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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2004 FLEER LEGACY HIT KINGS GARY SHEFFIELD MANNY RAMIREZ DUAL PATCH CARD #07 19
$7.41
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1997 BOWMAN'S BEST MIRROR REFRACTOR JUAN GONZALEZ + GARY SHEFFIELD +2
$6.90
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2001 GARY SHEFFIELD 16 20 ULTIMATE COLLECTION MAGIC NUMBERS GAME JERSEY SILVER!
$14.95
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04 Absolute Memorabilia Gary Sheffield #SC-2 Auto Bat Card #20 50
$20.00
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3x Jersey Bat Lot Gary Sheffield 2002 Upper Deck 2002 Platinum 2001 Platinum
$13.95
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1993 Donruss Elite GARY SHEFFIELD #06592 10000 #28 (25811)
$10.00
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2004 Fleer Platinum Nameplates GARY SHEFFIELD Jersey Patch #115 500 (22343)
$12.00
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03 Donruss Leaf Gary Sheffield Atlanta Braves 16 25 RARE
$13.99
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1989 Star Gary Sheffield Brewers 11 Card Set GAI 9.5
$24.95
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GARY SHEFFIELD #GS 1 5 Made Marlin Auto Private Signings 2013 Panini Fall Heroes
$99.99
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9 -GARY SHEFFIELD - Baseball Card Lot 1990-2004 Brewers Yankees Dodgers Padres
$5.00
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GARY SHEFFIELD SHAWN GREEN 2001 SPx Dual Jersey Relic LOS ANGELES DODGERS
$25.00
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1989 topps tiffany #343 GARY SHEFFIELD rookie BGS 9 9 9 8.5
$18.00
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1989 topps tiffany #343 GARY SHEFFIELD rookie BGS 9.5 9 9 9
$22.00
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1989 Fleer Rack Pack Gary Sheffield RC Pat Perry Wallace Johnson
$7.95
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GARY SHEFFIELD 1995 Upper Deck Collectors Choice Gold SIGNATURE #300 Insert MINT
$8.99
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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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Gary Sheffield NY Yankees Signed Autographed Jersey Sheffield Holo GAI COA
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GARY SHEFFIELD Signed Autographed Rawlings Official Ball Baseball PSA DNA S31238
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GARY SHEFFIELD SIGNED STEINER CERTED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTOGRAPH
$71.00
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Gary Sheffield Signed Auto Major League Baseball Yankees Braves Dodgers PSA DNA
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1996 Fleer GARY SHEFFIELD Signed Card GAI Slabbed Auto Marlins
$39.95
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GARY SHEFFIELD,DOC GOODEN NY YANKEES,WS CHAMPS,HOF JSA COA SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO
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1998 Fleer Metal Universe GARY SHEFFIELD Signed Card GAI Slabbed Auto Marlins
$39.95
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1998 UD 10th Anniversary Preview GARY SHEFFIELD Signed Card GAI Slabbed Auto SP
$43.95
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1992 Upper Deck GARY SHEFFIELD DWIGHT GOODEN Signed Auto Baseball Card PSA DNA
$55.00
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GARY SHEFFIELD Signed Autographed Game-Used Baseball Bat, Rare Misprint, PSA DNA
$399.99
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FRED MCGRIFF GARY SHEFFIELD SIGNED PSA DNA FDC AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$46.00
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GARY SHEFFIELD JSA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO MARLINS AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$41.00
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GARY SHEFFIELD AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED NY YANKEES JERSEY PSA DNA
$139.00
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GARY SHEFFIELD Signed 22x34 Starline Poster JSA
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Gary Sheffield Signed 1997 Topps Finest Marlins Card #176 PSA DNA COA Autograph
$34.99
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Gary Sheffield 1989 Upper Deck Signed Rookie Card PSA DNA Authentic - AUTO
$99.99
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