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

Charlie Hough 15 Card Lot NO DUPES AUTO SIGNED RANGERS DODGERS STAR EX
$13.94

2005 Zenith Epix Orange Moment #17 Hideki Matsui 250 - NM-MT
$7.20

2005 Zenith Epix Blue Game #17 Hideki Matsui 350 - NM-MT
$7.20

2007 UD Masterpieces Deep Blue Linen #44 Hideki Matsui 75
$6.00

2005 Throwback Threads Polo Grounds 55 HIT Short Fly #25 Hideki Matsui 55
$8.00

2005 (BB) Throwback Threads Polo Grounds 30 STRIKE Short Fly #25 Hideki Matsui
$12.00

2005 Zenith Epix Black Game #17 Hideki Matsui 75
$20.00

2005 Donruss Classics Team Colors #16 Hideki Matsui 800
$6.00

2009 Finest Refractors Blue #55 Hideki Matsui 399
$5.00

2005 Donruss Classics Team Colors Gold #16 Hideki Matsui 50
$25.00

2005 Zenith Epix Emerald Play #17 Hideki Matsui 150
$15.00

2005 Upper Deck Origins Jersey #HM Hideki Matsui Jsy
$25.00

2005 Zenith Epix Blue Play #17 Hideki Matsui 500
$10.00

2005 Zenith Epix Orange Season #17 Hideki Matsui 350
$12.00

2006 Topps Allen & Ginter's Mini #55 Hideki Matsui SP
$5.00

2008 Topps Gold Border #445 Hideki Matsui 2008
$6.00
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Rookie Cards

Hideki Matsui Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2003 Studio Hideki Matsui RC

Top eBay Listings

Hideki Matsui 2003 Upper Deck Playball Rookie Card #104
$4.99

2003 ETOPPS IN HAND HIDEKI MATSUI NEW YORK YANKEES ROOKIE CARD
$3.39

2007 Finest Rookie Finest Moments #HM Hideki Matsui - NM-MT
$1.00

2007 EXQUISITE ROOKIE SIGNATURE #51 HIDEKI MATSUI YANKEES 29 99 LOOK
$1.99

2003 Upper Deck Hideki Matsui Star Rookie Card RC Non Auto Yankees
$0.99

HIDEKI MATSUI - 2007 Topps Finest Rookie Moments Refractor Ser #rd Baseball Card
$3.50

2003 Upper Deck Hideki Matsui Yankees Rookie RC 501 Low S&H
$2.29

2003 Playoff Portraits Hideki Matsui Rookie #88
$1.47

2003HIDEKI MATSUI UPPER DECK STAR ROOKIE #501 BECKETT 9.5 GEM MINT YANKEES
$5.00

2003 Upper Deck #501 Hideki Matsui SR RC NY YANKEES
$5.00

2003 UD Finite Hideki Matsui 256 1599 RC YANKEES
$9.99

2003 Hot Prospects #105 Hideki Matsui FS Base RC 142 1250 YANKEES!!
$2.99

HIDEKI MATSUI 2003 FLEER BOX SCORE DEBUT RC 150 YANKEES
$20.00

BECKETT 9 MINT 2003 Upper Deck Play Ball Baseball HIDEKI MATSUI ROOKIE CARD BGS
$14.95

2003 U.D. Play Ball HIDEKI MATSUI #104 Mint 9 RC New York Yankees
$20.00

(9) 2003 UPPER DECK HIDEKI MATSUI #501 ROOKIE LOT NEW YORK YANKEES
$18.00
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Japanese Cards

Hideki Matsui Japanese Rookie Card Checklist

1993 Takara Hideki Matsui RC

Top eBay Listings

GEM MINT: RARE Japanese rookie card: 1993 BBM Hideki Matsui
$30.00

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 Bat

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Hideki Matsui Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

JSA Authentic Signed Hideki Matsui Auto Official League Baseball See Description
$69.95

Hideki Matsui Signed Yomiuri Giants Autographed Helmet Japanese Steiner
$767.00

Hideki Matsui Signed Yomiuri Giants Autographed Jersey in Japanese Steiner COA
$767.00

Hideki Matsui Signed Yomiuri Giants Autographed Jersey Steiner COA
$639.00

HIDEKI MATSUI (Yankees) signed Official 2009 WORLD SERIES Baseball w PSA COA
$149.95

Hideki MATSUI Signed OML Ball LOS ANGELES ANGELS JSA
$199.99

Hideki Matsui RARE signed in Japanese Yomiuri Giants 6.5x9 photo PSA DNA COA
$99.99

NY Yankees Baseball Certified Hideki Matsui Signed Autographed Book JSA COA
$49.99

Upper Deck HIDEKI MATSUI Photo Baseball FS Bat Facsimile Signed Auto UDA SP # 55
$195.00

Steiner Sports Hideki Matsui NY Yankees Signed MLB Baseball "09 WS MVP" W Case
$644.98

Hideki Matsui Autographed Signed Baseball Yankees JSA K54838 OMLB Yankees COA
$79.99

HIDEKI MATSUI YANKEES FRAMED 16.5X24.5 SIGNED NUMBER DISPLAY UDA HOLO COA
$249.99

Hideki Matsui Signed New York Yankees OML Baseball Jsa Coa Spence
$299.99

Hideki Matsui Signed In Person N Y Yankees 100th Logo Baseball JSA Cert #L57874
$169.99

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
$134.98
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