Harmon Killebrew Baseball Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Harmon Killebrew

Date of Birth: 6/29/1936
Rookie Card Year: 1955
Investment Rating: 7.5


Overview

As a member of the 500 Home Run Club, Harmon Killebrew baseball cards and autographed memorabilia carry values consistent with his Hall of Fame credentials. His 22-year career was spent predominately with the Washington Senators who then became the Minnesota Twins. He was a 13-time All-Star and six-time Home Run Champion.

Harmon Killebrew's rookie card is part of 1955 Topps Baseball. He has the added distinction of being included in the harder-to-find 1955 Topps Doubleheaders set. These Doubleheaders pair two players from the first series of the regular Topps issue. Killebrew is accompanied by Johnny Podres. The cards are folded and, when opened, the player image appears in full. The design concept was taken from the T201 Meca Double Folders set.

Killebrew's first certified autograph card is part of the 1991 Upper Deck Heroes of Baseball set. The card is numbered to 3,000 total copies, which, at the time, was considered rare. Fittingly enough, Harmon Killebrew's first memorabilia cards would also be produced by Upper Deck. In 1999, Killebrew was included in the iconic, Piece of History 500 Home Run Club set. With an unnumbered print run of 350 total cards, each contains a piece of a Killebrew game-used bat. Three additional copies also include an autograph.

Over the years, Killebrew signed a lot. He was a near-constant presence at autograph signings and sports collectibles conventions. He also lent his signature to many trading card sets prior to his passing in 2011. As a result, Harmon Killebrew autographs are among the most affordable of the 500 Home Run Club members.

Killebrew gained publicity for calling out ballplayers whose penmanship was less than acceptable in his eyes. These stories still pop up with regularity. What that ultimately meant for collectors was a crisp, clean, easily legible signature from the Twins great.

Harmon Killebrew Rookie Card

1955 Topps Harmon Killebrew RC #124

1955 Topps Harmon Killebrew RC

A classic set from the Golden Age of baseball, 1955 Topps Baseball is a favorite among vintage collectors. Featuring a vibrant yellow background on the right that fades to the left, the card features two, full-color images, a head shot and a full body action pose. The team logo graces the upper left-hand corner. A red banner along the bottom houses the players name, position and team. A facsimile signature also accompanies the other design elements to create one of the best looking baseball card sets ever created.

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196O TOPPS PSA 5 EX HARMON KILLEBREW HOF
$44.95

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Relic #GQR-HK Harmon Killebrew
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1972 Topps 51 Harmon Killebrew NM #D60738
$9.25

1974 TOPPS #400 HARMON KILLEBREW EX CENTERED *50826
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Harmon Killebrew Twins HOF 1959 Topps #515 PSA 7 * STOCK PHOTO *
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1959 topps #515 HARMON KILLEBREW washington senators BGS BCCG 7
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(34521) 1969 Topps 375 Harmon Killebrew Twins-EX+
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1959 TOPPS #515 HARMON KILLEBREW NICE CARD
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1968 TOPPS GAME HARMON KILLEBREW CARD NO:5 NEAR MINT
$8.00

2014 National Treasures Legends Harmon Killebrew Cut Signatures AUTO JERSEY Lot
$299.99

2009 SP Legendary Cuts #117 Harmon Killebrew 550 - NM-MT
$5.60

1962 Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins - Exhibit Red Stat Back Card
$10.00

1958 TOPPS #288 HARMON KILLEBREW SENATORS HOF PSA 8 (OC) B2098124-398
$84.99

2013 Topps Archives 72 Harmon Killebrew PSA 10 Gem Mint
$24.99

2013 Topps Archives 72 Harmon Killebrew PSA 9 Mint
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1958 Topps #288 Harmon Killebrew - Washington Senators, Near Mint Condition!
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Autograph Guide

Harmon Killebrew Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Harmon Killebrew'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.

Harmon Killebrew Cut Signature Exemplar

Harmon Killebrew Signature Example

Harmon Killebrew Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Harmon Killebrew signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Killebrew has one of the most consistent and best looking signatures, not only in baseball, but sports in general. As a result, regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. A pride of penmanship exists even into his older years.
  2. The "H" is distinct in that you can make out a classic cursive "L" with a crossing line low on the horizontal plane that attaches a vertical line on a 45 degree angle.
  3. Classic cursive script is used for the remaining letters of the first name.
  4. The "K" again uses an "L" shape with a line on a 30 degree angle that extends above a good portion of the other letters in the last name.
  5. The "i" is sometimes dotted, with the "l"s having loops.
  6. His signature got smaller as he got older and as a result some of the openings of the vowel letters are closed.

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Harmon Killebrew Senators Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA Y66639
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Harmon Killebrew Signed Perez-Steele Great Moments Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10367
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Harmon Killebrew Royals Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z11889
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Harmon Killebrew Twins Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA Y66661
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Harmon Killebrew Twins Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z11890
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Harmon Killebrew #500 8-10-71 Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z11626
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Harmon Killebrew #500 8-10-71 Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z11627
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Harmon Killebrew #500 8-10-71 Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z11628
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HARMON KILLEBREW SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO MINNESOTA TWINS W GAI COA
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Harmon Killebrew Autographed Signed Baseball PSA DNA #T45459
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HARMON KILLEBREW SIGNED JSA AUTHENTIC LOUISVILLE SLUGGER BAT AUTOGRAPH #D15741
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Harmon Killebrew Twins Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z11831
$59.00

HARMON KILLEBREW SIGNED JSA AUTHENTIC LOUISVILLE SLUGGER BAT AUTOGRAPH #D15728
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HARMON KILLEBREW SIGNED OFFICIAL AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA
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Harmon Killebrew Autographed Signed 1962 Topps Card PSA DNA #83383440
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Harmon Killebrew Autographed Signed Stat Ball Baseball PSA DNA #T45471
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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