Houston Astros 16x20 Tristar hologram custom framed
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CRAIG BIGGIO HOUSTON ASTROS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED FULL SIZE BAT
$400.00
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Craig Biggio signed Houston Astros 16x20 custom framed Tristar hologram
$274.99
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1996 UPPER DECK CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED HOUSTON ASTROS CARD PSA DNA SLABBED
$99.00
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CRAIG BIGGIO ASTROS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 1990 TOPPS CARD PSA DNA AUTO 65096222
$99.00
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CRAIG BIGGIO HOUSTON ASTROS,HOF JSA COA HAND SIGNED JERSEY
$550.00
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Craig Biggio signed Houston Astros 11 x 14 Photo - Tristar Auth - 7x All Star
$129.95
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1991 CRAIG BIGGIO Signed Autographed Cut on 3x5 Index Card (PSA DNA# 65098484)
$49.00
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA AUTHENTICATED S26202 HOUSTON ASTROS AUTOGRAPH
$98.99
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA AUTHENTICATED Q93236 HOUSTON ASTROS AUTOGRAPH
$98.99
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA AUTHENTICATED Q93211 HOUSTON ASTROS AUTOGRAPH
$107.10
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA AUTHENTICATED Q93214 HOUSTON ASTROS AUTOGRAPH
$98.99
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA AUTHENTICATED Q93222 HOUSTON ASTROS AUTOGRAPH
$98.99
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA AUTHENTICATED Q93223 HOUSTON ASTROS AUTOGRAPH
$98.99
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CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED BASEBALL TRISTAR & MLB HOLOGRAM HOUSTON ASTROS BB586919
$116.10
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Tristar Craig Biggio signed Astros Astrodome 1995 jersey game un used bat auto
$799.00
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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+.

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