Rookie Card Year: 1991
Investment Rating: 6.5
Jeff Bagwell spent his entire 15-year career with the Houston Astros. He was a four-time All-Star and he won the National League MVP award in 1994. A longtime fan favorite, demand for Jeff Bagwell cards and autographed memorabilia continue to find an audience.
Despite being an accomplished hitter, his statistics often go overlooked when looking back at great players from the 1990s. Bagwell hit 449 home runs to go along with 2,314 hits and 1,529 runs batted in and a .297 lifetime batting average.
Alleged steroid use tainted his reputation but was never confirmed. His career numbers are certainly worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.
Jeff Bagwell has nine rookie cards from 1991 sets. In addition, he has several minor league cards. One of the more popular is his 1988 P&L Promotions Caped Cod Prospects card.
In 1997 Donruss and Upper Deck issued Jeff Bagwell's first certified autograph cards. He has a total of eight autograph cards from that year. The one most sought after by collectors is his 1997 Donruss Signature Series. which is serial numbered to 100. The version that's numbered to 400 is also desirable and much more affordable. While he signed cards throughout his career, they're not nearly as plentiful as some of his peers.
Jeff Bagwell's first game-used memorabilia card was released in the 1999 Upper Deck MVP Baseball. It is an insert in the Game Used Souvenirs set. The card is not serial numbered and the exact print run is unknown.
Demand for Jeff Bagwell's signature remains strong, particularly in the Houston market. The values overall have softened slightly since his retirement. However, there is a good chance prices will rebound.
Jeff Bagwell Rookie Card Checklist
The Bowman brand has been synonymous with rookie cards for years. However, the modern spin on the brand didn't really take off until 1992, the year after Bagwell's rookie came out. Readily available, this card is very inexpensive, even professionally graded.
Included as part of Donruss' update box set, entitled The Rookies, the card has the same overall design as the 1991 Donruss base set. However the blue and green borders have been switched out for red. Don't expect to spend more than a dollar or two on this card.
Easily identifiable, the bright yellow borders of 1991 Fleer make it distinct. Like virtually every set from 1991, this one had a massive print run, which has impacted values and a lot of potential future growth.
Another card from a box set, this is one of Bagwell's more attractive rookie cards. That said, the theme of high supply has kept prices low.
This is one of Bagwell's most popular rookie cards. 1991 Stadium Club was revolutionary at the time for its high-gloss card stock and full-bleed photography.
One of the benefits of a growing number of sets in the early 1990s was that card companies started experimenting with designs. 1991 Studio brought portraits to the forefront, showing players, including a young Bagwell, in a different light.
While the set doesn't sell for very much money, this card is key to any Bagwell collection for the simple fact that it features the flagship Topps design. The Tiffany version of the card is one of the few moderately rare 1991 Jeff Bagwell cards.
Marketed as a premium brand, the 1991 Ultra set was a significant change to typical Fleer designs. Bagwell's card is key to the box set.
This is an uncorrected error card that mistakenly transposed a couple of his statistical numbers on the back of the card. It is the key base card in the High Series packs.
Jeff Bagwell Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Jeff Bagwell'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 company. Some 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.
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Jeff Bagwell Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jeff Bagwell signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- It is an awkward-looking signature that appears to be hastily written.
- The first couple of characters look like an "o" adjacent to an oval shape with a smiley face in it.
- The "f"s are implied.
- The "B" looks like a numeral "3."
- The "a-g" are implied.
- The "l"s look more like over-sized, lower case, cursive "e"s. The two overlap.
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