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

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

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

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.

Top eBay Listings

2008 UPPER DECK BASEBALL HEROES #74 LANCE BERKMAN -PURPLE PARALLEL SP RARE 19 25
$39.99

2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History #SS-LB Lance Berkman 180 Houston Astros 0s3
$5.25

2005 Donruss Studio Portraits Diamond Kings Sepia #SP-36 Lance Berkman 40 0o9
$6.25

2005 Donruss Throwback Threads Combo Materials Memorabilia #17 Lance Berkman 0b5
$7.50

2009 #35-64 Carlos Beltran Lance Berkman Jimmy Rollins Chipper Jones Card 0c4
$16.45

2005 Topps Cracker Jack #TO-LB2 Lance Berkman Houston Astros Baseball Card 0x0
$6.25

2005 Donruss Prime Patches Bat Memorabilia #36 Lance Berkman 150 Card 0v1
$5.24

2008 Topps Chrome Trading Card History Refractor #TCHC32 Lance Berkman 400 0b5
$5.25

1997 Bowman #438 Lance Berkman Houston Astros RC Rookie Baseball Card 0c0
$8.25

2003 Topps Chrome Relics Blue Back Refractor #BBCR-LB Lance Berkman Card 0q3
$15.25

2003 Donruss #HC-24 Lance Berkman 20 Houston Astros Baseball Card 0q3
$49.25

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2003 Fleer Hot Prospects Class Of Game Used #TG-LB Troy Glaus Lance Berkman 0b0
$6.25

2005 Upper Deck Origins Old Judge Red #62 Lance Berkman 99 Houston Astros 0b5
$6.50

2003 Topps 205 Mini Drum Back #60 Lance Berkman Houston Astros Baseball Card 0c4
$16.45
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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

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.

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Lance Berkman Signed Photo

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LANCE BERKMAN Signed Autograph Rawlings National League Baseball PSA DNA Z21474
$55.00

LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED 2011 W S BASEBALL WITH JSA COA W970354
$40.00

2008 LANCE BERKMAN HOUSTON ASTROS NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED BASEBALL JSA
$125.00

2006 LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS PITTSBURGH PIRATES RANGERS SIGNED BASEBALL JSA
$125.00

LANCE BERKMAN Signed 8x10 Glossy Photo JSA Cardinals Yankees Astros Autographed
$24.74

LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED TRISTAR
$59.99

LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS SIGNED JSA CERTED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$39.00

LANCE BERKMAN 1999 UPPER DECK NEW ORLEANS PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH
$35.00

LANCE BERKMAN 1999 FLEER PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$35.00

LANCE BERKMAN 2003 UPPER DECK PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$35.00

LANCE BERKMAN 2002 FLEER PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$35.00

LANCE BERKMAN 1997 BEST PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$35.00

LANCE BERKMAN 1998 BEST JACKSON GENERALS PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH
$35.00

LANCE BERKMAN 1999 BEST NEW ORLEANS PSA DNA SIGNED ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$35.00

LANCE BERKMAN CARDINALS ASTROS N.L. SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL JSA K 52731
$99.97

LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED GAME USED BASEBALL BAT CRACKED PSA DNA Z37591
$413.08
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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