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.

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LANCE BERKMAN 2000 SKYBOX AUTOGRAPHICS
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2000 SkyBox Dominion New Era Warp Tek #N9 Lance Berkman - NM
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2005 Studio Portraits Lance Berkman 26 55 HOUSTON ASTROS
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2008 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Lance Berkman Chris Duncan Prince...
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2001 Pacific Hobby LTD #181 Lance Berkman 70 - NM-MT
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2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Lance Berkman Jersey Card #AGR-LB
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Lance Berkman Sweet Spot Patches 2003 LB1
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2002 Donruss Best of Fan Club Spotlight #284 Lance Berkman FC 100 - NM-MT
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2004 Donruss Elite LANCE BERKMAN TIM HUDSON Dual Auto Draft Class SP # 10
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2004 BAZOOKA ADVENTURES RELICS LANCE BERKMAN JERSEY 25
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ROOKIE 1999 TOPPS PROSPECTS LANCE BERKMAN HOUSTON ASTROS MINT
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Lance Berkman 1997 Draft Pick Card Topps Mlb Stars
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Lance Berkman 2003 Fleer Focus Jersey Edition Team Colors 35 250
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Lance Berkman 2002 Showdown Hologram Holofoil Foil Card #146 Houston Astros
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2003 Fleer Authentix Game Jersey #LB Lance Berkman Jsy - NM-MT
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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 Auto Major League Baseball Astros Cardinals Rangers PSA DNA
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ASTROS LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH JSA #G08494
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Lance Berkman Houston Astros Signed 11x14 Photo JSA
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Lance Berkman Signed Rice University Baseball Autographed Jersey TriStar COA
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED HOUSTON ASTROS 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA
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Lance Berkman Signed Rawlings Baseball Bat PSA DNA Auto
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ASTROS LANCE BERKMAN AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 2006 FLEER #23 PSA DNA SLABBED
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Lance Berkman SIGNED 2011 World Series Baseball Cardinals PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
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RANGERS LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #M58008
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON ASTROS 16x20 PHOTO TRISTAR #7110605
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Lance Berkman Signed Official MLB Baseball PSA DNA Rangers
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2008 LANCE BERKMAN HOUSTON ASTROS NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED BASEBALL JSA
$125.00

2006 LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS PITTSBURGH PIRATES RANGERS SIGNED BASEBALL JSA
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LANCE BERKMAN Signed 8x10 Glossy Photo JSA Cardinals Yankees Astros Autographed
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Lance Berkman St. Louis Cardinals Signed Autograph 8x10 Photo w JSA WP COA
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Lance Berkman Signed Rice Baseball Jersey TRISTAR Hologram COA
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