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.

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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1993 TOPPS FINEST CRAIG BIGGIO #119 REFRACTOR SP HOUSTON ASTROS HOF PSA 9
$147.95

LOT - CRAIG BIGGIO 1996 FINEST,1990 SCORE,1994 STUDIO,2000 TOPPS LIMITED PSA 10
$34.95

LOT - CRAIG BIGGIO 1990 1991 1992 UPPER DECK #104, #162, 1992 TOPPS GOLD PSA 10
$23.95

LOT - CRAIG BIGGIO 1991 LEAF #12, (2) 1992 SCORE, '92 ULTRA FLEER #199 PSA 10
$21.95

1989 FLEER CRAIG BIGGIO ROOKIE CARD GEM MINT 9.5 BECKETT
$14.99

Houston Astros Craig Biggio RC Rookie 1988 Procards Tucson Toros #166 PSA 7 NM
$17.99

PSA 9 1989 Classic Craig Biggio Rookie Card Low Pop Mint #51 Houston Astros
$10.00

2014 Topps High Tek Black & White Autograph - Craig Biggio 11 15 - Astros HOF?
$39.99

2013 Panini America's Pastime Base Card Yellow Parallel #122 Craig Biggio 25 25
$6.99

1989 TOPPS TIFFANY #49 CRAIG BIGGIO RC ASTROS PSA 9 B1766024-869
$17.99

1988 CMC (TCMA) #15 CRAIG BIGGIO ROOKIE CARD RC, HOUSTON ASTROS - PSA 8 (89337)
$22.45

CRAIG BIGGIO 1992 Topps GOLD Baseball Card PSA 9 MINT
$8.95

Lot of (5) 1988 Score Traded #103T Craig Biggio Houston Astros PSA 10 GEM MINT
$200.00

2014 Leaf History of Baseball Craig Biggio AUTOGRAPH!!!
$39.99

1989 TOPPS TIFFANY #49 CRAIG BIGGIO RC NMMT *698263
$10.00

1989 Topps Craig Biggio Rookie Graded BCCG 9
$5.95
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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 Photo

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CRAIG BIGGIO HOUSTON ASTROS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED MLB BASEBALL
$150.00

CRAIG BIGGIO ASTROS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ONL GAME USED BASEBALL BALL JSA #K79919
$299.00

CRAIG BIGGIO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON ASTROS GAME HELMET JSA #K81038
$499.00

Craig Biggio Signed Autographed 2000 Houston Astros Program PSA DNA X26882
$64.95

Craig Biggio Signed 8X10 Photo Vintage Auto Houston Astros JSA Authentic
$118.95

2007 UD Masterpieces #80 Craig Biggio PSA DNA Authentic Signed Auto Astros
$38.69

CRAIG BIGGIO HOUSTON ASTROS SINGLE SIGNED RAWLINGS OFFICIAL LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA
$100.00

Craig Biggio Houston Astros Signed RAWLINGS MLB BASEBALL PSA DNA COA
$149.99

CRAIG BIGGIO Signed ASTROS 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Authenticated - Nice Bold Auto!
$119.00

Craig Biggio Signed Book "The Final Game" PSA DNA
$149.95

Craig Biggio Signed Astros Baseball Batting Helmet PSA DNA
$129.95

Houston Astros Craig Biggio Signed Bobblehead NIB PSA DNA E21545
$99.95

Craig Biggio Mike Hampton Signed 8x10 Photo Astros PSA DNA
$89.95

Craig Biggio Signed Astros World Series Program PSA DNA
$79.95

Craig Biggio H&B Game Used Signed Bat Houston Astros PSA DNA 10
$2,495.00

Craig Biggio Signed Official MLB Baseball PSA DNA I50456
$99.95
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