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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2005 Upper Deck Hall of Fame #EE-HK1 Harmon Killebrew 15 Auto Baseball Card 1j2
$100.28

1964 Topps Coins #112 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 0j5
$49.99

1964 Topps Coins #133 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 0j5
$49.99

1970 Topps Super #4 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 0a3
$16.15

1968 Topps #220 Harmon Killebrew GAI 9 Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 0j6
$101.00

1964 Topps Giants #38 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 0b7
$7.44

1955 Topps 124 Harmon Killebrew Washington Nationals RC Rookie Baseball Card 1e5
$110.44

1968 Topps #220 Harmon Killebrew AUTHENTICATED Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 0q3
$91.00

1955 Topps 124 Harmon Killebrew Washington Nationals RC Rookie Baseball Card 2b8
$160.00

1956 Topps #164.1 Harmon Killebrew (Gray Back) BVG 4.5 Washington Nationals 1b8
$39.99

1964 Topps Coins #112 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 4e8
$17.20

1964 Topps Coins #133 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 4e8
$14.20

1963 Topps #500 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 1o5
$100.00

1947 1947-66 Exhibits W461 #HAKI.2 Harmon Killebrew (Fielding) Baseball Card 1v6
$50.44

1973 Topps #170 Harmon Killebrew READ Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 5v2
$5.25

1972 Topps #51 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins Baseball Card 5v2
$5.25
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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 SIGNED 1985 PEREZ-STEELE #188 JSA COA #00580 10,000 HOF
$54.99

HARMON KILLEBREW 1959 SIGNED PSA DNA PHOTO GPC GOVT PC AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$62.10

HARMON KILLEBREW & RICK FERRELL SIGNED 1984 HALL OF FAME FULL PROGRAM JSA COA
$79.99

PSA DNA HARMON KILLEBREW AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED TWINS POSTCARD PLAQUE HOF Z23674
$24.78

Harmon Killebrew "HOF 84" Signed 8X10 Photo JSA COA
$45.00

Harmon Killebrew Hand Signed 8X10 Photo Inscribed 573 HR'S JSA COA
$45.00

HARMON KILLEBREW MINNESOTA TWINS SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 8X10 PHOTO JSA
$45.00

Hammerin' Harmon Killebrew 573 HR's Signed Baseball JSA
$249.99

Harmon Killebrew Signed Official MLB Baseball w "HOF 84" Insc. JSA COA
$55.19

HARMON KILLEBREW 1959 PSA DNA SIGNED CERTIFIED 8X10 WIRE PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRA
$75.00

JSA Harmon Killebrew Autographed Signed AUTO MLB Gene Budig Baseball ZDV 250
$42.98

Harmon Killebrew Signed 1969 Topps - PSA DNA
$53.00

HARMON KILLEBREW PSA DNA SIGNED 1964 TOPPS GIANTS CARD AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL HOF
$39.95

HARMON KILLEBREW PSA DNA SIGNED 1964 TOPPS GIANTS CARD AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL HOF
$39.95

Mickey Mantle Willie Mays Harmon Killebrew Signed 8x10 Photograph Photo PSA DNA
$399.99

Harmon Killebrew signed 1984 Cooperstown Cachet PSA DNA Cert# W40429
$79.99
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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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