Hideki Matsui Cards, Rookie Cards, Autographed Memorabilia

Hideki Matsui

Date of Birth: 6/12/1974
Rookie Card Year: 2003
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Hideki Matsui enjoyed a stellar 19-year professional baseball career that spanned two professional leagues and continents. Hideki Matsui cards and autographed memorabilia are popular with collectors in the United States and his home country of Japan.

Matsui played his first ten seasons with the Yomuiri Giants of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League. He was a nine-time All-Star and won the league's MVP award three times.

In 2003, Matsui signed with the New York Yankees and was part of their World Series Championship team in 2009. He was also named the Series' MVP. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays before retiring in 2012.

Due to his international play, Hideki Matsui has cards from two different countries. His first Japanese cards were released in 1993. One of the most popular is his card from Japanese trading card manufacturer, BBM. His international stardom makes it a highly desirable card both here and abroad.

Collectors have no shortage of Hideki Matsui rookie cards to chase. Not including inserts, he has a total of 50 in 2003 MLB products. Three of these are autographed: 2003 SP Authentic (#/500), 2003 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection (#/250) and 2003 SPx (#/864), which also includes a piece of game-used jersey.

Hideki Matsui's autographed memorabilia has strong demand around the globe. Being both an international superstar and part of a World Series Championship with the New York Yankees means his signed memorabilia will maintain its value for years to come.

Top Hideki Matsui Rookie Cards

1993 BBM Hideki Matsui #423

Matsui was a dominating player in the Japanese Nippon league long before arriving in America. This is his most popular card from his Japanese playing days. Even if it's not a traditional rookie card for North American audiences, it carries a lot of importance and should be a cornerstone in any Matsui collection.

1993 BBM Hideki Matsui

2003 SP Authentic Hideki Matsui RC #181 Autograph #/500

Featuring an on-card signature and limited to just 500 copies makes this a very appealing rookie card. The inscription of his jersey number "55" adds a nice personal touch. It is, arguably, his most popular MLB rookie card. It costs less than his autograph card from Ultimate Collection and is easier to find.

2003 SP Authentic Hideki Matsui

2003 SPx Hideki Matsui RC #161 Autograph, Jersey #/864

This is Matsui's only combination memorabilia autograph card. Despite its relatively high print run of 864 copies, they can be surprisingly difficult to find on the secondary market.

2003 SPx Hideki Matsui

2003 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection RC #169 Autograph #/250

With a print run of 250 numbered copies, this is the rarest  high-end Hideki Matsui rookie card. The Japanese slugger also has a couple of other Matsui autographed inserts.

2003 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hideki Matsui

Top eBay Listings

2003 Fleer Tradition Update Glossy #207 Hideki Matsui AS 100
$18.20

2004 (YANKEES) Diamond Kings Bronze #124 Hideki Matsui 100
$10.92

2006 (YANKEES) Topps Chrome Black Refractors #161 Hideki Matsui 549
$5.00

2006 Upper Deck Ovation Gold Hideki Matsui
$5.00

Hideki Matsui Donruss Zenith New York Yankees E-17 155 of 500 Orange
$5.00

HIDEKI MATSUI 2005 Upper Deck LEGENDS MINI JERSEY NY YANKEES WHITE PINSTRIPE
$12.99

2004 Etopps IN HAND Hideki Matsui OF New York Yankees
$5.49

2004 ULTRA & INSCRIBED HIDEKI MATSUI NEW YORK YANKEES LOT OF TWO(2) MINT
$9.25

2009 Topps 206 Mini Old Mill #43 Hideki Matsui Card
$6.16

04 Leaf Limited Hideki Matsui MLB NY NEW YORK YANKEES GAME WORN JERSEY #2 50
$49.99

2003 ultimate collection #169 hideki matsui rookie 174 250 mint
$199.00

HIDEKI MATSUI 2004 eTopps #32 New York Yankees IN HAND
$7.95

HIDEKI MATSUI MARIANO RIVERA 2004 eTopps eVent #3 Card New York Yankees IN HAND
$9.95

2009 TOPPS ALLEN AND GINTER NATIONAL PRIDE NP40 HIDEKI MATSUI YANKEES LOT OF 3
$6.99

03 Donruss Champions Hideki Matsui Yankees Rookie
$14.99

2003 (YANKEES) Donruss Elite Highlights #3 Hideki Matsui Debut 500
$5.68
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Rookie Cards

Hideki Matsui Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2003 Studio Hideki Matsui RC

Top eBay Listings

2007 (YANKEES) Finest Rookie Finest Moments Refractors #HM Hideki Matsui
$1.25

2007 (YANKEES) Finest Rookie Finest Moments Refractors Blue #HM Hideki Matsui
$4.00

2003 ultimate collection #169 hideki matsui rookie 174 250 mint
$199.00

03 Donruss Champions Hideki Matsui Yankees Rookie
$14.99

2003 Hot Prospects Cream Of The Crop Hideki Matsui RC
$3.00

2003 Upper Deck SP#501 Hideki Matsui RC
$3.00

2003 Upper Deck Victory Green #62 Hideki Matsui RC
$2.50

2003 Upper Deck Play Ball Red Back #104 Hideki Matsui RC
$4.00

2003 Upper Deck MVP #141 Hideki Matsui RC - NM-MT
$0.99

HIDEKI MATSUI 2003 UPPER DECK MVP RC ROOKIE
$0.99

HIDEKI MATSUI 2003 UD GOLD RC GAME JUMBO PATCH 10 SUPER RARE MATSUI RC YANKEES
$399.99

2002 AP WORLD WIDE HIDEKI MATSUI ROOKIE REVIEW #30 NEW YORK YANKEES
$0.10

Hideki Matsui 2003 Donruss Champions Rookie RC #301 New York Yankees 125
$0.49

Hideki Matsui Don russ Studio 2003 Rookie RC 62
$4.99

Hideki Matsui Playoff Prestige 2003 Rookie RC 197
$4.99

25 CT LOT HIDEKI MATSUI RC DONRUSS HEROES LEAF ROOKIE &
$25.00
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Japanese Cards

Hideki Matsui Japanese Rookie Card Checklist

1993 Takara Hideki Matsui RC

Top eBay Listings

HIDEKI MATSUI Godzilla 1993 BBM Rookie RC PSA 9 Yankees
$127.99

Autograph Guide

Hideki Matsui Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Hideki Matsui'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.

Hideki Matsui Cut Signature Exemplar:

Hideki Matsui Signature Example

Hideki Matsui Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Hideki Matsui 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. The "H" is the dominant letter in the first name and is larger than the rest of the letters.
  2. The letter "H" is indicated by two parallel lines. They are not connected. The second line displays a small loop allowing the pen to stay on the item.
  3. The "i" is dotted.
  4. The remaining letters of the first name are implied with a trailing scribble.
  5. The "M" is legible. It starts with a small hook on the left before begin the humps patter, which are nearly identical.
  6. The "a" is implied. The "t" is very pronounced due to its height.
  7. Another scrawled line and haphazard dot implies the remaining letters.

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Hideki Matsui Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Hideki Matsui Signed Official Major League Baseball - JSA COA
$75.00

Hideki Matsui Signed Godzilla Blow-up Toy (PSA DNA) (JSA)
$219.00

WS MVP Hideki Matsui signed 11 x 14, Yankees, Yomiuri Giants, Godzilla, PSA DNA
$149.98

Hideki MATSUI Game Used Worn Autograph Signed Batting Glove JSA COA Yankees
$117.50

HIDEKI MATSUI Autograph - Signed auto Rawlings bat - YANKEES! JAPAN! PSA LOA!
$195.00

HIDEKI MATSUI signed MLB Baseball YANKEES DODGERS JSA Hologram HOF JAPAN
$189.99

JSA Derek Jeter Hideki Matsui 松井 秀喜 Bobby Abreu +6 Yankees Signed Autograph Ball
$400.00

HIDEKI MATSUI (NY Yankees) signed Official 2009 INAUGURAL Baseball w PSA COA
$149.95

JSA CERTIFIED HIDEKI MATSUI NY YANKEES SIGNED RAWLINGS PRO MODEL BASEBALL BAT
$174.99

Hideki Matsui Yankees Signed Autographed OMLB Baseball JSA COA PROOF
$150.00

HIDEKI MATSUI SIGNED OFFICIAL AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA
$125.00

HIDEKI MATSUI "YANKEES" SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA
$109.99

HIDEKI MATSUI NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #M45384
$139.99

HIDEKI MATSUI NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ROMLB BASEBALL JSA COA #M45383
$139.98

Hideki Matsui Signed Autographed New York Yankees WS Sidepanel Baseball W Jsa
$99.99

Hideki Matsui Signed Yankee Inaugural Season Baseball (MLB Auth) Steiner COA
$410.00
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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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