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 UD Patch Collection #151 Hideki Matsui Yankees RI Rookie Patch (ref 0823)
$7.59

2005 Zenith Epix Purple Play #17 Hideki Matsui 350 - NM-MT
$8.40

2005 Zenith Epix Red Play #17 Hideki Matsui 250 - NM-MT
$8.40

HIDEKI MATSUI YANKEES-2003 UPPER DECK FINITE FIRST CLASS JERSEY-#FC-HM
$20.00

2004 Flair Diamond Cuts Game Used Pewter #HM Hideki Matsui Base 052 125
$19.99

HIDEKI MATSUI 2005 UD ORIGINS OLD JUDGE GAME USED PINSTRIPE JERSEY - N.Y.YANKEES
$6.99

2003 Upper Deck Play Ball Red Back #104 Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Card 0m0
$6.24

2005 Throwback Threads Polo Grounds HIDEKI MATSUI #43 45 #25 (B3929)
$7.00

2010 Topps 206 Mini Cycle Back 251 Hideki Matsui 99 Los Angeles
$10.24

2004 Sweet Spot Dual Sweet Threads Patch Card Hideki Matsui & Kazuo Matsui (S)
$74.99

(3) 2003 Upper Deck Hideki Matsui Rookie Baseball Card Lot Graded Gem 10 Yankees
$9.99

2005 Throwback Threads Polo Grounds HIDEKI MATSUI #24 25 #25 (B3930)
$12.00

2004 Fleer Ultra Hitting Machines Jerseys #HM-HM Hideki Matsui Baseball Card 0j6
$8.25

2004 Upper Deck Reflections 187 Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Baseball Card 5h5
$5.25

2006 Topps Co-Signers 55-B Hideki Matsui Mickey Mantle 125 New York Yankees 0j5
$9.99

Hideki Matsui 2004 Upper Deck Authentic Stars Jersey Gold #38 100
$19.99
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Rookie Cards

Hideki Matsui Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2003 Studio Hideki Matsui RC

Top eBay Listings

2003 UD Patch Collection #151 Hideki Matsui Yankees RI Rookie Patch (ref 0823)
$7.59

(3) 2003 Upper Deck Hideki Matsui Rookie Baseball Card Lot Graded Gem 10 Yankees
$9.99

2003 Donruss Team Heroes 542 Hideki Matsui New York Yankees RC Baseball Card 0b5
$1.74

2003 Leaf #321 Hideki Matsui RC Rookie Card New York Yankees Giants Godzilla
$1.15

2003 UD Patch Collection #151 Hideki Matsui RI RC - NM-MT
$6.00

30 2003 RC HIDEKI MATSUI W 11 MVP 2 PROTEGES STAR RC YANKEES NY +# 29 33HITS
$24.08

2003 Upper Deck 40-Man #877 Hideki Matsui NR RC - NM-MT *WE COMBINE S H*
$1.48

2003 Upper Deck Standing O #115 Hideki Matsui WP RC
$10.00

2003 Leaf #321 Hideki Matsui New York Yankees RC Rookie Baseball Card 0a1
$1.24

2003 Upper Deck #501 Hideki Matsui New York Yankees RC Rookie Baseball Card 0n4
$2.25

20x Hideki Matsui lot, 2003 Playoff & Donruss RC, #ed insert, Topps, Upper Deck+
$3.99

20x Hideki Matsui lot, 2003 Donruss RC, Topps, Playoff, SP, Finest Insert + more
$3.99

2003 UPPER DECK VICTORY CARD# 52HIDEKI MATSUI ROOKIE CARD OUTFIELD N.Y. YANKES
$4.50

Hideki Matsui Rookie,Relic,Refractor Lot (5) 2 Bat Relics,New York Yankees
$0.99

Hideki Matsui – Lot of (7) different Rookie Cards
$2.99

Lot of 10 cards Hideki Matsui mixed ROOKIE lot New York Yankees RARE RED
$4.00
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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

1993 Ichiro Suzuki,lot of 3 wax packs of BBM JAPAN, Ichiro's RC,Matsui's RC+Nomo
$21.00

1993 BBM Yomiuri Giants #423 Hideki Matsui Japanese RC PSA 10
$99.99

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 MLB Baseball YANKEES DODGERS JSA Hologram HOF JAPAN
$189.99

Hideki Matsui Signed Yankees Number PSA
$29.99

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

Hideki Matsui Signed Auto Autograph Rawlings OML Baseball - JSA - Yankees
$109.00

Hideki Matsui Signed Auto Autograph 11x14 Photo - JSA - Yankees Yomiuri Giants
$99.00

Hideki Matsui Signed Auto Autograph Rawlings OML Baseball - JSA - Yankees
$109.00

Hideki Matsui Signed Auto Autograph 11x14 Photo - JSA - Yankees Yomiuri Giants
$99.00

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

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

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

HIDEKI MATSUI AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED INSCRIBED NEW YORK YANKEES JERSEY JSA COA
$269.00

Hideki Matsui Signed Auto Yankee Jersey Number PSA DNA
$38.24

Hideki Matsui Signed Yankee Inaugural Season Baseball (MLB Auth) Steiner COA
$399.99

Hideki Matsui Signed Framed NY Yankees Authentic Giclee Canvas (PSA DNA) #D89885
$149.99

HIDEKI MATSUI Signed 2009 World Series Ball NEW YORK YANKEES JSA
$299.99

Hideki Matsui Signed Yomiuri Giants Baseball Jersey Inscribed Godzilla JSA
$299.00
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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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