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

2004 Upper Deck Play Ball Apparel Collection #HM Hideki Matsui
$15.00

PSA - Yankees Hideki Matsui 6728
$18.00

2003 STUDIO PROOF HIDEKI MATSUI & MUSSINA PARALLEL #D 53 100 YANKEES
$8.50

2004 Ultimate Collection Gold Hideki Matsui #12 50
$15.00

2003 Upper Deck Finite Factory Sealed Baseball Hobby Box Hideki Matsui RC ???
$74.95

2005 (YANKEES) Donruss Stat Line Season #272 Hideki Matsui 108
$12.00

2010 (ANGELS) Topps Chrome 206 Chrome Refractors #TC45 Hideki Matsui 499
$5.00

Lot 2 Baseball Yankees Signed Auto cards Hideki Matsui Japanese Red Sox
$9.95

2003 Upper Deck Finite #162 Hideki Matsui PP 499 - NM
$6.25

2004 Upper Deck Signature Stars Autograph HIDEKI MATSUI 97 99 Black Ink RARE
$399.99

2004 Donruss Classics Timeless Tributes Red Hideki Matsui #056 100
$15.00

2004 Classic Clippings First Edition Hideki Matsui #149 150
$7.50

2005 Reflections Blue parallel insert Hideki Matsui #63 75
$8.00

Hideki Matsui Upper Deck Ovation 2006 GOLD 82 105 499
$6.99

Hideki Matsui 2004 Flair Game Used Base #001 250
$40.00

Japan Japanese Card Power League UL 2000 Hideki Matsui PROMO
$18.99
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Rookie Cards

Hideki Matsui Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2003 Studio Hideki Matsui RC

Top eBay Listings

2003 UPPER DECK STAR ROOKIE HIDEKI MATSUI RC #501
$2.75

HIDEKI MATSUI 2003 UPPER DECK MVP #141 ROOKIE RC AC7862
$2.49

2007 (YANKEES) Finest Rookie Finest Moments #HM Hideki Matsui
$0.99

2003 Upper Deck Finite Factory Sealed Baseball Hobby Box Hideki Matsui RC ???
$74.95

1993 BBM Japan #423 Hideki Matsui Rookie Beckett BGS MINT 9 SUPER RARE
$39.99

HIDEKI MATSUI 2003 UPPER DECK MAGAZINE RC WCG 10
$5.99

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

2003 Upper Deck Vintage #288 Hideki Matsui RC - NM-MT
$1.50

Hideki Matsui '03 Upper Deck Yankees unique Rookie Innovation Embroidered Patch
$12.00

2003 DONRUSS CHAMPIONS HIDEKI MATSUI ROOKIE
$1.50

2000 UD Victory JAPANAESE Hideki Matsui Hardball Heroes RC #H2 PSA 10 GEM MINT
$0.99

2003 Hideki Matsui Upper Deck UD2 Rookie magazine x 5
$4.00

Hideki Matsui - New York Yankees 2003 U.D. SuperStars # 156 ROOKIE
$0.99

(3) 2003 Hideki Matsui Upper Deck Star Rookie MVP Donruss Studio RC NY Yankee
$0.01

2003 UD Hideki Matsui RC! Graded BGS Beckett 9.5 Gem Mint w 10! Rookie Card #501
$21.11

Lot of (4) Hideki Matsui RC 2003 UD Upper Deck Superstars Rookie #156 NY Yankees
$5.49
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Japanese Cards

Hideki Matsui Japanese Rookie Card Checklist

1993 Takara Hideki Matsui RC

Top eBay Listings

1993 BBM Japan #423 Hideki Matsui Rookie Beckett BGS MINT 9 SUPER RARE
$39.99

1993 Hideki Matsui Memorial Home Run Card #10 Japanese Baseball
$5.99

HIDEKI MATSUI 1993 BBM JAPAN #423 PSA 9 *NEW YORK YANKEES*
$0.99

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

UD2000 Hideki Matsui Tsuyoshi Shinjyo etc Cards Lot
$15.00

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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Top eBay Listings

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

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

JSA CERTIFIED HIDEKI MATSUI NY YANKEES SIGNED RAWLINGS PRO MODEL BASEBALL BAT
$164.99

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

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 NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED 2009 WORLD SERIES BASEBALL JSA COA E76760
$279.96

HIDEKI MATSUI NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA E76756
$151.96

HIDEKI MATSUI NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA COA J72660
$151.96

HIDEKI MATSUI NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED 2009 WORLD SERIES BASEBALL JSA COA E76759
$279.96

HIDEKI MATSUI NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED 2009 WORLD SERIES BASEBALL JSA COA E76758
$279.96

HIDEKI MATSUI NEW YORK YANKEES SIGNED 2009 WORLD SERIES BASEBALL JSA COA J72672
$247.96

Hideki Matsui Signed Yomiuri Giants English Baseball Jersey Steiner Sports COA
$599.00

Autographed Signed HIDEKI MATSUI Yankees Rawlings ROML Baseball JSA COA Auto
$94.99
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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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