Hank Greenberg Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Hank Greenberg

Date of Birth: 1/1/1911
Rookie Card Year: 1934
Investment Rating: 7.0


Overview

Hank Greenberg baseball cards and memorabilia have a special place in baseball history. Before there was Hammerin' Hank Aaron, there was Hammerin' Hank Greenberg. As an accomplished Hall of Fame player of Jewish descent, Greenberg's talent and achievements were heralded as proof of equality at a time when prejudice was at the forefront of geopolitics. In 1938, Greenberg hit 58 home runs, tying him with Jimmie Foxx for most  in a season by anyone not named Babe Ruth.

The five-time All-Star also won two World Series with the Detroit Tigers as well as two American League MVP Awards. When he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1956, Greenberg's collectibility was cemented in the hobby. The Hank Greenberg rookie card hails from one of the most popular Pre-War baseball cards sets of all-time, 1934 Goudey Baseball.

Unfortunately for collectors, Greenberg died in 1986, just as the autograph circuit for retired players was gaining popularity. As a result, he has a limited number of autographed items in the market, but they can be found. Cut signatures are the most cost-effective option as single- or team-signed baseballs and other items from his playing days can be rather expensive.

Key Hank Greenberg Cards

1934 Goudey Hank Greenberg RC #62

1934 Goudey Hank Greenberg RC 244x300 Image

Designated as R320 in the American Card Catalog, the 1934 Goudey set is revered in the hobby. Hank Greenberg's rookie card being included on the checklist is definitely one of the reasons why. The colorful cards are some of the best looking pre-War cards ever produced. They measure a near square 2 3/8" x 2 7/8". High-grade examples are getting very difficult to find unless you have significant financial resources.

1939 Play Ball Hank Greenberg #56

1939 Play Ball Hank Greenberg 56 233x300 Image

One of Greenberg's most popular Hank Greenberg cards is the classic black and white 1939 Play Ball. The professionally photographed head-and-shoulders portrait, color contrast and simplistic design are reasons that contribute to its desirability.

2001 Upper Deck Hall of Famers Game Bat #BHG

2001 UD Hall of Fame Hank Greeberg Bat Relic Image

In 2001, trading card manufacturers produced a total of seven different Hank Greenberg game-used bat cards. Despite not being serial numbered, this is one of the most popular.

2002 SP Legendary Cuts Cut Signature Hank Greenberg #HGR #/94

2002 SP Legendary Cuts Hank Greeberg Image

The introduction of cut signatures would revolutionize the hobby forever. Being able to include authentic autographs of deceased players in current products was another one of Upper Deck's ground-breaking innovations during this time period.

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2003 Jewish Major Leaguers - DETROIT TIGERS Team Set ** w HANK GREENBERG **
$45.00
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1936 R312 - Hank Greenberg - PSA 5 -- Detroit Tigers HoF (mikedenero)
$290.00
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Hank Greenberg 2011 Topps #150 Variation SP - Detroit Tigers
$9.99
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2003 SP LEGENDARY CUTS ETCHED IN TIME HANK GREENBERG #322 300
$12.00
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1936 R314 Creamy Hank Greenberg (Tigers) GOOD
$42.50
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HANK GREENBERG 2010 TOPPS PEAK PERFORMANCE GAME USED BAT
$19.99
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HANK GREENBERG 2003 TOPPS GAME BAT CARD HARRY HEILMANN 2012 GAME BAT CARD LOT
$49.99
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CVLT) X 2 TCMA All Time Greats Hank Greenberg Cards W Ralph Kiner Tigers HOF EM
$5.95
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1963 BAZOOKA GREATS # 19 HANK GREENBERG TIGERS GOOD 183226
$10.00
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Hank Greenberg Nameplate #5 Detroit Tigers 2011 Topps Series 2 Black 70 99
$15.00
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1960 NU-CARD BASEBALL HI-LITES #42 Hank Greenberg -'Returns to Tigers from Army'
$6.95
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1935 Diamond Stars Hank Greenberg Rookie Rc Centered Awesome VG-EX Or Better
$350.00
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1939 Play Ball #56 - Hank Greenberg - PSA 7 -- Detroit Tigers HoF (mikedenero)
$280.00
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1940 Playball #40 Hank Greenberg Tigers SGC 5
$200.00
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1947 Play Ball pc (@1983 TCMA) HANK GREENBERG, PSA 6
$12.00
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Vintage Jim Rowe Detroit tigers Postcards lot of 8 HANK GREENBERG
$7.99
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Autograph Guide

Hank Greenberg Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Hank Greenberg'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.

Hank Greenberg Cut Signature Exemplar

Hank Greenberg Signature Example Image

Hank Greenberg Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Hank Greenberg 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. A very unique signature with several personalized characteristics.
  2. Written in cursive on a horizontal plane.
  3. The letter "H" starts with a small circle and the vertical lines are narrowly spaced.
  4. Depending on the writing instrument the "a" can be closed or open.
  5. The "K" has emphasis on the top of the starting lines.
  6. The "G-r-e-e" are legible while the "n" is implied.
  7. The "b-e-r" are discernible but small.
  8. The final letter "g" finishes with a flourish looking like a large "U" shape.

Hank Greenberg Signed Baseball Pricing

Active Listings for Hank Greenberg Signed Baseballs

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Hank Greenberg Signed Photograph Pricing

Active Listings for Hank Greenberg Signed Photographs

Hank Greenberg Signed Photo Image

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Hank Greenberg hand SIGNED Tigers Cubs 1980 Old Timers Day Program JSA COA
$249.99
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HANK GREENBERG MLB HOF SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD JSA COA BECKETT ENCAPSULATED
$99.99
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HANK GREENBERG SIGNED PSA DNA GOLD HOF PLAQUE AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$136.00
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HANK GREENBERG SIGNED PSA DNA 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$115.00
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HANK GREENBERG VINTAGE SIGNED PSA DNA PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$149.00
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1934 DETROIT TIGERS AL CHAMPS Signed Baseball ball JSA HOF Auto HANK GREENBERG
$2,899.99
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HANK GREENBERG signed 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes card, PSA authentic
$99.99
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HANK GREENBERG SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA YELLOW HOF POSTCARD #83026518
$199.99
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HANK GREENBERG GEM MT 10 AUTOGRAPH SIGNED PSA DNA #83096089 TRADING CARD
$299.99
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HANK GREENBERG SIGNED 1983 DONRUSS HEROES AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA 83011686 CARD
$199.99
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HANK GREENBERG HOF AUTOGRAPH SIGNED PSA DNA
$95.00
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HANK GREENBERG PSA DNA SIGNED 1938 GOUDEY REPRINT AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$127.00
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Hank Greenberg Dizzy Dean HOF's Signed Autographed Baseball Ball JSA LOA #B97807
$2,799.00
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Hank Greenberg Autographed Signed 1983 Donruss HOF Heroes Card PSA DNA #83525334
$139.00
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Hank Greenberg Autographed Signed Postcard PSA DNA #83301223
$159.00
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HANK GREENBERG SIGNED INDEX CARD MINT PSA DNA SLABBED AUTOGRAPHED HOF TIGERS
$139.99
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