Like Seager, Kershaw has an officially licensed Baseball card while he was still in high school. He was a member of the Team USA Junior National team, so Upper Deck included him in a box set they release in 2005. They were initially sold as a complete 25-card set and included a random autograph card, a game-used autograph jersey relic card, a dual signed autograph card and an insert card (a "Vision of the Future" acetate card).
Check out all of the available Kershaw cards in this set below. BTW, there are several different variations available for each of the autographed cards based on the color of the ink he used to sign them. They come in black, blue and red. Also, I seem to remember there being green ink cards, but I have yet to find a good checklist indicating that.
UPDATE: I thought I would add that his teammates on this team who also made it to the Majors include Brett Anderson, Greg Peavey, Shawn Tolleson and Bellin Betances.
2005 Upper Deck USA Junior National Team Box Set
Base Card #86 Clayton Kershaw
I figured I would include the 2005 Team USA Junior Baseball team card in this checklist. I promise you, he is somewhere in there.
#94 Team USA Bas, eball Checklist
Vision of the Future - Acetate Insert Card - #35
For the single autograph cards the color ink variation numbers are as follows: Black ink is numbered to #/495, blue ink is numbered to #/360, red ink is numbered to #/100.
#CK Autograph Card
For the dual autograph cards the color ink variation numbers are as follows: Black ink is numbered to #/250, blue ink is numbered to #/100, red ink is numbered to #/16.
Kershaw & Tolleson Kershaw & Cardenas
Kershaw & Betances
For the autograph relic cards the color ink variation numbers are as follows: Black ink is numbered to #/495, blue ink is numbered to #/360, red ink is numbered to #/100.
#CK-GU Auto / Relic Card
This next card, the 2006 Bowman Chrome Autograph card below, of Kershaw's is considered by most collectors to be his "key" card. It is his main rookie card and easily commands the highest prices in the market. Limited parallel versions in fantastic mint condition can sell for thousand dollars. In fact, the Kershaw "1 of 1" superfractor parallel of this card sold in 2012 for about $17,500.00. Below is his base autograph Draft Picks card.
2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects
#DP84 Draft Picks Autograph
2006 Bowman Sterling
#BSP-CK Prospect Autograph
2006 Bowman Heritage
#BHP85 Mini Draft Pick Variations
2006 Bowman Originals
#BO13 Prospect Card
2006 TriStar Prospects Plus
#27 Base Card
From my understanding, an autographed parallel of the card above is also available and numbered to only 50 copies. Unfortunately, I have not been able to track one down.
#FH-25 Farm Hands Autographs
#FH-CKKD Farm Hands Dual Auto Kershaw & Drabek (#/15)
There is also a triple autograph card of Kershaw from the "Farm Hands" insert set that features him with Kyle Drabek and Tim Lincecum. Unfortunately, I have been unable to track down a pic of it. It is numbered to only five copies. If you happen to have one please pass a photo along.
- FH-3 Farm Hands Triple Auto Kershaw, Drabek & Lincecum
These next group of cards are all unlicensed (w/o an MLB license). Also, finding a good source for a complete checklist on these sets is tough to come by, so I am likely missing several cards in the below checklist. For instance Just Minors/Just Rookies also created a set in 2006 called "Justifiable" that apparently has several different dual and triple autograph cards of Kershaw available, but I have not included that in the list below. I just can't find a good checklist for that set.
2006 Just Minors / Just Rookies
#JR-23 Base Card
2006 Just Minors / Just Rookies Preview
#JRPr-07 Base Card
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