Not Enough D'Oh - Simpsons Trading Cards Autograph Guide

Not Enough D’Oh – Simpsons Trading Cards Autograph Guide

Other than Seinfeld, it's doubtful that any TV comedy has made a big an impact in the last 30 years as The Simpsons. An entire generation and then some has been raised on the animated series that refuses to die. Simply put, The Simpsons and its dozens of characters are icons. However, collecting autographs from The Simpsons, particularly if you're a trading card collector, isn't the easiest.

Several Simpsons trading card sets have been released over the years. They date back to the show's beginnings when Topps produced a set of 88 cards and 22 stickers. SkyBox picked up the license a couple of years later, adding a pair of sets. However it wasn't until Inkworks nabbed the rights in 2000 that set came out with widespread autographs.

2000 Inkworks The Simpsons Anniversary Celebration was the first set of trading cards from the franchise to include actor autographs. The release has five signers, including Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Dan Castellaneta (Homer) and Yeardley Smith (Lisa). That set was followed up by 2001 Inkworks Simpsons Mania!, which has seven autographs, many of which are repeats. Each of the designs pay close attention to the characters the actors voice, picturing the main ones on the front.

And that's it. No guest stars, no "Homer at the Bat," no quad signatures with the main Simpsons clan.

Despite the lack of options, autographed Simpsons trading cards are relatively inexpensive. Most can be found online for $50 or less. Cartwright and Azaria are the exceptions, trading more in the $100 range. Part of this is because the market was flooded with Inkworks autographs when the company went out of business in early 2009.

For fans who have grown up with the show and even passed it on to their kids, these can be seen as a bargain. The actor names and faces may not be the most familiar, but their roles are a huge part of pop culture history.

Below is a complete visual guide for all autographed Simpsons trading cards. You can shop for singles on eBay by clicking on the card name.

2000 Inkworks The Simpsons Anniversary Celebration Autographs

A1 Harry Shearer

2000 Inkworks Simpsons 10th Anniversary Autographs A1 Harry Shearer 210x300 Image

A2 Dan Castellaneta

2000 Inkworks Simpsons 10th Anniversary Autographs A2 Dan Castellaneta 215x300 Image

A3 Yeardley Smith

2000 Inkworks Simpsons 10th Anniversary Autographs A3 Yeardley Smith 219x300 Image

A4 Nancy Cartwright

2000 Inkworks Simpsons 10th Anniversary Autographs A4 Nancy Cartwright 214x300 Image

A5 Marcia Wallace

2000 Inkworks Simpsons 10th Anniversary Autographs A5 Marcia Wallace 218x300 Image

2001 Inkworks Simpsons Mania! Autographs

Inserted 1:72 packs.

A1 Nancy Cartwright

A1 Nancy Cartwright 212x300 Image

A2 Dan Castellaneta

A2 Dan Castellaneta 213x300 Image

A3 Hank Azaria

2001 Inkworks Simpsons Mania Autographs A3 Hank Azaria 214x300 Image

A4 Russi Taylor

2001 Inkworks Simpsons Mania Autographs A4 Russi Taylor 213x300 Image

A5 Pamela Hayden

2001 Inkworks Simpsons Mania Autographs A5 Pamela Hayden 216x300 Image

A6 Tress MacNeille

A6 Tress MacNeille1 214x300 Image

A7 Yeardley Smith

2001 Inkworks Simpsons Mania Autographs A7 Yeardly Smith 214x300 Image

And while it's not technically an autograph card, at least primarily, this is perhaps the most important autographed Simpsons trading cards of them all:

Matt Groening Bart 213x300 Image

This is an Art DeBart card found in 1993 SkyBox The Simpsons Series 1. Limited to 400 copies (extremely rare for the era) and only available via redemption, it's one of the most sought after modern entertainment trading cards. Not only is it the hobby's first pack-inserted sketch card, but all are done by Simpsons creator Matt Groening. These cards come with both a character drawing from Groening as well as his autograph.

1993 SkyBox Simpsons Series 1 Art DeBart cards are more valuable than all of the other autographed Simpsons cards combined -- much more. One sold on eBay on January 4, 2013 for $1,200.

Would you collect Simpsons autographs if new ones came out? Who would you want to sign?

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SIMPSONS 10th AUTOGRAPH YEARDLEY SMITH A3
$15.00
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The Simpsons InkWorks 10th Anniversary Unredeemed Autograph Redemption Card 2000
$64.99
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The Simpsons InkWorks 10th Anniversary A1-A5 Set of 5 Autograph Cards 2000
$179.99
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The Simpsons Mania InkWorks A1-A7 Set of Autograph Trading Cards 2001
$249.99
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SIMPSONS MANIA AUTOGRAPH CARD A4 RUSSI TAYLOR
$65.16
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SIMPSONS MANIA AUTOGRAPH CARD A5 PAMELA HAYDEN
$65.16
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SIMPSONS MANIA AUTOGRAPH CARD A2 DAN CASTELLANETA
$65.16
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The Simpsons 10th Anniversary - A3 Yeardley Smith Auto Autograph
$54.71
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Harry Shearer 2000 InkworksThe Simpsons Mr. Burns Autograph Certified Auto Card
$29.99
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The Simpsons 10th Anniversary Dan Castellaneta Homer Simpson autograph card #A2
$28.49
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The Simpsons 10th Ann. Yeardley Smith Lisa Simpson autograph auto card A3 #2
$28.49
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The Simpsons 10th Ann. Dan Castellaneta Homer Simpson autograph auto card #A2 #5
$28.49
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Ryan's 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. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

User Comments

  1. I think it would be kinda cool to see each season or maybe couple of seasons get there own set. Having autos of all the stars but how about autos of the guest stars too. That would infuse some big names to the set. I think more original art cards from Groening would be cool and the other animators, original cel cards, ect ect theres a lot to possibly work with here plus 25 years you rack up a lot of fans.

  2. Browsed around ebay for about an hour today… definitely a bargain (in my mind) for these autograph cards.

    I’d love for future sets to have more guest stars sign on top their Simpsoned-self as the art.

    -Albert Brooks as Cowboy Bob
    -Leonard Nemoy as himself
    -Pro Baseball players as themselves
    -Smashing Pumpkins, blink 182
    -lady gaga
    -Mark Hamill as himself (opps…Family Guy already did it)

    I think this would definitely be a hot item…some celebrities I learned to like because of the Simpsons.

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