Dan Marino Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabilia Guide

Dan Marino

Date of Birth: 9/15/1961
Rookie Card Year: 1984
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Few will question Dan Marino's place among the all-time great quarterbacks. That said, when discussing the Dolphins legend, the fact that he never won a Super Bowl is mentioned almost as frequently as the records he accomplished. Ring or no ring, Dan Marino cards remain some of the most popular in the hobby. In particular, his earliest cards and numerous autographs command a lot of attention on the secondary market.

Part of the historic 1983 rookie class, Marino was taken in the first round of the draft with the 27th pick. The Dolphins ended up getting a steal. Marino is one of football's most prolific passers, breaking several NFL records. The league's MVP in 1984, Marino was also a nine-time Pro Bowl selection.

Dan Marino has just one rookie card, 1984 Topps Football. That said, he also has several oddball issues that remain extremely affordable. For collectors looking for high-end Dan Marino cards, the quarterback has plenty of different autographs and memorabilia cards. He continues to sign today, although not in huge amounts.

Dan Marino Rookie Card Checklist

Population reports current as off 11/13.

1984 Topps Dan Marino RC #123

The 1984 Topps Dan Marino rookie is one of the most popular and iconic cards of the 1980s. Instantly recognizable, it features an in-game shot of the quarterback. It's framed by several diagonal lines and notes his Pro Bowl selection. Him and John Elway both have their rookie cards in the same set.

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1984 Topps Dan Marino RC BGS Population Report:
# Submitted: 7,265
Pristine 10: 58
Gem Mint 9.5: 334
Mint 9: 579

1984 Topps Dan Marino RC PSA Population Report:
# Submitted: 16,987
Gem Mint 10: 232
Mint 9: 2,433

Early Dan Marino Oddball and Insert Cards

1984 7-Eleven Discs Dan Marino #E15

These mini lenticular discs were part of a convenience store promotion. About 1 3/4" across, the Marino remains cheap, partially because it's not a traditional trading card. Some would argue it's not a card at all, but it still shares a lot of the same traits.

1984 7 Eleven Discs Dan Marino Image

1984 Dolphins Police Dan Marino

Given out locally by law enforcement officials, the 1984 Dolphins Police Dan Marino is probably the most popular of his 1984 non-rookie cards. The bold design certainly stands out as well. Cards in the set measure 2 5/8" by 4 1/8".

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1984 Topps Glossy Dan Marino #3

The 1984 Topps Glossy Dan Marino is an insert card. Still, it holds solid value on the secondary market. In fact, the one card accounts for nearly the entire value of the small 11-card set. Its bold blue borders make it easy to spot.

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1984 Topps Stickers Dan Marino #222

Topps and Panini stickers are some of the most overlooked pieces in the hobby. Selling for a small fraction of their trading card counterparts, these smaller alternatives are a cheap option for those who want to go deep in a player collection. The 1984 Topps Stickers Dan Marino is somewhat hindered by the fact that it doesn't have his name on the front either.

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2009 TOPPS HISTORICAL COMMEMORATIVE PATCH DAN MARINO SUPER BOWL XIX
$19.99
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1994 SP #36 DAN MARINO DOLPHINS HOF PSA 10 F1726561-857
$8.99
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2000 PLAYOFF MOMENTUM #50 DAN MARINO DOLPHINS HOF PSA 10 F1726459-282
$9.99
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DAN MARINO 1984 TOPPS 5 CARD LOT #124
$24.99
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1986 McDonald's All Stars Black #13 Dan Marino Dolphins
$5.00
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1986 McDonald's All Stars Blue #13 Dan Marino Dolphins
$5.00
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1984 Miami Dolphins Police Set (-1) Dan Marino Rookie NM MT
$65.00
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Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins) 6 card plaque with custom engraving
$48.95
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1985 Fleer Action Miami Dolphins Dan Marino Card #45 (The Release Point)
$5.00
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1997 PACIFIC INVINCIBLE POP CARDS DAN MARINO * Miami Dolphins HOF QB
$8.49
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1998 Ultra Gold Medallion #114G Dan Marino BGS 9.5 Dolphins Pitt
$79.99
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DAN MARINO 2012 UPPER DECK 3 5 AUTOGRAPH
$199.99
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2005 Donruss Classic Dan Marino Dolphins GU #142 150
$22.95
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1984 Topps Dan Marino Rookie football card #123 PSA GRADED 8 NM-MT Miami Dolphin
$33.95
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1995 Fleer Aerial Attack #2 Dan Marino Card NMT MINT
$5.99
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DAN MARINO 1997 Score THE FRANCHISE Card
$10.00
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Autograph Guide

Dan Marino Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Dan Marino'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, Tristar, Upper Deck Authentic and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Dan Marino Cut Signature Exemplar

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Dan Marino Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Dan Marino signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Dan Marino Signature Characteristics

  1. The signature is written with a right lean on an even horizontal plane.
  2. The letter "D" is an elongated oval shape with a connecting line allowing the pen to not lift as it flows into the next letter.
  3. The letters "a-n" are implied but visible.
  4. The letter "M" starts out of the letter "n" from "Dan."
  5. The letter "a" is more legible in "Marino."
  6. The letter "r" is legible, as is the "i" with no dot.
  7. The letter "n" is somewhat implied.
  8. The letter 'o" is over-sized in nature and not fully closed.
  9. Marino almost always inscribes his autograph with his jersey number "13."

Dan Marino Signed Football Pricing:

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Dan Marino Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Dan Marino Signed Photograph Pricing:

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DAN MARINO #13 Signed 16" x 20" Framed Photo UDA Hologram BAA902 Certified COA
$179.95
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PSA DNA Rc Auto Lot Dan Marino John Elway 1984 84 Topps Rookie Signed Autograph
$379.99
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RARE! PSA DNA Rc On Card Auto Dan Marino 1984 TOPPS #123 Rookie Signed Autograph
$189.99
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DAN MARINO SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED TRADING CARD PSA DNA AUTO 83196499
$99.99
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HOF Dan Marino Signed Encased 8x10 Upper Deck Limited Edition Card Box PSA COA
$175.00
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Dan Marino & Don Shula Dual Signed Framed 8x10 Miami Dolphins Photo UDA 1995
$329.99
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DAN MARINO MIAMI DOLPHINS "343" SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED FOOTBALL UPPER DECK UDA RARE
$399.99
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DAN MARINO & JOE MONTANA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO UPPER DECK UDA
$249.99
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Dan Marino signed authentic Miami Dolphins Retirement helmet - Steiner Sports
$400.00
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1984 Topps #123 Dan Marino ROOKIE Signed Auto PSA 10 GEM MINT Dolphins *399
$325.00
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DOLPHINS DAN MARINO SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED JSA #F44754
$89.99
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DAN MARINO (Dolphins) signed 1988 Topps PSA DNA card
$79.95
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DAN MARINO (Dolphins) signed 1989 Topps PSA DNA card
$74.95
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DAN MARINO (Dolphins) signed 1989 Topps PSA DNA 8 card
$79.95
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DAN MARINO MIAMI DOLPHINS GAME USED SIGNED WHITE FOOTBALL PANTS SIZE 44 JSA
$500.00
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1992 UPPER DECK HEROES DAN MARINO SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA CARD 83188811
$99.99
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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+.

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