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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Lot of 4 - MINT 9!!! Adam Dunn, Sosa Patterson, Lance Berkman, Troy Glaus
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2007 UD Premier PATCHES 2 Lance Berkman Astros #PP2-LB SERIAL#'D 02 40 GOLD
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2005 UD SPORTS CENTER ESPN LANCE BERKMAN GU JERSEY
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2007 Upper Deck UD Game Materials #LB Lance Berkman S2 Jersey Astros
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2007 Bowman Heritage Lance Berkman Jersey Card
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Topps 2012 Timeless Talents Stan Musial Lance Berkman TT-19
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45 - Lance Berkman Houston Astros Card Collection Lot
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Lance Berkman 2004 Etchings Game Used Bat Piece Card
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LANCE BERKMAN 2008 UD A PIECE OF HISTORY BLUE #18 25
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2005 TOPPS PRISTINE UNCIRCULATED BRONZE #145 LANCE BERKMAN JSY 100 IMMACULATA
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LANCE BERKMAN 2004 UPPER DECK PLAY BALL GREEN 08 15 HOUSTON ASTROS
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2003 Fleer Box Score Triple Jersey Card Lance Berkman Sammy Sosa Torii Hunter
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Lance Berkman 2004 Upper Deck Origins Jersey Card # OR-LB,Houston Astros
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2004 Donruss Elite LANCE BERKMAN TIM HUDSON Dual Auto Draft Class SP # 10
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2003 Fleer Authentix MLB Authentic Memorabilia Houston Astros Lance Berkman GWJ
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Large lot of Lance Berkman cards! Includes GU Bat and Jersey!
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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 Authentic Game Used Franklin Batting Glove PSA DNA #X47236
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Lance Berkman Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Astros PSA DNA #Q93071
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Lance Berkman Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Astros PSA DNA #Q93066
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Lance Berkman Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Astros PSA DNA #Q93068
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Lance Berkman Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Astros PSA DNA #Q93064
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Lance Berkman Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Astros PSA DNA #Q93065
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Lance Berkman Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo Astros PSA DNA #Q93073
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPH HOUSTON ASTROS OML BASEBALL BALL TRISTAR #6158397
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ASTROS LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH JSA #G08494
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Lance Berkman Autographed Mother's Day Pink Baseball OMLB Auto Signed JSA PSA
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Lance Berkman Houston Astros Signed 11x14 Photo JSA
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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED NATIONALS 2006 ALL-STAR JERSEY TRISTAR #7001675
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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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LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED AUTO AUTOGRAPHED MLB JSA COA BASEBALL ASTROS YANKEES Scuff
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