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.

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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.

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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.

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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 216x300 Image

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2004 Upper Deck Peak Performers Jersey HM Hideki Matsui Jersey
$10.19
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New York Yankees Card Set- Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Hideki Matsui
$5.00
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2007 Topps Heritage,#142,Hideki Matsui, Lot of 3 Cards
$5.95
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HIDEKI MATSUI GRADED ROOKIE 2003 UPPER DECK BASEBALL CARD!!
$25.99
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Hideki Matsui 2004 Upper Deck Vintage Stellar Stat Men Card # SSM-3
$20.00
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2004 E-X Clearly Authentics Pewter Bat-Patch #HM Hideki Matsui 44 - NM-MT
$75.00
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2005 Zenith Epix Game Black HIDEKI MATSUI #33 75 #17 (12820)
$20.00
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2004 Prime Cuts II #55 Hideki Matsui 699 - NM-MT
$6.00
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Hideki Matsui 2005 Prestigious Prospects Pros Materials Bat Card #18 50 #PP-55
$34.99
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2004 Upper Deck Power Up Purple #35 Hideki Matsui - NM-MT
$5.00
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2005 Fleer Tradition Standouts Jersey #HM Hideki Matsui
$10.00
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1994 BBM Nippon Series Boxed Set (784 8000) Hideki Matsui Kazuhiro Kiyohara 66x
$100.00
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2003 UD 40-Man Hideki Matsui Autograph #D NY Yankees Japan Rookie VERY RARE 20
$399.99
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Hideki Matsui 2007 Upper Deck Predictor Silver #847 New York Yankees TOUGH CARD
$10.00
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Hideki Matsui 2005 Origins Old Judge Materials Jersey #OJ-HM New York Yankees UD
$10.00
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HIDEKI MATSUI 2004 DONRUSS ELITE ASPIRATIONS DIE CUT 25 45
$19.00
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Rookie Cards

Hideki Matsui Rookie Card Checklist

Budget Rookie Cards

2003 Studio Hideki Matsui RC 216x300 Image

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2003 UD PLAY BALL BASEBALL CARD HIDEKI MATSUI RC ROOKIE #104 NY YANKEES NM-MT
$2.34
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Hideki Matsui 2003 Upper Deck Star Rookie #501
$2.00
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HIDEKI MATSUI GRADED ROOKIE 2003 UPPER DECK BASEBALL CARD!!
$25.99
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Hideki Matsui 2003 Upper Deck Star Rookie Card RC #501 New York Yankees
$0.99
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2003 Upper Deck #501 Hideki Matsui SR RC - NM-MT
$2.50
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2003 Upper Deck 40-Man #877 Hideki Matsui NR RC - NM-MT
$1.50
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2003 Upper Deck #501 Hideki Matsui SR RC Yankees
$0.99
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2003 Upper Deck MVP #141 Hideki Matsui RC - NM-MT
$1.50
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2003 Upper Deck Chronicles #55 Hideki Matsui Rookie
$0.25
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(9) HIDEKI MATSUI YANKEES BASEBALL CARDS---! WITH RC, INSERT & #'D CARD!!!!!!
$3.99
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2003 UD 40-Man Hideki Matsui Autograph #D NY Yankees Japan Rookie VERY RARE 20
$399.99
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2003 UPPER DECK 40 MAN HIDEKI MATSUI ROOKIE #877
$0.99
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Hideki Matsui 03 Donruss Stat Line Foil RC Card SP 245
$16.24
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2003 U.D. Victory RC #62 Hideki Matsui
$1.25
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2003 Upper Deck Vintage #288 RC Hideki Matsui
$0.85
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2003 Upper Deck #501 SR RC Hideki Matsui
$0.99
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Japanese Cards

Hideki Matsui Japanese Rookie Card Checklist

1993 Takara Hideki Matsui RC 191x300 Image

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HIDEKI MATSUI Godzilla 1993 BBM Rookie RC PSA 9 Yankees
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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:

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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 Autographed PSA DNA Major League Baseball Yankees
$99.99
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Hideki Matsui Autographed New York Yankees Signed Baseball Jersey Number PSA
$128.00
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Hideki Matsui Signed Yomiuri Giants Autographed Baseball Helmet Steiner
$639.00
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Hideki Matsui Signed Yomiuri Giants Autographed Helmet Japanese Steiner
$767.00
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Hideki Matsui Signed Yomiuri Giants Autographed Jersey in Japanese Steiner COA
$767.00
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Hideki Matsui Signed Yomiuri Giants Autographed Jersey Steiner COA
$639.00
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HIDEKI MATSUI JSA SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$89.00
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Hideki MATSUI Signed OML Ball LOS ANGELES ANGELS JSA
$199.99
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NEW YORK YANKEES HIDEKI MATSUI JAPAN SIGNED 2009 WORLD SERIES JERSEY JSA-K12184
$249.95
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Steiner Sports Hideki Matsui NY Yankees Signed MLB Baseball "09 WS MVP" W Case
$644.98
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Hideki Matsui Signed New York Yankees OML Baseball Jsa Coa Spence
$299.99
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DEREK JETER Signed BALL Inscribed WORLD SERIES MVP Hideki MATSUI BROSIUS STEINER
$725.00
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NEW YORK YANKEES HIDEKI MATSUI signed GODZILLA OVER NEW YORK 11X14 JSA #J72659
$175.00
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Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Signed 2009 World Series Baseball JSA E76758
$269.95
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Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Signed Major League Baseball JSA E76756
$179.95
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Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Signed 2009 World Series Baseball JSA E76759
$269.95
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