Rookie Card Year: 1960
Investment Rating: 7.5
The heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox for much of his 23-year career, Carl Yastrzemski baseball cards and autographed memorabilia remain incredibly popular with collectors. Yastrzemski was an 18-time All-Star and the last player to win MLB's Triple Crown before Miguel Cabrera accomplished it in 2012.
Carl Yastrzemski's lone rookie card comes from 1960 Topps Baseball. A much rarer Venezuelan issue also exists and is considered by many collectors to be a white whale. Collectors are fortunate in that, Topps hadn't made the switch to multiple rookies appearing on the same card at this point. This means that Yastrzemski is the only player featured on his rookie card.
Yastrzemski's first certified autograph card was released in 1992 Score Baseball. Numbered to 2,000 copies, it might not seem rare by today's standards but it was extremely rare. He also appears with Mickey Mantle and Stan Musial on a triple autograph card in the set that's numbered to 500.
His first memorabilia cards came in 2000 from Fleer, Topps and Upper Deck.
With 3,419 career hits and 452 home runs, Carl Yastrzemski's autographed memorabilia is coveted by numerous niche collectors as well as the rabid Red Sox fan base. He participated in numerous signing events after his retirement and is said to have provided collectors with a memorable in-person signing experience.
Carl Yastrzemski Rookie Card
Yastrzemski's rookie card is one of the must haves from the Golden Age of baseball. While high-grade examples might be out of the price range of most collectors, copies in PSA 5-7 grade display very well and are much more affordable.
1969 Topps Carl Yastrzemski Sporting News # 425
1969 Topps #130 Carl Yastrzemski BVG 4.5
1960 Topps #148 Carl Yastrzemski Rookie BVG 5
1978 Topps 40 Carl Yastrzemski NM #D33980
1979 O-Pee-Chee 160 Carl Yastrzemski NM #D33993
1961 Topps Carl Yastrzemski #287 EX MT (3008)
1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski Rookie #1 Ex (3007)
1978 Big T Baseball Disc Carl Yastrzemski Red Sox
Carl Yastrzemski Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Carl Yastrzemski'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.
Carl Yastrzemski Cut Signature Exemplar
Carl Yastrzemski Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Carl Yastrzemski signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- A very hard to decipher signature in terms of letter-by-letter analysis.
- The first character looks like an over-sized ampersand (@).
- A lightning bolt like character in the middle of the signature is distinct to his signature.
- A comparison of authenticated samples should be used when looking to purchase Carl Yastrzemski signed items.
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