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 Topps Tribute LANCE BERKMAN JERSEY #48 99
$7.99

2004 Donruss World Series WS-82 Lance Berkman Gold Parallel 01 10 Astros
$29.99

Carl Crawford & Lance Berkman 2010 Topps Triple Threads 525
$7.99

2001 Donruss Class of 2001 Diamond Dominators #DM2 Lance Berkman Bat 725
$5.50

2000 Stadium Club One of a Kind 204 Lance Berkman 114 150
$5.99

2002 Topps Pristine In the Gap #LB Lance Berkman Bat A 425 - NM-MT
$5.50

2002 Upper Deck Ovation Diamond Futures Jerseys #DFLB Lance Berkman Jersey
$5.50

2002 Upper Deck Diamond Connection #204 Lance Berkman DC Jersey 775 - NM-MT
$5.50

2003 Fleer Patchworks Game-Worn Patch Level 2 Dual #LB Lance Berkman 100
$12.50

2003 Leaf Maple and Ash #9 Lance Berkman 400 - NM-MT
$5.50

2008 TOPPS ALLEN AND GINTER LANCE BERKMAN JERSEY
$8.00

2013 Pinnacle #95 Lance Berkman - 50 count lot of Cards NM-MT
$16.24

2004 Topps Cracker Jack Take Me Ballgame Relics Lance Berkman Jersey K Jersey
$6.00

2001 Leaf Limited #173 Lance Berkman 500 Houston Astros Baseball Card 0y0
$5.25

2009 Triple Threads Lance Berkman Triple Take Base #'d19 25 Astros #32
$9.99

2010 Topps Peak Performance Relic Blue Lance Berkman 99
$8.88
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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 Official Major League Baseball JSA #M45619 Cardinals MLB
$99.99

LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED 2011 WORLD SERIES BASEBALL WITH JSA COA W970357
$49.00

Lance Berkman Astros Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto Mounted Memories
$39.00

LANCE BERKMAN 2011 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL!! JSA!!
$94.99

Lance Berkman Signed 2008 All Star Baseball JSA Coa
$52.00

LANCE BERKMAN Signed Autographed Rawlings Official OML Baseball Ball JSA M70579
$70.20

LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO
$65.00

LANCE BERKMAN signed Baseball Autographed JSA N66874
$69.99

Lance Berkman Signed Baseball Autograph Auto PSA DNA AA93478
$69.00

1998 Bowman LANCE BERKMAN Signed Baseball Card PSA DNA
$59.40

LANCE BERKMAN CARDINALS ASTROS SIGNED AUTOGRAPH ML BASEBALL PSA DNA COA #Z69884
$99.96

Lance Berkman signed on Sweet Spot on Official Baseball W COA from JSA, USC#247
$94.99

LANCE BERKMAN ASTROS JSA COA SIGNED MLB BASEBALL
$110.00

Lance Berkman Houston Astros Signed Official Official MLB Baseball Steiner
$89.00

LANCE BERKMAN SIGNED OML BASEBALL WITH "BIG PUMA" - JSA CERT
$89.99

Lance Berkman Signed Rawlings Baseball Bat PSA DNA Auto
$169.95
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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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