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.

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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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Dan Marino 2009 Topps Postseason Patches Commemorative Super Bowl 19 Patch #27
$23.50
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Dan Marino 2005 Donruss Classics Legendary Players Bronze card #7 Dolphins
$6.50
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Dan Marino 1999 Upper Deck Power Deck Time Capsule CD Rom card Dolphins
$10.50
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Dan Marino 1999 Upper Deck Power Deck CD Rom card Dolphins
$6.50
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Dan Marino 2013 Topps Archives Gold Card #25 Dolphins
$18.50
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Dan Marino 2005 Donruss Classics Team Colors Gold card #2 Dolphins
$6.50
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Dan Marino 2005 Donruss Elite Career Best Gold Card #12 Dolphins
$6.50
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Dan Marino 2011 Topps Supreme Red Card #50 Dolphins 78 99
$13.50
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Dan Marino 2002 Donruss Gridiron Kings Heritage Collection card #4 Dolphins
$7.50
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Dan Marino 2000 Donruss Elite Down & Distance card #3D2 Dolphins 855
$6.50
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1991 Fleer Football Near Complete Set 1-432 Troy Aikman Dan Marino Joe Montana
$9.95
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2008 GRIDIRON GEAR PERFORMERS #P-12 DOLPHINS DAN MARINO DUAL PANTS RELIC 03 50
$25.00
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Dan Marino King of Kings Game Worn Jersey in Card
$19.99
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1987 Topps Football (10) - DAN MARINO RB #6
$15.00
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1995 Pinnacle Dan Marino Clear Shots BGS 9 w 3 9.5's
$20.00
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DAN MARINO 1997 UPPER DECK MIAMI DOLPHINS STAR ATTRACTIONS GOLD DIE CUT CARD SA1
$7.99
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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."

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DAN MARINO JERRY RICE EMMITT SMITH Signed FOOTBALL KINGS Framed 16x20. TRISTAR
$599.99
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Dan Marino Signed Autographed PSA DNA Auto Card
$99.99
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Dan Marino Signed Miami Dolphins HOF Mini Helmet JSA
$274.99
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DAN MARINO AUTO HAND SIGNED MIAMI DOLPHINS F S AUTHENTIC FOOTBALL HELMET JSA
$499.99
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Dan Marino Dolphins Signed Sports Illustrated PSA DNA
$103.45
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DAN MARINO MIAMI DOLPHINS HAND SIGNED OFFICIAL SUPER BOWL XIX GAME FOOTBALL PSA
$379.99
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Dan Marino Signed Dolphins Jersey Size 52 Autographed Auto UDA BAK37626
$299.00
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Dan Marino Signed Dolphins Jersey Size 52 Autographed Auto UDA BAK37672
$299.00
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DAN MARINO SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO UDA IN ORIGINAL BOX MIAMI DOLPHINS
$80.00
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Dan Marino Autographed Signed 1994 Upper Deck Card UDA #BSB37452 771 100
$140.00
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Dan Marino Miami Dolphins signed Wilson NFL football with Fins to Left JSA COA
$199.99
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Dan Marino Signed Auto Miami Dolphins Full Size Authentic Helmet Steiner
$369.99
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MIAMI DOLPHINS DAN MARINO signed RIDDELL FULL SIZE HALL OF FAME HELMET JSA COA
$175.00
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MIAMI DOLPHINS DAN MARINO signed PITT PANTHERS STAT JERSEY SIZE XL JSA #H79790
$300.00
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MIAMI DOLPHINS DAN MARINO signed 75TH ANNIVERSARY PATCH JERSEY PSA DNA
$175.00
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DAN MARINO MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGNED FRAMED 11 X 14 JSA CERT
$144.99
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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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