Don Drysdale Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Don Drysdale

Date of Birth: 7/23/1936
Rookie Card Year: 1957
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

Don Drysdale's baseball cards and autographed memorabilia trade at values consistent and reflective of his Hall of Fame status. An accomplished pitcher, the nine-time All-Star helped lead the Dodgers to three World Series Championships. He holds a special place in the hearts of Dodgers fans who watched Drysdale become one of the most dominant pitchers of his era.

Don Drysdale's cardboard debut was made as part of the 1957 Topps Baseball set. High-grade version of his Topps RC can command several thousand dollars on the secondary market. Player collectors will also want to chase down his Dodger's team issue from 1956 (#7), as well as one that was part of the Jay Publishing World Series Pack (#16).

With regards to Drysdale's modern cards, he has relatively few for a player of his caliber. His first autographed card is part of the 1993 Nabisco All-Stars set. His first certified autographed card made by a major manufacturer came several years later, in the 2001 SP Legendary Cuts product by Upper Deck. Each of the 12 serial numbered cards included a cut signature of the Dodger great, who had died soon after the signing of the Nabisco product.

Drysdale's first memorabilia cards were also made by Upper Deck in the year 2000. He was included on the memorabilia checklist of both the Brooklyn Dodgers Master Collection and Legends products. All of the memorabilia cards included in those products showcase a swatch of a game-worn Don Drysadale jersey.

A busy post-playing career in broadcasting and an early death, translates to precious few legitimate autographs for the Dodgers' hurler. A willing in-person signer at the park, he died just prior to the birth of major regional and national autograph shows. Team signed items from the Dodger's championship days can sell for thousands of dollars.

Don Drysdale Rookie Card

1957 Topps Don Drysdale RC #18

The clean, no-nonsense design of the 1957 Topps Baseball set has always been popular with vintage collectors. Drysdale's card is a perfect example of how a large portrait and minimal text can create a lasting treasure.

1957 Topps RC Don Drysdale

 

Top eBay Listings

1959 TOPPS # 387 DON DRYSDALE NICE CARD
$11.69

1966 TOPPS #430 DON DRYSDALE NICE CARD
$17.99

1962 Topps #398 All-Star - Don Drysdale EX MT A15591
$14.00

1966 Topps #430 Don Drysdale EX MT A24194
$21.00

1963 Topps #360 Don Drysdale - Los Angeles Dodgers, Excellent - Mint Condition!
$26.00

1958 Topps #25 Don Drysdale EX A28437
$55.00

1966 Topps #430 Don Drysdale EX MT A9558
$21.00

1947-66 Exhibit Supply Baseball Card Don Drysdale Portrait VGEX
$65.00

s2396- 1964 Topps #5 NL Strikeout Leaders Sandy Koufax Maloney Don Drysdale Card
$11.04

1982 Topps K-Mart #42 Don Drysdale Signed Auto PSA DNA
$59.00

1963 Fleer Don Drysdale #41 Baseball Card VG-EX Condition
$12.00

1962 Topps Baseball Bucks Don Drysdale PSA 7
$100.00

7-L.A. DODGERS 1959 Topps Cards (DON DRYSDALE FAIRLY(R)
$23.99

1961 Topps #49 NL Strikeout Leaders - Don Drysdale EX MT Y26803
$13.00

(20690) 1963 Topps 9 NL SO Leaders-Sandy Koufax-Bob Gibson-Don Drysdale-NM
$27.50

1969 MLBPA PIN BACK 1983 DON DRYSDALE L A DODGERS
$25.00
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Autograph Guide

Don Drysdale Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Don Drysdale'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 companySome 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.

Don Drysdale Cut Signature Exemplar

Don Drysdale Signature Example

Don Drysdale Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Don Drysdale signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. Don Drysdale signature has remained consistent over time, and consists of a rapid series of loops and lines with minimal stops and starts.
  2. The signature is not easy to decipher letter-by-letter, as many of the letters look the same.
  3. The first and last names are nearly connected.
  4. The most legible area of the signature is "d-a-l-e."
  5. Fluid, even handed pen strokes create a unique uniform look.

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Don Drysdale Cut Signature

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1982 Topps K-Mart #42 Don Drysdale Signed Auto PSA DNA
$59.00

DON DRYSDALE SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTHENIC AUTOGRAPH
$59.00

DON DRYSDALE JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 1984 FDC AUTOGRAPH
$59.00

Don Drysdale Signed ONL Bart Giamatti Baseball Brooklyn Dodgers Auto PSA DNA
$279.99

DON DRYSDALE GEM MINT SIGNED VINTAGE PHOTO CUSTOM ART FRAMED TO 15X17 PSA DNA
$95.99

DON DRYSDALE SIGNED JSA CERT MCCARTHY PHOTO POSTCARD AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$69.00

DON DRYSDALE VINTAGE SIGNED PSA DNA CERTIFIED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$73.00

DON DRYSDALE SIGNED MINT INDEX CARD PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPH HOF AUTO
$74.99

Don Drysdale Signed 8x10 Photo with JSA authent Autographed Brooklyn Dodgers
$99.95

Don Drysdale & Ron Fairly Autographed Signed Ticket PSA DNA #83761934
$249.00

Don Drysdale JSA Signed Official National League Baseball Dodgers Auto Died 1993
$249.99

DON DRYSDALE PSA DNA SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$219.00

Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale & Vin Scully Signed First Day Covers Autographed PSA
$295.00

DON DRYSDALE SIGNED INDEX CARD MINT PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPH HOF AUTO
$59.99

Don Drysdale signed ball LA Dodgers UDA Upper Deck hologram, HOF 1984, D:1993
$70.00

Don Drysdale Signed Baseball Autograph Auto PSA DNA X92900
$279.00
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