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

BASEBALL CARDS - HIDEKI MATSUI (LOT OF 15 DIFFERENT) - see photos
$5.00

2004 UD Diamond All Star Promo Lot of 34 Matsui Dunn Beckett Schilling Bagwell
$11.81

2003 Stackable Stars Nesting Dolls Hideki Matsui Case (12) Limited Hand Painted
$22.79

2002-03 Upper Deck Superstars #156 Hideki Matsui RC Rookie Card BGS 9.5
$39.99

Lot of 2 - GRADED 2003 - Baseball Cards! Jimmie Foxx (SN) & Hideki Matsui (RC)
$5.99

PSA - Yankees Hideki Matsui 36
$18.00

2007 Topps Moments & Milestones Hideki Matsui lot of two cards Mint
$7.95

2003 UD UPPER DECK VINTAGE UPDATE SET #s 281-340 HIDEKI MATSUI RC ROOKIE
$9.99

Hideki Matsui 2005 National Pastime Grand Old Jersey 05
$39.99

2005 eTopps Hideki Matsui In-Hand 1200 Yankees
$5.98

2008 TOPPS TRADING CARD HISTORY 99CT ALL HIDEKI MATSUI
$15.12

25+ HIDEKI MATSUI Card Lot No Dupes with Inserts Yankees
$9.99

2009 Topps HIDEKI MATSUI Inaugural Season Yankee Stadium Foil Stamp RARE
$19.99

2008 Topps HIDEKI MATSUI Final Season Yankee Stadium Foil Stamp RARE
$19.99

2003 UPPER DECK VICTORY #62 HIDEKI MATSUI PGS GRADING 9 1782
$5.00

2005 Donruss Classics Team Colors Gold #16 Hideki Matsui 50 - NM-MT
$18.75
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Rookie Cards

Hideki Matsui Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2003 Studio Hideki Matsui RC

Top eBay Listings

2002-03 Upper Deck Superstars #156 Hideki Matsui RC Rookie Card BGS 9.5
$39.99

Lot of 2 - GRADED 2003 - Baseball Cards! Jimmie Foxx (SN) & Hideki Matsui (RC)
$5.99

2003 UD UPPER DECK VINTAGE UPDATE SET #s 281-340 HIDEKI MATSUI RC ROOKIE
$9.99

HIDEKI MATSUI 50 Card Lot Premium Inserts, RC All Different NO DUPES! YANKEES
$4.99

Hideki Matsui Rookie RC Upper Deck Game Face 2003 153
$10.99

2003 Upper Deck MVP #141 Hideki Matsui RC - NM-MT
$1.00

25 2003 Upper Deck#UD2 Hideki Matsui rookie card lot
$5.00

UPPER DECK SWEET SPOT CLASSICS HIDEKI MATSUI RC PATCH
$22.99

Japans Star RC LOT Masahiro Tanaka Ichiro Yu Darvish Iwakuma Aoki Hideki Matsui
$46.50

2003 UD VICTORY HIDEKI MATSUI RC LOT PSA 10 GEM BGS 9 GREEN #62 + TOPPS TURKEY
$24.88

2003 Upper Deck MVP #141 Hideki Matsui RC Rookie Card
$1.65

2003 Upper Deck Play Ball #104 Hideki Matsui Rookie
$1.59

2003 Sweet Spot Classics Baseball Hideki Matsui Rookie Card # 795 1999
$15.00

2003 ultimate collection hideki matsui ultimate signatures gold 08 25 rc!! auto
$220.00

2003 Donruss Champions #301 Hideki Matsui RC - NM-MT
$1.50

2003 Donruss Rookies #5 Hideki Matsui RC - NM-MT
$1.00
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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 Bat

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Hideki Matsui Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Hideki Matsui Signed Auto Japanese 6x9 Photo - PSA DNA - Yankees Yomiuri Giants
$149.00

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

JSA Authentic Signed Hideki Matsui Auto Official League Baseball See Description
$64.95

Hideki Matsui Signed 8x10 Photo Autographed PSA DNA New York Yankees Godzilla
$79.99

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

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

Hideki Matsui Signed 2009 WS w Trophy 16x20 Photo (MLB Auth) Steiner COA
$499.99

Hideki Matsui Signed 2009 WS Home Run 16X20 Photo (MLB Auth) Steiner COA
$409.99

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

HIDEKI MATSUI Autograph - Signed auto Rawlings Big Stick bat - YANKEES! PSA LOA!
$120.00

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