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Clayton Kershaw’s rookie cards are some of the highest valued cards for a pitcher in his generation. Only two pitchers of his generation can even come close to competing with his rookie cards in terms of value; Madison Bumgarner & Max Scherzer rookie cards, and some may even consider that a stretch.
Clayton Kershaw was born on 3/19/1988 in Dallas, TX, and was picked number 7 overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft (not a bad pick, eh).
Kershaw is considered one of the best pitchers of his generation (if not the best) and had a mind-blowing 301 strikeouts to go along with a filthy 2.13 ERA in 2015 (that is more than the legendary Roger Clemens ever had in a single season).
Owning a couple of his rookie cards will be a good thing long-term, mainly if he can ever collect that World Series Win. We would have no problem with you owning 2 (maybe 3) of the below Clayton Kershaw rookie cards.
#1. 2006 Clayton Kershaw Bowman Chrome Draft Auto RC #84
This is one of the Clayton rookie cards you will want if you decide to invest. The 2006 Clayton Kershaw Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph Rookie Card comes in various parrels and is numbered #DP84.
Bowman Kershaw Parallel Rookie Cards: Gold, White (#/225), Printing Plates Bowman Chrome Kershaw Parallel Rookie Cards: Refractor, X-Fractor (#/299), Blue Refractor (#/199), Gold Refractor (#/50), Orange Refractor (#/25), Red Refractor (#/5), SuperFractor (1/1).
Top Investment: Mike Trout Rookie Cards
You might have trouble finding them on eBay as they are not always 100% available via auction, BUT if you keep checking back, one will eventually pop up (just be prepared to pay depending on the parallel).
#2. 2008 Clayton Kershaw Topps Update RC #UH240
The Topps Update is another nice-looking Kershaw rookie card we have tucked away in our arsenal. Numbered #UH240, the card shows a babyface Kershaw looking back at the collector with a goonish look on his face that seems to say, pass me the chronic yo.
The back of the card reads, “Clayton garnered Gatorade National Player of the Year honors in 2006 when he struck out 139 batters in 64 innings at Highland Park High School in Dallas, TX“.
#3. 2008 Clayton Kershaw Topps Allen & Ginter RC #72
Here is a Kershaw rookie card that is both very available and cheap (relatively speaking). The 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Clayton Kershaw Rookie Card is an excellent option for the collector with a smaller budget not looking to spend hundreds on a Kershaw RC. Numbered #72, the card shows a sketch of Kershaw with the words Clayton Kershaw – Allen & Ginter’s 2008 Topps Brooklyn, NY.
#4. 2008 Clayton Kershaw Bowman Chrome Draft RC #BDP26
The top-rated Clayton Kershaw rookie card list would not be complete without the 2008 Bowman Chrome RC. A great-looking card with Kershaw looking super-cool while staring off into the distance in his Dodger Blue.
Numbered BDP26, his name, and team name are centered at the bottom while the card is wrapped in a dark black border which contrasts nicely with the Dodgers Blue uniform.
#5. 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Clayton Kershaw RC
#6. 2008 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw RC #107
#7. 2008 Upper Deck Timeline Clayton Kershaw RC
#8. 2008 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw RC #107
#9. 2008 Upper Deck Documentary Clayton Kershaw RC #3045
#10. 008 Upper Deck Goudey Clayton Kershaw RC #75
- 2008 Topps Updates and Highlights Clayton Kershaw RC #240
- 2008 Bowman Draft Clayton Kershaw RC #BDP26
- 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Clayton Kershaw RC #72
- 2008 Upper Deck Timeline Clayton Kershaw RC #304
- 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Clayton Kershaw RC #BDP26
- 2008 Bowman Sterling Clayton Kershaw RC #CK
- 2008 Stadium Club Clayton Kershaw RC #107
- 2008 Upper Deck Documentary Clayton Kershaw RC #3045
- 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Clayton Kershaw RC #75
- 2008 Upper Deck Timeline Clayton Kershaw RC #98
- 2008 Topps Heritage Clayton Kershaw RC #595
- 2008 Upper Deck Timeline Clayton Kershaw RC #187
- 2008 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Autograph Clayton Kershaw RC #111
The most expensive of his rookie cards are numbered one to three below. Most of his rookie cards are undervalued, in our opinion, considering he is the best of his generation.
- 2008 Topps Update #UH240
- 2006 Bowman Chrome Auto #84
- 2008 Topps Heritage Real One Autograph #ROACK
If you would like an estimate on any of the Kershaw RCs, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (include pictures if possible).
Investment Rating: Buy (4.3 out of 5)
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Best Rookie Card: 2006 Clayton Kershaw Bowman Chrome Draft Auto RC #84
Clayton Kershaw rookie cards should be a solid rookie card investment option for years to come… in fact, you might be able to pick some up on the cheap as he ends his career and his numbers fade.
We have a couple of Kershaw rookie cards in our investment portfolio and have no problem with you doing the same… just don’t go overboard and stick with the Bowman Chrome or Topps AG RC.