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 Image

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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Harmon Killebrew 1959 Topps - Washington Senators # 515 VG-EX+ HOF High Number
$31.99
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Harmon Killebrew Washington Nationals 1955 Topps #124 RC EX Condition
$124.99
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2012 Harmon Killebrew Topps Golden Moments Die Cuts
$5.99
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Harmon Killebrew GRADED CARD!!! Beckett BCCG 8!! 1967 Topps #460 Twins
$29.99
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1978 TCMA The 1960's, #90 Harmon Killebrew HOF Beckett BGS 9.5 ** 4×9.5 Nice *
$79.99
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1963 TOPPS HARMON KILLEBREW #500 (150.00) EX UT2773
$40.00
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1981-90 Metallic Hall of Fame Card Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins Senators
$9.99
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1965 Topps Mickey Mantle Harmon Killebrew Brooks Robinson RBI leaders card #5 EX
$11.00
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1962 Topps Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris ,Harmon Killebrew, Jim gentlile card#53
$15.00
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1960 Topps #210 Harmon Killebrew Hall of Fame Minnesota Twins INCREDIBLE!
$25.00
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*2508 1964 TOPPS HARMON KILLEBREW CARD #177 EX
$17.49
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2005 Leaf Limited Gold Monikers HARMON KILLEBREW Auto Rare Senators SP HOF # 25
$99.00
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2011 TOPPS SHORT PRINT VARIATION HARMON KILLEBREW CARD # 293 B
$13.99
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1972 TOPPS #52 HARMON KILLEBREW PSA 8 OC IN ACTION
$13.00
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1972 Topps HARMON KILLEBREW card # 51 *card 2*
$8.99
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1972 Topps HARMON KILLEBREW card # 51 *card 4*
$5.40
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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 Image

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 Autograph SIGNED Hackett Plate Minnesota Twins JSA Coa
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HARMON KILLEBREW 1960`S SIGNED PSA DNA 8X10 AUTOGRAPH
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1975 Topps Signed Harmon Killebrew Card #640 Twins JSA COA (1)
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1975 Topps Signed Harmon Killebrew Card #640 Twins JSA COA (2)
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HARMON KILLEBREW PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 1975 TOPPS AUTOGRAPH
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1970 Topps #64 Harmon Killebrew PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Signed *8724
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TWINS HARMON KILLEBREW AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1982 CHECK AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA SLABBED
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TWINS HARMON KILLEBREW AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1975 CHECK AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA SLABBED
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HARMON KILLEBREW SIGNED PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED 2005 UPPER DECK AUTOGRAPH
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TWINS HARMON KILLEBREW SIGNED CARD 1970 TOPPS #150 GRADED 6 PSA DNA SLABBED
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Harmon Killebrew Autographed Signed 1955 Topps Rookie Card PSA DNA #83135715
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SIGNED HARMON KILLEBREW COLOR PHOTO 8X10 PSA DNA#H72832
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HARMON KILLEBREW JSA CERT AUTOGRAPH AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL SIGNED AUTHENTIC
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Harmon Killebrew Autographed Signed 1989 Pacific Legends Card PSA DNA #83504782
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HARMON KILLEBREW (Minnesota Twins) signed baseball w PSA COA
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HARMON KILLEBREW SIGNED TWINS 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH JSA #I82396
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