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Barry Larkin Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Barry Larkin

Date of Birth: 4/28/1964
Rookie Card Year: 1987
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Even though Barry Larkin cards aren't going to make anyone rich, his election into baseball's Hall of Fame ensures his hobby legacy. The 1995 National League MVP, Larkin isn't your standard Cooperstown inductee. He hit over 30 home runs just once and failed to break the 100 RBI plateau. Yet his consistency, strong defense and speed made him a perennial spark for the Cincinnati Reds. A 12-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Larkin helped lead the Reds to a World Series Championship in 1990 versus the Oakland Athletics.

Barry Larkin's first card came in the 1986 Sportflics Rookies box set. It's perceived as being too obscure to be regarded as his true rookie card. As a result, Larkin's rookie cards are found in 1987 Donruss, 1987 Fleer and 1987 Topps Baseball. All three sets are hugely over-printed, keeping prices very low. Even professionally graded gem mint and pristine copies of these Barry Larkin cards are within reach for collectors on a tight budget.

From an investment perspective, the best rookie options are the 1987 Fleer Glossy and 1987 Topps Tiffany Barry Larkin cards. Better still are later Barry Larkin cards featuring a certified autograph. Although there are around 400 different autograph cards, not a lot pop up anymore. Autographed Barry Larkin memorabilia, particularly photos and baseballs, is also popular with collectors, although there's not a ton of it out there either. Because so many people have Hall of Fame autograph collections, interest in his signature is on the rise. Prices are bound to follow.

Barry Larkin Rookie Card Checklist

1987 Donruss Barry Larkin RC #492

A simple but attractive card, the black borders make this card somewhat tough to keep in top shape. However, the huge print run has ensured there's more than enough to go around, keeping prices low.

1987 Fleer Barry Larkin RC #204

The blue border doesn't mix well with Cincinnati's team colors. The result is a card that has a nice, albeit generic, photo but isn't able to hold it together. As far as 1987 baseball cards set go, Fleer has emerged as a favorite, but print runs smother any potential value gains. 1987 Fleer Glossy is tougher to find and slightly more valuable as it was only available in factory sets.

1987 Topps Barry Larkin RC #648

Collectors seem to either love or loath the wood-grain 1987 Topps Baseball design. As far as value goes, like Larkin's other rookie cards, raw versions can be found for a buck or two. The best option, however, is his 1987 Topps Tiffany card. Available only in factory sets, the upscale card is much more limited than any of the other 1987 Barry Larkin cards.

Top eBay Listings

1987 Topps Tiffany Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds #648 Baseball Card RC PSA 8
$19.95

2012 Panini Cooperstown Signatures HOF-BL Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds Auto Card
$54.24

2012 Panini Cooperstown Signatures HOF-BL Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds Auto Card
$54.24

1994 Post #12 Barry Larkin HOF BGS 7.5 Population 1
$20.00

2011 Derek Jeter Barry Larkin Topps Bat Jersey Relic #DDR10 #12 50 BGS 9.5 GemMt
$99.00

Barry Larkin 2001 Leaf Certified MIRROR RED Card SP 29 75 Cincinnati Reds HOF
$10.00

1994 King-B Discs #17 Barry Larkin HOF BGS 9.5 Population 1
$20.00

2006 SP Legendary Cuts Memorable Moments Autographs Card #BL Barry Larkin 50
$60.00

AUTOGRAPHED BARRY LARKIN REDS COOPERSTOWN COLLECTION PANINI CARD
$25.00

2017 National Treasures Barry Larkin Timeline Auto Jersey Card 40 49
$20.61

2017 Five Star Barry Larkin Autograph Purple Parallel #ed 01 50! Reds!
$10.50

1987 Topps Barry Larkin #648 Lot of 50 Rookie Card HOF
$24.95

1996 bowman's best mirror image refractor #4 BARRY LARKIN CAL RIPKEN BGS BCCG 9
$15.00

1987 FLEER # 204 Barry Larkin PSA ... REDS ** 2 CARD LOT** RB-5278
$15.22

Barry Larkin 2017 Panini National Treasures Colossal Materials 3
$149.99

Topps 1987 Baseball LOT (Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Barry Larkin, and Will Clark
$20.00
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Autograph Guide

Barry Larkin Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Barry Larkin autograph 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 company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Cut Signature Exemplar

 

Barry Larkin Cut Autograph

Barry Larkin Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Barry Larkin signature will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The entire signature is typically written on a steep angle of about 60 degrees.
  2. The letters "B" and "L" are over-sized.
  3. The letter "B" has open loops, the pen lifts and then starts the letter "a."
  4. A single letter "r" is discernible that flows into the letter "y" which is bisected by the tail of the letter "B."
  5. The letter "L" is very flamboyant with a big loop at the top.
  6. The remaining letters are very clear.
  7. He often uses an inscription of his jersey number "11."

Signed Baseballs

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Barry Larkin Signed Baseball

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Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Barry Larkin Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

BARRY LARKIN SIGNED REDS CUSTOM WHITE PINSTRIPE JERSEY JSA AUTHENTICATED
$161.10

BARRY LARKIN AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CINCINNATI REDS JERSEY JSA COA
$179.00

BARRY LARKIN AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CINCINNATI REDS JERSEY JSA COA
$179.00

Barry Larkin SIGNED ROMLB Baseball + HOF 2012 Reds HOF ITP PSA DNA AUTOGRAPHED
$175.00

BARRY LARKIN signed PSA DNA 1987 topps RC card slabbed cincinnati reds #648
$127.46

BARRY LARKIN JSA COA Autographed 1996 SCORE Authentic Hand Signed
$38.00

BARRY LARKIN “HOF 2012” Signed CINCINNATI REDS Jersey + JSA Wit COA WP 229296
$159.00

BARRY LARKIN Signed GAME ISSUED Cincinnati Reds TBC 2000 Jersey JSA COA $3500+
$1,169.99

BARRY LARKIN SIGNED 8X10 REDS JSA
$75.00

BARRY LARKIN JSA COA Autographed 1987 TOPPS ROOKIE Authentic Hand Signed
$60.00

BARRY LARKIN (HOF 2012) SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO RARE! 1986-04 REDS COA PSA
$89.95

Barry Larkin Signed Cincinnati Reds Jersey (JSA COA) 12x All Star 1995 NL MVP
$189.95

Barry Larkin Reds Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA AC76155
$49.00

Barry Larkin Signed Baseball Autograph Auto PSA DNA AD50128
$89.00

Barry Larkin Autographed Signed Jersey Cincinnati Reds JSA
$159.99

Rare 1984 Team USA Signed Bat Mark McGwire Barry Larkin PSA DNA
$614.00
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.

His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.


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