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

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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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2011 Topps Allen and Ginter #338 Lance Berkman SP
$5.00
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Large lot of Lance Berkman cards! Includes GU Bat and Jersey!
$14.99
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2005 PRIME PATCHES PORTRAITS LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS PATCH CARD #ED 1 43
$29.99
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2005 PRIME PATCHES PORTRAITS LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS PATCH CARD #ED 11 25
$29.99
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2005 PRIME PATCHES PORTRAITS LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS PATCH CARD #ED 2 5
$79.99
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(10) LANCE BERKMAN GAME USED WORN ROOKIE CARD LOT QUAD CARD GOLD #ED ASTROS
$17.99
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LANCE BERKMAN 2001 DONRUSS STUDIO "LEATHER & LUMBER" MEMORABILIA CARD
$5.00
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2005 Ultimate Collection Silver #61 Lance Berkman 50
$5.46
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LANCE BERKMAN 10 CARD LOT PRIME LOGO GAME-WORN JERSEY 17 PATCH GAME-USED BAT 25
$375.00
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LANCE BERKMAN 2009 UD BALLPARK COLLECTION #JA-LB JERSEY BUTTON PATCH SERIAL #1 4
$250.00
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LANCE BERKMAN 2008 UPPER DECK HISTORY GAME-WORN JERSEY BUTTON PATCH SERIAL #1 5
$218.75
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2002 Donruss Best of Fan Club Spotlight #160 Lance Berkman 100
$5.46
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2002 Donruss Elite Series Signatures #2 Lance Berkman 25 AUTO
$48.20
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2002 (BB) Donruss Elite Aspirations #17 Lance Berkman 17
$18.45
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2002 Donruss Best of Fan Club Spotlight #284 Lance Berkman FC 100
$10.92
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2002 Donruss Elite All-Star Salutes Century #9 Lance Berkman 100
$10.92
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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

Active Listings for Lance Berkman Signed Baseballs

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Lance Berkman Signed Bat Pricing

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Lance Berkman Signed Jersey Pricing

Active Listings for Lance Berkman Signed Jerseys

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Lance Berkman Signed Photograph Pricing

Active Listings for Lance Berkman Signed Photographs

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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 University Baseball Autographed Jersey TriStar COA
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED HOUSTON ASTROS 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA
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ASTROS LANCE BERKMAN AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 2006 FLEER #23 PSA DNA SLABBED
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2011 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION LANCE BERKMAN AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA COA
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Lance Berkman SIGNED 2011 World Series Baseball Cardinals PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$215.00
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LANCE BERKMAN PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED NEW MAJOR LEAGUE GAME BASEBALL
$59.99
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Lance Berkman signed on Sweet Spot on Official Baseball W COA from JSA, USC#247
$94.99
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RANGERS LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA #M58008
$99.99
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON ASTROS 16x20 PHOTO TRISTAR #7110603
$69.00
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON ASTROS 16x20 PHOTO TRISTAR #7110600
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON ASTROS 16x20 PHOTO TRISTAR #7110602
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON ASTROS 16x20 PHOTO TRISTAR #7110601
$69.00
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOUSTON ASTROS 16x20 PHOTO TRISTAR #7110605
$69.00
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2008 LANCE BERKMAN HOUSTON ASTROS NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED BASEBALL JSA
$125.00
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2006 LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS PITTSBURGH PIRATES RANGERS SIGNED BASEBALL JSA
$125.00
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