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

2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars Lance Berkman Auto Autograph 14 20
$24.99

2007 LANCE BERKMAN TOPPS TURKEY RED BASEBALL JERSEY CARD HOUSTON ASTROS
$6.00

2004 LANCE BERKMAN FLEER SHOWCASE STITCHES JERSEY CARD HOUSTON ASTROS
$6.00

2008 LANCE BERKMAN A PIECE OF HISTORY STADIUM SCENES JERSEY CARD #78 99 ASTROS
$8.00

2003 Fleer Box Score Clippings LANCE BERKMAN TORII HUNTER Jersey Patch (19606)
$25.00

2002 Fleer Box Score Amazing Greats Single Swatch LANCE BERKMAN Jersey (41233)
$7.00

2006 Upper Deck Ovation Gold #4 Lance Berkman 499
$5.00

2001 Donruss Class of 2001 Lance Berkman Scrapbook Game Used Jersey 99 525
$15.00

1997 Bowman Houston Astros Team Set Lance Berkman
$5.00

Lance Berkman 2007 Bowman Heritage Pieces of Greatness Jsy Card# PG-LB
$19.00

2012 Topps Heritage Chrome Refractor LANCE BERKMAN # 249 563 Baseball Card # 13
$5.99

2007 TOPPS Lance Berkman 4 Card Lot Own the Game #14
$7.95

Lance Berkman Jersey 2005 Upper Deck Origins Old Judge Parallel OJ-LB Astros
$9.99

Lance Berkman Bat 79 500 2003 Donruss Diamond Kings Diamond Cut DC-102 Astros
$9.99

Lance Berkman Jersey 2006 Bowman Heritage Pieces Of Greatness PG-LB Astros
$9.99

2005 LANCE BERKMAN LEATHER & LUMBER LL BAT BATTING GLOVE #LL13 06 25!!!
$9.95
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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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Active Listings for Lance Berkman Signed Photographs

Lance Berkman Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

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
$29.69

Lance Berkman St. Louis Cardinals Signed Autograph 8x10 Photo w JSA WP COA
$49.99

Lance Berkman Astros Signed Autographed Mini Helmet With COA FROM TRISTAR
$29.00

Lance Berkman Signed Rice Baseball Jersey TRISTAR Hologram COA
$379.00

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

Lance Berkman Astros Mini Helmet Signed Auto Autograph PSA DNA V49708
$29.00

LANCE BERKMAN Signed Autographed Baseball 8x10 Photo PSA DNA P95810
$105.00

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

LANCE BERKMAN (St. Louis Cardinals) signed 2011 World Series baseball +PSA COA
$129.95

LANCE BERKMAN (St. Louis Cardinals) signed baseball w PSA COA
$99.95

Lance Berkman Signed 8x10 PSA DNA Houston Astros
$89.00

LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON ASTROS 16x20 PHOTO TRISTAR #7027125
$64.86

ASTROS LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED JSA #G08081
$99.99

LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO
$65.00
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