Gary Sheffield Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Gary Sheffield

Date of Birth: 11/18/1968
Rookie Card Year: 1989
Investment Rating: 6.0


Overview

It's easy to forget that Gary Sheffield hit 509 home runs and 1,676 RBI in his 21-year MLB career. Unfortunately, his name was tied to alleged PED use that has tainted his legacy. However, there are still plenty of collectors, who pursue Gary Sheffield cards and autographed memorabilia.

Gary Sheffield has a total of seven rookie cards, all coming from 1989 baseball sets. His 1987 ProCards minor league card is also popular with collectors.

Sheffield's first certified autograph card is in the 1993 Classic Best Gold set. It is a minor league card that is hand-numbered to 2,050. His first major league autograph cards were produced by Donruss and Upper Deck in 1997.

Upper Deck produced the first Gary Sheffield memorabilia cards in 1998. These include both jersey and bat cards. One of the more unique cards is an over-sized box topper card from 1998 SP Authentic Baseball. Numbered to 125, it measure 5" by 7" and has a large jersey swatch.

Prices Gary Sheffield's autographed memorabilia dipped as a result of his alleged connections to PEDs. He rarely participates in organized signing events. However, he was a willing in-person signer during his career so there is a significant amount of memorabilia available on the secondary market.

Gary Sheffield Rookie Card Checklist

1989 Bowman Gary Sheffield RC #142

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1989 marked the return of the Bowman brand and its focus on rookies. Slightly over-sized, the card is very cheap. More pricey is the premium Topps Tiffany version that was available only in special factory sets.

1989 Donruss Gary Sheffield RC #31

1989 Donruss Gary Sheffield RC1 210x300 Image

Tagged with the iconic "Rated Rookie" moniker, this card features a great action photo that helps make it very popular with collectors. Like virtually all Gary Sheffield rookie cards, prices are kept in check due to extremely large print runs.

1989 Fleer Gary Sheffield RC #196

1989 Fleer Gary Sheffield RC1 214x300 Image

This is definitely one of the more plain Gary Sheffield rookie cards. There is a Glossy version that was exclusive to a factory set. It carries a premium, but it's still very affordable.

1989 Score Gary Sheffield RC #625

1989 Score Gary Sheffield RC1 215x300 Image

A very popular rookie card of Sheffield, it was one of three total cards Score printed  of Sheffield that year. However, this is considered to be his only Score rookie card.

1989 Sportflics Gary Sheffield RC #41

1989 Sportflics Gary Sheffield 211x300 Image

There's definitely no mistaking the Sportflics Gary Sheffield rookie. It comes with the company's trademark lenticular design that flicks between a portrait and a shot of Sheffield batting. The slugger appears on a second card in the set that also features Gregg Jefferies and Sandy Alomar.

1989 Topps Gary Sheffield RC #343

1989 Topps Gary Sheffield RC1 213x300 Image

It might not be worth much, but this is one of the more iconic Gary Sheffield rookie cards. In addition to this card, Sheffield has a rarer Tiffany version. Like his Bowman Tiffany card, it has a glossy finish and brighter card stock. Additionally, Sheffield is one of 22 players included in the 1989 Topps Glossy Rookies set that was inserted in jumbo cello packs.

1989 Upper Deck Gary Sheffield RC #13

1989 Upper Deck Gary Sheffield RC1 214x300 Image

This card was originally printed in error with the moniker SS on the front printed upside down. It was later corrected, although neither version carries a significant premium. While it falls far behind the iconic Ken Griffey Jr, Sheffield is still considered one of the key rookie cards in the set.

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2014 Topps Museum GARY SHEFFIELD Momentous Materials Jersey Relic #'d 02 50
$24.95
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2001 UD Sweet Spot GARY SHEFFIELD Game Used Bat Card
$17.99
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Gary Sheffield 2003 Upper Deck Classic Portraits Gold #11 25
$10.00
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GARY SHEFFIELD 2005 LEAF LIMITED GOLD AUTOGRAPH CARD 19 25 - YANKEES
$24.00
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1992 Bowman Gary Sheffield Blank Back Error Card
$5.00
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GARY SHEFFIELD 2006 Topps Finest Autographs #FA-GS YANKEES $$ AUTO
$29.90
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GARY SHEFFIELD 2004 E-X EX CLEARLY AUTHENTICS 3 CLR PATCH 5 11 $$ YANKEES
$75.00
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1996 GARY SHEFFIELD LEAF STEEL GOLD PROMO
$6.30
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GARY SHEFFIELD 2013 TRIPLE THREADS JUMBO JERSEY #2 27
$11.53
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1989 Upper Deck Gary Sheffield & Cal Ripken Jr Rookie Lot BGS
$5.99
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Lot of (195) 1989 Donruss "The Rookies" Gary Sheffield #1 RC NM
$42.49
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Gary Sheffield 2001 Upper Deck Auto Game Used Jersey Autograph Dodgers Mint
$14.99
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1989 Donruss Rookies Set Graded Autograph Gary Sheffield Ken Griffey Jr
$137.00
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1989 Donruss Rookies #1 Gary Sheffield Milwaukee Brewers RC BCCG Graded 10 Mint
$8.00
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Gary Sheffield 2002 Fleer Maximum Maximum Power Game-Used Bat Card
$6.99
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2004 PLAYOFF HONORS PRIME SIGNATURE GARY SHEFFIELD AUTOGRAPH AUTO #74 100
$14.95
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Autograph Guide

Gary Sheffield Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Gary Sheffield'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.

Gary Sheffield Cut Signature Exemplar:

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Gary Sheffield Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Gary Sheffield 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. This is a unique signature with few, if any, discernible letters.
  2. A distinguishable character at the start of the signature starts below the horizontal plane. It forms a half-circle before a horizontal line extends back through the left. The end of the line has a small curl.
  3. The very tiny written letters "a-r-y" are visible when written with an ink pen. When written with a Sharpie, those letters are hard to discern.
  4. The "S" of the last name is visible.
  5. A series of two large loops and two much smaller ones are visible.

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DON MATTINGLY & GARY SHEFFIELD DODGERS YANKEES DUAL SIGNED OML BASEBALL JSA RARE
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GARY SHEFFIELD Signed OFFICIAL MLB Baseball PSA DNA F28326 "I LOVE NY" YANKEES
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Gary Sheffield NY Yankees Signed Autographed Jersey Sheffield Holo GAI COA
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Gary Sheffield Signed Photograph Autographed Photo Brewers Yankees PSA DNA
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GARY SHEFFIELD AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED MLB BASEBALL 92 NL BC PSA DNA
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Gary Sheffield Autographed Signed 2004 All Star Baseball PSA DNA #G84286
$50.00
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Gary Sheffield Signed 16X20 Photo JSA COA
$60.00
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Gary Sheffield Signed 8x10 Photo PSA COA 500 HR Club
$50.00
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Gary Sheffield Brewers Signed 8x10 Photo PSA COA
$50.00
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GARY SHEFFIELD YANKEES MARLINS SIGNED OFFICIAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA H84259
$69.00
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Gary Sheffield 500 HR Brewers Signed 8x10 Photo JSA COA
$50.00
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Gary Sheffield Brewers 500 HR Signed 8x10 Photo JSA COA
$50.00
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Gary Sheffield Signed Auto Photo 8x10 +1989 ROOKIE Card #28 Certified PSA Brewer
$59.99
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Gary Sheffield Signed Baseball 509 HR Inscription Steiner COA Yankees Mets
$50.00
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GARY SHEFFIELD Signed BAT Louisville Slugger DODGERS GAI LOA
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