Rookie Card Year: 1990
Investment Rating: 6.0
Larry Walker rookie cards and autograph memorabilia are popular with multiple collectors. Fans of the now-defunct Montreal Expos team have an appreciation for Walker as one of the franchise's all-time greats. It also helps that he's one of the greatest Canadian-born players ever. And Walker was a fan-favorite in Colorado, as well, where he played almost 10 seasons.
A gifted athlete who could hit for power and average, Walker retired with a lifetime batting average of .313. He also drove in 1,311 runs while hitting 383 home runs. The Canadian outfielder was a five-time All-Star and won the NL MVP award in 1997.
There are a total of eight rookie cards, all from 1990 sets. The prices for all of his rookie cards are very affordable. In addition, Walker has several minor league cards dating back to 1986 that are also popular with collectors.
His first certified autograph cards can be found in 1997 Donruss Signature Series. There are three versions of the card. Each are serial numbered in quantities of 1,000, 900 and 100, respectively. Over the years, Walker's signature has appeared in relatively few products. This creates something of a premium on these early options.
Walker's first game-used memorabilia cards were issue in 2000 Upper Deck MVP. The card features a swatch of game-worn batting glove.
Larry Walker autographed memorabilia has value and the potential to increase. Signed bats of the slugger are particularly popular. Interesting to note is that signed jerseys can be difficult to locate. They are also rather pricey on the rare occasion they do appear on the secondary market.
Larry Walker Rookie Card Checklist
The Bowman brand has always been known for rookie cards. The clay stock of the cards is a throwback style that provided collectors with a nostalgic alternative to some of the glossy examples below. A Tiffany version is one of his most popular cards from his rookie year.
There are probably more of these cards in existence than anyone cares to admit. They have been rendered virtually worthless by over-production. Even submitting them for professional grading is a losing proposition. The price of grading is more than what a Gem Mint 10 example sells for.
At the time this photograph was taken, Fleer was trying to differentiate itself in the market. This was not any easy task with eight-plus manufacturers at the time. There's a rarer variation that has a "Ptd. in Canada" notation on the back. At one point these caused a bit of a stir in the hobby, but the premiums are relatively minimal now.
The 1990 Leaf set has stood the test of time to some degree. It was also produced in less quantities than several of the other products in which Walker has rookie cards.
O-Pee-Chee and Topps sets always had a lot in common. However, the 1990 and 1991 sets took the similarities to a new level. O-Pee-Chee tossed its logo aside and stuck with the Topps name on the front. The differences are all on the back. OPC cards are noted in the copyright info. They also have English and French text.
There are far too many 1990 Score cards on the planet to give them any real value. The set did well during its release but has lost a lot its popularity since.
1990 Topps Baseball has its fans. The pop art-infused design also has a lot of detractors. No matter the case, the sheer supply killed any potential riches. Like Bowman, it has a rarer Tiffany version that is relatively tough to find yet still affordable.
At the time of Upper Deck's second-year set, collectors were still fascinated with the premium card designs and photographs. Walker's card is a key rookie in the set. This is also one of the most popular Larry Walker rookie cards.
Larry Walker Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Larry Walker'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.
Larry Walker Cut Signature Exemplar:
Larry Walker Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Larry Walker signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- The signature is characterized by being relatively large and flamboyant.
- The "L" looks more like a reverse "D."
- The "a" has an open loop.
- The "r"s are very small and are more of just a quick up-down stroke.
- The "y" and "W" are combined using a swooping line resembling a reverse "5."
- The "a" is implied.
- The "l" and "k" are discernible.
- The "e" and "r" are implied with a small dash.
Larry Walker Signed Baseball Pricing
Larry Walker Signed Bat Pricing
Larry Walker Signed Photograph Pricing
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