Lance Berkman Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Lance Berkman

Date of Birth: 2/10/1976
Rookie Card Year: 1997
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Best known for his long tenure with the Houston Astros, Lance Berkman cards and autographed memorabilia remain popular with collectors despite his retirement at the end of the 2013 season. He was a franchise fan favorite and a respected player around the league. Berkman's ability to hit for average and power made him an ideal situational hitter and a run-producing machine.

Lance Berkman has three rookie cards: 1997 Bowman, 1997 Bowman Chrome and 1997 Topps Stars. His Bowman Chrome card is the one collectors gravitate towards and routinely submit for grading.

Despite having cards in 1997 Berkman wouldn't make his big league debut until 1999. That same year would see his first certified autograph cards. The 1997 Bowman features him as a member of the Astros. The 1999 SP Tops Prospects Chirography insert is a popular minor league autograph. An autograph from Team Best, another minor league issue, is a more affordable option.

2000 Topps Stars has the first Lance Berkman memorabilia card. It's included in the Game Gear insert set.

Autograph collectors have benefited from Berkman's close ties to the Houston market. Locally headquartered show organizer, Tristar, has booked Berkman for several appearances and private signings. This makes the supply of his autographs more plentiful than a lot of other players of his era. Despite this, values remain strong for his signature, particularly on bats.

Lance Berkman Rookie Cards

 1997 Bowman Lance Berkman RC #438

1997 Bowman Lance Berkman RC 215x300 Image

Yes, that is Berkman's old truck that he's leaning against. The black borders of the card make them particularly susceptible to edge and corner wear. As a result, high-grade examples are that much tougher to achieve, and therefore, slightly more expensive. In addition to this card, Berkman has an International parallel version that showcases a flag from the player's country of origin in the background.

1997 Bowman Chrome Lance Berkman RC #298

1997 Bowman Chrome Lance Berkman RC 211x300 Image

The same photograph is used from the Bowman version but uses Topps' Chrome technology and a different card design. Parallels include Refractor, International and International Refractor. Being the first Bowman Chrome set, this card comes from a landmark release and is considered by most to be the top Lance Berkman rookie card.

1997 Topps Stars Lance Berkman RC #125

1997 Topps Stars Lance Berkman RC 220x300 Image

Probably the most visually attractive Lance Berkman rookie card, it hails from a short-lived brand, making it that much more unique. While the brand itself wasn't entirely popular with collectors at the time, there has been a bit of a renewed interest in it as of late.

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83 Card LANCE BERKMAN Lot - Astros Cardinals Yankees Rangers
$6.00
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2005 Topps Heritage Chrome Refractor Lance Berkman *SS* THC38 Serial # 187 556
$8.50
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2005 Topps 1956 Heritage Chrome Lance Berkman *SS* THC38 Serial # 1466 1956
$5.40
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2005 Topps 1956 Heritage Chrome Lance Berkman *SS* THC38 Serial # 1873 1956
$5.40
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Lance Berkman 2003 Fleer Focus Jersey Edition Team Colors 35 250
$8.32
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2005 Lance Berkman Playoff Prime Cuts Game Used Bat and Jersey 6 of only 50 made
$14.99
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LANCE BERKMAN 2013 TOPPS CHASING HISTORY RELIC
$9.99
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LANCE BERKMAN BACK TO BACK JACKS GAME BAT #001 250 - #1
$14.99
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2008 UPPER DECK JERSEY CARD LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS SS25
$9.97
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2002 Fleer Box Score Amazing Greats Lance Berkman Game Used PATCH 23 150
$10.31
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2003 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Red #76 Lance Berkman 100
$7.28
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2002 UD 40-Man Electric Rainbow #1054 Lance Berkman HM 40
$9.10
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2002 Upper Deck 40-Man Electric Rainbow #457 Lance Berkman 40
$9.10
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2002 UD 40-Man Electric Rainbow #1093 Lance Berkman PC 40
$9.10
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2003 (BB) Donruss Team Heroes Stat Line #221 Lance Berkman 42
$7.28
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2003 Topps Opening Day Auto insert Lance Berkman Odds=1 in 10,623 packs
$40.00
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Autograph Guide

Lance Berkman Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Lance Berkman'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, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Lance Berkman Cut Signature Exemplar

Lance Berkman Signature Example Image

Lance Berkman Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Lance Berkman signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Although his signature has changed significantly through the years, collectors should look for the following signature features:

  1. A distinct and over-sized "L" written in traditional cursive with a large, flowing bottom loop.
  2. A haphazardly placed mark implies the remaining letters of the first name.
  3. The letter "B" is written as a numeral "3" with no connecting vertical line.
  4. From here, the signature often gets rushed, making it hard to discern individual letters.
  5. The "K" is indicated with a large, right-leaning line on about a 45-degree angle.
  6. A horizontal line finishes the signature trailing to the right.

Lance Berkman Signed Baseball Pricing

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Lance Berkman Signed Bat Pricing

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Lance Berkman Signed Jersey Pricing

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Lance Berkman Signed Photograph Pricing

Active Listings for Lance Berkman Signed Photographs

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LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS JSA COA SIGNED MLB BASEBALL
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Jsa Bgs Certified 1998 Jackson Generals Lance Berkman Signed Rc
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2001 TOPPS LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED BASEBALL CARD PSA DNA ST LOUIS CARDINALS AUTO
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTO'D 8 X 10 PHOTO ASTROS JSA
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED ASTROS CARDINALS TEXAS RANGERS BASEBALL JSA
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LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS FULL NAME SIGNED BASEBALL TRISTAR HOLO COA
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED 2011 ALL STAR JERSEY ST LOUIS CARDINALS ASTROS PSA DNA J31
$299.99
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Lance Berkman signed St Louis Cardinals jersey - PSA DNA Authentic - 6x All Star
$249.95
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2011 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION LANCE BERKMAN AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA
$74.99
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA AUTHENTIC T68595 HOUSTON ASTROS AUTOGRAPH
$39.00
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Lance Berkman Signed Auto Official Major League Baseball Tristar
$89.99
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LANCE BERKMAN AUTO'D SIGNED MLB BASEBALL PSA DNA COA ASTROS RANGERS CARDINALS
$124.99
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LANCE BERKMAN, PATTERSON & BROWN SIGNED CARD 200 TOPPS ROOKIE #207 PSA SLABBED
$29.99
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Lance Berkman Signed 2003 Donruss Autographed Astros PSA DNA #83339117
$39.95
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Lance Berkman Signed 2001 Topps Autographed Astros PSA DNA #83339120
$39.95
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Lance Berkman Signed 2003 Topps Autographed Astros PSA DNA #83339118
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