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.

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1957 Topps ROOKIE # 18 Don Drysdale Brooklyn Dodgers
$59.95
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1980 BASEBALL IMMORTALS #187 DON DRYSDALE POP 2 PSA 10 B1433366
$15.99
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1962-65 DODGERS POSTCARDS DON DRYSDALE NM *766743
$10.00
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1959 Don Drysdale Topps card #387 Los Angeles Dodgers HOF
$50.00
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1962 Topps Baseball $1 1 Bucks Don Drysdale PSA NM-MT8 Dodgers Player MLB
$124.95
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1959 Topps 387 Don Drysdale PSA 1.5 (8726)
$16.00
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1961 Post #160 Don Drysdale Star Card & Topps 570 & 260 Los Angeles Dodgers Lot
$15.17
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1993 Nabisco AS Autograph Don Drysdale
$75.00
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1967 Topps #55 Don Drysdale PSA 8 NM-MT *0816
$78.99
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1962 Dodgers Bell Brand #53 Don Drysdale VGEX J554011
$32.25
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2000 Upper Deck Brooklyn Dodgers Master Collection #BD10 Don Drysdale 250
$27.95
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TOPPS 1962 BASEBALL BUCKS: DON DRYSDALE LOS ANGELS DODGERS
$57.04
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1968 TOPPS #145 DON DRYSDALE DODGERS HOF PSA 8 B1823770-529
$39.99
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1962 Topps #340 Don Drysdale L.A. DODGERS EX MT
$35.00
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1959 Topps #387 Don Drysdale
$50.00
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Don Drysdale, Bob Veale, Bob Gibson, 1965 Topps #12, NL Strikeout, PSA 8 NM-MT
$52.49
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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

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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 Signed Cut Signature Pricing

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Don Drysdale Signed 1988 Grenada U.S. Baseball Series 1 FDC Cachet Cover PSA
$29.99
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Don Drysdale Signed Autographed Baseball Photo Global Authentics GA GAI COA
$84.95
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DON DRYSDALE SIGNED AUTO AUTOGRAPH PHOTO PSA DNA LOS ANGELES DODGERS F14141
$79.96
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JSA DON DRYSDALE -SIGNED Cooperstown Bat Co. Ebbets Field BASEBALL BAT Near Min
$275.00
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Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale Autographed Signed NL Baseball PSA DNA #V09096
$599.00
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Don Drysdale Signed Autographed Baseball Photo Global GA GAI COA
$84.95
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DON DRYSDALE JSA FULL LTR AUTOGRAPH NATL LEA BASEBALL SIGNED AUTHENTIC
$210.00
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DON DRYSDALE SIGNED 60`S PSA DNA 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$81.00
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Don Drysdale signed 8X10 photo JSA certified Dodgers
$69.95
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Don Drysdale PSA DNA Signed Index Card Certified Authentic Autograph
$54.99
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signed 1984 Don Drysdale & 4 others National Hall of Fame Baseball Yearbook jsa
$499.00
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DON DRYSDALE DODGERS SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTO PSA DNA
$79.95
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DON DRYSDALE DODGERS SIGNED NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTO PSA DNA
$174.95
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PSA DNA Don Drysdale HOF Brooklyn Dodgers Autographed Signed Salvino COA RARE!!
$99.99
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Don Drysdale Signed HOF Plaque Slabbed PSA
$73.50
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LA DODGERS 1964 Team Leo Durocher Don Drysdale Howard Signed Scorecard JSA LOA
$149.00
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