Rookie Card Year: 1990
Investment Rating: 7.0
Nicknamed "The King," Arnold Palmer is credited with helping capitalize on the popularity of golf by influencing its commercialization. In so doing, Palmer and other players, like Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, insured the long-term growth of the sport into the multi-billion dollar business it is today. Palmer's own charismatic personality has endeared him to generations of fans, long after his retirement from the PGA.
Arnold Palmer achieved a remarkable 62 PGA Tour wins, including seven major tournaments win. Palmer found himself atop the leader board in the following Majors:
- The Masters: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
- U.S. Open: 1960
- The Open Championship: 1961, 1962
His list of honors, awards and achievements is lengthy, and includes being the first golfer to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom and only the second to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. As a result of his success on the golf course, Arnold Palmer was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
With regards to Arnold Palmer cards, collectibles and autographed memorabilia, collectors have plenty of choices. His longevity, popularity and business dealings have guaranteed a wealth of autographed material will remain accessible to the public long after he passes away. Palmer has just one rookie card and it was unfortunately produced at the height of the over-production era by Pro Set, the company that helped define the term "junk wax." Even in a graded condition of PSA 10, Palmer's Pro Set RC #80 can be purchased for $10-15. Arnold Palmer autographs, however, can sell for hundreds of dollars, depending on the item.
Arnold Palmer Rookie Card
Arnold Palmer's rookie card is part of a 100-card box set consisting of 75 PGA Tour players and 25 PGA Senior Tour players. The set is highlighted by not only Palmer's rookie card, but also those of other legendary players, including Payne Stewart, Gary Player and Greg Norman, to name a few. The card front is laid out in a vertical orientation and is dominated by the player photo. The back uses a horizontal layout and is loaded with career statistics, award and accomplishments.
Arnold Palmer Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Arnold Palmer 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. PSA, JSA, Tristar, and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Arnold Palmer Cut Signature Exemplar
Arnold Palmer Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Arnold Palmer signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics, depending on when in his career the item was signed. Other characteristics that play into his signature style are the particular item and venue. Look for the following signature features:
- A classic signature showing a pride of penmanship that has remained consistent through the years
- Very legible, with each letter discernible
- The letter "A" is round, over-sized and more resembles a capital letter "C"
- Each of the letters is legible with the loops of the "o" and "d" being closed
- The letter "P" is also over-sized with a bold vertical stroke and tear-drop shaped loop
- The individual letters of the last name are each distinguishable with the "a" being open
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