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.

1984 Topps Dan Marino RC

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

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".

1984 Dolphins Police Dan Marino

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.

1984 Topps Glossy Dan Marino

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.

1984 Topps Stickers Dan Marino

Top eBay Listings

1999 Playoff Momentum SSD Hog Heaven 8 Dan Marino
$14.99

1994 DAN MARINO - Bowman Football Card -# 140 - Miami Dolphins - NMT M - RARE
$5.95

1994 DAN MARINO - Flair "HOT NUMBERS" Card - # 7 - Miami Dolphins
$12.95

1996 SELECT #8 DAN MARINO DOLPHINS HOF PSA 10 F1707399-568
$10.99

1999 Playoff Prestige EXP Performers DAN MARINO #PP13
$25.00

Dan Marino Rookie Year Autograph
$75.00

Miami Dolphins Dan Marino 1984 Topps Card# 202 Beckett Graded 9 Mint
$10.00

1998 Playoff Prestige Miami Dolphins Team Checklist DAN MARINO #23
$30.00

1997 Collectors Edge Extreme Foil Die Cut Dan Marino #P90
$30.00

Dan Marino 1999 Upper Deck Encore Seize the Game Card #24
$6.75

1997 SP Authentic ProFiles Die Cut DAN MARINO #P1
$18.00

1995 FLEER FOOTBALL #2 DAN MARINO MIAMI DOLPHINS AERIAL ATTACK NFL INSERT CARD
$12.99

1997 Pinnacle Quarterback Club #4 of 9 Dan Marino HOF Miami Dolphins
$5.00

1998 Topps Measures of Greatness #MG13 Dan Marino - NM-MT
$11.55

DAN MARINO 1991 UPPER DECK BGS 10 PRISTINE MIAMI DOLPHINS HOF
$79.99

1994 DAN MARINO - Playoff Football Card -# 3 - Miami Dolphins - NMT M - RARE
$5.59
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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

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 Signed Football

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Dan Marino Signed Helmet Pricing:

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Dan Marino Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Dan Marino Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Dan Marino Signed Wilson Official Record Breaker Football Limtied Edition PSA
$289.99

DAN MARINO AND JOE MONTANA SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED UDA 16X20 NICE
$79.99

Dan Marino Signed Miami Dolphins Official MLB Baseball JSA J58414
$295.00

Dan Marino Index Card PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Autograph Signed *5282
$69.00

DAN MARINO DOLPHINS SIGNED PITT PANTHERS FULL SIZE AUTHENTIC PRO HELMET PSA DNA
$529.99

1990 SCORE 320 DAN MARINO MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGNED AUTO CARD JSA AUTHENTICATED
$80.00

DAN MARINO 1995 UPPER DECK SP SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED CARD #170 DOLPHINS PSA DNA CERT
$79.96

Dan Marino Signed Miami Dolphins Logo Football JSA
$324.99

Dan Marino Autographed Signed NFL Leather Football PSA DNA #Y28513
$249.00

Dan Marino Autographed Signed Dolphins Mitchell & Ness Jersey PSA DNA #Y28501
$349.00

Dan Marino Signed Autographed Miami Dolphins Custom Jersey W Jsa Witness
$199.99

RIDDELL FS LRG DAN MARINO MARK DUPER CLAYTON JSA WITNESS SIGNED DOLPHINS HELMET
$599.88

DAN MARINO SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA AUTH DOLPHINS FOOTBALL AUTOGRAPH MIAMI AUTO COA
$89.99

DAN MARINO SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA AUTH DOLPHINS FOOTBALL AUTOGRAPH MIAMI AUTO COA
$89.99

DAN MARINO SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA AUTH DOLPHINS FOOTBALL AUTOGRAPH MIAMI AUTO COA
$89.99

DAN MARINO AUTOGRAPH PHOTO SIGNED PSA DNA COA AUTO RARE ! BOLD SILVER SHARPIE !
$39.00
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