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

1966 Topps #430 Don Drysdale HOF Los Angeles Dodgers NM OR BETTER
$19.99

1957 TOPPS DON DRYSDALE #18 ROOKIE CARD
$32.69

30877* 1959 Topps # 387 Don Drysdale
$10.00

1962 Topps # 340 Don Drysdale Ex-Mt
$35.00

1967 Topps # 55 Don Drysdale Ex-Mt
$15.00

1963 FLEER #41 DON DRYSDALE DODGERS
$24.00

1959 TOPPS #387 DON DRYSDALE DODGERS
$23.00

1957 TOPPS #18 DON DRYSDALE DODGERS ROOKIE
$65.00

1959 Topps Don Drysdale Dodgers VG-EX Condition*
$18.00

1961 Topp Don Drysdale (ExMint--NrMt condition)
$14.99

1958 Topps 25 Don Drysdale PSA 5 (3397)
$59.00

1963 TOPPS BASEBALL #360 DON DRYSDALE
$74.99

1958 TOPPS BASEBALL #25 DON DRYSDALE - LOS ANGELES DODGERS, HOF, 91113
$14.35

Don Drysdale 1961 Topps, PSA 4
$20.67

DON DRYSDALE-DODGERS 1982 Topps K-Mart blank front error cards w sketch
$35.00

1969 Topps Decals, Don Drysdale #9 - PSA 9! HOF!
$44.99
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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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1979 Diamond Greats Don Drysdale signed card PSA DNA d93
$79.00

Don Drysdale MLB HOF Signed Autograph Post Card Slabbed PSA Grade 9 Mint
$112.50

Don Drysdale Signed Autograph Color Photo Card 3 1 2 X 5 PSA Grade 9 Mint
$93.75

Don Drysdale Signed Baseball Autograph Auto JSA Y03821
$149.00

Don Drysdale Perez Steele Postcard PSA DNA Autograph Signed Dodgers HOF
$59.99

DON DRYSDALE PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTOGRAPH
$59.00

DON DRYSDALE VINTAGE JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$76.00

DON DRYSDALE PSA DNA SIGNED INDEX CARD AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
$47.95

DON DRYSDALE PSA DNA SIGNED INDEX CARD AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
$47.95

Don Drysdale Single Signed Official National League Baseball, JSA
$185.00

DON DRYSDALE signed NL Baseball DODGERS Giamatti JSA Hologram HOF Koufax
$299.99

GORGEOUS Don Drysdale SIGNED 1961 Topps Card PSA DNA
$124.99

Don Drysdale Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Auto Autograph T87418
$99.00

Don Drysdale signed 8x10 photo - Dodgers - JSA Cert (49)
$49.99

1959 TOPPS #262 DON DRYSDALE JOHNNY PODRES LABINE SIGNED AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA RARE
$299.99

1990 SWELL BASEBALL GREATS #62 DON DRYSDALE PSA DNA SIGNED AUTO JGR0825
$124.99
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